Family Status: married with one child just out of college and another child just going in
What Is Your Favorite Beverage: Coffee, followed closely by the SteakNShake Mocha milkshake
What Is Your Favorite Food: Now that my doctor’s asked me to cut back on the chocolate, I’m really into French macarons and lemon meringue pie (but I still love chocolate).
What Is Your Favorite Thing to do During Free Time: Knit! I’m an avid knitter. I even write a knitting blog called DestiKNITions.
Who Has Been the Most Influential Person in Your Life: I can’t really identify one person. I had wonderful high school English and drama teachers who gave me my love of the written and spoken word, but many people in my life now have been great influences as well.
First Book You Fell in Love With: Believe it or not, it was John Garder’s Grendel in high school. I love old epic poetry, and that book turned my perspective on its head by taking the Beowulf story and telling it from the monster’s point of view. It changed how I viewed the possibilities of story.
A Book You Wish You’d Written: Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus. So imaginative and enthralling!
First Book Published: My first non-fiction was Becoming A Chief Home Officer from Zondervan. My first inspirational novel was Bad Heiress Day from Steeple Hill Cafe.
Most Recent Book: The Lawman’s Oklahoma Sweetheart - the finale of the Bridegroom Brothers multi-author continuity series
Out Next: A Heart to Heal, book four in my Gordon Falls series
How Many Have You Written: 23
What Do You Know Now That You Wish You’d Known Then: Your path is unique to you. Everyone will craft their careers differently, and if you want staying power than you need to be smart but also true to yourself. You can learn from the author next to you, but you can’t imitate her.
What is Your Favorite Bible Story: Joseph—I’ve directed too many versions of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat not to love that great comeback story.
What is Your Favorite Bible Verse: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)
What is Your Favorite Hymn: O Come O Come Emanuel
What is an Ongoing Prayer Request You Have: For my two children to find their unique, happy paths as one enters college and the other enters the “real world.”