How much research did Remember me When take?
The whole Women of Hope series has taken a great deal of research, which I love! Sometimes I think it’s the main reason I love to write historicals. I knew nothing of Oregon during that time period, so I had to go digging, and it’s always fun to speak with the various historical societies. The books they recommend are always fantastic.
What are the some of the most interesting facts that you learned while researching and writing Remember me When?
I knew nothing about mules when I started out, but I found it fascinating to learn a bit about them, especially their unique quirks. And while I can’t say it was fun, I read a book about lynching during that time period. There’s no lynching in Remember me When, but I wanted to see how small towns in the American west handled violent crime at a time when law enforcement was primitive, and the waits for a circuit judge to come to town were very long.
What other new writing projects do you have on the horizon?
I’m developing a suspense series that takes a different look at cults—it’s consuming me. That research is also extensive and fascinating, even if in a different way. I’m also working on a proposal for a short contemporary romance. Those are true mental-health treatments, since I work on them between the more intense writing.
What message would you like your readers to take from reading Remember me When?
That while there will be times in our lives when we’ll be called to do something risky, maybe even life-threatening, we should step forward and take action. However, that comes with a condition. We’re also called to weigh decisions against the Word of God. When they line up, then we’re to know that if God is with us, then who can prevail against us?
What organizations are you involved with?
Currently, because of family demands, I’m a member of ACFW only. In the past, I’ve belonged to a large number of writer groups, but have had to cut back.
What are some of the challenges you face as an author?
The greatest challenge I face as an author is the lack of time to write all the stories buzzing around my head. This ties in with my Attention Deficit Disorder, since I find it difficult to shut out the other fascinating ideas that come to me on a constant basis.