|What were your favorite books as a child?
I was hungry to grow, learn and process facts. We took many trips, so I was exposed to much history.
“A Wrinkle in Time,” by Madeline L’Engle. It’s a powerful allegory.
“Sense and Sensibility,” by Jane Austen
What is your favorite Bible verse?
Psalms 16:11 - You have made known to me the path of life;
you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.
The first twenty seven years of my life were spent looking for pleasures of the flesh and things. None gave long lasting pleasure. Passion in the most positive sense is in the presence of God. God will get me to joy, not things.
How much research was involved in the book Fair Is the Rose?
I have a passion for Scotland, and have always been drawn to the country. Since 1996 I’ve had the setting for the novels, and have over 630 reference books, many of which are antiquated. It took 6 years to fully understand the characterization, language and history of Scotland.
There was extensive research involved for this book, because it had to be believable. The details had to be exact. I had tremendous help from several people. For example, the map illustration was drawn by Benny Giles, a mapmaker who owns a Scottish book shop where I purchase most of my books on Scotland. He also was one of the early readers for the manuscript. He made sure the syntax and settings were historically accurate. For example, in Scotland, the words “ice storm” are not used, just “snow”.
Do you prefer to write fiction or non fiction?
I don’t have a definitive answer. God has put me into a fiction mode. Ten years ago, I looked for material on a platform. Five years ago I was looking for teaching moments. Then I discovered Christian fiction is every bit as life changing. Now, I have no plans or calling with non-fiction.