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If you had to describe yourself in one sentence, what would you say?
I’m a home-schooling mom and pastor’s wife who follows God’s call to write.
What do you do when you’re not writing? Any interesting hobbies?
Not writing? Hmm. Pretty much I’m always writing. If I’m not putting words on the page, it doesn’t mean I’ve stopped writing. But sometimes I like to read.
What was your favorite book as a teen or child?
I had so many “favorite” books growing up that it’s hard to decide. But one book came to mind with your question. Where the Red Fern Grows. But that book was way too sad. Tears me up just thinking about it.
What genre did you start out writing? Have you changed course? Why or why not?
I started out writing historical romantic suspense. I loved reading the Thoene Zion Chronicles—historical novels filled with suspense. I’ve changed course, certainly. When I couldn’t seem to gain traction with my historical romantic suspense proposals, I switched to fantasy. Ha! Then Heartsong Presents bought a contemporary romance from me. Turned out that romance had mystery and suspense in it. I can’t seem to write a romance without suspense. Though I sometimes write cozy mysteries or straight romance, I’m primarily a romantic suspense writer.
Any other genres you’d like to try?
I’ve already tried historical romance and fantasy. I love reading both, but now that I’m entrenched in writing romantic suspense, I can’t imagine the research that I’d have to do to get back up to speed writing either genre.
If you could go back in time and do something differently at the start of your career, what would it be?
I’d start much earlier. I spent at least ten years attempting to write off and on because I believed I was wasting my time so I’d quit. Well, turns out I was wasting my time by NOT writing during those years.
What is the most important thing you’d like readers to take away from your books?
I hope readers will be inspired to walk closer to God. My characters have various struggles in their walk with Him, but really, that’s the point—we need to be walking with Him. Working through our struggles by bringing Him into the mix.
What is the most valuable piece of advice you’d like to give to unpublished authors?
Persist. Go to conferences and learn to be the best writer you can be.
Arriving at her secluded cabin to find her brother missing, Olivia Kendricks follows his trail into the woods—until two shooters take aim at her. She only escapes when ex-detective Zachary Long, her brother's friend—and Olivia's first love—comes to her rescue. Nowas they run for their lives in the snowbound wilderness, they must search for her brother while figuring out why someone wants them dead. And though Zach's police force training may be what will save them, it's also what once drove them apart when he gave Olivia up to chase his dream. In a freezing landscape as deadly as it is beautiful, they'll have to let go of the past…and face down powerful men willing to kill to keep secrets buried.
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