Treasures of Her Heart is a long awaited dream, written a number of years ago but not fitting my publishers needs to length and category romance style, it was never published. But the story was never forgotten. Recently I re-read the novel, loved it, updated it to my present writing skill and now it’s live and available as a trade book and an eBook. I’m happy to have you meet Nikki, Rob, and Winnie and her tabby cat, Whimsey.
Treasures of Her Heart was inspired by many things but, probably the most, by my love of mystery and suspense novels. I grew up an avid Nancy Drew fan and began my own Cathy Lake series at age eleven. Besides my preoccupation with the suspense genre, I enjoy community theater, antique stores, and northern Michigan. All of these elements are woven into this romance mystery.
Which character in your present release, Treasures of Her Heart, most interested you while you wrote?
Though the heroine Nikki’s determination to find the missing fortune and to learn what happened to her great-aunt’s home and wealth, Nikki’s great aunt Winnie was the character who won my heart. My husband even surprised me when he asked what happened to the Aunt Winnie novel. Winnie’s interesting Irish past, the love and trust she had for her deceased husband, her trust and confidence in people and her faith captured me. And who doesn’t fall in love with her tabby cat, Whimsey?
Now let's have some fun. If you were a style of music, what style would you be?
I’m a music lover and performer, a soloist, singer in ensembles, choir and a handbell ringer. I sing with an audition Christian chorale, well-known in the metro area of Detroit. We perform multiple concerts year to large audiences three seasons of the and are recorded on CDs. My love of music allows me to appreciate all kinds of music from Celtic folk music to Bach and Beethoven to Debussy and opera. I love old hymns and contemporary praise music which I often sing as solos, and music from Harry Connick Jr. to the Rolling Stones who I saw in concert a few years ago. I even enjoy popular country, such as Lady Antebellum and Band Perry. If I had to be one style, I would chose today’s popular music in any genre including praise music and all songs that touch my heart, arouse my emotions and leave a message. One of my favorite praise solos is “There Is Nothing Greater Than Grace” by Point of Grace. Some of the popular songs today that tout me are: “If I Die Young,” by Band Perry, Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now”, and my very favorite that brings tears to my eyes each time I hear it, “Say Something” by the pop duo It’s A Great Big World. So any genre that touch my heart is what I would love to be.
What is your favorite memory from childhood?
What most often comes to mind is Christmas. Although we remember Christmas for the tree and house decorating, the beauty and joy of worship and celebrating the birth of Jesus, what clings in my memory is family. Back then, family meant more than mom, dad and siblings. It included aunts, uncles cousins and other extended family. My dad was an only child whose mother died when he was a baby and his father wasn’t a big part of our lives, but my mom’s family included eight living siblings. On Christmas Eve, everyone congregated at my Aunt Hazel’s (my mom’s sister) where we gathered around the tree, talked, laughed, opened remembrance gifts, and shared memories with tears and laughter. The camaraderie can never be replaced. The only thing that drew us away was our midnight church service where most of my family sang in the choirs and had to be there early for a run-through. The togetherness didn’t end that evening but carried through to the next day when we had dinner together at one of my aunt’s homes with everyone contributing to the meal. Those days will never be forgotten.
Being the Wandering Writer I have to ask: Where is your favorite place to travel/vacation in?
I would have to give the broad answer of Europe. We have been blessed to travel numerous times to the amazing countries of Germany, Austria, Switzerland, as well as France, Belgium, Netherlands, Italy, Greece, Turkey, England, Ireland, Wales and Scotland and little countries such as, Luxemburg and Lichtenstein. The amazing history and architecture, the love and preservation of the past are ways I admire and enjoy Europe. Seeing the famous landmarks and spending time wandering the streets of small villages and meeting the people is beyond explanation. I have numerous places I still want to visit: Spain and Portugal, Scandinavia, China, and Australia and New Zeeland are on my bucket list.
You will love all those bucket list items. Trust me. Has some place you have traveled inspired something in your writing?
So many places in Europe have drawn stories from my heart. I have novels set in England, Venice in Italy and numerous stories in novellas and a novel set in Germany. Dreaming of Castles is romance filled with laughs and heart-touching moments, and a novella, “Better To See You,” based on the fairytale “Little Red Ridinghood” and set in the woodcarving city of Oberammergau, will be released before the end of this year. In this country, I long to set a novel in Sedona, Arizona, the land of the red rocks. Sedona has inspired story ideas since I’ve spent time there in the winter months. My greatest inspiration is the amazing state that has been my home since birth, Michigan. We have rocky coasts on Lake Huron, sandy beaches and sand dunes on Lake Michigan, towering waterfalls, mountains in the upper peninsula, lakes, rivers and waterways everywhere, thick forests and broad rolling hills and farmlands. The state provides me with mega cities such as Detroit and small towns, such as the setting in my duet Christmas novel, Christmas Gifts, which won a national award.
Could you share a favorite verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you?
Though I have numerous verses that I love and live by, the one that stands out in my mind and heart is from 2 Corinthians 3: 3. “You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.” This verse is the spirit with which I write my novels. It’s not the paper and the sales that have meaning but the way the message touches the hearts of readers and makes a difference in their lives and faith. I praise the Lord for His writing talent gift to me and the opportunity to share it with readers.
When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
The next book with Love Inspired will be released next year. It’s the first novel in the Lilac Circle series and is presently titled, Unexpected Mommy. I’m working on the second book in the series that I hope will also be out next year around Christmas. The series is set on a cul-de-sac street called Lilac Circle (a dead end with only one way to enter and exit the street) and each story will revolve around someone who lives on the street. The characters will reappear throughout the series so readers will keep track of the important events in their lives too. Before those books are released, I expect two more to be released through Forget Me Not Romances. The first will be based on the Red Ridinghood fairytale, a romantic suspense, Better To See You, followed by one I now call Romance By Design though the title may be changed. It is a romance sparking with a spunky heroine and determined hero who work for an interior design company and find themselves forced to work together, each with a different design mindset. I love this book and it too is one of my older novels that I’m updating to fit my writing style today. To hear more about my upcoming novels as well as a recipe and a monthly devotional, please subscribe to my newsletter by visiting my website Click here and subscribe in the right sidebar. Your email address is protected.
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