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Known for her realistic, likable characters and vivid writing, Victoria Bylin delights in tackling tough subjects with respect and compassion. Together With You (Bethany House, 2016) won the Inspirational Readers Choice Award for Best Contemporary Romance. Her books, both contemporaries and western historicals,have finaled in the Carol Awards, the RITAs, and RT Magazine’s Reviewers Choice Awards. A native of California, she and her husband now make their home in Lexington, Kentucky. They have two grown sons and are the proud grandparents of twin girls.
This may sound crazy, but I was driven to write romance by giant bugs and killer rabbits. I just couldn't take it anymore. My husband and two sons would be camped in front of the television watching a movie about spiders the size of bowling balls, and I'd be wondering when the handsome scientist would get around to kissing the spunky woman with the bug spray. When it didn't happen, I decided to write my own happy endings--without the giant bugs.
I made that decision in January 1999 after a cross-country move from southern California to northern Virginia. A job change for my husband made the relocation a necessity, but it wasn't easy. I grew up in Los Angeles, attended both UCLA and UC Berkeley, and lived for eight years in a mountain community just south of Bakersfield. I'm happiest at the beach and have ridden out earthquakes. I know Interstate 5 like the back of my hand. I'm addicted to sunshine and can tolerate smog.
Packing up and moving to the east coast was like yanking a palm tree out of the sand by its roots. Our new adventure started with a cross-country drive, and I'll never forget cruising down I-40 with my husband and sons in our old Dodge Ramcharger. A thunderstorm struck fast and hard. When it cleared, we saw a double-rainbow arching over the highway. Like Noah in the days of old, I took at as a sign of a promising future and new opportunities.
For me, that meant writing a novel. As soon as we settled into our new routine in Virginia, I sat in front of the computer, named the heroine Susan because it was the first name that popped into my head, and promised myself that I wouldn't edit a word until I'd written "The End." I had no idea who Susan was or how the story would unfold. I just stuck her in a barn with a dead body and a grief-stricken rancher.
The writing wasn't very good, but something wonderful happened. Ideas came. My characters developed quirks, and I wanted to know what would happen next. That effort is under the bed gathering dust, but my second manuscript turned into Of Men and Angels, my first sale to Harlequin Historical.
Writing is a challenge and a joy, but the things in life that matter most are faith, friends and family. I'm bone-deep grateful for a wonderful husband and two terrific sons who are married and on their own. I have wonderful in-laws, a brother and sister-in-law, and writing friends spread across the nation. The promise of that double-rainbow in Arizona has been more than fulfilled. Life is good, and best of all, there's more to come.
2016 Inspirational Readers Choice Award, Best Contemporary Romance, Together With You
2010 ACFW Carol Award Finalist for Best Historical Novella for "Home Again"
2009 Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice finalist for The Maverick Preacher
2006 RWA Rita Award Finalist, Best Short Historical for Abbie's Outlaw
2004 National Readers Choice Award Finalist, Best Historical for West of Heaven
2004 Booksellers Best Finalist, West of Heaven
2003 Virginia Romance Writers Holt Medallion Finalist, Of Men and Angels
"Together With You stands out with its strong characters and authentic writing from an author whose care for the topic shines within its pages. A contemporary romance that offers much more than a will-they-or-won't-they scenario, this title offers a sweet love story set within the challenges and joys everyday families face."—Christian Retailers + Resources
[In Until I Found You] Bylin . . . pens a strong character-driven story. Deftly handling the faith element, she brings an authenticity to Kate’s search and Nick’s steadfastness that will resonate with readers, regardless of their religious persuasions.—Publishers Weekly
[Together With You] was captivating on so many levels. My heart ached for this family as they tried to put the pieces back together . . . I highly recommend this novel for a great read and one that would be wonderful for a book club pick. —Nora St Laurent, The Book Club Network
[Until I Found You is] a delicious romance, with a leisurely pace and a lighthearted story line. Readers seeking a simple, straightforward tale of love without too much tension or angst will find much to like here. -- Library Journal