Saturday, April 03, 2010
I wish I knew! I have three books coming out in 2010, so I’ll be busy promoting and writing. I love teaching new writers, so I’d like to continue with that aspect of my career.
I'm sure you will. Now tell us a little about your family.
Dean and I have been married for 16 years - very happily. We’ve worked at home in the same room for about twelve of those years. And we’re still friends!
I have four adult sons - stair steps. Our youngest has presented us with a three year old granddaughter and a baby grandson. Of course they are perfect and brilliant. :-)
Of course, they are. We have a great grandson who is almost three. He'll be here later today. I can hardly wait. Has your writing changed your reading habits? If so, how?
I read ABA and CBA books. More of the CBA titles. I read for style, plot twists, and character development. Specifically motivation for the protagonist and antagonist. Although I read suspense, historical, women’s fiction, and romance, I prefer all of my reading to have a bit of suspense,.
I know. I read various genres, but I want all my books to have a bit of romance. What are you working on right now?
Finishing up The Fire in Ember, a historical title for Zondervan.
I want to feature that book on the blog, tot. What outside interests do you have?
I’m a church librarian. Love cooking. Love gardening.
Love a good sale!
Seriously, I take our country, it’s people, and the various situations around the world to heart. World hunger is a concern for me.
I think that if we are committed Christians, we have to. Right now, I'm really concerned with human trafficking. How do you choose your settings for each book?
I choose a setting like I assign character traits. Whenever possible, I want the setting to be an obstacle for the protagonist. And I like to visit the area, talk to the local historians, and take lots of pictures.
If you could spend an evening with one historical person, who would it be and why?
Depends on the day!
Apostle Paul - I need his passion to reach out to others with the message of the Gospel. He wrote some good books too.
Harriett Beacher Stowe or Louisa May Alcott - their writings highly influenced me as a child.
The lengths and depths it takes to develop characters. I never dreamed I’d be reading psychology books and studying personalities. Also the amount of marketing and promotion needed to be successful.
What new lessons is the Lord teaching you right now?
Patience and to wait on Him. A difficult stance to take.
What are the three best things you can tell other authors to do to be successful?
1. Pray about their writing.
2. Write everyday
3. Read the books written by authors they admire and respect
Tell us about the featured book?
A Woman Called Sage is a historical title that I thought about for a long time. Sage is part Ute and a bounty hunter in the Colorado Rockies.
She had everything she had ever dreamed of, a husband who adored her and a baby on the way. Until five ruthless gunmen rode up to their ranch and changed her life forever. Now Sage Morrow is a Colorado bounty hunter bent on retribution. Accompanied only by her majestic hawk, she travels throughout the Rocky Mountains in search of injustice, determined to stamp it out wherever it is found. The stakes are raised when two young boys are kidnapped and Sage is forced to work with Marshal Parker Timmons to rescue them. But Sage may ultimately get more than she bargained for.
Then Sage learns that she has become the hunted.
Wow! I can hardly wait to read it. Please give us the first page of the book.
South Eastern Colorado 1875
Life didn’t get any better than having the love of a good man and his baby kicking against her ribs. Add a summer breeze to cool the heat of a southern Colorado sun, and a bed of soft green grass tickling her feet, and Sage realized a slice of heaven had come to earth.
“Remember the first time I met you?” Charles propped himself on one arm and placed his hand on her mountainous stomach.
“Every minute of it. I was ordering sugar and coffee from the general store while Mama looked at yard goods, and you were asking about a rifle.” She laughed. “You nearly rubbed the finish off that Winchester.”
“But I bought it. You were wearing a blue bonnet and attempted to look like you weren’t watching me.”
Just how did he know she had to fight to keep from staring at him? “Now, Charles, that’s not true. You were pretending not to look at me.”
He shook his head as though she were a naughty child. “You’re right about me not being able to keep my eyes off you, and--Oh, I feel her kick. She’s a strong one.”
“You should feel him kick after midnight.”
Charles kissed her stomach. “I’d never seen a woman so pretty, and I vowed you wouldn’t leave the store until I learned your name.” He shooed away a honey bee buzzing over them. “I turned that rifle over and over in my hand until I heard the storekeep call you Sage. Most beautiful name I’d ever heard.”
“No one can say my name like you or make me as happy.”
More. I want more. How can readers find you on the Internet?
DiAnn, it's always a joy to host you on my blog.
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