About the Author
1. As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? Did becoming an author ever cross your mind?
Yes, I did want to be an author. I loved reading. I STILL cannot really believe I’m an author. I hope to eventually write children’s books, too. I did work on some while I was a psychologist.
2. How many books have you written and in what genres?
I believe my next contracted book, Backwoods Brides, will be my sixteenth published romance. But I was also a contributor in two nonfiction books. My doctoral dissertation, although not published per se, is considered a seminal work in adolescents and stepfamilies, with a look at how faith impacts perceptiosn of shared stress. And right now, pending approval of new title, we are waiting on another possible contract. All of my stories are in Christian historical romance.
3. How important are the names of the characters in your novels? How do you choose names for your characters?
I like to have a name that fits the era and also may capture the essence of the character. I choose names normally from friends, family, ancestors, readers, sometimes from historical documents, and sometimes I have to search online for old records of names that were frequent in that time period.
4. What writing project are you currently working on? What can you tell us about it?
My next novella is called “His Anchor” and is part of the First Loves Collection from Barbour. This story is about Sadie, my heroine from My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island’s best friend. I love Sadie. She’s a very special character. I’m so looking forward to giving her a happy ever after with the ship captain who has loved her a long time – or will I not be able to??? You’ll have to read that story in April 2018 to find out! The deadline for me is August 1, 2017, but the readers don’t see the end product until next year.
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