Please tell us a bit about yourself.
I’m a Christ-follower first, then a devoted wife, mother, and grandma. I’m also a retired schoolteacher, having taught 31 years in 2nd and 4th grades. Loved my career, but I’m enjoying this second career as a writer every bit as much—or more! I’ll tell you, God is full of divine surprises!
What is your favorite Bible verse?
I like to refer to it as my “life verse”, as it’s been with me since my early college years. The verse that’s meant so much to me is Romans 8:28: “For we know that all things work together for good to those who love the Lord; to those who are the called according to His purpose.”
How did you get started writing Christian fiction?
In the summer of 2000, when I knew retirement was still a couple of years out, I asked the Lord to begin implanting in me a new direction and passion for my life. I’d always enjoyed writing in some capacity or another but hadn’t actually dabbled in fiction since 11th grade! Can you believe it? At 51 years of age, I decided to sit down at my computer on a warm summer day to see if I could hammer out more than one page. Well, let’s just say I wrote four full-length manuscripts over the course of that year, and MY PASSION WAS BORN! I didn’t publish for another six years, though, just kept feeding my passion by writing, attending seminars and conferences, joining writing groups, honing my craft, learning the industry, and committing everything very prayerfully into the Lord’s capable hands.
What inspired your interest and passion for fiction?
I have always enjoyed writing; just never saw myself doing it as a career, especially since so many other things (family, church, Bible study, music, teaching) kept me constantly busy. When God first planted this seed of desire to take my writing to another level, Christian fiction seemed the most fitting genre for me, as I’d always LOVED reading it. Now, I just sit and read my own books as I write!
How did you come up with the concept for Abbie Ann?
Abbie is the third and youngest of Jacob’s daughters, so I developed her character and her eventual story early in the series. Since she is a rather feisty, self-confident, independent soul, even though the youngest, I decided to give her a passion for women’s rights; thus, her involvement in the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union. The Union wasn’t just about prohibition; it also involved, and still does, women’s suffrage (the right to vote and be heard), child welfare, equal opportunities in the workforce, fair labor laws, banning the mishandling of dangerous and illegal drugs, and so much more.