Another great guest post, this time from New Zealand! A sister writer, she’s also a Christian and a rider!
Tell us a little about yourself, where you live, beliefs, what else you do, what pets/horses do you own?
I grew up in a small village in a rural area in New Zealand. From the age of five, I rode horses which my family owned and trained, often winning prizes in the local horse shows. During my early life, my parents had lived off the land, initially share-milking and later as horticulturalists. During the school holidays, my horses and I were regular visitors to neighbouring farms. I remember the friendly farm dogs, waking with roosters at dawn and picking the wild blackberries that my mother served with fresh cream straight from the cows. I loved rural life and even when my family moved to a small town, I continued to spend my holidays on these farms with the horses and animals I loved.
I became saved at a Billy Graham crusade in the early seventies but none of my family became Christians. I found the journey without the spiritual support of my family difficult and often met opposition from family and friends. Apart from taking refuge in God, my animals gave me much comfort. As well as my horses, I enjoyed the companionship of many domestic animals which included pet lambs, cats and dogs.
After completing my nursing studies and qualifying as a Registered Nurse, I spent six years abroad, living in Australia, England and Europe doing a variety of jobs between my nursing roles. I returned home to start a family and now reside on the Hibiscus Coast of New Zealand where I have retired. Instead of just reading fiction, I am fulfilling my passion of writing fictional novels.
We live on the coast near the beach and are no longer in a good position to keep animals but we enjoy house-sitting friends’ pets. I keep up my riding by visiting ranches and taking horse treks. I miss my pets who have died so much. Animals were the only things that kept me sane during youth until I let Christ into my life.
I am not religious. That means I don’t adhere to rituals and man-made rules of how to live a Christian life. I live by faith and know I am free from trying to earn God’s favour as it is freely given by His grace to all who believe.
Tell us about your current work or which book you are promoting at the moment.
I write inspirational Christian fiction perhaps most suited to a female audience although men enjoy my books too. The genres are mainly Cosy Mysteries and Suspense Romance with a strong Christian message.
My latest book WHEN HOPE WENT SOUTH is the first in a stand-alone series called the Dart River novels. The Dart River lies in the Southern Alps in New Zealand. Hope is a young woman who sets out on a solitary intrepid journey from the North Island to the Southern Alps in search of her horse that has gone missing. The story suits young and older adults. It is full of action and adventure.
How do you work? Late/early? Where/how do you get your ideas? Are you a plot in the head before starting or step by step writer?
I love burning the midnight oil but my health isn’t in love with it. My routine usually consists of doing all my chores and running errands during the day then by mid-afternoon I sit back in my recliner chair with my laptop and start writing. After the evening meal, I get writing again until midnight. I do have evenings where I just relax and watch TV.
I do not write much of the plot for my books. Usually, before I have finished the current book I am busy with, a new novel is already playing out in my mind. I have a vivid imagination and have a few books already at the back of my mind. I write a basic plot and the rest just flows or unfolds. I ask for God’s guidance as I have entrusted Him as my literary agent and distributor. I have to let go and let God.
Your most favourite book of all time? A Moment in Time by Tracie Peterson