What was the most interesting fact that you learned while researching and writing Bathsheba?
I had never quite understood why Uriah was so adamantly against King David’s suggestion to go home and sleep with his wife. Some have suggested that he was warned by servants or someone else not to go home and that Uriah knew their secret and wasn’t about to cover up what they’d done. I didn’t quite like that interpretation because it makes Uriah sound deceptive and unforgiving.
The question was answered when I learned that for a guy in the military, Uriah’s behavior was not unusual at all. Uriah was keeping a code of conduct that David himself had instituted. Men at war did not involve themselves in such personal affairs because it could obscure their focus. Uriah was one of David’s elite captains, and it made perfect sense why he would speak to David as he did, and why he would not obey a suggestion that went against military protocol. Learning that fact gave me a whole new perspective on Uriah, and I felt like I finally understood him.
How many books will be in the Wives of King David series?
Three. Bathsheba is the third and final book in the series.
What are some of the challenges you face as an author?
Trying to mix daily life, which has its own challenges, along with juggling writing, research, editing, blogging, social media, and marketing. Facing glowing and/or critical reviews can be either ego-inflating on the one hand or spirit-crushing on the other, if I let it. Neither extreme is good for me. I remind myself often that I’m nobody special! I appreciate every single reader who takes the time to read my work.
What aspects of being a writer do you enjoy the most?
Getting to do what I love! I love the Bible and the stories of the people God has immortalized there. To have an added reason to study it for work purposes has many rewards.
What clubs or organizations are you involved with helping with your writing?
I’m a long-time member of ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers). Without them I would not be published. I met my critique partners and agent, and subsequently, my editor through ACFW, and have made many lasting friendships with fellow authors.
What do you do to keep your writing fresh and improve on it each time you write a book?
Read. I am never without a book in the “currently reading” stage. I have a huge to-be-read stack and I try to mix up the variety, reading in many genres and both fiction and non-fiction – sometimes I have two or more books going at once. Good stories inspire me and I’m always trying to figure out how to evoke emotion in my own work.
Are there any other new projects on the horizon?
Yes. I turned in Sarai, Book 1 in The Wives of the Patriarchs series a few months ago. It is “in house” getting ready to release probably February 2012. I am currently working on Book 2 about Isaac and Rebekah, and book 3 will cover Jacob, Rachel, and Leah. After that, I am contracted for The Brides of the Promised Land series, which is a four-book series on Rahab, Deborah, Ruth, and Hannah.