Please tell us a bit about yourself.
I have been married for 20 years this year and we have six children ranging in age from 18 to 5. I have been writing for as long as I can remember but finally had the courage to attempt writing a whole novel several years ago, thanks to a friend who goaded me into it. I am so glad she did! I also love to read.
What is your favorite Bible verse? Why?
It’s so hard to choose just one! I love the Word—it really is living and active and I always seem to find that wisdom or direction or encouragement I need right when I need it most. I guess I will share my life verse: “Therefore, since through God’s mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart.” (II Corinthians 4:1) That’s an important verse to remember no matter what ministry you’ve been called to. I need to remember it as a mom, a wife, and a writer. It’s only through His mercy I get to do this and I can’t lose heart when things get tough.
How did you come up with the concept for She Makes It Look Easy?
The book was inspired by two things. The first is that I have seen people thrown into tempting situations and observed how it was handled and the hurt it caused. I wanted to delve into that through the use of story. The second was from the letters I receive from women through my work with Proverbs 31 Ministries combined with my own memories of being a young mom trying to figure out how to do it. We as women are so prone to comparison and feeling as though we never measure up. I wanted to create a character who struggled with that. Based on these two elements, She Makes It Look Easy was born.
Do you have a favorite character She Makes It Look Easy ? Why?
Actually my favorite character to write was Justine, the “perfect” neighbor who ends up involving Ariel in the secrets she’s hiding. Because of her duplicity, I found I couldn’t wait to get back to her to see what she’d do next. Ultimately, I had a lot of sympathy for her, which surprised me.
How much research did She Makes It Look Easy take?
I would say this book is based on the last twenty years of living the life I profiled, including my own life and the stories we hear daily at Proverbs 31 Ministries. I did interview moms of all boys just to get a better feel for what raising a pack of them is like.