What is your favorite Bible verse?
It’s actually three verses that are integral to one another.
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8:37-39 NIV
How did you get started writing Christian fiction?
I was in graduate school working on my master’s degree in writing popular fiction. Secular fiction. But the Lord had been drawing me back to Him by the slow degrees He knew I needed. On September 16, 2001, the choir was singing “Here I Am, Lord, Send Me” by Daniel Schutte, and I knew I had to stop writing secular and write Christian fiction, write for people like me, who knew the Lord and fell away for various reasons. I didn’t actually get started for three more years, but that was when I knew.
How did you come up with the concept for Lady in the Mist?
When I was in graduate school for history—hmm, I see a pattern here—I focused on women’s history in Early Modern Europe. My first major project was on midwives. They held a special place in society, and I knew I would write a novel—or three—about them one day. All I had in my head were vague scenes. One was clear, though—a woman walking along a misty beach after a lying-in (delivery) and something happening to her. I began the “What if” game and the story blossomed.
How much of Lady in the Mist is factual?
Most of the midwife issues are factual. Everyone in the story is fictitious and so are the actual events; The history is within the realm of possibility for midwives and the other events of the story. One fact is clear—the British were abducting our sailors for their own ships, which led to the War of 1812.
How closely is Lady in the Mist based on your life experiences?
Much of the personal issues, especially ones dealing with self-forgiveness, have come from life experience. Realizing that God loves me no matter what is a difficult, yet freeing concept for me to grasp.
How long did Lady in the Mist take you to complete?
I was so focused, I wrote it in four months. The story caught hold of me, and I wrote as much as 7,000 words in one day, a personal record.
Do you have a favorite character in Lady in the Mist? Why?
I confess I am rather fond of the hero. I love my heroine. She is strong and smart and kind—all those things I’d like to be—but the hero charmed me from the beginning. Not to mention I related strongly to his spiritual issues.