What writing clubs or organizations do you belong to?
I used to belong to a small writers group through my church when I first started writing. I also belonged with larger national groups. However, as my career has gotten more complicated with several more books out, meetings with book clubs, teaching, etc, I have had to pull back from groups and become a bit more guarded of my time. I have learned to say "no," which, in the beginning, was difficult for me and allowed me to “overdo it” both mentally and physically.
What were your favorite books as a child?
I loved Popcorn, a book about a little white dog who wanted desperately to become a firehouse dog. Also, Serendipity, about a sea creature who didn’t know who she was. My mother also read to us Grimm’s fairytales, Mother Goose nursery rhymes, and Uncle Remus. I still love children’s books and great storytelling.
What other new projects do you have on the horizon?
I am working on a new book, yet at the time of this interview, it’s too early to describe! The books I write tend to write themselves, and I’m only privy to the true meaning when the book is done with me.
Who was the person who influenced you the most with your writing?
My mother, for sure. She is the reader in my family, the one who is captivated by books. She’s been so supportive of me from the beginning and loves to share her enthusiasm for good books and interesting writing. She also loves surprises, so I’ve developed a style of writing great twists that keep her (and my readers) guessing until the very last page.
What message would you like your readers to take from Beyond Molasses Creek?
That every person is precious, each created by God and in his image. This simple fact should permeate the way we live our daily lives with one another as well as what we deem worthy to stand up for.
What is your goal or mission as a writer?
It’s still the same as when I first started writing – to honor God with my words and to help make the world just a little bit better.
What do you do to get away from it all?
I really haven’t found a way to get away from it all, nor would I want to. I have learned to not accept all invitations, though, and how to set my writing aside and just focus on family for a while. This is the best getaway.
Is there anything you’d like to add?
Thank you all for your continued support of my books. Hearing from readers helps put wind in my sails and keeps me inspired to write!