Please tell us a bit about yourself.
I’ve called Iowa home my whole life. I received her B.S. in education from Lubbock Christian University and married the love of my life two years after graduating. After my first child was born, I stopped teaching high school English and became a professional wiper. I wiped noses, tears, skinned knees, and baby's bottoms every day. But at naptime, I wrote.
Today, I write historical fiction with a generous dash of humor. My husband and I have three children—two in college and one still at home. Besides writing, I do wedding planning and floral designs, and I’m known as the “Cookie Lady.”
What sparked your interest to write about a switchboard operator?
Actually, I ran across a Youtube video about switchboard operators and was fascinated. Immediately, I thought about fitting it into a story.
How much research did When Love Calls take?
I do a lot of research on the setting, which is this book is Des Moines, Iowa. I also research the character’s jobs, like the switchboard operator, and research the details. This book involves an arson, so I had to discover what arson investigation entailed at this point in history.
Do you have a background and passion for history?
I am certainly passionate about it. While most families watched or played ball on Sunday afternoons, my family attended antique auctions. My dad expected us to know what things were worth. My parents also took us on day trips to any place with a historical significance. They really instilled a deep appreciation for history.
How much of the story is factual information?
Most of the things that happen to Hannah while at the switchboard are factual things switchboard operators faced or humorous moments I read about in newspaper articles from around the country. Most of the details in the book are factual, but the plot and characters are original.
What are the most interesting facts that you learned while researching and writing When Love Calls?
Switchboard operators had over 200 rules to follow, including raising their hand to blow their nose, but the telephone companies really tried to create a nice place for them to work. I also read about the electrical home treatment machines that people bought to treat everything from melancholy to baldness.
What other new writing projects do you have on the horizon?
Right now, I’m working on book 2 in the Gregory Sisters Series. It will release in May of 2014. I have some other ideas I’m looking at as well.
What message would you like your readers to take from reading When Love Calls?
I hope readers see the impossibility of things when you try to do them without God. For me, at the root of those attempts, I often find pride and stubbornness.