What is your favorite Bible verse, Translation too, please! And why?
I Thessalonians 5:24 Faithful is He who calls you and He will also bring it to pass. (NASB)
Please tell us a bit about yourself.
I am a wife and mother. I have a Master's in Education and I've taught at the college, secondary and middle school levels. I love to quilt, sing in the choir, read, teach Precepts Bible Study and travel. I'm always up for an adventure and writing has been a wonderful adventure. In fact, my daughter asked me the other day what I'd wanted to be when I was her age. Without having to stop and think, I immediately blurted out, "Indiana Jones." She narrowed her eyes and frowned. "But you're a girl, Mom." I nodded. "Yeah," I told her. "I wanted to be the female Indiana Jones." And through my writing, I guess I'm living my dream.
How did you choose the Carolinas as your setting?
I am a native North Carolinian and from the mountains to the sea, I'm so proud to call North Carolina home.
What was your motive to write Carolina Reckoning?
My parents divorced when I was nine years old. I was angry at everyone, most of all God, when my world fell apart. I wrestled with feelings of abandonment, forgiveness, and faith. Like Alison, I longed to find Someone upon which I could rely. And at the foot of the Cross, I discovered a Father God who is always faithful and true. He is enough for every need, past, present and future.
What is your favorite genre to write?
I love the action and adventure of suspense and the romance of two people finding in each other more than they ever dreamed possible.
Is there a person or situation in your life that inspired you to write Carolina Reckoning?
My mother has always been my strongest supporter and encourager. Her own fictional stories of adventure involving my brother and I as the main heroes carried us through many a long family trip as children and fueled the writer within me. Her life story—of courage, independence and faith—inspired Carolina Reckoning and is a testament that God is, indeed, sufficient for every need.
How much research did Carolina Reckoning take?
Many years ago I had the privilege of working as a docent at an antebellum historic park. This insight into the inner workings of historic preservation caused the romantic suspense writer in me to wonder, "What would happen if a murder occurred in this uniquely Southern setting?"
What are the some of the most interesting facts that you learned while researching and writing Carolina Reckoning?
I was very fortunate to interview a sheriff's deputy who provided an amazing personal testimony of law enforcement through a Christian cop's point of view. His struggles to balance the worst of human nature with his own walk of faith made me so thankful for the dedicated men and women who keep our homes, streets, cities and families safe.
Theirs is often a thankless job and the toll the profession often wreaks upon their family life and marriages requires extraordinary commitment and courage. And on the lighter side, he allowed me to shoot a Taser. Which was a blast. Literally.