The most interesting fact that I learned is that children of war veterans have similar personality traits. Realizing that I am who I am as a result of my father having served in war was an eye-opening experience. I knew I could no longer stick my head in the sand.
What are some of the challenges you face as an author?
Right now, some of my challenges are meeting tight deadlines and balancing family life with book tour duties.
What aspects of being a writer do you enjoy the most?
I love the process of writing, that feeling of connecting with God the Creator, and meeting dear readers and other authors.
What is your writing style? (Do you outline? Write “by-the-seat-of-your-pants? Or somewhere in between?)
I spend months searching for the right character/story impression to hit me. Then, once I know there’s no turning back, I try to get into the heads of my characters and let them tell me where we’re going. I do have general directions and images of the end in mind, though I allow for change. The characters drive the book.
Do your characters begin to take on a life of their own as you write?
Yes, absolutely. They surprise me constantly!
What other new projects do you have on the horizon?
I have a fourth book coming in December from Thomas Nelson called Saving Cicadas, a novel about unconditional love and the freedom of letting go. Here’s a synopsis:
When single mother Priscilla Lynn Macy learns she's having another child unexpectedly, she packs the family into the car to escape. Eight-year-old Janie and Rainey Dae, her seventeen-year-old sister with special needs, embark on the last family vacation they'll ever take with Poppy and Grandma Mona in the back seat.
The trip seems aimless until Janie realizes they are searching for the father who left them years ago. When they can't find him, they make their way to Forest Pines, SC. Priscilla hasn't been to her family home in many years and finds it a mixed blessing of hope, buried secrets, and family ghosts.
Through eyes of innocence, Janie learns the hard realities of life and the difficult choices grownups make. And she must face disturbing truths about the people she loves in order to carry them in the moments that matter most.