While Lost and Found is loosely based on Jeanne Guyon’s life, the emotions my characters experience are very much my own.
How much research did Lost and Found take?
Most of my research came from a book I’d read two years before: The Emotionally Destructive Relationship by Leslie Vernick. The book had a profound impact on my life and I was anxious to share its message with others.
I had the privilege of having the author, Leslie Vernick, consult with me on Lost and Found. Leslie’s expertise as a counselor was invaluable. I highly recommend her book.
What are the most interesting facts that you learned while researching and writing Lost and Found?
In addition to things I learned about destructive relationships, I also spent time researching my settings: San Francisco and Napa Valley—specifically the wine industry and vineyards. As a northern Californian, whether you drink or not, you’re surrounded by vineyards and winemakers. It is part of our culture. I learned fascinating details about viticulture. As I learned, I gained a new understanding of Jesus’ words: I am the vine; you are the branches (John 15:5).
What are some of the challenges you face as an author?
My biggest challenge is working from home and the multitude of distractions I find there.
What aspects of being a writer do you enjoy the most?
The aspect I enjoy the most is working from home and the flexibility it affords—like spending most of the day in my pajamas.
Working from home is a bit of a conundrum for me.
What clubs or organizations are you involved with helping with your writing?
I belong to a local writers group. I find those relationships invaluable in terms of support. I’m also a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. ACFW is a fantastic organization offering support to fiction writers, including an email loop, and annual conference. I also attend the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference annually. I can’t say enough about the importance of writers’ conferences for writers.
What new projects are on the horizon?
I’m nearing completion of my third novel and have just signed another contract with B&H Publishing Group for three additional novels. I’m also toying with the idea of a non-fiction book.
What message would you like your readers to take from reading Lost and Found?
The spiritual theme of Lost and Found is based on Matthew 10:39, which says: Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.
My prayer is that Lost and Found gives the reader a picture of what that verse truly means and that they’ll question for themselves what losing their life for Christ’s sake looks like and will chose to follow Him without reservation.