I am a retired executive secretary with a Fortune 500 company. Went through an unwanted divorce 32 years ago which ended up in my relocation from the cold climes of northern Wisconsin to the desert warmth of southern Nevada. But I'll tell you this: as much as I hated the cold winters up north—I HATE being cold—I'm not overly fond of the broiling heat here in the summer, either.
When did you first discover that you loved writing?
Reading has always been my passion. I think I ingested the love of books and reading with Mother's milk. But as I grew into my adolescence I began to think "I can write like that . . . even better" and thus began my slip into the writing end of books. I would sometimes rewrite the endings to something I liked better. ::smile::
Why do you write the type of books that you do?
Because it's the genre I most like to read. There's something compelling about a Suspense, whether Romantic or not, that fascinates me. Everyone likes to try to figure out 'whodunit' and I like to keep them off balance.
What was your greatest obstacle in writing and how did you overcome it?
Time. Still is. Discipline comes next. I think these are ongoing battles for me.
Has writing changed your life in any way?
I think I'd go crazy in retirement if I couldn't write. God gave me the talent and He gives me the story.
What Bible scripture has impacted your life the most?
That's hard to say. There are many that have spoken to me at different points through this journey. Perhaps the one with the most "push" for me is Acts 20:24: "But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned to me by the Lord Jesus—the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God."
What better verse could a writer have?
Is there a book you’ve read that has been truly spectacular?
Oh, wow, that's tough. Many, many books have lingered in my mind long after reading them. "Exodus" by Leon Uris is one. "Tender Victory" by Taylor Caldwell is another. And, believe it or not, Tolstoy's "War and Peace." I've actually read it twice.
What’s the funniest/quirkiest thing you’ve ever done?
Neither funny nor quirky, but I'd have to say this spring/summer has been a doozie. Broke a bone in my foot in April and walked on it for a month before realizing it. I was put into one of those ugly black walking boots for eight weeks.
Then, while still wearing "Clugly," (my name for the beast…clunky and ugly) IT caused me to fall when it caught on the doorsill and threw me out onto our concrete patio, breaking my arm just below the wrist. I'll be in a cast for at least six weeks.
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Erin Macintyre never expected to be a widow and a new mother in the same year, anymore than she expected mysterious notes, threatening phone calls, and a strange homeless man who seems to know all about her. The thought of raising a child without a father is daunting enough—worse when you have no idea who might want to harm you. Put an old flame into the mix, and her life begins a tailspin into a world she never knew existed.
When P.I. Clay Buchanan, stumbles upon Erin at her husband's gravesite, he’s totally unprepared for her advanced pregnancy. Her venomous reaction at seeing him, however, was predictable. But Clay can’t let her distrust, or his guilt, get in the way—not when he has evidence that proves Erin’s life is in danger.
With few options left, Erin begrudgingly accepts Clay’s help . . . and it just might be her undoing.
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Friday, March 26, late afternoon
What a fantastic day. A bid won. A contract signed. The job of a lifetime that would put Stuart and Macintyre at the top of the construction heap, not just in Las Vegas, but all of southern Nevada.
Whistling, Justin Macintyre pressed the keyless remote of his Cadillac Escalade, tossed his briefcase across the console to the passenger seat and slid behind the wheel. To top it all off, after seven long years, he and his wife, Erin, were going to have a baby. A baby! He laughed aloud at the overwhelming joy of it.
"Hey, world, I'm going to be a daddy!"
He shifted the SUV into gear and pulled out of the Mt. Charleston Lodge area onto Kyle Canyon Road and headed down the mountain to the Las Vegas Valley below. Despite the successful day, Justin couldn't banish his worry over a recent discovery of some irregularities in the company's finances. Nothing concrete, and his Uncle Sebastian, S&M's CFO, assured him everything was fine. Nevertheless, Justin's uneasiness had prompted him to send what little proof he had to his long-time friend, Clay Buchanan, a private investigator in Texas.
Preoccupied with his thoughts, he vaguely registered the yellow and black blind curve warning sign. Too late he saw the stalled car across the center line. No time to stop! He spun the wheel to the right.
I'm going too fast! God, help me . . .!
###Seconds passed and silence settled once more over the mountainside. A shadow emerged from behind a Joshua tree and stepped to the edge of the ravine. After a moment, the form walked to the car in the road and drove away.
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