I live in Virginia’s east coast and am blessed to be surrounded by water. My husband and four children love to spend family time on the river boating, skiing, and tubing. While our schedules are much busier with two teenagers and two pre-teens, we try to get out as much as possible. We also just got a new puppy, which makes life even more interesting. In addition to family time (which includes homeschooling) and writing, I also enjoy speaking and am very active in several ministries. I have a counselling background and launched a caring ministry at our church in the last year as well as stay active in missions. As a matter of fact, I’m about to take my second mission trip to Kenya.
I was the kid in school who didn’t like essay tests or research papers. I always preferred math to English. I enjoyed reading but never dreamed of writing. Then when my second child was born I was a stay at home mom for the first time and had a million emotions and thoughts and no adults to share them with. I started writing to get them out. Then writing became a passion. I spent the next few years learning about the craft of writing and honing the skill. I read about writing, attended conferences, and joined critique groups. I’ve self-published many books – fiction, nonfiction, and children’s books – but this book is traditionally published and the process has been quite different. It takes a lot longer, but it’s nice to have someone else be in charge of the design, cover, and formatting. It will also be nice to have a publisher and network of authors to help promote this book.
My newest book, In an Instant, is a mystery. We start out seeing a desperate Luke Montgomery at the police station trying to get someone to listen to him about his missing wife. Officer Terrence Cooper agrees to look into what happened to Julie Montgomery, but isn’t quite convinced anything is amiss. After all, she’s only been missing a few hours. However, the more questions he asks, the more it seems like something sinister has happened to Julie. As he continues to dig, he uncovers secrets that are most likely connected to her disappearance and give Luke more to deal with than he ever imagined.
How do I write? Usually I have a glimpse of a scene or a character and the story follows. Sometimes I take the time to plot out the whole story, but very rarely. And there are always half a dozen or more stories floating around waiting for me to record!
My most favorite book of all time…that’s a really tough one. I would say the Bible, but that seems like cheating. I think I’ll have to go with the Zion Covenant series by Brock and Bodie Thoene. It’s a 15 book series set before, during, and after WWII. There is loads of historical accuracy included in the books, the characters are excellently written, and the story is both fascinating and totally possible.
By His grace and for His glory,