What is your favorite Bible verse?
John 9:25, KJV
What led you to become CBA author?
I think writing inspirational themes just came naturally out my faith. All my life I was making up stories so the two things just naturally blended together.
How did you meet Michael Phillips?
He and I co-wrote my first book.
Michael Phillips was a classmate of my sisterís in college and they went to the same church and were involved in all the same Christian groups. They became good friends and then they went their separate ways; my sister got married and moved away. In the meantime, I had moved up to live with my sister before she moved away and met Michael and Judy Phillips. Eventually I got married and Michael Phillips and my husband became very good friends through Christian groups and churches. At that time I started writing again. Michael just happened to see what I was writing and heíd wanted to do a Scottish fiction book. Thatís when he asked me if I wanted to collaborate with him and I thought, sure. He had published several of the MacDonald series. Heíd also published 2 or 3 non fiction books. Heíd already published for Bethany House. We finished and sent in ďThe Heather Hills of Stonewycke,Ē the first book in the Stonewycke series, the first book I published, and the first one that we wrote together.
How did you choose story line for Mark of the Cross?
Actually, Iíd never really been much into the Middle Ages until my husband and I went to England in 1996. Iíd gone with the intention of doing research. I think at that time I was thinking of the WW II series, having more of an English setting; London and the bombings. The other part of it was 19th century England and Iíd already done 19th century Scotland. Once I got there, with all the castles and the tapestries I was easily transported back to the era.
We went to one place with reenactments of Medieval tournaments. Another intriguing place was Hampton Court which was more 15th century but still it was fascinating where people went around in costume and all the things from Henry the 8th. I knew then that I just had to write something that would include this time period.
How did you choose the 12th Century?
In my research of the era I came across the de Montfort rebellion in England and that caught my interest especially when I learned there was a Crusade shortly afterward. I really wanted to deal with the Crusades. Thereís more out there now compared to a few years ago in the Christian genre, but there is still very little. I had a hard time getting anyone interested in this. Another thing is that I hope to draw in male readers. My books have always been more adventure oriented. Thereís been romance in them of course. I like adventure stories and I always appreciate when I hear from male readers.
Do you have a preference for historical fiction?
Yes. Sometimes as a writer I want to branch out and try new things. However I think thatís where my voice is. I relate better to historical situations than contemporary ones. I love history. I think its fun every now and then to do something different. Iíve done some contemporary and Iíd like to write some humor.
What are some of the challenges you face as an author?