What Is Your Favorite Beverage: water. I know, boring, right?
What Is Your Favorite Food: Hmm, it always used to be pizza, but pizza just doesn’t seem to taste as good as it used to. Must be that elimination of trans-fat thing, or switching to whole wheat crust. LOL. My favorite treat is chocolate cream cheese cupcakes. Totally decadent!
What Is Your Favorite Thing to do During Free Time: Play with my grandchildren. :-)
Who Has Been the Most Influential Person in Your Life: These are hard questions! At different times of my life, different people would come to mind. But overall, I’d have to say my mother, not in words, but in the life and character she modeled every day.
First Book You Fell in Love With: The Wind in the Willows. I still vividly remember returning it to the school librarian and going on and on about the characters etc.
A Book You Wish You’d Written: The next book in my contract…I’m always wishing it was already written! ;)
First Book Published: Deep Cover (Sept 2011, Love Inspired Suspense)
Most Recent Book: Perilous Waters (April 2014, Love Inspired Suspense) I loved writing this book, because it’s set on an Alaskan cruise modeled after the one my husband and I took to celebrate our 25th anniversary.
Out Next: Book 2 in my Port Aster Secrets mystery series: Blind Trust (June 2014, Revell) The romance and suspense arcs over the three books in this series, while each book also has a standalone mystery. The first book in the series, Deadly Devotion, is actually on sale at Kobo right now (other Ebook sellers may match) for $1.99 until the 20th.
How Many Have You Written: I have a few manuscripts in my drawer that were never contracted, but by the end of 2014, I will have 8 novels published and 2 more written and in the pipeline for 2015.
What Do You Know Now That You Wish You'd Known Then: I’ve actually really enjoyed the journey of learning the craft and building friendships with writers prior to being contracted. There are a lot of things I could’ve learned sooner that would have sped up the “learning” part, but God’s timing has been perfect.
What is Your Favorite Bible Story: The story of Ruth—so many great truths in that story
What is Your Favorite Bible Verse: ”The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, shining ever brighter until the full light of day.” Proverbs 4:18 It’s such a beautiful word picture of what our lives should look like and a good reminder that we’re on a journey, not “arrived”.
What is Your Favorite Hymn: O Sacred Head, Now Wounded, for both the words and haunting music. I love Amy Grant’s version from the 80s with a storm in the background. My favorite line: O make me Thine forever, and should I fainting be, Lord, let me never, never outlive my love to Thee.
What is an Ongoing Prayer Request You Have: My back is a continuing source of pain for me, especially when I can’t resist picking up my grandkids or sit too long at the computer, so healing/strengthening of my back and God’s ongoing guidance in my writing are my two ongoing request.