Please tell us a bit about yourself.
Although I like to write big, sprawling romantic stories, my personal life is terribly mundane. By day I am a librarian at a small college….which is a terrific job for someone who loves books and research. I got married relatively late in life, so I have no children of my own, but I inherited my husband’s two daughters. They are now grown and out of the house, so I needed a new pastime, and I turned to writing. Novels have always been such a significant part of my life that I got to the point I wanted to try writing one of my own. I love emotionally charged stories, so romance was a natural genre for me. I also wanted to weave an element of inspiration into the themes, so Christian romance was the avenue I chose to pursue.
What is your favorite Bible verse? (Translation too, please) Why?
In the beginning there was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1 (New International Version)
This may be an odd quote for a favorite, but it resonates with me like a mantra. When I get stressed out over the minutia of daily life, that verse has a timeless quality that soothes me. God and Jesus have always been there, they always will be. My worries are a tiny blip in that long, unending relationship that is stronger, deeper, and more profound than I can get my mind around. The verse helps me keep things in perspective.
What was your inspiration to write Against the Tide?
I have always admired people who are fluent in multiple languages. My heroine is a translator for the U.S. Navy, certainly an unusual position for a woman in the 1890’s. I wanted to write a romantic suspense story that hinges on the heroine’s intelligence to help dig her out of some dicey situations.
Have you lived in the Boston area?
I’ve never lived in Boston, but I’ve been there countless times for business. I love 19th century Boston because it was such an amalgamation of contradictory forces. It was home to the Puritan movement, but also some of the wildly progressive forces that pushed the limits of social propriety. It is steeped in history, but also a force pushing forward in terms of industrialization, artistic and literary movements, and politics. It is full of interesting neighborhoods, distinctive cuisine, and great historic venues. It is a wonderful backdrop for a novel.