What was your inspiration for writing in the CBA market?
I love to tell stories with truth woven through, so the CBA seemed like a natural extension of that desire.
What inspired the concept for A Life in Defiance, Defiance, Texas Series #3?
My husband and I have helped women caught in the middle of domestic violence, and we’ve seen the church grapple with how to help women in this situation. Writing about Ouisie Pepper, a pastor’s wife who is trying to hide a huge secret helps bring to light the complicated issue.
Is any part of Life in Defiance, Defiance, Texas Series #3 factual?
Only in terms of walking alongside women who have experienced domestic violence. My story is not that at all. But I have seen the devastation up close with friends.
And then of course, I am writing the book, so there’s always a lot of me woven through all the characters.
How closely is Life in Defiance, Defiance, Texas Series #3 based on your life experiences?
I have encountered folks who hide, who seem to be upstanding Christians in public, but who hide their issues behind closed doors. I’ve seen the tortured state of their souls, and I’ve wondered why folks hide so much. Based on those encounters, I formulated the Defiance, TX trilogy to address hiding versus authentic, amazing faith.
How did you choose the location for the setting?
I love East Texas. Although I only lived there two years, it drew me to itself—the grittiness of it, the heaviness of the heat, the small town atmosphere. However, Defiance is a made up name.
How long did Life in Defiance, Defiance, Texas Series #3 take you to complete?