Tell us how much of yourself you write into your characters.
I come from a long line of quirky folks - our family gatherings are memorable. While I think every character I write probably has a smidgeon of me in there somewhere, I love to get a point in the story where the characters begin to take on their own unique personalities. They surprise me often. When they react in a way that I wouldn’t necessarily expect them to, I know I have a compelling story.
What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
Well, there was the time a boy I liked came to visit and I decided I would impress him with ultra-curly eyelashes. The thing is, I had no idea how to use an eyelash curler and I ended up with no eyelashes at all. His expression was priceless. Who knew you shouldn’t use one of those things after slathering lotion on all over your hands? **shaking my head**
When did you first discover that you were a writer?
When I was in third grade, the Albuquerque School District decided to go with an experimental open concept classroom where a select group of students got to work on only what interested them. I wrote stories all day long. My math skills sorely suffered that year, but I learned that I could devise stories that my friends liked to read. Eventually, my teacher submitted a poem I wrote that was published in a collection of children’s writings.
Tell us the range of the kinds of books you enjoy reading.
One of my favorite things to do on vacation is to visit the library in any given town and head for the family history and local archives section. I love to read family histories and diaries. Real life accounts are fascinating! I never fail to come away with seeds of story ideas just begging to take on a life of their own.
How do you keep your sanity in our run, run, run world?
I learned a long time ago that I need make time every day to spend alone with God. Some days it’s five minutes as I drive to the grocery story. Some days I get an hour to study His word and pour my thoughts into a prayer journal. I truly need time in His presence just to keep everything else in proper perspective.
How do you choose your characters’ names?
First off, I go in search of a census during my time period in the county or state where my story is set. I get a good list of names and surnames. Then I go to baby name sites to see what the meaning of the names might be.
What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of?
My family - hands down. My two kids are grown now with kids of their own and I am so proud of the wonderful humans they’ve become.
If you were an animal, which one would you be, and why?
A bear. A mama bear to be precise. Fiercely protective, yet playful. And then there’s the whole hibernation thing where you get to eat all fall and sleep all winter.
What is your favorite food?
I’ve never met a bowl of chips and salsa that I didn’t like way too much.
What is the problem with writing that was your greatest roadblock, and how did you overcome it?
Probably getting the POVs under control was my greatest obstacle. When I first started writing, I wanted the reader to know what everyone in my make-believe room was thinking all at once! It got confusing.
Tell us about the featured book.
True Nobility is the first full length book I wrote (some twenty years ago) and is my debut into the world of publishing. Though it has gone through major revisions over the years, this book remains near and dear to my heart with characters that feel like old friends. Here’s the brief description from the back of the book:
Alone in an unfamiliar country, everything she believes in is shattered. Driven by desperation, she risks it all to return to the one man whose love promised to be true.
Lady Victoria Haverwood, beloved daughter of a widowed Earl, has spent years at a fashionable boarding school longing for the day she can finally come home to take her place as Mistress of Wrenbrooke. But when she becomes the target of a murderous plot, her idyllic plan is swiftly turned upside down.
Nicholas Saberton, an accomplished American Naval Captain, is commissioned to escort the earl and his daughter safely across the ocean to the lively shores of Savannah, Georgia. Pledged to protect her with his life, Nicholas is determined to remain immune to Victoria’s innocent charm. Focused on building his shipping empire, the Haverwood heiress becomes an irresistible diversion.
Danger shadows them. Soon the repercussions of her father’s past ensnare Victoria in a web of deception that threatens to consume her. Only her love for Nicholas will give her strength to discover the truth. But will it be too late?
Please give us the first page of the book for my blog reader.
England, Midnight, 2 February, 1860
Moonlight fell through an open casement as a rising shadow crept closer to the bed. Stillness clung to the damp night air. In the distance, a night owl’s warning went unheeded as the silver glint of a blade sparked a terrifying illumination before plunging deep into the satin quilt.
Across the room, a door flung open where a night-capped silhouette wavered. The shadow of a pistol, held between shaking hands, centered unsteadily at the black-cloaked assassin.
Victory, however, proved short-lived.
An empty chamber pot hurled across the dim room knocking the weapon to the floor. With a daring leap, the murderer made an escape through the open window, instantly swallowed up by darkness.
In burgundy robe and slippers, an elderly gentleman shuffled further into the room. With anxious fingers, he struck a matchstick to light the lamp on the night table. For a brief moment, his shaking hands lingered over the smooth coverlet before pulling it back. The down-filled bolster he’d carefully arranged there earlier now sported an eight-inch knife jutting from its middle.
Pulling a monogrammed handkerchief from the pocket of his robe, he dropped to sit on the bed, then dabbed at the sheen on his brow. Unfolding a note, he reread the message he’d received not three days past.
Take every precaution!
Your daughter, Victoria,
is to be killed before
her twentieth birthday.
Cold dread pounded through his veins as he stared blankly into the flickering flame fighting for life against his heavy breath.
It was then Edward Haverwood, third Earl of Wrenbrooke, resolved to do everything within his power to save his beloved daughter from the clutches of a maniacal killer.
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