While working as a hospice social worker, I’ve had the rare honor of being with many people as their journey here on earth came to a close. A wise patient once told me he wasn’t afraid to die because he was looking so forward to seeing what lies over the horizon. I loved his point of view, and it gave me the idea for my title. I wanted to write a story that portrays how God’s comfort and grace can guide us through all life’s hardships and crises, including death. For believers, there really is no death, just a journey over the horizon to our eternal home.
Lovely! Which character in your new release most interested you while you wrote? Why?
I loved creating Mama Mae. Even though she suffered loss, her humor and passion for life didn’t waver. She was a spunky, spit-fire so it was fun writing her dialogue. Coach is a close second with his constant proclamation of God’s goodness is spite of his diagnosis.
What makes you smile and/or laugh out loud?
Like most moms, hearing my children laugh- especially a loud, snorting, belly-laugh- makes me smile. Nothing erases the stressors of my day like watching my children play with unbridled joy.
So true! What is your favorite season of the year?
I absolutely love summer. My two college kids are home and this momma is always happier when her nest is full.
My feelings too! Love my family. What is a favorite memory from your childhood?
I loved snuggling next to my daddy in his worn recliner as we watched John Wayne movies. He always made me feel so adored and safe. I never wanted to grow up.
If you could invite four people to dinner, who would it be and why?
I would invite my daddy just so I could see him again. Ruth Bell Graham so I could hear her pray (after all she prayed for Billy for all those years), Mother Teresa for inspiration and Brian Reegan to make us all laugh. (If you don’t know Brain Reegan, look him up on youtube. He is a clean comedian who is hysterical.)
Nice choices. Do you have a favorite quote?
Yes, I have many! Anything by C.S. Lewis or Corrie ten Boom. My most, most favorite is simple. “Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.” If Corrie ten Boom, a holocaust survivor, can say that, then I should have a deep enough faith to believe it, too.
Amen. When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
I’m busy writing the sequel to Just Over Horizon. The working title is Sunlit Shadows. No release date yet, but I’ll keep you updated.
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