Please tell us a bit about yourself.
I’ve been writing in one way or another since I was a child. My earliest publications were in the small, family-owned weekly newspaper where my parents would often include some of my articles, essays, and poems. After years of studying the craft of writing with Writer’s Digest Magazine, writing books, a college course, and the trial and error of submissions, I signed with a well-known New York literary agency. Although it failed to produced the hoped for results, and led to nearly seven years of not writing, God wasn’t through with me yet. He led me to Brandilyn Collins’ book Eyes of Elisha, and she pointed me to ACFW. The friendships and connections formed in this group ultimately led me to Sheaf House and publication.
I also write cozy mysteries under A.K. Arenz. The Case of the Bouncing Grandma was a finalist in the 2009 American Christian Fiction Writers Book of the Year contest. The second in the Bouncing Grandma Mystery Series, The Case of the Mystified M.D., won the 2010 ACFW Carol Award for mystery.
I live in Missouri with my husband and two persnickety Himalayan cats.
How did you get started as a CBA writer?
It was after I joined ACFW, um . . . goodness, I’m not sure, but I think it was seven or eight years ago. I’d been reading CBA books for some time, and something clicked with me. You see, all those years ago before and during the time with that agent I mentioned, I would hear things about my writing being very good, but that it was too “nice.” I didn’t get it. Well, not until the agent suggested I “juice things up a bit.” That was something I just couldn’t do, didn’t feel right.
For years I thought I was doing something wrong, but it turned out that I just wasn’t in the right market. I was writing Christian fiction even before I knew it existed.
What is your favorite Bible verse?
Ah, this is an easy one; John 3:16 – “For God so loved the world He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” That’s the way I learned it when I was very, very small.
How did you come up with the concept for the Mirrored Image?
As with all my books, I have to admit that I didn’t come up with the concept. It might sound trite or silly, but I don’t look for a story . . . it comes to me in bits and pieces from the Author of all things. I’m a seat-of-the-pants writer—literally. If God doesn’t give it to me, I can’t write. I know. I’ve tried doing it on my own, and I just can’t do it.
What is the symbolism for the title Mirrored Image?
I feel like I’m in high school English and trying to analyze a story we’ve just read. Sorry, no offense. I’ll be serious now.