I am a wife, 30+ years to HS Sweetheart, a mother, to 3 grown sons, a grandmother, to five with two on the way, and, as I tell people, a blonde when I get the mix right. Up until a year ago I was living where hubby and I hoped to settle. Close to family. We had our own business, Omega Avionics. Hubby installed aircraft radios and components and I kept the books and did the paperwork. Lots of paperwork.
Then the economy tanked and we lost 65 to 70% of our business and were forced to close. Looking for work brought us to Arizona. Which in my view is a whole nuther world. Warm, hot, and brutally hot define the seasons here. But here is where we are, for now.
When did you first discover that you loved writing?
I started writing as a young girl. Had worked up some novels by the time I was in JrH. And just kept on. I always had a vivid imagination. Which until I learned to use it for better things than lying, got me in trouble. Thank goodness for fiction.
Why do you write the type of books that you do?
Since I write historical, contemporary, and speculative, I may seem like I don't have a type, but my books are all Christian Fiction with an emphasis on God's abounding love, grace, and mercy. My stories take a look at life and how living with Christ can get you through and sometimes it takes a while for the characters to see that. But that's life.
What was your greatest obstacle in writing and how did you overcome it?
That would probably have to be myself, my fear of failing, my belief that at any moment someone was going to read my stories and find out what a fake I am. I had to remind myself that God had given me this imagination, this desire to write, and I needed to use this talent for God.
Has writing changed your life in any way?
Oh yes, I now have a mansion in Aspen, with an indoor pool and landing pad for my helo. I can jump in my jet when… oh wait this isn't supposed to be fiction. Actually, I had dreams that it might be different. A bit more recognition, a bigger paycheck… I do a touch more editing, and promoting which, if I'm not careful, cuts into my writing time, but life hasn't changed much.
What Bible scripture has impacted your life the most?
Among my favorite verses Jeremiah 29:11 rates high. For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
It's a reminder that even if I don't understand it or see it, God has something wonderful for my life. And I can put my trust in him, because he loves me and holds my life in his hands.
Is there a book you’ve read that has been truly spectacular?
This is where I should mention my books right? LOL No I don’t know that I've ever read a spectacular book. But there have been some that are very thought provoking and heart wrenching. One book that held my interest was called Shades of Gray. No, this has nothing to do with the trilogy that's out there right now. This was a story of a girl, a Russian Jew, and what happened to her and her family during WWII, Sarah's Key and the story behind it really made me think. And there are others.
What’s the funniest/quirkiest thing you’ve ever done?
I fell in an open manhole… it wasn't funny at the time, it was more like embarrassing, but taking into consideration my klutziness all these years later, I can look at it through different eyes
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When Shadows Fall the first in the Shadow Series (#2 releases this Nov.) is what I call my Oregon With the Wind saga. I say saga because it follows Rebekah and Matthew through the battlefields and losses of the Civil War, and then onto the Oregon Trail. I wrote it to be one full story, but no one cares to read a 900 page novel by an unknown author, so I split it into smaller bites, hoping people will take the journey with me and my characters.
Matthew and Rebekah are childhood friends, who love each other but are afraid to say so. They go their separate ways, in life, in marriage. Years later, they meet again when Rebekah returns home to find her husband, Robert, who is being held in a Yankee prison. With the help of Abraham Lincoln, her godfather, she secures Robert's release only find that he's lost his legs and his will to live. She fights for him, but realizes a part of him lays dying back in the prison and he'll never come home again. With Robert's passing, Rebekah decides to leave her worn torn world and head west to Oregon, hoping to find a world of peace for her and her son, Andrew.
After seeing Rebekah again, Matthew is determined to never lose sight of her again. When he learns that Robert has died and Rebekah is heading west, he makes plans to help her, hoping that she will, over the ensuing months, learn to love him as much as he does her.
Can you please give us the first page?
Stay open. Rebekah held her eyes wide, but after a ten-day wagon trip with her friends, Harland and Martha Graves, with little rest, her mind couldn't keep them propped -- even amidst the commotion. She hoped the White House staff would call her before they found her strung out between two chairs.
A child darted past, brushing Rebekah's skirt, catching her attention. Her head lifted on a rubbery neck as her gaze trailed the boy around the room in a dizzying manner. He trotted around, weaving through the chairs and ducked beneath one.
It seemed everyone wanted to see the president. How many of the women had come for the same reason as she? She eyed the door and thought about leaving so as not to burden him. Where else could she go?
Stifling a yawn, she got up to walk. Straightening her gray skirt and her bonnet, she went to look out the window.
Paved streets and traffic-laden thoroughfares -- how different from home. She envisioned the Washington she knew as a child, remembering little. The landmarks were hazy. New buildings filled the skyline, and so many people lined the walks. Had there been so many when she was young?
They all seemed to be at the White House today -- in the East Room, waiting for an audience with the president.
She removed her bonnet and fanned herself. Were summers always so hot? Her clothes soaked up the heat and held it. Only an idiot wore wool in the dead of summer. Idiot. Leaning against the wall, she studied the scenery outside, the opulence inside. Despite her best effort, her eyelids grew heavy.
She went in search of a chair.
"Miss. Miss." The sound buzzed in her head, followed by a firm shake. She came to, blinking to focus, and found the steward over her. He straightened. "It's time."
She gave her grainy eyes a thorough rub. "The president will see you." She covered another yawn, licked her teeth and lips, ran her knuckles along her eyes, and took the steward's hand. He pulled her from the chair. Snatching her bonnet, she pressed it on her head, fighting to get it over her loose, rebellious chignon. Forfeiting, she flopped the bonnet on the chair and concentrated on her hair.
Once satisfied with the way it lay, she bent to retrieve her bag. A shock of blond curls escaped, tumbled into her face. She battled to right it in a dignified manner and realized she had an audience. At the far end of the room, a man with a full beard and hat low on his head, watched with interest.
She matched his stare. A broad grin lit his face. Their eyes locked. He looked almost familiar. Too familiar. But he couldn't be. And she didn't have time to find out why. After a couple of faltering steps, craning her head to study him, she followed the steward.
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