In 2006 I planned a trip to Ireland with my daughter Lana, and my birthdaughter, Sarah. Sarah was the child I gave up for adoption in 1979 before I was married. Sarah and I were reunited 20 years later, but after the reunion I feared the close relationship I wanted with Sarah wasn’t going to happen. The trip to Ireland for the 3 of us was hopefully going to draw Sarah, me, and Lana closer.
Sadly, Sarah had to cancel out, and Lana and I went to Ireland just the two of us. It was on that trip that we visited Londonderry and a beautiful and ancient church, St. Augustine’s. The stained glass windows in that church were breathtaking, and one in particular touched my heart. It was the Ruth and Naomi window. What I wanted with Sarah (as well as with Lana) was a close mother-daughter relationship, like that between Ruth and Naomi. Only God can arrange that type of bond.
The Ruth and Naomi window plays a significant part in Londonderry Dreaming, and was the inspiration behind the book.
We were in Londonderry a few years ago. I'll have to revisit my pictures and look for St. Augustine. What kind of books do you enjoy reading?
My tastes in literature are varied—the classics like Dickens, Jane Austen, Mystery who-dun-its, historical novels, romance, but this past year I read a women’s fiction novel that I loved. The Language of Sparrows by Rachel Phifer. This was a romance entwined in a serious issue---how do you tell your 16 year old daughter that her father committed suicide?
What makes you smile and/or laugh out loud?
Mostly my pets. We have a dog and two cats. And then my husband. No one makes me laugh more than he does. Talk about dry wit….Oh how I love him.
Has some place you have traveled inspired something in your writing?
So far all of my books are inspired by places I have traveled to. Ireland as the place I was born inspired Londonderry Dreaming. And India inspired my historical series Twilight of the British Raj, Book 1 Shadowed in Silk and Book 2 Captured by Moonlight.
Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?
The desire to convey deep Christian themes is the reason I write. Usually my books deal with the issue of surrendering totally to God’s will. And how to love God more deeply.
In Londonderry Dreaming, the two characters, Keith and Naomi, communicate best in the unspoken languages of music and art. They both must learn to say out loud what is bothering them and that they love each other.
I find this the same in my relationship to God. If I speak words of praise and love to God out loud during my prayer time, I find my love for Him grows.
Could you share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you?
Isaiah 49:15, 16a “Can a woman forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you. See…I have engraved you on the palms of my hands.”
This is my life verse. I relinquished my child to adoption because it was best for her at the time. However, I could never forget Sarah. And to think that God loves me even more than I love my children amazes me. God loves you far more than you could ever love your children and grandchildren.
Tell us about the Irish brogue in the story. It sounds so authentic.
Writing Londonderry Dreaming was a real hoot for me. This is my first contemporary romance, but setting it in the land of my birth, and where all my relatives live, gives it authenticity. The hilarious things the “Irish cousins’’ say in the book, are things that my cousins have actually said.
Coming from Ireland I know the Irish brogue and their blarney. Oh my…do I know their blarney. I hope as you read the book, you will feel that you have actually visited the northern coast of Ireland. Because in reality, you are seeing Londonderry and the Antrim Coast, the Giant’s Causeway through my eyes, through my memories of being there.
Ah, the Giant's Causeway. I remember that too! When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
My next book comes out August 2014. Veiled at Midnight is the third and final book to my series Twilight of the British Raj. Veiled at Midnight is the story of two secondary characters (children) from Shadowed in Silk. But now Cam is a grown man, and Dassah, the beautiful Indian girl he has known since childhood is a grown woman. But the brutal Partition of India is about to tear these two lovers apart. This historical adventure-romance is set against the backdrop of Lord Louis Mountbatten as the last Viceroy of India.
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