How many books will be in the Hearts of Middlefield series?
What are some of the challenges you face as an author?
Well, I tend to procrastinate. A lot. Which puts added pressure on me. Fortunately I work well under pressure. ƒº Balancing everything is a challenge as well—family, church, spending quality time with my husband and children—just living in the moment can be tough.
What aspects of being a writer do you enjoy the most?
Creating the story and rewriting. I love the revision process!
What writing clubs or organizations do you belong to?
I belong to ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) and RWA (Romance Writers of America).
What were your favorite books as a child?
The Little House books. I’ve read them many times. I wasn’t a big fan of the television series, but I adored the books.
What is your writing style? (Do you outline? Write “by-the-seat-of-your-pants? Or somewhere in between?)
I’m somewhere in between. I’ve had to learn to outline and do a lot of prewriting. Getting the story and characters in my mind helps the writing process go more smoothly. Not that it’s ever smooth for me, though. Getting the story on paper is really difficult for me.
Do your characters begin to take on a life of their own as you write?
Absolutely. To me, as I’m writing them, they’re real people. I can hear them speak to me in my mind, and visualize their movements. Okay, I realize that might make me sound a little nutty, but there it is.