Is there a story behind your book A Promise to Protect?
The idea for A Promise to Protect came to me as I was writing the first book in the series, Shadows of the Past. Ben Logan was the sheriff in that book, and I really liked his character. I kept wondering why he was not involved in someone, so that led me on a quest to find out. Along the way I discovered a whole lot more.
What distracts you from writing the easiest?
Not knowing how to say no. I am terrible about taking on more and more, especially when there seems to be a real need. But I’ve learned sometimes I’m not the one who is supposed to fill that need, and when I do, I’ve stolen someone else’s blessing. Now when asked if I can fill a need, I first ask if I can pray about it. And then I do, and often I find that it wasn’t a project God intended me to do. I read once that sometimes, the good things we do are Satan’s way of robbing us of God’s best for us.
Which character in your new release most interested you while you wrote? Why?
That’s like asking which child is my favorite. I liked Ben for his loyalty and that he had learned how to deal with panic attacks. And Leigh for her independence. Besides, I always wanted to be a doctor…
If you were a style of music, what style would you be?
Easy listening. J While I don’t always see it, people say I’m easy to be around.
What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
Probably the time a friend and I were in a parking lot in Washington DC and we decided to drive to Maine instead of returning home to Mississippi. It was quite a trip, but a beautiful one. Our destination was a friend who lived in Yarmouth, Maine in a house built in the 1700s. It had a room with a tunnel in the basement that was used to smuggle out slaves to ships in the harbor so they could be transported to Canada and freedom. That room and the tunnel ended up in Shadows of the Past. There were also bullet holes from where the owners of the house had been attacked by the British.
What makes you smile and/or laugh out loud?
It doesn’t take much to make me smile, but a lot for me to laugh out loud. One time that I remember laughing out loud was detailed in a blog I wrote about a joke that appeared in our newspaper about a lady who wrote a letter to a campground director about bathrooms. It’s titled The Bathroom Commode.
What is your favorite season of the year?
It used to be Fall, but after the winter we had last year, it’s changed to Spring. J
What is a favorite memory from your childhood?
Playing the woods behind our house. I lived next door to my cousins and we imagined we were Indians tracking game, outlaws hiding from the sheriff—the next day we would be the sheriff and his deputies looking for outlaws. One time we had a deluge of rain and the back ditch flooded. We decided to build a raft. It sank.
Are there things you put off doing because you dread them?
No. If I dread something, I do it and get it over with.
Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?
I find myself writing about second chances a lot -- and forgiveness.
Where do you escape for some quiet time to reflect, pray, read, etc?
It’s an ordinary place—my deck. But my yard is filled with birds and squirrels. It’s where I am sitting right now as I type this.
Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you.
I’ve been memorizing Scripture verses again, and the one I started with has special meaning…not that they all don’t. It’s from Hebrews 13:20-21. “Now may the God of peace, who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant equip you with everything good to do His will, and may He work in us that which is pleasing in His sight through
Jesus to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.” I pray this every morning
before I begin writing.
When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
I just finished my third book in the Logan Point Series—Gone Without A Trace. It is Livy Reynolds and Robyn Martin’s stories. Livy is the detective in Memphis and Robyn is her cousin who was missing in Shadows of the Past. It will be released in the Spring of 2015. (another reason I like spring)
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