How much research did Highland Sanctuary take?
A lot. I had to research the history of the Catholic Church and the relationship between the Church and the Scottish monarchy. I needed to know what people believed about seizures in 1477, medical procedures, trials and executions. I needed to know about the area of Caithness, Scotland, the landscape, trees, flowers, the sea, seasons, and temperatures. I also had to research the layout, foundation, and how castles were built and restored.
What is the most interesting fact that you learned while researching and writing Highland Sanctuary?
How much of the English language was not yet in existence. There were so many words I wanted to use, but couldn’t.
Is this a series? If so, what is the name of the series?
Right now, there are only the two books Highland Blessings and Highland Sanctuary, but there are other characters I’d like to write about such as Leith MacKenzie.
What are some of the challenges you face as an author?
I still work a full-time job and my heart longs to write full-time. As a result, I feel like I never have enough time to do the things I want to do or just relax.
What aspects of being a writer do you enjoy the most?
I love the research and the ability to be creative, to write stories that touch hearts, and hopefully change lives for God’s glory.
What clubs or organizations are you involved with helping with your writing?
American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America.
What do you do to keep your writing fresh and improve on it each time you write a book?
I read other books and blogs. I also pray for God’s guidance in my writing and career.
Are there any other new projects on the horizon?
Yes, I have two novellas coming out with Barbour Publishing in Jan and Feb 2012. The first is Highland Crossings, four short stories in one volume by four different authors following the generations of a family from Scotland to colonial North Carolina. The second is the Quakers of New Garden, also four short stories by different authors following the generations of a family from NC to IN from 1808 to present day.