What aspects of being a writer do you enjoy the most?
I love it all! I’m an extrovert so I love doing the promotion and getting to know my reader friends. My favorite part of writing is the editing process. LOVE IT!!
What is your function as CEO of ACFW? What do you think is the most important aspect of attending the ACFW convention in Dallas 2012?
Basically the buck stops with me. The Operating Board runs the organization, but the president runs things by me and the advisory board. We steer the direction of ACFW. Dallas is going to be phenomenal! Michael Hyatt is our keynote speaker, and he is a wealth of wisdom about the publishing business. The conference is the place to network with other writers, to get to know what is happening in the Christian publishing world, and to meet agents and editors who can partner with you for the future.
You have a gift for collaborating on projects with other authors. How do you select the other authors that you write with? And Why?
To write with another author, you first have to love and respect that author’s work. You have to make sure they are easy to work with and are not set on having their own way on a collaborative effort. Smitten was so fun because it was done with my three best friends. We wrote our own characters into the book so it was easy to know how every character would react. It’s a project unlike anything I’ve ever done before. It wasn’t work, it was playtime with my buddies!
Will there be a follow on book to Smitten?
Oh yes, two! Secretly Smitten is about to enter the editing process, and there is at least one more after that.
What other new writing projects do you have on the burner?
I’m so excited about my new Hope Beach series. Tidewater Inn will be out in July. It’s set in the Outer Banks, NC and it’s a “bigger” book than I’ve ever done before with all the layers and mystery I could put in it. I’m excited to share it with readers, and the cover is phenomenal!
Will you be doing any more Suspense and Intrigue books?
Oh yes! I can’t write without suspense and intrigue. Smitten was a bit of departure but even Secretly Smitten will have a tiny bit of a mystery in it.
Do you still participate in geocaching?
Whenever we get the chance! You’re thinking of your favorite book, Abomination, aren’t you, Dianne? I still love that book too.