Is any part of A Love of Her Own factual?
Many of the buildings and landmarks were actual places in Lewistown, MT, along with actual street names. Glacier National Park land was authorized by the sale of 800,000 acres to the US government from the Blackfeet for $1.5 million and White Calf, the Piegan chief was an original signer of the commission and later confirmed by Congress in June 1896; though it wasn’t until 1910 that Glacier National park was officially designated by President Taft as a national park.
What is the most interesting tidbit that you learned while writing A Love of Her Own?
While researching about how to drive a team of six horses for a stagecoach, I learned that the driver threaded the reins, or ribbons as they called them, through the fingers of his thick gloved hand, leaving the right hand free to let off the brake as needed. The right hand left the driver free to handle the whip.
What other projects do you have on the horizon?
I’m currently working on The Blue Willow Bride series. It’s about three sisters from Holland who come to America for a fresh start and looking for husbands. I’ll be book signing for LifeWay’s National Fiction Event again in May.
What are some of the challenges you face as an author?
Juggling the writing, marketing and deadlines are the hardest thing for me because it seems the are continually overlapping.
In the midst of all of that, book signings and taking care of my home and life in general factor into the equation. It takes a lot of discipline and organization in my opinion to be a successful writer.
Who was the person who most influenced you in your writing journey?
My brother Gary, whose pen name was Jess McCreede was the largest influence in my writing. Before he died he wrote seven historical westerns. He was my mentor and taught me to finish what I start. He convinced me that my writing was really good and encouraged me to submit my manuscript to a publisher. Since my father was absent, my brother tried to fill his shoes. While working he went to college at night to earn his degree in Entomology. I was so proud of him. He was the only one in our family to receive a college education. I can never repay the debt I feel I owe to him. I still struggle a lot with his sudden death.
But my ultimate coach is God, who is there day in and day out beside me, encouraging, nurturing me with His Word to be the best that I can be and giving me direction.
What message would you like your readers to take from The A Love of Her Own?
I’d like my readers to be aware that no matter who you are or what station in life, God wants to be a part of it and cares about ever detail in one’s life.