What’s your writing background? When did you begin writing and what inspired you?
I have loved writing since I was a child. My parents and my siblings, all of whom are older than I, read to me every day. I loved books from the time I was little. My mother was a writer, although nothing was ever published in more that her work newsletter. I started writing during NaNoWriMo 2007 after both my sons told me I should try it. I started my project with a description of a small town I had lived in for a few years. That grew into my first novel that is due out December 2012.
How often do you write? And how do you manage to fit in writing among other commitments?
I write as often as I can. I don’t have a set schedule; too many other things are “on demand” in my life to set a schedule. Often it is late at night when I write. I find I can be most creative then, and other distractions are at a minimum. My Maltese dog used to sit on my lap or at my feet when I wrote. His presence helped me concentrate on writing.
In which genre do you most enjoy writing?
I write Christian fiction/paranormal. I also have beginnings of a couple other books, one is non-fiction about puppy mills and the rescues I have had, and another is an anthology of short stories for children where the main characters are my grandchildren. The theme of the latter one is that everyone can be a superhero, even those with special needs.
What draws you to write in that genre?
I write Christian fiction because that is what is in my heart to share. I am writing the non-fiction book because I have been privileged to be owned by three former puppy mill mamas, and I want their stories to be told. And the short stories about my superhero grandchildren? I wanted to write stories about them, with the special needs that some of them have, using their own ideas of what kind of superhero each of them would be.
Can you tell me about your current project(s)?
My first published short story, The Christmas Visitors, was just released November 2012, and my first novel, Victory, is scheduled for release December 2012.
The Christmas Visitors is about a Christmas Eve blizzard and a paranormal sighting that cause an accident on a country road. Sam and Ellen seek refuge at a nearby farmhouse. Their experience with the elderly couple that live changes their lives forever.
Victory is a town where the people love their country and are friendly and helpful in spite of personal differences. But what happens when two visitors come to town, one with fear and control, and slowly takes away the freedoms the people have loved but taken for granted. The other comes with faith. Which will triumph in the darkest hour? What about the child Brown Eyes? What is her role in this story of faith and patriotism?
What are your writing plans for the future?
I plan to finish up the book about my rescued dogs and the short stories. After that, who knows? I have done NaNo other years, including this year, so maybe another one of those projects will be published!
Where can people find out more about you?