Welcome back, Katherine. Tell us how much of yourself you write into your characters.
It depends on the book. In Hiding, the main character Teresa, is an artist. I also paint. She paints murals, and I painted a beach scene in the room my grandchildren spend the night in when they come over.
What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
Dressed up like an elf to deliver small gifts to kids in a hospital when I was in high school. A good friend was Santa.
When did you first discover that you were a writer?
In the sixth grade when I published poetry.
Tell us the range of the kinds of books you enjoy reading.
I was an English teacher. I love children’s picture books and have written and illustrated one. I also like humor, mystery, nonfiction, romance, historical fiction. I love a good play and musicals. I wrote Song of Susanna, a play about the mother of John Wesley that was performed at two Methodist churches.
What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of?
I try to have a devotional time every day and take walks.
If you were an animal, which one would you be, and why?
A dolphin because I love to swim and love the beach.
What is your favorite food?
What is the problem with writing that was your greatest roadblock, and how did you overcome it?
Finding the time to write. Writing in the waiting rooms of doctor offices, when waiting in general, and always carrying a notebook.
Tell us about the featured book.
It is inspirational suspense and, as an unpublished manuscript, won a Daphne du Maurier Award for Suspense from Romance Writers of America.
Please give us the first page of the book.
“Do you see how this shadow falls beneath her chin?” Teresa showed John the shaded area on the model’s neck.
“Yes,” John answered, blending a touch of burnt sienna into the fleshy mixture on his palette before applying it to his canvas.
“You’re doing an excellent job,” Teresa said. Standing behind him, she critically assessed his progress. Beyond the canvas, she saw Alex waiting in the doorway. His eyes dark and glowering. His jaw set. She glanced at her wrist watch.
“I guess our time is up,” she said. “You have real talent.”
“You inspire me in ways I never thought possible,” John said. “I actually see that I’m making progress. I’m sorry the course is ending.” He put his arm around her shoulders and gave her a friendly squeeze.
Her other students, Tim, Janine, Marian, and a sixty-five year old retiree, Stella, took their brushes to the stainless steel sink to wash out the paint. Colors swirled together as they washed down the drain. The airy room on the second floor of the warehouse that had been converted to a community arts center smelled of paint and turpentine from the oils class across the corridor.
“Nicole, thank you,” Teresa said to the auburn haired model who had sat perfectly still in the glare of a spotlight while they sketched and painted.
“Sure. Call me again sometime when you need me,” she replied flipping a strand of her long hair over her shoulder.
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