What Scripture verse illustrates the theme of Aloha Rose? And why?
Mark 3:5 . . . [Jesus] said to the man, “ Stretch out your hand. ” So he did, and his hand was made healthy. (Common English Bible)
All of us have areas in our lives that need the healing touch of God—physical, spiritual, emotional, relational and mental. First, we must be willing to believe God is able to meet our “disability” with His divine ability. Then, we must be willing to “stretch” out our hand, our need, in faith to receive His restoration.
Please tell us a bit about yourself.
I am a wife and mother. I have a Master's in Education and I've taught at the college, secondary and middle school levels. I love to quilt, sing in the choir, read, teach Precepts Bible Study and travel.
I'm always up for an adventure and writing has been a wonderful adventure. In fact, my daughter asked me the other day what I'd wanted to be when I was her age. Without having to stop and think, I immediately blurted out, "Indiana Jones."
She frowned. "But you're a girl, Mom."
I nodded. "Yeah," I told her. "I wanted to be the female Indiana Jones."
And through my writing, I guess I'm living my dream.
How did you choose the Big Island of Hawaii as your setting?
My husband and I traveled there many years ago and the allure of the Hawaiian Islands has never left me.
What was your motive to write Aloha Rose?
After twenty years, I reunited with a friend, who in our college days, had shared with me her struggles regarding her adoption. At our reunion, she caught me up on the rest of her story—how she'd located her birth father in Hawaii and how a wonderful, new chapter in her life had opened. Through a difficult personal journey, she and her family had come full circle.
My editor was formulating the Quilts of Love series. She asked for entries just three days later. As a quilter, I immediately made the connection between my friend’s story and the unique Hawaiian style of quilting and that very day, the seed of Aloha Rose was born.
What is your favorite genre to write?
I love the action and adventure of suspense and the romance of two people finding in each other more than they ever dreamed possible.
But like in Aloha Rose, I also love writing contemporary romance where against seemingly overwhelming odds, two hearts are brought together in the healing hope of God’s love.
Is there a person or situation in your life that inspired you to write Aloha Rose?
Like a lot of us, Laney and Kai in Aloha Rose are both on a journey, seeking family, a place to belong, a connection. A huaka'i, no matter our journey, that requires truth, heart and extraordinary courage. The kind of courage Laney and my college friend displayed in traveling halfway around the world to find a family. The kind of courage required of those who seek God. The courage intrinsic to all to seek a place to belong and someone to love.
How much research did Aloha Rose take?
Because I’m willing “suffer” for my art—laughing here—I felt compelled to authenticate my research by taking a trip to Maui. Where my family and I watched whales, learned to hula and surf, and made a lot of wonderful memories.