Please tell us a bit about yourself.
I’m a stay at home, homeschooling mom and we come from a little mountain community in Southern California. I love spending my days with the kids, but it also makes finding time to write a bit of an adventure! I’m the artsy type, so we typically go from one adventure to the other and it usually involves something in the kitchen or with paper or glue. I’m so blessed to get to spend my days in the place that I love, doing what I love and being married to my hubby and best friend.
How did you start writing Christian fiction?
I always knew that I wanted to be a writer and it was about the time that I had read and loved Lauraine Snellings, Red River of the Northseries, that I knew that I wanted to be a Christian fiction writer. And now that I’m a published author, I always want to write books for God’s glory.
What inspired your interest in writing the My Hope is Found?
My Hope is Found is the third book in the Cadence of Grace series and in many ways, it’s the big finale to where Be Still My Soul and Though My Heart is Torn, took readers in the first two books in the series. The book really encompasses the idea of the Savior we have in Christ, if we but seek Him.
How did you come up with the concept for The Cadence of Grace series?
I think the idea for the series really stemmed from wanting to show hope even in the most dire of circumstances. I think many of us can look back on life to a time when there were no easy answers. That moment of being stuck between a rock and a hard place, and faced with the question: can God save me from even this? The answer is always that He can. It might not come in the form that we would envision or plan, but in God’s grace, He truly does have the perfect plan for our lives.
How much of the My Hope is Found is factual?
A bit differently than the first two books in the series, My Hope is Found took readers and myself on a bit of a road trip to the city of Stuart. Researching the city and the courthouse, as well as the judge I really sought to have it displayed as factually as possible. A small handful of locals pitched in to answer my questions and share their own insights and I am so thankful!
How closely is the My Hope is Found based on your life experiences?
The common thread that I see in the book that most closely relates to my own life story is that of redemption and salvation. I had the joy of being alongside my husband during the season of his life when he truly knew that he needed a Lord and Savior. That’s an experience I’ll never forget and one I’m so thankful for. There’s something so beautiful about it—this piece of humanity that ties us to Christ. Illustrating that through this piece of fiction was such a special experience.
Were you raised in the Appalachian area? Do you have family in the Appalachian region?
I was not, but we do have some family and friends in the area. I fell in love with the region as I began the research for Be Still My Soul and at that point, I’d been living in the mountains for a few years. The more I read of the people and the culture and the more I experienced mountain life through the day to day, the more Appalachia became my writing home.