Please tell us a bit about yourself.
I was born and reared in the South. I live in Florida now. A lot of people say, “Well, you’re still in the South,” but I say, “No, you have to go North to get South of here.”
I’m married, have four children and five grandchildren. Should I mention the two dogs and the cat? The dogs are miniature beagles so we call them beaglets. The cat wears a tux and has a milk moustache. His name is Oreo.
I write, speak and edit full time and love what I do. I’m also passionate about Israel, travel to Israel, and Christian relations with Jews.
What made you decide to become a Christian fiction writer?
I’m not sure I decided, exactly. I have had stories in my head since I was a child. My mother’s neighbor/friend used to say (while watching me playing in the yard with all my imaginary characters in my imaginary world) that I was not “of this world.”
When I was in the 8th grade, I started writing the stories down. After I married, my husband discovered my secret passion and asked why I had not chosen this for a profession. I shrugged and said, “No one wants to read what I write.”
In 1999, however, a door opened and I walked through. Now I get to write the stories that are in my head.
How did you come up with the concept for This Fine Life?
I heard the Frank Sinatra standard, When I was Seventeen, while still working in the real world. I was a tech writer for Glenn Hansen of Group Seven Technologies. When I was working (my desk was directly behind Glenn’s), he’d put on the music he knew I loved. So, hearing Old Blue Eyes was pretty common. That particular day, when the song came on, a story formed in my mind of a young man who is fresh from the farm, moves to the city, and falls in love with his boss’s daughter. Their love is full of passion and tenderness and … that’s as far as I got. But the years went by and little by little various ideas would come along; I’d add them to the original. By the time I contracted for This Fine Life, ten years had passed. The story became about the young bride who, in 1959, feels her whole life has come together in the love of this man, only to discover that there is someone he loves more …and that someone is God. When he is called into ministry, their love faces new tests. The question is, can is a love based on passion strong enough to survive the trials?