How did you get involved with writing about the Texas Rangers?
They have fascinated me and the more I read about them the more I wanted to write about them. I have visited with them. They are a very professional group of law enforcers.
Have the Texas Rangers endorsed this series?
I never asked them to endorse it. I hadn’t thought to. I did ask the Texas Ranger I talked to in depth if I could dedicate the book to him, and he agreed.
Do you have a favorite character in Saving Hope? Why?
Kate Winslow, the heroine, runs a shelter for girls who have been on the street as prostitutes--many trapped in a situation they couldn’t get out of, especially without help. She gives them a second chance--hope for their future.
How much research did Saving Hope take?
A lot--law enforcement procedures, the Texas Rangers, how children get caught up in prostitution rings (so many forced), what kind of help there is for them. When I started this four years ago with a idea, I didn’t see a lot of information and books at first. Now I see people are more aware, and you see more about rings being broken up across the country.
What are the most interesting facts that you learned while researching and writing Saving Hope?
There is a wonderful program in California called the Children of the Night which tries to help these teens have a second chance. Researching the Texas Rangers was fascinating. I admire people who help protect society.
Based on the premise of the story, was it hard to write when you researched the darker side of history?
I’ve been a suspense writer for years and read and research such dark things as serial killers. But when people hurt and abuse children that is even worse. Children should be loved and protected. So yes, it was hard--very hard.
How many books will be in the Men of the Texas Rangers Series?
There are three in the series. The second one will be out in August 2012 called Saving Grace. It is set along the border of Texas with Mexico. Its theme is about the different types of bullies we deal with.
What are some of the challenges you face as an author?
Finding the time to write all I want to write.
What aspects of being a writer do you enjoy the most?
Creating the story--when the story unfolds for me.
What clubs or organizations are you involved with helping with your writing?
I am president of American Christian Fiction Writers. ACFW is an organization for Christian fiction writers with around 2500 members. I’m also a member of the local ACFW chapter, WIN. I belong to Romance Writers of America and a couple of local chapters of that organization. Both of them have helped me a lot in my writing career.
What new projects are on the horizon?
I will be writing the third book in the Men of the Texas Rangers. By the way there are a few women who are Texas Rangers but most of them are men. This third one I have titled Saving Justice.
What message would you like your readers to take from reading Saving Hope?
Not to give up hope. Hope is one of the greatest gifts God gives us. It is what keeps us going when we want to give up.
What were your favorite books as a child?
Nancy Drew mysteries--I read them all.