In case you were wondering...
These are the questions I'm asked most often.
Why are you switching from historical-set to contemporary stories?
Coming January 2021, my very first contemporary-set novel will be out on store shelves from Love Inspired! It's called A Future For His Twins, and it's the first in a new series called Widow's Peak Creek. Shortly thereafter, Seeking Sanctuary will be out, second in the series. I've always wanted to write contemporaries, but that doesn't mean I'm completely finished with historical stories.
Are you more productive than usual due to Covid-19?
Depends on the day. Like everyone else, this year has been full of adjustment and challenges. Some days I handle them well, and other days I want to eat an entire bag of potato chips. I've learned to lean on the Lord in new ways in 2020.
Will Frances Fennelwick, a secondary character in both your LIH books (The Reluctant Guardian and A Mother for His Family) get her own story?
I love Frances! There's no artifice in her at all, and she's smart, spunky, and brave. My intention from Day 1 was to have her go through her own romantic adventure. However, the Love Inspired Historical line closed before that could happen. Nevertheless, I plan to give Frances her own story someday, somehow.
I want to write romance novels. What should I do?
Read, read, read, and then write, write, write! Finish that book and allow others to look at it: join critique groups, enter contests sponsored by writing associations and chapters, and take courses on craft/attend conferences. Keep in mind that very few novelists publish their first book, although it does happen.
I have a special section for writers in this website. Check it out!
Wait, did you say *finish the book* up there? Can't I just send an editor or an agent my idea?
A completed manuscript is proof to an editor or an agent that you are diligent and capable of accomplishing a project. Established authors can sell on ideas, but the rest of us? We create proposals, although once you've published you can send a few chapters rather than the whole book.
Do you have any openings on your street team of influencers?
At the moment, I do not have any openings, but if you like my stories and enjoy helping other readers by writing reviews on your blog and/or sites like Goodreads, Amazon, CBD, BN, etc., I'd love to hear from you! Feel free to drop me a note on the contact page, and when an opening arises, I'll be in touch! Thank you. <3
Will there be a sequel to My Heart Belongs in Ruby City, Idaho (from Barbour Publishing)?
Alas, no sequel is planned. Most of the characters received their happy endings. And those who didn't, or whose fates were left up in the air? I'll spill one secret. Madge lives a long, happy life with other equine companions.