What are some of the challenges you face as an author?
Oh, goodness, tearing myself away from e-mails and other Internet-related activities that literally steal my time away from writing—that’s the first thing that comes to mind.
But I would have to say the toughest challenge has been staying grounded in what God wants for me versus what I want for me. Sure, I would love to be a bestselling author, but what does God want? I am learning (very painfully, I might add) that I must become less so that He can become more. But I will be the first to admit, that as a human being who thrives on the positive feedback of readers, this is a challenge that has taken me by surprise. My love for God has always been deeply passionate, but never have I encountered anything as difficult as this—staying focused on God rather than my books. One of my favorite Scriptures that I try to pray daily is 2nd Corinthians ll:3—“Do not let “my mind be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ.” Sigh. Easier said than done.
Who is the person who most influences your writing?
Initially, that was Margaret Mitchell because it was her incredible novel, Gone With the Wind, that inspired me to write in the first place at the age of 12 when I actually penned 150 pages of what is today my debut novel, A Passion Most Pure.
But as far as people who influence me now, that would be my husband Keith, who reads every one of my books at least twice to give me feedback and the benefit of his opinion, which I have learned to trust immensely. It’s because of Keith that I am toning down the romantic passion in my stories because he feels that a less passionate, less complicated, less spiritual, and way shorter romance novel is more in keeping with the CBA market. We’ll see …
What aspects of being a writer do you enjoy the most?
The most? Oh, that’s a no-brainer—writing love scenes, of course! I like tension, lots and LOTS of romantic tension, so when I write those scenes, my keyboard is smoking because my fingers fly. In fact, one of my friends wanted to know why I couldn’t just write a nice, “sweet” love scene. Duh, because I would fall asleep! Even my husband noticed the fast and furious pace of my love scenes—he said he would be meandering along in a nice, easy passage and then, bam! A love scene would hit, and before he knew it, he was 20 pages down the road!
What do you do to get away from it all?
LOL … sleep, eat, read, and watch an occasional movie with my husband. I’m actually pretty boring right now because I have so many deadlines at the moment and a wedding coming up. But when I do get some free time, I love to read, bike ride with my hubby, watch old movies and musicals, and go out to dinner with friends.