How much research did Submerged take?
A lot. I found myself researching Alaska, Russian history, cave diving, adventure companies, search and rescue teams, and the list goes on. Fortunately, I absolutely love research. The hardest part for me is stopping so I can write the book.
What are the most interesting facts that you learned while researching and writing Submerged?
What a great question. There were so many fascinating things I learned while researching for Submerged—the amazing courage of dive rescue volunteers, the vast and beautiful landscape of Alaska, but I think what I found most interesting was Russia’s connection to Alaska. I had no idea how long Russia had a claim to Alaska, the depth of their involvement there and the amount of cultural heritage that is still present.
What are some of the challenges you face as an author?
The biggest challenge I find is trying to balance everything--homeschooling my daughter, taking care of my family, maintaining close friendships, writing, researching and now marketing. It’s definitely hard to juggle it all and my deepest prayer is for guidance on how to best balance everything God has so kindly entrusted me with.
What aspects of being a writer do you enjoy the most?
I love the entire creative process…from developing an idea, to researching, writing the first draft (probably my most favorite part) and then shaping that rough draft into something that actually resembles a story.
What clubs or organizations are you involved with helping with your writing?
I have been a member of ACFW and RWA for years. Both provide a wealth of resources, training in the craft and the latest publishing news. ACFW also provides a wonderful way to connect with other Christian writers, both published and not yet published. I cannot recommend ACFW enough.
What new projects are on the horizon?
Shattered will be available February 2013. It is the second novel in my Alaskan Courage series and will follow Piper McKenna’s story. I am really excited about her story and had a ton of fun writing it.
What message would you like your readers to take from reading Submerged?
That we find wholeness and fulfillment in Christ alone.
What are your favorite fiction books to use in homeschooling?
There are so many, but my favorites would include Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Chronicles of Narnia, The Bronze Bow, The Screwtape Letters, and In His Steps.