This is a true story. I changed the names of people and places out of respect for family members.
Where Eagles Soar is dedicated to the brokenhearted, those who have or are presently living in the midst of heartache and fear. God has not forgotten you. He sees you. And He loves you.
“I will bind up the injured and strengthen the weak.”
Why this book? How did it come about?
This story found me. A woman who grew up in Alaska during the forties and fifties contacted me and asked if I’d write her story. When she first called, I was in the middle of a series and couldn’t consider taking on another project.
She didn’t give up, but contacted me several more times over the next couple of years. While doing a local book-signing, Lily (that’s what I call her in the book) approached me. We chatted and she told me a little bit of her story. I knew the Lord wanted the tale told and he was asking me to do it. I’m privileged to be part of bringing this remarkable story to life.
What started you on your writing journey?
In late 1989 God lit a fire in me. I was gripped by a compulsion to write, and filled legal pads with personal experiences, vignettes, and poems. An auto accident in June of 1991 left me disabled and unable to return to work. I had treasured my role as wife and mother, but after the accident my family took care of me instead of me caring for them.
I felt as if I had nothing to offer the world and asked God to give me something to do that was of value. He gave me writing. I attended a writing conference in the summer of 1992, returned home and went to work on my first novel. I’ve been writing ever since.
What kind of books do you enjoy reading?
I enjoy fiction and biographies most. My all time favorite biography is the story of Corrie Ten Boom. I read it the first time as a young woman. To this day, the book comes to mind when I need courage. Corrie’s profound faith is inspiring.
In the fiction category, my favorite genre is historical fiction. And last year while reading Lori Benton’s debut novel, Burning Sky, I knew she was one of my new favorite authors.
Which character in your new release most interested you while you wrote?
Lily’s mother, Mae. I would love to sit down and have a long visit with her. She was a tiny American Native woman who stayed at the side of a brutal man all of her adult life, and she raised fourteen children in the Alaskan wilderness under primitive circumstances. Through it all, her faith remained strong and she raised her children with grace and courage.
Let's have some fun. What is the quirkiest thing you have done?
We live about twenty miles from town in a rural community. When I drive the highway, I always see cows grazing in the pastures. I used to count them, only small groups. Large herds would take too long. I decided that counting cows was weird and made myself stop. It’s been a couple of years since I did any counting so I guess I’m cured. J
What is your favorite season of the year?
Fall. I always feel expectant, like something special is going to happen. I love the bright colors, coolness in the air, the sound of crickets in the evening, wet forest floors, and fragrance of fermenting wild blackberries. Just talking about it makes me want to hurry summer along so we can get to fall.
Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?
When I look back at my writing history I see themes of forgiveness and unconditional love in many of my stories.
Could you share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you?
How to pick just one?
Ephesians 3:20 encourages me. My vision is limited and my faith weak. When I read this verse, I am reminded that what is to come is not up to me. It is God at work in me. He will fulfill his will because He chooses to.
“God is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.”
Do you have any upcoming projects?
I have a contemporary novel in the works. It’s been on my heart to write this book for many years and now it’s finally time. The title is To Dance With Dolphins and we are shooting for a fall or early winter release.
It’s a story about overcoming emotional, physical and mental disabilities and finding courage to reach for lost dreams. It’s full of quirky, interesting characters who find one another and a new life. I can’t wait to introduce readers to these special people.
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