What are the most interesting facts that you learned while researching and writing Truth Stained Lies?
That private investigators’ work can often be very mundane and boring. They do a lot of things like background checks, cheating spouse cases, documentation of worker’s comp fraud, serving subpoenas, etc. It’s not all exciting, and in most cases it’s not even dangerous. But the events of each book pull my characters into investigations that are over their heads, and force them out of their comfort zones.
What other new writing projects do you have on the horizon?
Book 2 of the Moonlighters Series is in the editorial stage right now. The working title is Trust & Betray, but that could change before it goes to print. I’m currently working on the third and final book in the series. Both of those will release next year.
What message would you like your readers to take from reading Truth Stained Lies?
In Truth-Stained Lies, two of the three sisters have strayed from the church because of the way they were treated after their father, a pastor, ran off with his secretary. Instead of supporting the family left behind, the church evicted them from the parsonage, leaving them homeless. That changed their lives, and they’ve each reacted in different ways. They also have issues with hypocrisy, since their father was so clearly a fraud. I plan to carry this struggle through the three books in the series, and they’ll each have their own encounters with God and His people. I hope to make Christians think hard about how they treat those in their congregations whose lives have become messy. We pray for those who’ve strayed from the faith to return, and we intercede for lost people. But when those people show up in our midst, they’re often shunned. They don’t look and live like we do, so we judge them instead of embracing them and recognizing that Jesus, Himself, has walked them to our doors.
What organizations are you involved with?
I’m a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Sisters in Crime.
What are some of the challenges you face as an author?
Discipline is a biggie. When my children were still at home, I was pretty disciplined. I wrote during school hours every day. Now that they’re gone, I have less structure, so I find it more difficult to be consistent with my writing routine.
Who is the person who most influences your writing?
Probably my husband Ken. He’s a very funny man who keeps me laughing, and I often try to weave some aspect of his character into the men in my books. He’s also very intelligent and articulate. He’s a Bible teacher, and his insights about spiritual things often work their way into the themes of my novels.
What aspects of being a writer do you enjoy the most?
I love being able to live in my imagination so much of the time. It’s fun to get to the end of a book and realize the whole thing came out of my head ... that a few months ago all I had was a blank computer screen, but somehow I’ve created an entire community of people with real-life struggles. It’s fun to see how God gives me ideas that add dimension to my writing, and He works in my life in unique ways, showing me things that He wants me to share with my readers.