L. G. Tell us how much of yourself you write into your characters. I try not to write too much of
myself into the characters, other than perhaps to give them wisdom I wish had
developed sooner in my life, but then wisdom comes with life experiences. I
didn’t become a Christian until a young adult and then the Word of God had a
profound impact on me.
the quirkiest thing you have ever done? I rode the ski-lift to the steepest hill and
disembarked. I waggled my pole at my date to catch his attention as he stood at
the bottom of the run. Pushing off, I gracefully carved my way down the slope.
That is until an icy patch sent me tumbling. Looking like a rolling banana in
my yellow ski suit, I landed in a spectacular heap at his feet, my hat askew.
Lying on my back, poles bent, and missing a ski, my confidence shattered.
Making light of the situation, I smiled and said, “I’ve fallen for you.” His
mouth dropped open, then he burst into laughter. We were married a year later.
that story. When did you first discover that you were a writer? Mom said I was writing by the time
I could hold a pencil, which was an exaggeration. As a child, I filled journals
with stories about the heroine and her happy-ever-after, but it wasn’t until
the creative writing courses in college that I discovered a latent talent. Two
of my college professors encouraged me to pursue a writing career. However, practicality
took over, and I went into business administration, which served me well
through the years, though the urge to write was always there. School
newsletters, business journals and various newspaper articles helped keep the
creative flame going.
the range of the kinds of books you enjoy reading. I read a variety of genres, from
action adventure, murder/mystery, historical romance, biographies, and young
adult fantasy. I enjoy adventures from Dani Pettrey and Susan May Warren. A
couple of years ago I read The Boys in the Boat, by Daniel James
Brown, the true story of the American Olympic rowing team in Nazi Germany
during the 1936 Olympic games. While the story focused on one young man, Joe
Rantz and his teammates, Brown wove a poignant story interlaced with history.
By the end of the book, I was in tears because I realized how each of those
young men had struggled to overcome extreme hardships to become the successful
men they were. The power of story to affect readers is immense.
you keep your sanity in our run, run, run world? Prayer, Bible reading, soft music,
a dancing fire in the grate, and a relaxing cup of cappuccino, hold the whipped
cream. These days it’s decaffeinated but still so yummy. I also love to listen
to the Bible. One app uses soft background music for a relaxing experience.
Hearing the Word spoken has a calming effect, at least for me. My husband is
another source of strength for me when I get riled up over something. This wise
gentleman has a way of seeing things where I am usually blinded by the heat of
the moment. It’s good to talk things out. Sharing strengthens the bonds.
you choose your characters’ names?
I create character sketches for each member of the story, hashing out what they
look like, how they act, what their reactions would be in a particular
situation. Sometimes I even give them a background. Once I have the character
firmly in mind, I research names and genealogies, searching databases for the
type of character I see. One such character, Malpar, was a Hayyothalan.
Hayyothalan is from a Jewish hierarchy of angels. Then I searched databases for
angel names and came up with Malpar, a compilation of two names whose
information fit the character.
the accomplishment that you are most proud of? After I left the workplace behind,
I pursued writing. The Issachar Gatekeeper series is my best accomplishment.
While I always wanted to write, it wasn’t until I set out to create the storyline
that I realized the time and commitment involved in such an endeavor. It’s not
a pursuit for the lighthearted. The hours of course study, seminars, research,
writing bootcamps, and time away from family are huge. I could not have
achieved four books in the series so far without the love and support of my
husband and family or the gift of talent from God. This quote from Longfellow
touches my heart and speaks volumes about the writing journey: the heights by great men reached and kept
were not attained by sudden flight, but they, while their companions slept,
were toiling upward in the night. —Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
were an animal, which one would you be, and why? A dog! These God-given companions
are so loyal and love unconditionally, they bring joy with their antics and
their sloppy kisses. I grew up with dogs, and we have a dog and a cat, both of
which seem to understand and respond to our needs. My husband and I laugh so
much over these two critters, it’s hard to imagine life without them. I only
hope I am as good a person as my dog seems to think I am. With God’s grace!
your favorite food?
A grilled hamburger with lots of olive sauce! And fries, and a milkshake. I
love to dip fries in my chocolate milkshake. So yummy! And, yes, I am still a
kid at heart—I don’t want to grow up! Which is probably why my granddaughters
say I’m the “cool” grandma. Gotta laugh!
the problem with writing that was your greatest roadblock, and how did you
overcome it? Finding
time to write. Since I work from home, it’s a challenge to keep to a writing
schedule. There are always a million things that need doing: laundry, grocery
shopping, housecleaning, interruptions, and such. Creating a schedule and
sticking to it has been very helpful. We divide our office space into two
areas, so we each have our own computer and desk. My husband knows when he sees
the grumpy gnome statue outside the office door, I am busy writing. The gnome
holds a sign that says, “Leave!”
about the featured book. Lucy Hornberger didn’t believe in ghosts until a spirit followed her home from
the flea market. Now she knows there is a spiritual realm existing alongside
our own, filled with angels, demons, spirits, and ghosts, and the heavenly city
of Ascalon. With the help of her best friend Schuyler, Lucy must protect a
magical artifact from an evil spirit, Prince Darnathian. But now a new level of
spirit hauntings, deception and treachery brings Lucy to a halt. Darnathian is
getting closer to obtaining his objective—annihilate the High King and destroy
give us the first page of the book.
Prologue. Bohemia, early thirteenth century.
scriptorium was a hive of activity. Candlelight flickered over the domed
frescoed ceiling with scenes of prophets and scholars engaged in intellectual
activities or sharing a cup of wine. The floor-to-ceiling bookcases were filled
with books, manuscripts, and scrolls containing a vast amount of knowledge
acquired and maintained over thousands of years. Chairs and pews usually lined
the large hallway-like room, providing a comfortable resting place where the
monks could sit and read. The scriptorium was one of the most beloved rooms in
the old monastery.
rows of hooded monks huddled over wood tables, heads bowed, their quills
scratching at huge vellum pages. They dipped their quills into the thick and
pungent ink in small pewter pots, which magically refilled. They covered each
page with details of a hideous, vile, and mysterious knowledge of ancient
magic. They also documented spells, forbidden languages, and good and evil
images. The information punctured and invaded their minds.
handwriting, identical in every detail, was not their own. It belonged to the
Dark Prince who had uttered the curse. Now, even the knowledge contained in all
their books could not help the black-robed monks break the spell.
in the ancient church, a clock tolled the hour, the deep tones echoing
unnaturally along the corridors in the oppressive darkness. Tonight, the tones
were discordant and jarring, symbolic of the terrors inside the old monastery.
The windows were a dark backdrop reflecting the room’s abnormal activity; the
candlelight quivering in the panes.
Dark Prince meandered among the writing tables, his hand elegantly floating up
and down as though he were conducting a symphony orchestra. His footsteps were
loud in the relative silence of the room, his boot heels thudding against the
flagstones. He stopped and lazily considered the monk before him as a devious
smile creased his face. The Dark Prince leaned over the desk and pushed the
monk’s hood back to reveal the man’s face. The monk was sweating.
what’s this?” Darnathian asked innocently. He pulled a chair close and sat,
leaning toward the monk. “You’re sweating profusely. Is the temperature in the
room too warm for you? I can remove a few of the fires in the grates if that
would make you more comfortable.” He made a pretense of glancing about the
spaced along the inner walls, recessed stone fireplaces danced with low,
glowing fires, which kept the scriptorium dry and comfortable. The room’s stone
construction meant it was warm in the winter months and cooler in the summer.
The green flames danced with grotesque images and tickled the cursed logs
without consuming them, emitting an even heat.
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