Do you have a favorite character? Why?
That’s easy. Claire. She’s tough under fire. She helps others even when she is in personal crisis.
How much research did All I’ll Ever Need take?
Most of the research about Huntington’s was done for the first two books. For this book, I needed a little help to gain an inside look at our county jail and how the process of intake/ court proceedings occur. An attorney friend, Aaron Cook, was invaluable in this process.
Is this the beginning of a series?
It is the end of a series.
What are some of the challenges you face as an author?
To FIT IT ALL in: writing, surgeon, family, mission. I’ve considered cloning, but as of now, it doesn’t seem to be a viable option for getting more done.
Are there any other new projects on the horizon?
- I have a new novel coming out with Zondervan next Spring: Perfect.
It’s all about a young woman who’s outside life appears perfect while on the inside, trouble is brewing.
Who was the person who influenced you the most with your writing?
Angela Hunt, a prolific fiction writer and friend, helped set up a supportive novelist’s group, Chi Libris. The group has been invaluable for making connections that have opened up new directions for my fiction.
What advice would you give to a person trying to become a fiction writer?
Study the craft. Don’t take shortcuts. Writing is hard work. Read the fiction teachers. My favorites are Sol Stein and Donald Maass.
What message would you like your readers to take away from All I’ll Ever Need?
God’s grace to us is a constant. It’s present in the deliverance from pain, but also comes to us cloaked in the disguise of suffering.
What is your goal or mission as a writer?
To write entertaining fiction that challenges readers to deeper streams of Christian faith, by presentation of flawed people in a hurting world encountering the hope of grace.