Is there going to be a sequel to At the Scent of Water?
At the Scent of Water is intended as a stand-alone novel; although Iíve learned to never say never. This book began its life as a romantic comedy with its main hero an implosion demolition man. After that version didnít sell I stowed all the versions and discs in my garage for several years. In time I felt the Lord was allowing me to re-envision the story, so it came to life again. I have no plans for a sequel, but anything is possible.
Are there any new projects on the horizon?
I would like to write a historical novel, an entire series, in fact. I would love to do what Francine Rivers does in alternating contemporary and historical novels. I donít want to become stale or bored with what Iím doing.
How much research did this book take?
Quite a bit. I did a lot of studying and Iím also fortunate to have medical people in my life who were wonderful resources. A book, Walk On Water, about pediatric cardiac surgeons, actually inspired the choice of Samís profession.
How do you think up your characters?
Sam is a composite of all the noble men Iíve ever known and noble southern men, in particular. I wanted to explore the idea of how chivalry works out in todayís modern world.
Annie and I share some characteristics. I patterned her tendency to think deeply about the issues of life after my own as well as her ability to recall the joys and sorrows of life in great detail. Although those can be good qualities they can lead to a sort of melancholy spirit and trouble with forgiving others. I also enjoyed giving her a hobby I love in her knitting and spinning, however I endowed her with much more knowledge and skill than I actually possess.
Samís mother, Mary, is based on my actual Aunt Mary. Although the details of the fictional Maryís life donít match my auntís, she has the same kind and sweet personality and is grounded and the pillar of her family.
Do you have a favorite character? Why?
I would have to say I liked Diane. She has a bracing, ďget up and deal with itĒ way about her, but she is very loving and compassionate as well. I see her as someone who has great flaws, but loves the Lord and others deeply.