I miss the days when I could just write and not have to tend to the business side of things. Necessary, I know, but marketing, blogging, twittering, and all the rest doesn’t come naturally to me. Since I have a family, it’s sometimes hard to do everything well. I’d love a housekeeper and chef but that isn’t going to happen. I try to count my blessings and ask for the Lord’s guidance every morning and throughout the day. He’s given me a job to do and I want to finish well.
What aspects of being a writer do you enjoy the most?
Working at home is a joy. Getting to know my readers and what reaches them in the pages of my books is beyond compare. Knowing God gave me something to do here below, not because He needs the help, but just because He loves me and knows writing brings me such joy and benefits others.
What is your writing style? (Do you outline? Write “by-the-seat-of-your-pants? Or somewhere in between?)
I’m a bit of both. I research heavily and get to know my characters, do some scanty plotting and let the creative process take over. It’s always a thrill to see where I end up. Sometimes I have to do heavy rewriting but the rabbit trails are usually worth it as I learn so much.
Do your characters begin to take on a life of their own as you write?
Oh my, what a wonderful question! Characters become so lifelike and loved! Warts and all. Sometimes they behave and do just what I want them to and then other times they have a life of their own and surprise me. A wonderful, mysterious process. My story people are like family. I miss them terribly when I write THE END.
What other new projects do you have on the horizon?
Hopefully more historical novels. I’d like to stay on the 18th-century frontier, if possible, or delve into an 18th-century town or plantation.
Who was the person who influenced you the most with your writing?
My family never stopped believing in my writing. My grandmother and brother, especially. They kept encouraging me over the long haul (40 years since the age of 7). Teachers, also, told me I had a gift. I didn’t always believe them but I kept writing. When I thought nothing would ever come of it, the Lord threw open the door. I’m so thankful.
What message would you like your readers to take from Courting Morrow Little?
That no matter what life hands us, God will redeem our pain and heartache. Hopeless situations are often blessings in disguise. Wilderness experiences are always for our good in the long run.