Are there any more books coming in the To Catch a Thief Series?
Reluctant Smuggler is the last title currently scheduled in the series. However, I have more ideas for Desi and Tony adventures. Maybe one day the time will be ripe to write them.
Are there any other new projects on the horizon?
Yes, I have a two book contract with the Steeple Hill romantic suspense line. My first title for Steeple Hill is Evidence of Murder, which will release in February 2009. Here’s a little teaser: When a new business owner discovers photos on her property of a decade-old multiple homicide, she and the surviving son of the murdered family become targets of a powerful and desperate killer.
Who was the person who influenced you the most with your writing?
My sixth grade teacher, beyond a doubt. Every day she would perch on a stool at the head of the class and read to us from the most wonderful books. As I listened to her, the certainty grew within me that I wanted not only to be someone who got pleasure from books, but I wanted to be the one to give that enjoyment to others. That’s the year I wrote my fledgling novel.
What message would you like your readers to take away from Reluctant Smuggler?
Guard your hope at all costs. A sense of hope is vital to a healthy individual and a healthy society. Despair is at the root of gang mentality and many social ills today. When people see no future for themselves, they become capable of anything because nothing matters to them . A solid sense of hope promotes decency.
What is your greatest achievement?
Oh, my, I’ll have to let God determine that. When I stand before Him, I’m sure He’ll tell me. I would certainly count a successful marriage still going strong after over 26 years a major accomplishment, as well as raising four children. As far as writing is concerned, every heart God can touch through the words He helps me write is another jewel in the crown I intend to throw at Jesus’ feet.
What is your goal or mission as a writer?
My heart as a writer has come through several times in answering other questions. To summarize, I want to draw people closer to God by wrapping His truth in a winsome package that brings pleasure and provokes honest soul-searching.
What do you do to get away from it all?
All my life I’ve had the ability to go to a secret place in my own mind where I concoct marvelous other realities, which now turn into stories that I put on the printed page. The worlds of imagination have always been a source of escape for me. Reading other people’s books work that way for me, too. But if you mean, a physical “getaway,” my whole family enjoys camping. We make good use of Minnesota’s state parks. I don’t hunt or fish, but I take lots of pictures. And I sure enjoy walks in the woods, or sitting beside a lake listening to the waves, or the scent of wood smoke from the camp fire in the evening. Very relaxing. My husband and I also have a passion for short-term mission trips. So far, we’ve been to Jamaica, New Orleans during Mardi Gras, and Thailand.