|Is this a personal novel based on your life or a close friend or family member?
STEALING ADDA is a work of fiction; however, as with all works of fiction,truth does seep into the pages. Though some of Adda's life experiences are a reflection of my own, her version is, beyond a doubt, far more interesting and exciting. Heavy sigh....
Do you prefer to write contemporary fiction?
As books go, writing historical fiction was my first love, but I have a confession: I've been unfaithful. I have a new love--"chic lit". Not that I don't still have feelings forhistorical fiction. Not that I won't, perhaps, return to it one day (Look out CBA!). It's just that STEALING ADDA was such fun to write that I'm inclined to repeat the experience.
What are some of the challenges you face being an author?
Oh, the usual--deadlines (choke), writingSYNOPSES (gag), waiting on the next contract (gulp), revisions (yuck), interruptions (aargh!), and this little thing called WRITER'S BLOCK (Eew!).
How long did “Stealing Adda” take you co complete?
Six months which felt like three. But then came the revisions.
Is this going to be a series? If so, what is the name of the series?
Though I do have a couple more "Adda" stories in mind, at this time, STEALING ADDA stands alone. But who knows....
How much research did “Stealing Adda” take?
Compared to my historicals, very little. "Write what you know" really is a good piece of advice.
Do you have a favorite character? Why?
I'm definitely partial to Adda. She's the me I'd sometimes like to be. I am so verbally-challenged.
Are there any other new projects on the horizon?
That would be PERFECTING KATE, the story of a single thirty-something who... Oops, best to keep her under wraps until the ink dries.
Who was the person who influenced you the most with your writing?
With regards to my historical writing, that would be a toss up between Kathleen Woodiwiss and Jude Deveraux. As for STEALING ADDA...that would be Adda Sinclaire herself.
What advice would you give to a person trying to become a fiction writer?
Read--bunches!--and not only in the genre in which you hope to be published. Also, consider joining local and national writer's group such as American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America.
What were your favorite books as a child?
So many books...so much more time then than now.
PIPPI LONGSTOCKINGS pops to mind, as does MISTY OF CHINCOTEAGUE, CHARLOTTE'S WEB, and THE BORROWERS (I was certain there really were wee folk!).
What message would you like your readers to take away from this book?
I'm always amazed at how seemingly meaningless encounters with others can dramatically impact our lives.The young man who gives Adda his copy of the New Testament despite her obvious lack of interest sets into motion something far greater than himself. He believes and is unafraid of his belief. We should all be so bold (myself included).
What is your goal or mission as a Christian writer?
Of course I want my stories to reveal Christianity to non-believers and inspire those who have already accepted Christ as their Savior, but I also want to bring the light of love and laughter into readers' lives.