When a City Girl Goes Country

By Annette Bridges

I have often been asked how I come up with my ideas to both my writing and the products I create and sell in my little gift shop. The answer is pretty dang easy.

Everything in my life inspires me. Ideas usually come when I least expect them. I find it best to not attempt to force an idea. My published writing began after our only child headed off to college. She left a couple of weeks before 9/11. I remember wishing she was still at home, safe at the ranch with us.

It was living through the uncertainties and fears in the months following that tragic day that inspired my first guest column that was published in the Dallas Morning News. That first column led to a decade of guest column writing that was published in a variety of Texas newspapers and magazines.

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