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Em Petrova: Big, Loud and a Breed of Their Own
Thursday, January 23rd, 2020

Does anyone else have a big family? Back in the day, everyone had more siblings than your mom remembered to count. I’ve heard those stories about kids being left in grocery stores or never picked up from school (guilty). Then the trend turned to having only a few children, and many of my friends grew up as an only child or with one sibling. I, however, am the oldest of six.

When I was in my twenties, I said no way to a big family. I wanted a couple kids, if any at all. I ended up having five and wouldn’t have shut down the factory if not for my husband (now ex) saying that was enough. I loved having babies, loved raising babies, and I adore everything about big families.

The dynamics between siblings has probably been the focus of many studies, but it only takes a mom to sit back and watch her kiddos interact to realize that they are a breed of their own. We don’t care about loud noises in this house. Was that a scream I heard? Nobody’s crying, so move on. Somebody’s practicing violin or belting out a pirate shanty song in the shower? I didn’t notice. This happens on a daily, which only proves my theory that big families are their own breed.

One of the science teachers in my kids’ high school does a study (I have no clue what the point is), but he makes everyone stand up, close their eyes and be nice and still. Then he throws a book onto the floor. Many people jump or squeal in fright at the commotion, but my kids didn’t even flinch. When this happened to the youngest child, the teacher told him that not one of the Petrovas acted as if anything had happened at all. He seemed surprised by the test, but I’m not. My kids could sleep through WWIII with all the lights on and screamo music in the background.

As a writer, I write what I know and love. For me, writing a big fat cowboy family was so natural. The Dalton Boys has been a series I have laughed and cried through along with the characters. I feel I know these rugged cowboys and sassy cowgirls like they’re my own relatives. This month, the final of the Texas Daltons has gotten her book release, and the heroine means so much to me. She’s suffered the big family messes, scrapes and victories that many of us have, even if we are part of a small family. I hope to see more of these Daltons in the future!

Are you a big family person or small? Do you like to read series with siblings? I’d love to hear from you!

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See y’all there, and thank you for reading!

Em Petrova

About the Author

Em Petrova was raised by hippies in the wilds of Pennsylvania but told her parents at the age of four she wanted to be a gypsy when she grew up. She has a soft spot for babies, puppies and 90s Grunge music and believes in Bigfoot and aliens. She started writing at the age of twelve and prides herself on making her characters larger than life and her sex scenes hotter than hot.

She burst into the world of publishing in 2010 after having five beautiful bambinos and figuring they were old enough to get their own snacks while she pounds away at the keys. In her not-so-spare time, she is fur-mommy to a Labradoodle named Daisy Hasselhoff.

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3 comments to “Em Petrova: Big, Loud and a Breed of Their Own”

  1. Teresa F
    · January 23rd, 2020 at 10:25 am · Link

    YES I am 2 of 4, 3 girls and a baby brother – hubs is middle of 7 with 3 sisters and 3 brothers – so this family dynamic is truly “REAL” for me – love to read about them in a great series and Em’s has been one that I have truly enjoyed and was unhappy for it to end!

  2. Shirley Long
    · January 23rd, 2020 at 12:12 pm · Link

    I am the middle child. Older sister, younger brother. Guess that’s why I’m the most independent one in the group. My sister was a mess and took all my Mom’s time, my brother was, well a boy, and the baby, and was my Dad’s pride and joy, so he spent most of his time with him and baseball. Don’t get me wrong, i know my parents loved me and I adored them, but, being alone so much of the time gave me a different perspective on life and how I wanted to live it. Guess I didn’t turn out too bad. Been married to same man for almost 50 years, am now retired and have a fantastic life. So, all in all, being the middle child was a good thing for me. Taught me how to take care of myself and make my life what I wanted it to be.

  3. Delilah
    · January 26th, 2020 at 10:12 am · Link

    Thanks, Em, for a very fun post! I’m one of four siblings. My two children each have four as well. Reunions are fun times!

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