Sunday, February 07, 2010
I write what interests me most. It sounds sort of selfish … but I want to be PASSIONATE about my stories. I want to be able to be excited about the books I write. I write about marriage and family because I'm passionate about mine. I write historical novels because I love researching history and transporting myself to a different world. The reader just gets to come along for the ride! Hahaha … I'm glad my readers enjoy the journey with me. :)
And they really do. Besides when you came to know the Lord, what is the happiest day in your life?
Today. Every day I try to find joy. I have an amazing husband and great kids. I love my friends. I love my work. I love walking with God through each day!
How has being published changed your life?
I'm busier now. Many more people know who I am, but on the inside—and in my “world” very little has changed. I still love my church, my family, my friends. I have an “outside” writing world, but that's just opened the door to more friends and co-workers!
What are you reading right now?
Thou Givest … They Gather by Amy Carmichael. It's an old devotional book that I found at the thrift store!
I love some of the older devotional books, too. What is your current work in progress?
I'm currently writing Love Finds You in Victory Heights Washington, Summerside. It's set in Seattle in World War II. My co-writer Ocieanna Fleiss and I are enjoying the story and loving the characters!
What would be your dream vacation?
I would love to go to Greece with my family and stay in a small house overlooking the sea.
Wouldn't we all? How do you choose your settings for each book?
If you could spend an evening with one person who is currently alive, who would it be and why?
My husband. He's the funnest person to spend time with. Okay … beyond him … Billy Graham. I highly respect him. I'd love to hear from his heart about his life.
What are your hobbies, besides writing and reading?
I LOVE board games. My husband, kids, and whoever friends happen to over will be talked into playing one if they hang around long enough. I love seeing everyone around the table interacting and having fun. I also love travel and exploring new places with family and friends.
What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?
I try to do too much. I have SO many ideas. I want to write them all … now! I overcome it by talking to John and my agent Janet. They help me to set more realistic goals.
What advice would you give to a beginning author?
LIVE LIFE. Give, serve, step out of your comfort zone. The more we live life the more we have to write about!
Tell us about the featured book?
The year is 1945. The war is over and 21-year-old Betty Lake has been invited to Europe to sing in a USO tour for American soldiers who now occupy Hitlers Germany. The first night's performance is a hit. Betty becomes enthralled with the applause, the former Nazi-held mansion they're housed in and the attention of Frank Witt, the US Army Signal Corp Photographer. Yet the next night this songbird is ready to fly the coop when Betty's dear friend, Kat, turns up missing. Betty soon realizes Franks photographs could be the key to finding Kat. Betty and Frank team up against post-war Nazi influences and the two lovebirds hearts may find the answers...in each other. But will they have a chance for their romance to sing? The truth will be revealed under a German moon.
And thank you, Tricia, for spending this time with us.
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