Please tell us a bit about yourself.
I am mom to three wonderful children. I am Grammie to 3 boys. I have a cat named Mango who likes to eat Nachos. I enjoy video games, needle arts but not elevators. And I have never eaten a scallop.
What is your favorite Bible verse?
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
How did you get started as a CBA writer?
Oh, that was a while ago. I joined the Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Fellowship and started attending conferences, listening to others, networking, paying attention.
How did you come up with the concept for Blame it on the Mistletoe?
Well, it was pretty easy since it was the fourth in the Bright’s Pond series. I continued the townspeople’s stories and how they are effected by change and newcomers.
How much of your personal experience is tied up in the books you write?
Not sure, but I suppose all fiction is in some ways memoir. Although I never experienced the Fountain of Youth.
Your characters are fun and quirky, but underneath it all you have delved into some difficult issues in the series; how much comes from personal experience?
As I said, all fiction is autobiographical in part no matter how hard we try to hide things. But let me just say that the people are Bright’s Pond are combinations of actual people I grew up with, people at church mostly. People in the neighborhood. People and their antics that stuck with me.
What is the symbolism for the title Blame it on the Mistletoe?
Uhm, symbolism. Not so much symbolism as the idea that magical/miraculous things sometimes happen around Christmas.
Do you have a favorite character in the Blame it on the Mistletoe? Why?
I love Mercy and Agnes and Ruth and Griselda but I suppose for this book I had a blast writing about Leon because he’s the mysterious guy, the one with the magic.
How much research did Blame it on the Mistletoe take?
A lot as usual. My research usually includes things like how to grow a pumpkin, how to fly an airplane and learning what was around in the 1970s—music, clothing.
How many books will be in the Brights’ Pond series?
Now that’s a sad question. Mistletoe is the last, for now anyway. I might write more if my fans want me to.
What are some of the challenges you face as an author?
Time. Deadlines. Writing synopsis. Battling my own insecurities. Time. Deadlines. I tend to get overwhelmed sometimes and I need to work at organization—never was a strength.