Wednesday, August 25, 2010
I write about things that inspire me—stories, people, events. I also write stories that I hope will inspire others to consider how they can do something extraordinary with their lives.
Besides when you came to know the Lord, what is the happiest day in your life?
The most recent “happiest day” was my son's wedding day—July 9th. First, because our family was together—all of my four kids! Second, because we got a new member of our family, my new daughter-in-law Katie. She's amazing. Third, because my son had done things right. He followed God and has lived a pure life. It was something to celebrate! A fourth because I was able to spend the day with so many family and friends in Montana.
How has being published changed your life?
I used to be super neat and very “together” … now I'm a mess. LOL. No seriously, I've grown as a person and I'm learning what's really important. Having my house perfectly clean is NOT. Writing a story that will draw people closer to God is. Spending time with my family is. Loving on readers is.
What are you reading right now?
Since getting a Kindle I read a lot more at once. LOL. Here are a few:
Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ, by John Piper
You Were Born for This by Bruce Wilkinson
A Vote of Confidence by Robin Lee Hatcher
Let Your Life Speak by Parker J. Palmer
What is your current work in progress?
I'm currently working on Praying for Your Future Husband. It's a book for teen girls co-written by my friend, Robin Jones Gunn.
What would be your dream vacation?
How do you choose your settings for each book?
I start with an interesting conflict—mostly war—are go there in my story. The great thing about the places I pick is they're amazing places with interesting cultures, even without the war. Vienna, Prague, Seattle, prairie Montana are places I'd visit just because.
If you could spend an evening with one person who is currently alive, who would it be and why?
Besides my kids (I'd always pick them first), I'd pick Tyra Banks. Interesting choice, huh? I feel Tyra is “this close” with her message to teens about self-imagine, believing in themselves, etc. I'd love to absorb some of her business smarts and speak a little of my heart about how Christ—and following Him—is the missing part of her message.
What are your hobbies, besides writing and reading?
I love entertaining—having people over, talking, playing games, chilling. I also love traveling and even being a tourist in my own town!
You live in my old stomping grounds now. What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?
The most difficult obstacle was when I thought I was getting a 3-book contract for more WWII novels with my first publisher, but then that fell through. I was crushed! I overcame it by focusing on God and asking His plan. I discovered He had other things for me to write. I'm still writing WWII, but I also write about so much more.
What advice would you give to a beginning author?
Attend a writer's conference! There is nothing that can replace face-to-face contact with other authors, agents and editors.
Tell us about the featured book?
Love Finds You in Victory Heights, Washington, is about Rosie-the-Riveters during the war. Here's a short summary:
The Second World War has stolen Rosalie's fiance from her. But rather than wallow, Rosalie throws herself into her work at the Boeing plant in Victory Heights, shooting rivets into the B-17 bombers that will destroy the enemy. A local reporter dubs her Seattle's Own Rosie the Riveter, and her story lends inspiration to women across the country. While Rosalie's strong arms can bear the weight of this new responsibility, her heart cannot handle the intense feelings that begin to surface for Kenny, the handsome reporter. Fear of a second heartbreak is a powerful opponent - but will it claim victory over love?
It's always a pleasure to have you on my blog, Tricia.
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