What other projects do you have on the horizon?
I am currently working on a two-book series that takes place in Wayne County, Ohio. My central character, an Amish midwife, runs afoul of the law when a delivery goes horribly wrong. The book explores the themes of grief, tests of faith, and commitment within a marriage, but also includes a light-hearted romance between two people of very different backgrounds, one being handicapped.
What are some of the challenges you face as an author?
Time management. That is the number one through number ten challenge; every other challenge pales by comparison. Just when you’re-deep in a chapter, the dishwasher overflows, a loved one needs your undivided attention, or you must stop to cook yet another dinner. I don’t know how some authors who are juggling more balls in the air than me manage.
Who was the person who most influenced you in your writing journey?
Oh my, that is a difficult question. Aren’t we all the sum total of every person who has guided, directed, loved, or admonished us? My parents, my pastors, my friends, and many fellow authors have influenced my life and thus, my writing. Sometimes total strangers offer tidbits of wisdom that we remember and draw upon in years to come. If I had to select a single person, it would be Louisa May Alcott. She was a strong woman of faith who used her incredible gift to touch the lives of others for over a hundred years.
What message would you like your readers to take from The Way to a Man’s Heart?
No one can truly “have it all.” Life involves making choices, and at times, those choices can be difficult. We must put God first, other people next, followed by our own interests. When we are too self-involved, we miss the big picture—the life that God means us to live. Only by serving Him and the people we encounter daily can we find the happiness were striving for.
What is your goal or mission as a writer?
A writer’s first goal is to entertain the reader with her books. Beyond that of course, I want my readers to find God’s love in my stories; and that through Him, all things are possible.
What do you do to get away from it all?
I am blessed to live in a rural area. Forest paths for walking and quiet meadows for introspection are within close proximity. Even a lake is within bike-pedaling distance. But when I really need to recharge my batteries, I travel to the ocean. Only the seemingly infinite sea allows me to put things in perspective and recognize that the details I stress over are nothing more than tiny grains of sand. If I were to relocate, it would be to somewhere closer to the ocean.