What was your inspiration for The Lightkeeper’s Daughter?
I thought it would be fun to write about one of Bree’s ancestors. Bree is the main character in my popular Rock Harbor series.
How did you come up with the concept for The Lightkeeper’s Daughter?
I got to wondering what would happen if a young girl raised near the poverty level in a lighthouse suddenly found out she was really from a wealthy family? And who would do that to her? I love to explore complex family relationships.
Is any part of The The Lightkeeper’s Daughter factual?
The climate of the country at that time is so similar to what we see today with the large gulf between the rich and the poor, and the way our society chases after things is so close to the way it was at the turn of the last century. I knew I had to write about that.
How closely is The Lightkeeper’s Daughter based on your life experiences?
While it’s not really based on my life experiences, I think all of us have wondered how we would react if we found out we weren’t who we thought we were. Especially as kids, sometimes we think we must have been left by the stork!
How did you choose the location for the setting?
I’m a nut about lighthouses. One year Dave and I did a tour of as many East Coast lighthouses as we could. Then I talked to the fiction editor at Christianbook.com (waving at Dianne Burnett) and she told me about a place in northern California called the Benbow Inn. I was intrigued by the area and we did a research trip there that included the lighthouses. I was hooked on redwood country and the rocky coastline.
Do you have your trademark animal included in the book?
Of course! Gideon is very much like Samson. A great dog who has an innate empathy for humans in pain.
How long did The Lightkeeper’s Daughter take you to complete?
It was a four month project because I was so excited about it.
Do you have a favorite character in The Lightkeeper’s Daughter? Why?
I love Addie and her free spirited love for Jesus!
How much research did The Lightkeeper’s Daughter take?
Since it’s a historical, it took a TON of research! But I love that part of the writing process. I was actually reading history books and watching history dvds for 6 months or so before I began to write.
What was the most interesting fact that you learned while writing The Lightkeeper’s Daughter?
Did you know Harley Davidson motorcycles began in 1903?
Is this the beginning of a series?
Oh yes! I just completed the second book in the series about Katie Russell. It’s called The Lightkeeper’s Bride.
What other new projects do you have on the horizon?
Right now I’m working on a modern mail order bride story. Loving that!
What message would you like your readers to take from The Lightkeeper’s Daughter?
It’s so easy to be influenced by our need for others to love us. I’d like my readers to see how important it is to stand firm and not let peer pressure alter our love for God.
What is your goal or mission as a writer?
To share a good story that makes my readers think about eternal issues.
Do you have a trailer for The Lightkeeper’s Daughter?