I live in Indiana with my husband and four children. I’m crazy defined as an attorney, teacher at my church and homeschool coop, and contract lecturer or adjunct faculty at a local community college and Big Ten University. I’ve loved reading and writing since I was a teen. In the way God works, that’s all been training for writing books. An honors graduate of the University of Nebraska and George Mason University School of Law, I love bringing history and romance to life.
When did you first discover that you loved writing?
When I was about 14 and spent a lot of time writing short stories and trying my hand at novel writing. Then I started college at 16, married at 21, and went to law school while working full time. Writing took a back stage until 2005.
Why do you write the type of books that you do?
I love the WWII time period. To me writing books that highlights the history of that time is a way to honor a generation I greatly admire. I also love to write contemporary romantic mystery/suspense, because I love stories that keep me guessing as a reader.
I love WWII stories! What was your greatest obstacle in writing and how did you overcome it?
My greatest obstacle was finding time to write. By the time I started again in 2005, I was a mom of two young kids who worked four days a week at a law firm. Not a lot of extra time, but I quickly learned that consistent writing eventually creates a book.
Has writing changed your life in any way?
Not really…the way it’s changed it most is that I get to reach more people with the truth and ideas that God gives me. I am so grateful for that opportunity.
What Bible scripture has impacted your life the most?
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I love Psalm 37:4: Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart. He’s shown me that as I chase Him, He will change my heart so my desires become His. There’s no other place I’d rather be.
Amen! What’s the funniest/quirkiest thing you’ve ever done?
Probably one of the quirkiest things was to attend the Indianapolis FBI citizen’s academy. I loved every minute of learning more about how the FBI works.
Please tell us about the featured book.
A Wedding Transpires on Mackinac Island.
Attorney Alanna Stone vowed long ago to avoid Mackinac Island. Although it may seem the perfect place to heal, for Alanna it holds too many memories of a painful past.
But an exhausting high profile case and an urgent plea from her parents have brought Alanna home. Moving into the house next to Jonathan Covington doesn’t help her. Jonathan may have been her first love, but he was also her first lesson in betrayal. Now Alanna must protect her privacy and her heart. Then Secrets and a murder intersect, and she’s thrust into controversy again as tragedy turns public opinion against her and potentially her family.
For years, Jonathan has stubbornly resisted the urging of his family and friends to date, believing he’s already found the perfect woman. With Alanna’s return, he begins to wonder if he’s waited too long for someone who isn’t the right one after all.
Can you please give us the first page?
Don’t do it. Don’t do it. Don’t do it.
The refrain beat a steady tempo through Alanna Stone’s mind as she dragged up the gangplank to the ferry where it rocked in the early morning light at the St. Ignace’s dock. She avoided gazing to her right in the direction of Mackinac Island. A place of beauty and peace to many, it symbolized all the harshness that could shimmer beneath the surface in a small town. She’d sworn never to return and honored that vow for eleven years.
Now? Now she abandoned her firmly held avoidance to help her parents. A wave rocked the boat, and she bobbled as she struggled to stay steady on more than her feet.
A man in the green polo that bore the Arnold Transport Company logo steadied her with a smile. “You’ll find your sea legs in no time.”
“Good thing, since the trip’s so short.”
He laughed and nodded. “About fifteen minutes.”
How could she tell him she wished it lasted fifteen months or years? That time would freeze, and she’d stay on this side of the lake?
Seagulls cawed as they took to the air and swooped around the boat.
Fifteen minutes. That’s all it took to start a new life.
Diesel fumes rolled around her as the ferry’s engines roared into gear. With a grinding stop and jerk, the boat eased away from the dock and powered across the lake. Alanna sucked in a deep breath then coughed as fumes settled in her lungs. She clenched her jaw and pivoted until she faced east as the boat pushed through the water toward the sun. She needed to face her new reality and the hidden embarrassment. All represented by one tiny spot on the map.
In the morning light, it looked like a deep emerald emerging from the lake with the Victorian cottages and Grand Hotel popping out like embellishments against the forest backdrop.
The wind blew across Alanna’s face, misting it with a fine spray as it tangled her hair. The strands whipped around her neck, but she let the wind do its worst. Even then, it couldn’t reflect the chaos churning inside her. Tension tightened her body again. It had been her constant companion during the Menendez murder trial. The case had faded from the front page of the newspapers, and the reporters had finally abandoned their posts at her home and the office. Not the first time media had hounded her, but at least this time it involved a client rather than her brother. She’d thought she had shed the constant headache, but now it roared back to full strength in her temples.
Where can readers learn more information about you?
Readers can connect with me all over the internet…and I love to hear from fellow book lovers!
Thank you again for being here, Cara. I enjoyed interviewing you!
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