What books did you read as a child?
Oh, now that’s going to date me big time – Nancy Drew mysteries, Black Beauty come to mind. Actually it occurs to me that I liked many of the same types of books then that I read today – stories of characters facing seemingly insurmountable obstacles and overcoming them.
Are there any other new projects on the horizon?
A STRANGER’S GIFT is the first in a series of three books set in the Sarasota Mennonite community. There are characters that will appear in all three but a reader does not have to have read one to appreciate the stories in the other two nor is it necessary to read them in order. I’m just finishing up the second book -- A SISTER’S FORGIVENESS – and it has been a pure joy to research and write!!
Who/what has been the most significant influence on your writing career?
Who would be my husband – he has always believed in me and encouraged me and given me the wings to pursue my writing. What would be an upbringing that was rooted in story-telling (my dad managed a movie theater when I was a kid and I have a master’s degree in Theater Arts).
What message would you like your readers to take from reading A Stranger's Gift?
Every reader finds her own message in a book or story and hearing from those readers via my website often opens my eyes to the presence of messages I never really saw before in my own work. A huge mistake for any writer to make is to sit down and try to deliver a message – frankly that’s between the reader and whatever may be going on in her life when she reads my work and, of course, God.
What is your greatest achievement?
Whoa! Now there’s a question to give a person pause! I’d have to say my marriage – or I should say whatever it is I have brought to this marriage that has made it the partnership it has been.
What do you do to get away from it all?
Walk while listening to audio books on my mp3 player; in Florida I go shelling almost every morning enjoying the sunrise; movies and plays are a constant source of inspiration for me; and believe it or not one of my favorite places in the world to unwind and recharge is New York City. LOVE the energy there!!!