I love reading romantic suspense. Besides when you came to know the Lord, what is the happiest day in your life? The day I married Glenn, because that event allowed so many other happy days. Serving as missionaries. Holding our daughter and son when they were born, and then holding our granddaughter and grandson when they were born.
How has being published changed your life? I don’t think my life has changed that much. Now, don’t get me wrong, I still love to hold one of my novels and think to myself, “With God’s help, I wrote this. Created the characters and plot. And people buy it to read.” That is a grand feeling. When I mention I’m a published author and someone says, “Really! I’ve never met an author before.” Those accolades last a long time.
Yes, they do. What are you reading right now? Dark Justice by Brandilyn Collins.
What is your current work in progress? My next novel is with Winged Publications for their new My Mother’s Secret collection. My heroine’s mother was involved in genetic research. Tentative title Shadows of Time.
What would be your
dream vacation? My husband and I spent a month in the
How do you choose
your settings for each book? I usually choose a place I’ve visited or have
lived in. I like to include the local history if relevant, and add a flavor of
the places and people. I wrote the first draft of Forever Under Blue Skies many
years before I visited
If you could spend an
evening with one person who is currently alive, who would it be and why? I
would love to spend an evening with my childhood friend, Valda. We met when we
were seven and were inseparable until I left
What are your hobbies, besides writing and reading? I love to travel and have been blessed with many opportunities. I have lived in three countries and four states, and visited countries on five continents. However, my husband’s health issues have put an end to overseas travel right now.
I understand that. My husband is experiencing health issues, and they take so much of your time. What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it? My biggest obstacle is making time to write each day. Unless I have a couple of hours of uninterrupted time, I have a difficult time concentrating. I also have a hard time keeping personal or family issues from intruding. As I answer these questions, my husband is undergoing chemo infusion treatments. After tending to him and taking him to his numerous medical appointments, I usual don’t have any emotional energy left to write. In other words, I haven’t overcome my obstacle.
What advice would you give to a beginning author? Read the craft books, attend workshops and conferences, pay attention to the ‘rules,’ but then write what’s on your heart. Yes, grammar, plot, and structure matter, but don’t let all the formality get in the way of telling your story.
Very good advice. Tell us about the featured book. Forever Under Blue Skies is very close to my heart. It is based on the first novel I ever wrote a long time ago. The back cover burb:
Jake was dubious about Marlow’s reason for visiting his station and thwarts her plan at every turn. Until he sees how she interacts with his vulnerable, young daughter.
If they solve the coded message, can Marlow return to
The story is set in 1983. The Australian Government changed their immigration laws in 1985. My story as written, couldn’t take place after those laws were enacted. Now, my family didn’t live on a sheep station, but that’s were the fiction part comes in.
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Driving nearly eight hundred kilometers from
Marlow Barclay adjusted her sunglasses and stared at the
narrow, tarred road shimmering ahead that sliced through the paprika-colored
earth like an arrow aimed toward a target on the horizon. The beauty of the
Australian heartland had long ago morphed into monotony. No houses. No people.
Just scrubby trees, clumps of blond spinifex grass, and acre upon acre of flat
land, if possible, flatter than west
She glanced at the odometer. Eight hundred and one.
A gold star for knowing the kilometer-to-mile conversion rate by heart. Five hundred miles. To fulfill Steven’s dying wish, she’d drive five hundred more.
Before the accident, Marlow and Steven had made plans to
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