What do you do to keep your writing fresh and improve on it each time you write a book?
There’s really nothing like reading. I study everything I read, whether it be a magazine, a pamphlet, a novel, a screenplay. I love good writing. And if it’s bad writing, then I dissect it and figure out why it’s not appealing to me. I love reading TIME magazine. Their writers are so talented, and I love watching how cleverly they weave words and sentences.
Are there any other new projects on the horizon?
There are several! I’m really excited about a new suspense I’m writing for Tyndale House called Misery Loves Company. I just finished a novelization with director John Ward. And I’m teaming up with Cheryl McKay (Never the Bride) again for more romantic comedy, and I’ll be posting news about that soon on my Facebook page and in my website newsletter, so stay tuned!
What message would you like your readers to take from reading Possession?
I hope it makes us all think about what is truly meaningful in life. It’s not wrong to have possessions, but I love what the Bible says about it: For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. I so easily get tangled up in all my “things”. Possession was a good reminder to myself about what truly matters.
What is your greatest achievement?
Gosh, hard question. Just recently God reminded me that I do not have to be a superstar, just a servant. That takes so much pressure off. I honestly think that just getting through every single day is an achievement. Some days are great, no problems. But then you get slammed with problems you never saw coming and you have to deal with them. You have to keep living, keep working, keep your family intact. I think it’s quite an achievement to get through this life day by day, clinging to the Lord. He was not joking when He said, “In this life, you will have trouble.” But what a joy to be able to wake up in the morning and experience His love and His light. Maybe my greatest achievement is rolling out of bed every morning with a smile on my face. But then again, I think I’m going to have to give God the credit for that one.
What do you do to get away from it all?
Well, honestly, I don’t get away very much. I am one of those people who likes to work hard. I get anxious if I’m not doing something productive. My biggest treat to myself is going to the movies. Before kids, Sean and I would sometimes see three movies in one day! I very much enjoy a nice hot drink, a magazine and a good TV show too. Oh, and a game of Scrabble never hurts either!
Is there anything else you would like to add?
Thank you so much for the interview! Great questions. Feel free to send follow-ups if you need to!