What are some of the challenges you face as an author?
Sometimes I struggle with the balance of the full-time job, writing, motherhood, and caring for my ill husband. There are days when I wish I could have another twelve hours of daylight to get through my “To Do” list before I have to go to sleep. However, my mother is my rock and keeps me going. Without her, I could never balance it all. She takes care of the household and also cares for the children while my husband and I are at work (or my husband is at dialysis).
Who was the person who most influenced you in your writing journey?
I can’t really say it was one person who influenced me the most. I owe a lot to my family members, including my mother, husband, and my father-who-law, who passed away unexpectedly shortly before A Gift of Grace came out. (A Promise of Hope is dedicated to my father-in-law’s memory.) My family wouldn’t let me quit when I was fed up with the rejections. I also feel that God led me to writing about the Amish since He opened many doors in my research. I believe He led me to writing Christian fiction.
What message would you like your readers to take from A Promise of Hope?
I hope that my readers will find a message of strength, hope, faith in God, and forgiveness in A Promise of Hope. Even in our darkest hour, God is with us, holding us and leading us.
What is your goal or mission as a writer?
My goal is to create books that touch my readers and also leave them with a stronger or renewed Christian faith.
What do you do to get away from it all?
What’s that? I rarely get away, but when I do have time to myself, I enjoy sappy “chick flicks” on Lifetime, LMN, or Hallmark Channel, and I also love Disney Channel’s teen shows. I enjoy going to the movies, but don’t get to go as often as I’d like. I love to spend time with my boys. Just sitting on the deck and watching them play is relaxing. I love to read, but don’t have the time when I’m in the middle of a book project. Once my husband is well, I plan to drag the family to Disney World to celebrate his new, dialysis-free life! I’m praying that dream comes true very soon.