Besides when you came to know the Lord, what is the happiest day in your life? When our first child was laid in my arms. I cried so much, my doctor was touched by the picture of our meeting and sent me flowers.
How has being published changed your life? Publishing a book was a dream that took nearly 50 years to come true. I’m still trying to learn how to handle this wonderful gift with the kind of good work it deserves to make it grow.
What are you reading right now? I am loving going through the Kit Shannon books by James Scott Bell and Tracie Peterson.
What is your current work in progress? I’ve had a hard time starting a new writing project. I’m working on a fast draft through February, making myself write something down every day and trying not to edit as I go along. I love stories about siblings, and this one has a brother and two sisters, all adults, sharing a house and supporting each other through their struggles.
interesting. What would be your dream vacation? A few years ago, I got
together with my two grown daughters, and we visited my mother in
How do you choose your settings for each book? In one of the novellas in my most recent book, I decided to place my story on a farm. I grew up on a farm, and I wanted to try to share the richness of that.
I’ve lived in cities for more than 40 years, so I’m most comfortable placing stories in cities. However, I don’t name them, either real city names or fictional ones. I like the freedom of simply having a general city atmosphere.
If you could spend an evening with one person who is currently alive, who would it be and why? The author Dee Henderson. She has been such an inspiration to me as a writer. I continue to read her O’Malley series again and again. It’s like spending the afternoon with a close family member.
I love her books, too. What are your hobbies, besides writing and reading? I love knitting and crocheting gifts for family and friends.
What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it? Periodically I go through a time when I lose the motivation to write. Once I start again, I enjoy making stories so much. I am grateful that to this point, I’ve always been able to get myself back to this job.
What advice would you give to a beginning author? I wrote very little for over 30 years, using work and raising my family as an excuse. I know it can be hard to find time in a busy schedule to write, but try to write even for a few minutes most days, in a journal, about people you see during the day, conversations you overhear, ideas that flit through your mind.
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Tammy needs a new goal to fill her empty nest, and she needs to find forgiveness for her heart.
Mourning the loss of her baby, Judy flees to the home she abandoned twelve years ago. The family farm. Is something new waiting for her at this old home?
Iola, who is blind, struggles to prove herself as a professional and to be the mother her sixteen-year-old daughter needs during a rough time.
Watch as God opens doors these women would never expect.
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“Grandma, you are so lucky.” C.T. looked up at me, his face crumpled, ready to sleep. “You live in a house with four men.” His eyes closed then opened again. “And a big dog. We’ll always make sure you’re safe.”
My heart warmed as I bent to kiss him. “You’re right. Who would dare to mess with me?”
He curled into a ball then buried his face in his arms. “Love you, Grandma. Have a good sleep.”
“I love you too, baby.” After tucking the covers around my seven-year-old little man, I tiptoed out of his room.
Safety was not my concern with these four men, but I did have concerns. Lord God, help us. Especially with this new man in our home.
At the top of the stairs, I stopped to listen. All I could hear was the television, with loud cars screeching, coming from Al’s room. I sighed. Al was hard of hearing, so he kept the volume loud. How would my husband and son handle that?
Not that a loud TV was my biggest worry.
My son Roland had his class tonight, but what was Karl thinking?
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