Please tell us a bit about your writing journey.
I began writing short stories in my twenties, but soon shelved the idea of becoming a writer. When I couldn’t seem to stop inventing and embellishing stories, I decided to try my hand at fictional novels. I began crafting romantic suspense and then made the switch to Amish and historical inspirationals when I committed my life to the Lord. I cannot express how much He helps me on a daily basis. All I need to do is open my heart and He guides my hand.
How did you come up with the concept for A Marriage for Meghan?
As a former schoolteacher, I saw many examples of teachers who weren’t exactly cut out for the job, yet through their dedication and commitment “grew” into the roles and responsibilities beautifully.
Will there be any more books in this series?
This book is second in the Wayne County Series, following Abigail’s New Hope. Right now, it’ll be just a two-book series, but who can say what the future will hold?
Do you have a favorite character in A Marriage for Meghan? Why?
Of course, it must be my little Meggie. As a green-around-the-gills schoolteacher, I put plenty of myself into her when I think back to my first year of teaching school. I faced middle school eighth graders and at first, they terrified me. But I quickly got over that….
How much research did A Marriage for Meghan take?
It turned out to be more than I’d expected. Teaching school in the Plain community is quite a bit different, of course, than what I’d been familiar with. Luckily, a few Amish teachers have published excellent non-fictional accounts of their experiences, plus several teachers were willing to be interviewed. I also found a delightful sheriff’s department deputy knowledgeable about crimes committed against the Amish in our area.
What is the most interesting fact that you learned while researching and writing A Marriage for Meghan?
Although my story involves “hate crimes” against the Amish, I was pleased to learn there is very little crime perpetrated against these pacifistic, gentle people.
What is your favorite genre to write?
By far, my favorite genre is Amish fiction. I feel honored to bring heartwarming stories about these devout Christians to my readers. I also enjoy writing historical romances, especially those set in the United States during and following the turbulent Civil War.
What are some of the challenges you face as an author?
I’ve said it before but I must say it again, it’s time management. Whenever I sit down at the computer, often my time is eaten up by loops, blogs and emails. So much is expected of authors these days that the actual writing becomes squeezed into an ever-shrinking window.