Is there a story behind your book Madeline's Protector?
It was a vivid dream that I had while I was pregnant. You could say it's a sweet figment of my chocolate cravings.
What started you on your writing journey?
I have been writing both technical and fiction pieces since high school. Writing is a strong part of my nature. If you can claim to write your own ending to Gone With The Wind, edit TV episodes in your mind, then you can understand this desire to create a perfect happy ending.
What kind of books do you enjoy reading? (Book recommendations very welcome!)
Of, course I love all regency novels. I'm really enjoying Laurie Alice Eakes, The Daughter's of Bainbridge Series. Lots of great angst.
Which character in your new release most interested you while you wrote? Why?
I really like Justain. Though he's the earl now, he grew up a second son, the one who was expendable to his father. The lack of his father's approval undergirds all Justain's actions. I think folks growing up in difficult relationships with their parents can relate to Justain's small desire to please or win approval.
What makes you smile and/or laugh out loud?
My daughter's reasoning. She is eight and excels in eight-year-old logic, like the time she wanted to help make the bathroom "nice". She painted the sink in acrylic paints. We are still scrubbing it clean.
What is your favorite season of the year?
I love the autumn the best. To me, it's so full of colors, and the apples are the juiciest.
Has some place you have traveled inspired something in your writing?
My trip to London, England still inspires me. To see these places, which have existed for hundreds of years, is awe-inspiring.
Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?
I love stories in which the hero or heroine finally view themselves as God does, not the lens of society. Even though my stories focus upon the 1800's, I think everyone needs to remember we are more than conquerors. We are wonderfully and beautifully made.
Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you.
Psalm 71:1 In thee, O Lord, do I put my trust: let me never be put to confusion. The whole passage is stirring, but this plea to God is one I recite daily. To know I have a God to trust in who will never let me shamed. When I am putting my faith in Him, I believe this covering extends to all my efforts, including my novels.
When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
I am currently working on a few wips, mostly focused on the Old Baileys, the legendary courtroom of England. Think Perry Mason of the Regency.
Now that sounds intriguing! We'd love to have you come back when the next book is out.
Thank you so much for hosting me.
The pleasure is all ours, Vanessa.
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