Please tell us a bit about yourself.
I’m a Christ-follower, wife, mom, and grandmom who goes to work every day with a grateful heart, because of all the jobs I’ve had (and there have been lots!), the writing life is rivaled only by my wonderful family.
What is your favorite Bible verse (translation please)? Why?
2 Chronicles 20:17 says “You will not need to fight in this battle; take your position, stand still, and see the victory of the Lord on your behalf, O Judah and Jerusalem. Fear not, and be not dismayed; tomorrow, go out against them, and the Lord will be with you.” (Revised Standard Version)
I love this verse and lean on it often, because it’s God’s promise that no matter what I’m struggling with at the moment, He will use it (and me!) to make a better Christian of me.
How did you come up with the concept for Honor Redeemed?
After reading Scent of the Missing by Susannah Charleson, who trains Search and Rescue dogs and has, herself, walked into danger to save or find those who are lost or in trouble, I was inspired to tell the tale of these brave men and women, and their intelligent and courageous canine companions.
How did you get the insights to develop the story Honor Redeemed?
Researching SAR personnel taught me so many things about these hard-working, dedicated individuals. I was surprised to learn that most do this heroic work at their own expense. Training classes, equipment, transportation to and from rescue sites, etc., are very often paid for by the SAR members, themselves. Dedication like that deserves recognition and admiration, and Honor Redeemed, I hope, will bring some attention to the intricacies of their work.
How much of this story is based on 9/11?
In all of the First Responders series stories, 9/11 plays a key role in character development and motivation. The main characters in all of the stories were directly impacted by the terror attacks that forever changed our nation and its citizens. In Honor Redeemed, Matt was on site when the tragedy unfolded, and Honor lost her fiancé when he traveled from Baltimore to New York to search for survivors…and became a victim, himself.
Are you basing your characters on people you know?
All of the characters in the First Responders series are a mix of people I interviewed to learn more about the difficult and dangerous work performed by firefighters, EMTs, policemen, soldiers, etc. The emotional toll taken on these amazing men and women is also built into every character. So yes, I’d say that all of the characters are based on people I know…and have come to admire.
Do you have a favorite character in Honor Redeemed? Why?
Gosh. I can’t say that I do have a favorite character! I like and respect elements of each person who brings this story to life…and there are aspects to their personalities that, like every one of us, aren’t always admirable.