What aspects of being a writer do you enjoy the most?
All of it. I love writing a good scene, talking with fans, brainstorming with other authors, and digging into research. I even like doing edits. I’d do this job for free (hope my publisher isn’t reading this).
What writing clubs or organizations do you belong to?
More than I really have time for: American Christian Fiction Writers, ChiLibris, Christian Authors Network, San Jose Christian Writers Group, and Logos Writers.
What were your favorite books as a child?
The Chronicles of Narnia, the Lord of the Rings, and anything by Ray Bradbury.
What is your writing style? (Do you outline? Write “by-the-seat-of-your-pants? Or somewhere in-between?)
Um, yes. I outline, write SOTP, and often wind up somewhere in between. I start out with an outline that lays everything out neatly from the opening bombshell to the last twist. Then I get into the middle of the story and things happen. Characters wander in uninvited. Someone gets killed when I only intended a flesh wound. People fall in love when they were supposed to be just friends. So I take a deep breath, brew a pot of strong coffee, and do a new outline that will take the story home.
Do your characters begin to take on a life of their own as you write?
Oh, yes. Some of them also take on deaths of their own. That’s always a hazard in one of my books.
What other new projects do you have on the horizon?
Here’s a sneak peek at my current project: Lawyer Marie Derouen is trying to rebuild her life and career after her ex-husband was indicted for embezzlement and falsely implicated her in his crimes. She is assigned to defend a wealthy Miami importer who is accused of “disappearing” a teenaged girl years ago when he was a military officer in Guatemala City. He is handsome, charming, and seems honorable. And of course he denies killing the girl. Marie begins to fall in love with her client, but she senses that he is keeping secrets from her. Is she too suspicious because her ex betrayed her, or is her intuition about him right?