Barrington Mom Blogger Talks Debut Romance Novel Inspired by Hallmark

Audrey McClelland reveals the story behind her book Hometown Boy


When Audrey McClelland puts her mind to something, she is unstoppable. The busy Barrington mom of five is a professional blogger, style host, spokesperson, author, and digital influencer. She’s best known for her site, a cool lifestyle and parenting blog that puts both fashion and family first. She’s written The Digital Mom Handbook, represented big brands like TJMaxx and Pampers, and appeared on The Rachael Ray Show and in The New York Times. Now, she’s on the pursuit of another passion project: romance writing.

“I’ve been a contemporary romance fan my entire life, so I wanted to give it a shot,” says McClelland, referencing the unofficial “Romance Book Club” she shared with her Nana and Grandma in high school and her lifetime love of Hallmark movies. For 20 years, she had an idea for a story floating around in her head, and it was just a matter of putting pen to paper.

“Time is the one thing that holds most people back when they want to start something, and I didn’t want that to be a barrier for me,” McClelland explains. She began with just one hour of writing per day, most of it done in the car waiting to pick up her daughter from school. But these pockets of time quickly added up, and soon, Hometown Boy came to life, a story which has all the trappings of a real Hallmark movie, from the small-town setting to the sweet storyline following two ex-high school sweethearts. Better yet, this is just the first in what McClelland has dubbed the McKay Sisters series, and three more books are to be released consecutively each month through August.

“I’ve had a dream to see one of my stories on the Hallmark Channel,” says McClelland with a smile, “so I’m hoping that one day…that dream just might come true!”

Learn more about McClelland and her books at and on Instagram at @audreymcclelland. 


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