Do you have a critique partner?
My agent is the closest thing to a critique partner these days and although she doesn’t have time to critique all my books, she always comes through when I run up against an unexpected challenge.
What were your favorite books as a child?
The first book I remember reading was The Velveteen Rabbit (sitting in the school library, I cried when I finished it). I also loved Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House books. And I loved fairy tales.
What do you do to keep your writing fresh and improve on it each time you write a book?
I try to create characters that interest me, and I try to come up with new problems and challenges for them. I also love a good setting. And I plan to continue dabbling in some historic stories. I’m so easily interested in something new that’s it not hard to get me going in a completely different direction. I know this might confuse some readers who expect a certain type of story from a certain type of writer—with me they should probably just expect the unexpected.
Are there any other new projects on the horizon?
There are always new projects out there for me. As I mentioned I’m going to do a historical (an Oregon Trail wagon train trilogy that’s inspired by my ancestors). I also have some new things coming out for teens. And, of course, there is always my annual Christmas novella.
What message would you like your readers to take from reading River’s Song?
A major focus of the inn is on healing, which Anna believes is usually related to forgiveness. Grace and forgiveness is a big part of this trilogy.
What is your greatest achievement?
That’s a tough question. As a human, I could say that it’s been staying close to God for 40 years, but I’m not sure I can take any credit for that since God stays much closer to me. Or I could say it’s having been happily married to the same guy for 33 years, but my husband has a lot to do with that too. As far as writing goes, I suppose I could say it’s how many books I’ve written, but I’m not sure that’s a great achievement. Maybe my greatest achievement is yet to come!
What do you do to get away from it all?
We are blessed to live in a beautiful state (Oregon) and we have two homes—one in the mountains and one at the beach. I can get away from it all by going from one to the other and then back again. Right now I’m at the beach where the sun is shining and the temperature is about perfect today. No complaints.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
Just that it’s been an amazing ride so far. When I first started writing (in the late 80’s) I had no idea where it would take me. I simply wanted to write because I loved to write. I never dreamed it would turn into something like this. My husband and I just have to pause and shake our heads sometimes, marveling that God is so good to us. Anyway, I hope to continue writing until I’m a very old (and hopefully wise) woman.