What is your favorite Bible verse?
My favorite Bible verse is a simple but encouraging one that has seen me through some tough and challenging times: All things are possible with God—Mark 10:27
Please tell us a bit about yourself.
I was always a storyteller and was constantly in trouble as a child for making up stories. The writer part was harder to acknowledge, partly because English was my least favorite subject. My eighth grade teacher told me not to even think about being a writer. Diagram a sentence? Never! I’m like the musician who can’t read music.
I might have spent the rest of my life scribbling in notebooks and writing long flowery notes to my kids’ teachers had I not “volunteered” to edit my church newsletter. After I made the church picnic read like a Grisham novel, my former preacher took me aside and said, “Maybe God’s calling you to write fiction.” Until that moment I never had the courage to follow my heart.
On the personal side: My husband and I have three children. As for hobbies, I like to
herd cattle, chase down bad guys, and rob stages. Wait at minute. That’s not me;
It’s my characters that do those things.
What inspired you to write A Suitor for Jenny?
The idea for my September 2010 release A Suitor for Jenny lurked in a dusty Kansas museum. While rifling through old newspaper clippings I came across a meeting notice for “The Society for the Protection and Preservation of Male Independence.” I have no idea what happened to the group or even if they ever succeeded in their goal to remain single, but I know a book idea when I see it and I pounced.
From that clipping came the idea to have my heroine Jenny Higgins breeze into a town of confirmed, and unsuitable bachelors to seek husbands for her two sisters. Fireworks, anyone?
How did you choose the location for the setting?
I like to choose settings that carry a theme. “A Suitor for Jenny” takes place in Rainbow Creek, Texas, a fictional town with a troubled past that was first introduced in “A Lady like Sarah.” My goal was to create a town that mirrors the spiritual decay of its citizens for the first book in the series. In Book 2 the town begins to grow and change in positive ways, along with its citizens, but there’s still one area where the town falls short—and that will be addressed in book 3.