What is your favorite Bible verse?
Ooh, I’ve got so many! One verse that’s truly part of me, though, is Ephesians 2:10—“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”
Please tell us a bit about yourself.
I’m a wife and mom—I’ve been married to my husband for seventeen years, and we have a boy and girl. When I’m not homeschooling, I somehow find time to write, which I love. I also love traveling with Women of Faith in 2010 as a speaker.
What inspired you to write Faithful?
Things kept coming up in my own life that drove me to James 1:2-3—“Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.” I kept focusing on that word “when” and thinking about how we all will encounter trials.
I wanted to write a story that explored trials many of us experience, as well as our natural responses to those trials—we question, we doubt, we fear, we’re tempted to do things we might not otherwise, and we don’t see how it will change. But by faith, we can cling to the truth that God is faithful, and no matter how things look, we can trust Him to work things together for good as He promised.
Is any part of Faithful factual?
No, it’s entirely fictional. Of course, we authors pull bits and pieces from real people and situations, but we’ll never name names.
How closely is Faithful based on your own life experiences?
My life experience is reflected in the part of the story where Phyllis, one of the main characters, goes to a sorority reunion and homecoming at the University of Maryland. I attended U of M, and when I attended a 20-year reunion there with my sorority sisters, I returned with that story idea.