What organizations are you involved with?
In my current busy schedule, I am involved with my local Gateway Church and my family. I do, however enjoy being a teacher/leader at a youth church camp each summer in the Ozarks.
What are some of the challenges you face as an author?
I could write or do research everyday as I really do love it. However, with my new business to run and a lecture schedule to keep, I find that impossible. Sometimes I wish that there were two of me so I could lecture, teach and write each day!
Who is the person who most influences your writing?
There are too many to mention them all but mostly the women of the family, being true to themselves and their story as well as telling it like it is. So much of history is being rewritten or just plain forgotten.
When my mother gave me permission to write the story, we were talking on my back porch. She said “You write the story, but be sweet when you tell the story. We are human and made mistakes or poor choices. We may not all be here now, but I guarantee that we will be at the Pearly Gate waiting for you and eternity can be a long time to hear our opinion of what you wrote!
What aspects of being a writer do you enjoy the most?
I like writing a different story, with true to life hardship and courage. It’s pure joy just setting on my back porch and letter the story evolve as the wind whispers through the gardenias and crape myrtles. This allows me to get into the souls of the characters as if they were breathing.
What do you do to get away from it all?
My retreat is my back porch and breezeway; at times I enjoy the silence of the breeze or maybe some music that gets me relaxed or excited. Reading a book or writing in my journal is a wonderful get away for me. With my current travel schedule, any time at home I consider to be precious like a retreat.
Another side line interest of mine is reading about quantum physics, biology and mechanics. I would love to have a block of time to really delve into these topics.
Is there anything else you’d like to add?
I really want the reader to fall in love with these characters, thinking about them and their actions. My main goal would be for them to start their own encounter with God and a desire to hear His voice, spend time with Him and fall in love with the Creator of Love.