Is there a story behind your book, High Noon Justice?
I was in the middle of writing another book, The Love Bug when I kept hearing the same sentence over and over again for weeks. Those words harassed me to the point where I decided to just sit down and write that one sentence. I sat down on a Thursday afternoon and when I got up that evening, that one sentence had turned into the prologue. High Noon Justice hijacked everything I was doing and took over and I’m so glad it did because it has been great novel to debut.
What started you on your writing journey?
From a child, according to my family, I’ve always told long stories. I was the type of child that would rather watch television instead of play. I didn’t realize at the time that I was actually studying characters, plot development, content structure, you name it. I actually started writing in middle school at the nudging of all of my English teachers, whom I shall never forget, Mrs. Drew, Mrs. Jawsinski, and Mrs. Fishbaugh. From there I went to a college preparatory High School where my English teachers, and shall I say, tried to pull out every ounce of potential they saw in me, they were tough to say the least. However, as a result, when I got to college, I considered becoming a writer. Unfortunately, at the time, that career choice didn’t go over well with my family so I tucked it under the rug for years.
Years later, a path opened for me to start editing author’s manuscripts which then lead into me ghostwriting for people. The path continued onto where I was asked the question, “When are you going to write your own book?” After wrestling with whether or not I should stay behind the curtain or pull it back, I decided it was time and as they say, the rest is history.
What distracts you from writing the easiest?
When I’m writing, I call it, “I’m going in the dungeon.” When I say this, my family knows not to bother me and allow me the opportunity to write. However, I’m my biggest distraction, I get easily distracted by checking emails, social media, answering text messages, and random web surfing. J
What kind of books do you enjoy reading?
My favorite book of all time is “Their Eyes Were Watching God” by Zora Neal Hurston, it was a required reading in my eleventh grade year of High School and I fell in love with and have read it several times over the years. I grew up reading Danielle Steele, there wasn’t a book she published that I didn’t have. However, these days I mainly read nonfiction books, I usually have about five books opened at a time that I’m reading. As a writer, what I have found to be an invaluable resource and would highly recommend is both The Positive Trait Thesaurus and The Negative Trait Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi.
What is your strangest habit?
When I’m stressing out, I binge eat on M&Ms, the peanut ones.
What makes you smile and/or laugh out loud?
One of my favorite quotes is “Live, Love, Laugh” I LOVE to laugh so it doesn’t take much to make me laugh or smile. I truly believe a merry heart doeth like a medicine (Proverbs 17:22) You could say banana to me and I might laugh….teeee heeee!
What do you like most about the area where you live and/or grew up?
I grew up in a small town, two miles from the beach. I love being able to know mostly everyone and feeling safe and supported by a community. Having the beach as our back drop was an added bonus. I often times feel sad that my children will never experience some of the joys I had growing up in such a place because back then I didn’t have to worry about someone snatching me if I walked to across town to my grandmother’s house alone.
What is a favorite memory from your childhood?
One of the best memories I have is that I was in a popular club in school and we used to put on an annual variety show for two nights. For the years I was involved my parents would try to make both nights but my last year in it, my mother wasn’t going to be able to make it because she had to work. Well, in one of my skits, I was on stage performing my heart out and I happened to look out into a darkened room and I see a woman standing up clapping and cheering with the biggest smile as if she’d never seen the act before. That woman was my mother, who found a way to be there even though she’d been there the night before. That is a memory that I hold near and dear to me because throughout my life, she’s always found a way to just be there.
Are there things you put off doing because you dread them?
Everything, I’m a serial procrastinator!
Has some place you have traveled inspired something in your writing?
I look for things, people, conversations to write about everywhere I go.
What's your favorite meal with family and friends?
I absolutely LOVE brunch in beautiful restaurants.
Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?
I love writing about God’s grace and His redemptive power. He’s in the business of saving humanity and I think there are many stories that we encounter on a daily basis that try to contradict that so in a small way, I’m hopeful that someone reading my writings will be reminded of how much He truly does love us.
Where do you escape for some quiet time to reflect, pray, read, etc?
Being a stay at home mom for the last eight years, I haven’t had much quiet time but in that same time, I’ve learned more about how to look within to connect with the Holy Spirit and meditate on the word and to be more reflective.
Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you.
There are two scriptures that have particular significance to me at this point in my life, Ephesians 2:10 and Hebrews 12:6-8, I was going through a dark time in my life and the Lord came after me, He showed me the error of my ways and gently provided me with loving correction, letting me know that I’m His and as a result, I’m now walking in the good works He predestined for me long ago and for that I’m grateful.
When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
I have two more books I’m trying to release before year’s end: The Love Bug, which is set to be released over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend; and the next installment of High Noon Justice, The Big Bonanza, will be released on a very special day, my birthday, December 30th.
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