How long did Split Ends take you to complete?
This one was a lengthy process. Two moves, a husband’s new job, kids in different schools, a house that wouldn’t sell . . .what was the question? LOL The longest it’s ever taken me to complete a book. I believe around eight months.
What is the symbolism for the title Split Ends?
I think life is all about our choices and we’re left with the consequences of whatever we choose. The hard choices cost us something and unfortunately, we don’t get to see the ending when we make the decision. I wanted to show a heroine who could have played it safe and didn’t.
Do you have a favorite character? Why?
My favorite character in this is Sarah Claire, the heroine, because she’s been told all her life what she is – and she chooses to believe otherwise and make things happen for herself.
How much research did Split Ends take?
A lot. And team stylists aren’t cheap – but they are worth every penny. Luckily, my hair is thick, so I got a lot of bang for my buck each time I went. Though I’m sure they felt worn out when I left after all the questions I had!
How many titles will be in this series?
Split Ends is a single title novel about a girl with a dream and a mustard seed of faith.
Do you prefer to write contemporary- chick lit fiction?
I do, because I can take what’s relevant in the world and put it to the page. It’s timely, but I think if you can take the core emotions that drive us all, it can be more of a setting than just dated.
What are some of the challenges you face as an author?
Time. I have four children and a finely choreographed day. If anything busts into the dance steps, there are far-reaching consequences. I’m on a deadline right now and in the last week, we’ve had a broken sewer line, a move, a sputtering furnace, my daughter home sick, a broken arm on my wave-boarding son and my husband in Texas on business. That would screw up anyone’s schedule – but try adding being creative to the mix and it can run one dry. But my family comes first. They always will.