For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
Annette O’Hare grew up in a rural area of Houston, Texas, making up stories to act out with her big brothers in the magical wooded lot across the street they named, Devil’s Island. This love of story lead to her first literary works…bad poetry. Her love of writing grew with her. As a teenager her poems turned dark. She humorously calls this period, “My Edgar Allan Poe phase.” As a high school junior, Annette wrote her first full-length play, complete with a full cast of characters and show tunes. “The play was corny,” Annette says, “but I was happy with it and I received an ‘A’ in creative writing.”
These days, Annette leads an active life with God and her family at the center. She and husband, Dan have been married for nearly 30 years. They live north of Houston, Texas with three wonderful children, an assortment of fishy friends, an extensive salt and pepper shaker collection, one rambunctious Weimaraner named Max, and a boxer mix puppy named Jay. Needless to say, life is anything but dull in the O’Hare home.
After high school life got in the way and Annette’s writing lay mostly dormant. Fast forward a few years and the now Mrs. O’Hare has just given birth to her third child. Inspiration took hold and she began writing her first novel. Without any training she wrote an entire 100,000 word story. “That was my college education in writing, or how not to write a novel 101,” she says with a laugh. Since that time she has immersed herself in improving her skill through writing courses, attending conferences, reading everything literature related she could get her hands on, entering writing contests and teaming up with critique partners who have pushed her beyond her limits. “After learning the craft, the most important thing an author can do to improve their work is to read in the genre they intend to write,” says Annette. “A lot of work has gone into making me the award winning author I am today. Several multi-published authors in my writer’s guild have read my work and agree that I’m ready to release my first novel to the public.”
When she’s not busy writing the next great American novel, Annette volunteers at her church. She works with kindergarten SPARKS in the AWANA program. She’s also lead director of The Word of Life Players, a creative worship arts ministry she formed in 2013. The Word of Life Players as well as similar groups from other churches have performed many skits written by Annette. She is a contributor to First in Focus, the quarterly publication of her church. Her story, Hurricane Ike, The Perfect Storm-Jehovah Our Perfect Lord appeared in the prose compilation Hurray God! Another short story, Tempest Tossed will appear in the compilation, Out of the Storm, Releasing in February of 2015. She also finds time to write two blogs. Hook, Line and Believer is a devotional and book review blog she’s maintained for several years. Her other, Puppy Dog Tales, highlights specific dog breeds, but with a biblical twist.
Annette is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and ACFW-Writers On The Storm, professional organizations where she has served as past vice president and treasurer and currently as secretary of the Woodlands, Texas chapter.
The O’Hare family is fiercely loyal to the Fighting Texas A&M Aggies where their two oldest attend. They are also band boosters of their son’s middle school where he is first chair tuba. Last, but certainly not least, the O’Hare family can often be found on the Texas Gulf Coast enjoying their time together while fishing for reds, speckled trout or anything else that might take the bait.