Also, I love to name characters. It’s probably my favorite part of this job!
What clubs or organizations are you involved with helping with your writing?
The big one for me is ACFW—American Christian Fiction Writers. One of the first things I did when I started writing fiction was join that organization. I took classes, read the loop, read the articles, asked questions. People are so giving and so generous with their knowledge. It’s such a tremendous blessing to be a part of something like that. Someday I hope I can help new writers the way my mentors have helped me.
What new projects are on the horizon?
I’m just finishing up the second book in the Sweethaven series and almost done with the first draft on the third one! I’m excited because I think the characters have really gone full circle by the end…beyond that, my husband and I are writing a musical for Christian Youth Theatre—Chicago; a stage version of Hercules and I’ve got a few other ideas brewing! My husband hates that I can’t focus on one thing at a time, but I like to have lots of pots boiling. I think I’m more productive that way.
What message would you like your readers to take from reading Sweethaven Summer?
In my mind, this story is about a lot of things…scrapbooking, redemption, forgiveness…but at the heart of it, I think it’s really a story about friendship. I want women to really walk away cherishing those old friends, even the ones they’ve maybe lost track of or haven’t talked to in a long time. Female friendships are so unique and so precious. I’d love it if someone finished the book and picked up the phone to call a very old friend.
What were your favorite books as a child?
My very favorites were To Kill a Mockingbird and Anne of Green Gables. I’d like to re-read both of those soon.
What is your greatest achievement?
Gosh, is it cliché to say my family? Beyond that, I don’t think it’s happened yet…
What do you do to get away from it all?
This is a rare occurrence with me. I LOVE to work. I really love writing and I love putting my mind to something and doing, doing, doing. But when I need a little therapy, I usually paint or my husband and I watch TV. Since we live in Colorado now, I’d like to take advantage of the beautiful weather more and get outside for long walks, but so far that’s still a pipe dream!