How much research did Catch a Falling Star take?
I wanted to ensure that I got the pilot/flying aspect of it right – both the personality and the factual information. And my husband was my go-to source for anything medical. Since I live in Colorado Springs, where the book takes place, some of the research was organic. As I drove around town I’d think, “This is where Griffin lives” or “ I want Kendall to eat at this restaurant.”
How much of the story is factual information?
If by factual you mean based on truth, then the whole book is founded on a reality we all wrestle with: What do we do when life doesn’t go according to plan? Kendall, Griffin, Ian, Evie (two subplot characters) are all imaginary people facing real life problems. There’s a subplot of adoption and one of my “Preferred Readers” read through those scenes to make sure they were believable, i.e. emotionally truthful.
What are the most interesting facts that you learned while researching and writing Catch a Falling Star?
I was quite caught up in Evie’s story – of how she wants to adopt after dealing with infertility, but even that dream isn’t coming true the way she imagined. Talking with my friend who’s adopted two children helped me understand some of the overlooked challenges adoptive parents face. Adoption is a ministry that God uses to transform both the child and the parent.
On a lighter note, it was fun to learn more about Jeeps, since both Kendall and Griffin are Jeep people.
What other new writing projects do you have on the horizon?
I’m working on my third novel, which is titled Take Another Look. It’s a stand-alone novel, based in Colorado and it’s been challenging me as a writer as I delved into a romance that has a lot of reasons why it shouldn’t happen.
What message would you like your readers to take from reading Catch a Falling Star?
I’ve learned to stop expecting life to go according to my plans – and to trust that God is working even when I can’t see any evidence of that. Does God want us to dream, to hope? Absolutely. But ultimately our hope and confidence has to rest in Him, not in having everything work out the way we want it to go.
What organizations are you involved with?
I’m on the leadership team for My Book Therapy, author Susan May Warren’s coaching and mentoring community for writers. I also belong to several other writers organizations, including American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), Romance Writers of America (RWA), and Faith, Hope and Love, the inspirational chapter of RWA.