What aspects of being a writer do you enjoy the most?
I love to tell stories that entertain and minister. I’ve never been the writer who wanted to only preach to the choir. By that, I mean that it’s very important to me to weave a story in a way that ministers to believers and non-believers alike.
What writing clubs or organizations do you belong to?
I belong to Romance Writers of America; their inspirational chapter Faith Hope & Love; their screenwriting chapter ScriptScene, and American Christian Fiction Writers.
What were your favorite books as a child?
I was a big fan of Dr. Seuss. I loved The Grinch and his teeny heart, and I would not eat Green Eggs & Ham! As I grew older, because of Dr. Seuss, I started reading anything I could get my hands on.
What is your writing style? (Do you outline? Write “by-the-seat-of-your-pants? Or somewhere in-between?)
I used to be very organized when I was a screenwriter. A step outline was a prelude to every script; I knew scene by scene what was going to happen, long before I actually wrote it. Novels are very different though. I sort of take the journey as I write it.
Do your characters begin to take on a life of their own as you write?
They certainly do! It’s often hard for me to say good-bye to them when the book is over.
What other new projects do you have on the horizon?
Quite a lot, actually. I have several books coming out in the next few months. In October, Love Finds You in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California; in the spring, a new devotional called Delight Yourself in the Lord…Even on Bad Hair Days that I’ve co-written with reader favorite authors Debby Mayne, Kristin Billerbeck, Trish Perry and Diann Hunt. In late 2011, Abingdon will release the second in my OH! series, The Big 4-OH!, and the following spring they’ll publish The Big 3-OH!
Who was the person who influenced you the most with your writing?
My dad was a wannabe writer who never actually pursued it, opting instead to put food on the table for his family. That inspired me to make different choices and plan it out a little more. But the writers who move me, who make me want to be better, are Frank Peretti, Robin Jones Gunn and Kristin Billerbeck.
What message would you like your readers to take from Always the Baker, Never the Bride?
That our God-orchestrated destiny is what happens while we’re busy making other plans.
What is your greatest achievement?
I’m not sure I’ve achieved it yet. So far, however … surviving ovarian cancer is right up there on the list.
What is your goal or mission as a writer?
To honor and glorify God by uplifting His children through my stories.
What do you do to get away from it all?
Well, it’s been a while … let me think … I’m a big fan of dogs. I like to raise funds, volunteer and support animal rescue groups. And I really am blessed by the ocean, so when I need to escape and find my funny again, that’s where you’ll find me.