I write historical romance because I love history and love doing research. As for cozy mysteries. Well, writing a cozy makes me happy.
Besides when you came to know the Lord, what is the happiest day in your life?
Hmm. I accepted Jesus at a young age, so that should be my happiest day, but I’d have to say, it was the day I repented and returned to Him after years of being backslidden.
How has being published changed your life?
There’s great satisfaction in having a lifelong dream fulfilled. I’m a lot more disciplined now because if I wasn’t I wouldn’t get another contract. And I have a little more money than I used to.
What are you reading right now?
I just downloaded the ebook version of Hummingbird, David Stearman’s debut novel. I’ll start reading it tonight.
What is your current work in progress?
The third book in my school about teachers at a blind school in
The title is The Strength of a Live Oak
What would be your dream vacation?
I’ve always wanted to visit
How do you choose your settings for each book?
The ideas just come to me. I usually have the setting before the characters.
What are your hobbies, besides writing and reading?
I like to watch figure skating and I love Christmas so much, I’m a member of a year-round Christmas forum at www.christmastalk.com .
Procrastination. I’m still working on that one.
What advice would you give to a beginning author?
Set a writing schedule and stick to it it, and find a good critique group.
Tell us about the featured books.
The Misadventures of Miss Aggie is a three book cozy-mystery series originally released in Barbour’s Heartsong Presents Mysteries Book Club. The authors recently received the rights back to our books and with the help of MacGregor Literary Agency we’ve republished them in e-book form. The line is called Spyglass Lane Mysteries. The actual heroine of the Miss Aggie books is Victoria Storm who owns a boardinghouse for a lot of opinionated, but soft hearted seniors. In book one, Miss Aggie disappears. Victoria and Miss Aggie’s senior friends don’t like the way the sheriff is handling things so they set out to find Miss Aggie.
Please give us the first page of your book.
At 10:29 am on a cold day in January, The Chapel Bank was robbed. At 5:41 that afternoon, Miss Georgina burst into my office at Cedar Lodge Boardinghouse, screeching like Clyde Foster’s parrot, Whatzit, and flung herself into the easy chair in the corner. “
!” she gasped. “Something terrible
has happened!” Victoria
Figuring she meant the bank robbery, I wasn’t too concerned. We’d already discussed it several times that day. However, since Miss Georgina goes into a tizzy at least three times a day, maybe this was something else. Someone had probably moved her knitting or something. I knew from past experience if she didn’t calm down soon the whole household would be in an uproar. By the time I put down the mystery I’d been reading, slid my chair back, stood, and scurried over to Miss Georgina, she was sobbing hysterically.
“There, there, now,” I crooned. “What in the world is the matter?”
I reached over to smooth her hair in what I thought was a comforting movement and realized in a flash I’d done the unpardonable. Somehow, I’d managed to displace the pearl comb she wore in her silver curls. I closed my eyes and waited for her pained correction of my faux pas. To my surprise, she didn’t even acknowledge the cockeyed comb. Instead, Miss Georgina sniffled and grabbed my hand. Anxiety twisted the elderly woman’s face. This was more than misplaced knitting.
“I’m so worried. Aggie hasn’t come home yet. She’s been gone most of the day.” With that, her fraught nerves gave way, and she burst into a fresh bout of sobs.
Okay. This I could handle.
“Now, now, she’s been late before. I’m sure she just lost track of time and is still at the library. I’ll look up the number, and we’ll have her home safe and sound in no time.”
As quick as the hysteria had started, Miss Georgina stopped cold and gave me an indignant scowl. All my elderly boarders felt like they could correct me at will. After all, they’d known me since I was a child and didn’t care a bit that I had just turned thirty.
“Aggie never stays out past four on Tuesdays. That’s the day we have our Bible study before dinner. Besides, the library closes at four thirty.”
Hmmm. She did have a point. After almost a year as owner of Cedar Lodge, I should remember these little details. “Well, maybe she stopped to visit with someone.”
“In this weather? It’s been snowing for two hours.” Once more, fear shadowed her wrinkled face.
“Miss Georgina, I’m sure Miss Aggie’s fine. She’ll show up any minute now.”
“Maybe. . .but. . .” She leaned toward me and lowered her voice almost to a whisper. “Martin thinks the robbers took her.”
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Miss Aggie's Gone Missing (The Misadventures of Miss Aggie)
Miss Aggie Cries Murder (The Misadventures of Miss Aggie)
Rest in Peace, Miss Aggie (The Misadventures of Miss Aggie)
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