What aspects of being a writer do you enjoy the most?
Putting on my headphones (I listen to soundtracks as I write) and seeing a scene unfold in my head like a movie. The whole book really becomes like a screenplay to me, unfolding bit by bit.
What clubs or organizations are you involved with helping with your writing?
Early on, I inhaled Writer’s Digest. I’m just rejoining some groups now, like ACFW and RWA, but mostly for networking purposes and to get fresh inspiration (always room for improvement!)
What books did you read as a child?
Anything and everything I could. I was a voracious reader and loved the Nancy Drew mysteries, Little Women, Anne of Green Gables…I was a library rat.
Are there any other new projects on the horizon?
Always! I’m just wrapping up Torrent, the third book in this series (all three in the series will be out this year), and I find I’m really, really sad about leaving these characters and this audience. So there’s a new teen proposal out there that I hope will find a publishing home. In the meantime, I’m writing a series about a group of young people on the Grand Tour of Europe, which will begin to release in 2012, from David C. Cook.
Who/what has been the most significant influence on your writing career?
The Thoenes, Frank Peretti, Francine Rivers.
What message would you like your readers to take from reading Waterfall?
Falling in love with a hero, a knight inside, is worth the wait.
What is your greatest achievement?
A growing faith in God, a thriving marriage, and three amazing, imperfect children.
What do you do to get away from it all?
Travel! We love to explore and have a family travel web site: www.theworldiscalling.com
Is there anything else you would like to add?
If you’re a mom of a teen who’d rather do anything else than read, don’t give up! Keep trying to find the kind of books he/she would like to read. Is it romance? Suspense? Mystery? Graphic novels? Something more cerebral? If you can find the hook that speaks to them, it just might make your reluctant reader an enthused reader.