Please tell us a bit about yourself.
I’m happily married (for 21 years), have 3 sons ages 11, 14, and 17, and we live in Indiana. I love to read (big surprise!), travel, and watch romantic comedies. Chocolate fits in there somewhere too. I started writing my first novel in 1996, writing while my sons napped each afternoon. My July release, Driftwood Lane, will be my 16th novel.
What inspired you to write Driftwood Lane?
I conceived of the idea for Driftwood Lane on my 40th birthday. My brainstorming buddies and fellow authors, Colleen Coble and Diann Hunt, took me out to eat. Over lunch, they helped me shape a story about Meridith, a safety inspector who inherits a dilapidated Bed & Breakfast and three half-siblings she’s never met. Adding a hero who was her polar opposite was just part of the fun.
How did you choose the location for the setting?
Driftwood Lane is the 4th book in my Nantucket Love Story series, so I knew the setting going into this story. Initially, I chose Nantucket as the series setting because it’s a beautiful, charming island. The perfect setting for a love story.
How long did Driftwood Lane take you to complete?
My books tend to take 6-7 months. 1-2 months for planning and research, 4 months for the first draft, and 1 month for self-editing. That doesn’t include the rounds of edits with Natalie Hanemann, my fabulous editor at Thomas Nelson.
How many books will be in the Nantucket Love Story Series?
Driftwood Lane is the 4th and last book of the series. Readers always ask if they have to be read in order, and the answer is no. The characters don’t overlap between books, so read them in any order you like!
Do you have a favorite character in Driftwood Lane? Why?
Meridith, the protagonist, is my favorite character. She had a difficult past that left her a little tightly strung. But at heart, she’s loving and willing to reorder her life for three kids she’s never met. It was fun to bring easy-going Jake into her life to help her unwind a little.