Hope holds a
Master’s degree and taught at East Carolina University
and York Technical College
Her novels include Irish Encounter
and Mars…With Venus Rising
. A member of
ACFW, RWA, SinC, she writes for SeriousWriter.com. Residing in North Carolina
, she and
her husband enjoy visits with their daughters and twin sons.
Welcome back, Hope. God
has really been moving in your writing life. What do you see on the horizon?
I’m not sure about specifics in the future, but I’ll share
some points from my prayer journal. I’m praying for courage to be the writer
God called me to be. I’m also praying to use my knowledge, history, and
expertise for His glory and better stories.
Tell us a little
about your family.
Thank you! My husband and I just celebrated our twenty-ninth
wedding anniversary. We have four children: Anna is pursuing her dream to be a
fashion designer in New York City
; Hattie just
earned a Master’s degree in Elementary Education with a STEM emphasis and
teaches fourth grade; our twin sons, Lane and Quinn, just commissioned as
second lieutenants in the U.S. Army after graduating from UNC-Chapel Hill and West Point
Has your writing
changed your reading habits? If so, how?
Because I write romance, I’m reading more in that genre than
I have since high school. I’m also trying to read more writing craft books.
What are you working
on right now?
I have a rough draft of a sweet romance set in Charlotte, North
. One of the minor characters in Rescued
makes another appearance in the new story.
interests do you have?
I love sending and receiving real mail, traveling, cooking,
playing the piano, and crocheting. I volunteer for several community groups and
church committees. I love watching the Pittsburgh Steelers win and listening to
How do you choose
your settings for each book?
The stories usually choose the setting. Irish Encounter
, for example, came from a daydream I had about Ireland
, but with Mars…With Venus Rising
, I specifically chose Mars, Pennsylvania
, a United States
setting after the
international location in Irish Encounter
I chose Mars then began thinking about quirky vignettes that matched the
eccentric little town.
Rescued Hearts came to me during a bike ride near my house. Questions
popped into my mind: What would happen if a bike rider saw an abandoned house?
What if she noticed a kitten tangled in a vine? What if, while she tried to
free it, a man dragged her inside the house? Those questions wouldn’t leave me
alone until I began writing the answers.
If you could spend an
evening with one historical person, who would it be and why?
Interesting question. I’m a history person, so it’s hard to choose. But
wouldn’t a conversation with Corrie Ten Boom be fascinating? She faced horrible
tragedy and terror and suffering with such joy. I would love just to soak up
That would be
amazing. What is the one thing you wish you had known before you started
I wish I’d been more prepared for the marketing side of writing. I’m not a
What new lesson is
the Lord teaching you right now?
He’s teaching me to embrace things that might not be my cup of tea. This empty
nest chapter is not one to which I’ve been looking forward. Granted, empty-nesting has perks, but I enjoy
my children and love when we’re all together.
Marketing is a dreaded aspect of the writing business for me.
I enjoy connecting with readers and speaking about the stories, but I don’t
like asking for opportunities or asking for Amazon reviews. In fact, I just
What are the three
best things you can tell other authors to do to be successful?
The most important thing is pray for the Lord’s guidance. Read in the genre in
which you’re writing and read writing craft books also. Write every day even if
the words end up in the delete basket.
Tell us about the
Rescued Hearts is a Romantic
Suspense book. It’s set in North
Carolina and tells the story of Mary Wade Kimball who
innocently stumbles into a criminal hideout when she’s riding her bike one afternoon.
Brett Daniels is the undercover deputy who jeopardizes his mission to rescue
Please give us the
first page of the book.
The air changed, rustling a cool breeze that ruffled wisps
of hair escaping from under Mary Wade Kimball’s bike helmet. She relished the
drop in temperature as she detoured from the paved road onto a sandy path.
Enjoying fresh air and nature was the perfect antidote to the four-hour drive
in her little Honda.
She smiled to herself. The quick bike ride should smooth any
remaining cricks her time in the spa chair had failed to erase. Glancing at the
pedals, she wiggled her toes, tipped with a new hot pink color, Feelin’ Cheeky.
Thank you, Agnes, for the pedicure. Just what I needed
Clouds formed on the horizon to her right. “I see you,
clouds. I’ll be back to Agnes’ in a few minutes. Plenty of time before the
A hurricane churned several miles off the coast, but
forecasters warned that although the projected path fell safely north of the
local area, the weather could be affected with wind and rain as soon as tonight
or tomorrow morning. The cooler temperatures signaled stormy weather might
arrive sooner rather than later.
Pushing the pedals, she slogged the wheels through the sand,
feeling a burn in her thighs. A puff of air tainted by a nearby cow pasture
assaulted her nose. She pedaled harder to leave the sharp odor behind and
noticed an abandoned farmhouse nestled into the edge of trees at the end of an
A movement caught her eye.
Tangled in a honeysuckle vine threading through a hydrangea
bush mewed a tuxedo kitten. Prickles on the back of her neck rose, similar to
when a stranger had held open the grocery store door for her earlier in the
afternoon. She’d smiled and thanked him, but he remained silent, assessing her
with the most unusual eyes she’d ever seen.
Although her memory colored them silver, they must have been
light blue. Right? A shiver shimmied up her spine at the recollection. Who was
he? Agnes had never mentioned a newcomer in town, and if anybody would know,
Someone like that guy sticks in a mind. A few locks of sandy
brown hair hooked behind his ears. An elastic captured the rest in a three- or
four-inch ponytail. In his worn, wrinkled clothes, he stood well over six feet
tall with the girth of a wide receiver. The beginnings of a scruffy beard,
overtaking what was once a goatee, covered his face. Formidable. Unyielding.
Maybe a little scary.
How can readers find
you on the Internet?
Thank you, Hope, for
sharing this new book with us. I love to read romantic suspense novels.
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