Ilene Withers


Ilene Withers grew up in the Sandhills of Nebraska where she attended a one room country elementary school and a very small high school. After marriage and the birth of her daughter, she and her family moved to Texas and, later, New Mexico. Eventually, they moved to Colorado where she and her husband now make their home in Loveland and work in higher education. In 2013, she published her first novel, The Blackmailed Beauty, a sweet and suspenseful Regency. Since then she has published a sequel, To Release an Earl, and a third Regency, Injured Sensibilities. The Family Plan is her first contemporary.

Ilene has a degree in English Writing and is a member of Romance Writers of America. Sharing an interest in history with her adult daughter and an interest in both music and psychology with her husband, she loves to incorporate these in her writing. One of her favorite aspects of writing is research. The other is plotting murder!

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
When I was a teenager I wrote a column for our county newspaper. I would call each family that lived on our rural route and get updates from them -- where they had been, who had visited them, etc. Then later I started writing Christmas plays for my sister's one room country school. Around 1990 I wrote my first romance novel on an old typewriter. It resides in a box in my filing cabinet. I began writing in earnest several years ago. My first novel, "The Blackmailed Beauty" was published in 2013.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I wanted to write a contemporary romance and was bouncing ideas around in my head. I don't remember why I started thinking about being dyslexic and struggling with everyday things like menus, but it made me think about the hit your self-confidence would take if you were. My daughter was in grad school studying history at the time and my plot just sort of took off from there.
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The Family Plan
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 60,260. Language: English. Published: March 2, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
When Craig moves next door to Leah, a beautiful professor, he is instantly attracted to her. Yet he didn't think she could be happy with him, an uneducated heating and air conditioning man with a heartbreaking past. Then he found out she wanted a child and he came up with his family plan. Meanwhile, Leah knew Craig didn’t believe he was good enough for her so she formed a plan to prove him wrong.

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blue collar    colorado    contemporary    dog    heartbreak    professor    romance