What is your favorite Bible verse? Why?
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD , “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” –Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
This was the scripture verse that God whispered in my ear when I was going through my cancer treatments. I held that scripture in a vice grip, repeating the promise that I had a future over and over … until I actually did!
Would you please tell us a bit about yourself?
I grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, and spent most of my adult life in Los Angeles. I’ve wanted to write for as long as I can remember and have held down day jobs for years (entertainment publicist, travel agent, customer service, editor, you name it!), all while studying my craft and writing evenings and weekends.
How did you come up with the concept for the Love Finds You in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California ? Do you live in Carmel? (otherwise known as heaven on earth!) What is your connection with Carmel?
I’m a California native, and I lived there several times. There’s just something about the Pacific Ocean that really calls out to me – it always has! – so I’ve spent a lot of time exploring, from the middle of the state to the Mexican border. When Summerside contracted the book, it had been written around another location. However, the publisher had just taken a golf vacation in Carmel, and he asked if I would consider revising it, set in this fantastic place he’d discovered.
What were the odds that, of all the places along the Pacific that I’d visited, Carmel wasn’t one of them? What a blessing though! Once a person steps foot in the place, they’re just never the same. I was so inspired by the landscape of the Carmel/Monterey area that I’m dreaming of retiring there one day!
What draws you to write fun fiction and romantic fiction?
God. (smile) I’ve always known that my purpose here was going to revolve around writing, but the Lord took His time revealing the details to me. Once I finally broke into the inspirational market though, and people started responding in such a positive way to my humor, it kind of all unfolded from there. I love to tell stories that are fun and light-hearted, with an often-surprising thread of truth and faith woven through. My Christian faith is such a huge part of who I am that including that faith in my novels is a no-brainer for me. It makes a lifetime of writing aspirations come full circle.
How much research did Love Finds You in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California take?
Weeks and weeks … thank the Lord! (smile) It involved online research, talking to people who knew the area well, and a good bit of time exploring on my own. It was a dirty job, but someone had to do it, right?