What are the most interesting facts that you learned while researching and writing Her Good Name?
Lots of things pertaining to the lumbering and logging industry of Maine in that era, late 19th century; how many young women were finding higher paid employment as typists and stenographers; how the Fourth of July was celebrated (The Star Spangled Banner was not traditionally played. Hail, Columbia and America the Beautiful were more apt to be played at the raising of the flag).
What are some of the challenges you face as an author?
Disciplining myself to write almost every day, when there are so many more distractions online nowadays. Once a book is published, the challenge is finding one's readers, with so many thousands of books being published, especially online.
What aspects of being a writer do you enjoy the most?
Creating the story. When I'm writing the first draft of the story, and don't know all the details yet, this is when the story is closest to me. I'm thinking about these characters throughout the day and night. They are still very special and may surprise me.
What other new writing projects do you have on the horizon?
I'm working on the hero's sister's story. She is more like I was at that age: shy and introverted. But there's a strength in her that she isn’t even aware of it yet.
I also love writing in the Regency period of England. I have a new regency coming out in March 2013 about a man posing as a butler in an aristocratic household to find out if the heroine is one of Napoleon's spies.
What message would you like your readers to take from reading Her Good Name?
That true love is the great leveler. I love taking characters from very different walks of life who wouldn't normally meet, much less fall in love. But then circumstances throw them together, and voilà, they fall in love!
What do you do to get away from it all?
Garden! I am finding that I love being outside in the summer planting and watching things grow. It's so relaxing and fulfilling.
Is there anything else you’d like to add?
Stories are a wonderful way to show spiritual truths.