Do you have a favorite character in The Great Christmas Bowl? Why?
I love the dog. (Okay, I love Kevin. And Mike. And Marianne cracks me up, but really, it’s the dog, who is my pal during the cold winter days when the kids are at school, who has my heart…)
How much research did The Great Christmas Bowl take?
None. Zip. Okay, wait, yes, I had to do some research on heart transplants. But everything else? I just drew from experience….
What was the most interesting fact that you learned while writing The Great Christmas Bowl?
That it takes a lot of energy to be a trout. Those costumes are heavy!
What are some of the challenges you face as an author?
Keeping my stories ideas unique and my writing ever better with each story. A story like this one comes once in a lifetime, I think – it was so easy to write, it felt like I was singing.
What aspects of being a writer do you enjoy the most?
Seeing a story come to life, molded by God in the telling. I’ll write a phrase, or tie up a story thread and in that moment I’ll see how God put the entire thing together and gave me amazing words. It’s humbling and thrilling at the same time.
What is your writing style? (Do you outline? Write “by-the-seat-of-your-pants? Or somewhere in-between?)
I’m both – I do extensive outlining as I start…and then I see how it plays out as I get into each scene. I think it’s important to have a roadmap, but let yourself then enjoy the journey.
Do your characters begin to take on a life of their own as you write?
Oh yes…that’s part of the discovery process of writing. But, if I know them well enough, I don’t have too many surprises. I am often surprised when they reveal something I didn’t expect them to, or when someone dies before I expect them to… (hate that!)
What other new projects do you have on the horizon?
I am currently working on Licensed for Trouble, book 3 in my PJ Sugar finds Trouble collection, about a wanna-be PI in Minnesota. I sort of wrap up the love triangle between PJ, Boone and Jeremy, and of course, PJ gets into a lot more trouble!