|Are there any new projects on the horizon?
Yes. More fiction.
Who was the person who influenced you the most with your writing?
Irene Frank, a prolific freelance writer from San Diego who taught writing classes. I attended two: "How to Get Published" and "Fiction Writing." Almost twenty years later, I still refer to things I learned from her.
What advice would you give to a person trying to become a fiction writer?
Read, read, read. Write, write, write, and then rewrite. Make your story unique; it has to sing louder than what's on the shelf right now. Submit only your best effort; make your high school English teacher lay down her red pen and smile. This takes more time and discipline than you want to think about; don't think about it, just do it. And don't give up. There・s always room for fresh voices in fiction. It's important to remember published writing is a business as much as I wish it was an ivory tower endeavor! Listen to editors, publishers, and agents. They know what's going on. Pray. Our Father is the one and only Creator; our imagination is His gift and He does bless the use of it when we ask Him.
What were your favorite books as a child?
Louisa May Alcott's; Nancy Drew; Trixie Belden
What message would you like your readers to take away from this book?
I only get one? I try to capture my themes with a Scripture verse printed at the beginning of the book, and then I explore that through the characters. This one is "Let be then; learn that I am God" from Psalm 46. All four women unconsciously cling to a false belief that they are in control. They turn 40; things fall apart, and the illusion of control shatters. Molly is poised to return to fulltime teaching; God points her another way. Jo・s work as an OB/GYN seems doomed. Andie faces fears she thought she could control; newfound courage only creates more discomfort. Char laments not having a relationship with her husband and thinks she'll fix that pain by going elsewhere for male companionship. One by one they let go of their anxiety over situations. They begin to trust that God is God. They learn how prayer changes things.
What is your goal or mission as a Christian writer?
To express through story God・s wild love for us and the reality of Jesus in our everyday lives. I want believers to be encouraged, stretched, challenged, affirmed. I want readers who aren't quite sure about God to be intrigued, to consider that He longs to have a relationship with them.