About the Author
I’ve always had voices—er, stories in my head. I once said I should write them all down so someone could write them someday. I had no idea at the time that someone was me!
I have been writing since 1995, and began working in earnest on my debut novel, Tessa in 2013. Meanwhile, I cranked out a few dozen poems, made countless notes for story ideas, and earned my BFA in Interior Design. I lived with depression for many years, and the inherent feelings of worthlessness and invisibility; I didn’t want to be who I was and struggled with my own identity for many years. My characters face many of these same demons.
I write stories of identity conflict. My characters encounter situations that force the question, “Who am I really?” For all who have ever wondered who you are or why you’re here, my stories will touch you in a very real—maybe too real—and a very deep way. I know, I write from experience.
1. What is your favorite season?
Spring—it’s a (ahem) robin thing… I love the return of color, especially green. New life, the world awakening again. A bird can stretch her wings…
2. If you could go to dinner with one of your favorite authors, who would you pick and why?
OY VEY!!! So many fav authors and just one dinner!! Can it be a banquet? Dame Agatha Christie comes to mind. I’ve long been a fan, and in high school my fanTAStic British accent earned me the role of Dr. Anne Armstrong in Ten Little Indians. (it was written as a male) Her novel, Death on the Nile, is the first story that made me think about how she did it; she had to know the crime before she knew how it was solved.
3. What inspired the idea for The Tilting Leaves of Autumn?
I’m a pantser and had only a vague notion of what this story would be. The series, Seasons, is really one giant story, so carrying it from one book to the next, with a new POV and MC, has been lots of fun. I had intimated at Scarlett’s situation in The Long Shadows of Summer, and I knew her story would be her fight to be free from that.
4. What do you want readers to take away from reading The Tilting Leaves of Autumn?
That God is with us in the darkest times, no matter how cruel the circumstances may be. He sees us through, and walks beside us each step of the way. We have but to acknowledge His presence. (He’s there regardless.)
5. What type of research did you do to write this story?
More for the first book, but continued with TTLoA, but French words and language since I use snippets and phrases throughout. I talked to a viticulturist (like horticulturist for vineyards) for details on the vineyards. Specifics of early automobiles, and driving them. And, of course, Google maps for specifics. The hardest one is (still) the Indian culture, which thus far has been a brief mention a few times.
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