How much research did Wildflowers from Winter take?
A lot more than I thought it would. I’m fortunate to have a brother-in-law who lives on a farm, so he and his wife gave me a tour and answered a lot of my questions. There are a couple scenes that required the expertise of an equestrian vet and a person who knows a lot about calving. I also had to do extensive research on grief. Richard Mabry’s The Tender Scar was a huge resource.
Is this a series?
Yes. The second book, Wishing on Willows, comes out in the spring of 2013. It’s the story of Robin Price, a secondary character in Wildflowers. There are a lot of familiar faces and places, which will hopefully be fun for readers. Even though you don’t have to read my debut to follow book 2, I do think it will be more meaningful to those who’ve read Wildflowers.
What are the most interesting facts that you learned while researching and writing Wildflowers from Winter?
The title itself was intriguing to me. When we were trying to come up with a title, it was brought to my attention that the more snow we get in the winter, the more abundant the wildflowers are in the spring. I love how God reveals truth through creation. God is the master at taking what is barren and making it into something beautiful. This is a theme I explore in my novel and it’s a theme I see every day in the world around me.
What are some of the challenges you face as an author?
Fitting everything in! Being a debut novelist is time-consuming. There’s lots to do. And on top of all the marketing and editing and writing tasks, I’m in a busy season in life. Not only do I have a rambunctious three-year old at home, my husband and I are in the process of adopting, which is also time-consuming.
What aspects of being a writer do you enjoy the most?
There’s so much! Telling stories. Discovering new ideas. Getting to know my characters. The satisfaction that comes with adding words to a manuscript. The awe that comes when I experience God’s provision. And then there’s the relational stuff – like all the wonderful people I’ve met on social media networks. Getting to work with such an amazing, supportive staff at Waterbrook Press. There is so much I love about being a writer.
What other new writing projects do you have on the horizon?
Readers can look for Wishing on Willows in the spring of 2013, which continues in Peaks, Iowa and tells Robin’s story. I have ideas for another story that would fit well with this series, if the opportunity presents itself in the future. Other than that, I have a few irons in the fire and a few other manuscripts that are ready to go. Hopefully they will be available to readers some day!