I’m Sally Bayless. I write contemporary Christian romance. My current series tells the story of the Hamlin family and is set in the small, fictional town of Abundance, Missouri. My books feature down-to-earth people and a touch of humor. I hope they will bring you a smile and a bit of encouragement in your journey of faith.
I was born in Rolla, Missouri, a small town in the Ozark Mountains, and I lived there until college. While growing up, I loved reading, studied Latin and French, and spent my summers in the pool on a synchronized swimming team.
My first foray into writing fiction was fan fiction, although I don’t think it was called that back when I was in my teens. In my episode of “Family Ties,” Alex P. Keaton fell in love with a girl from Missouri. She looked a lot like me…
Not realizing that real people wrote fiction and actually took it out from under the bed, I went into journalism, first in high school and then at my hometown newspaper. After earning my bachelor’s and master’s from the University of Missouri School of Journalism, I worked as a newspaper copy editor. Later, I transitioned into corporate communications, focusing on publications. I edited everything from an article on gastrointestinal scopes to a report on the use of depleted uranium in armor-piercing weapons, all of it (honestly) fascinating. Deep inside, I think I may be part science nerd.
In January 2009, after several years as an at-home mom, I made a New Year’s resolution to write a novel. Later that year, I was a finalist in the first writing contest I entered, but I still had a lot to learn. For the next six years, I studied the craft of writing. My first release, a Christmas novella, was published in 2015.
Today, I write the stories that I most love to read, heartwarming romances filled with laughter and the hope found in Jesus Christ.
I am blessed to live in the beautiful hills of Appalachian Ohio with my husband and two teenage children. When not at the keyboard, I enjoy eating Italian food, baking, Beth Moore Bible studies, swimming, everything about summer (except the bugs), shopping for shoes, and–of course–reading.