Is there a story behind your book Macy?
I’ve known several people who have tried to escape their circumstances by getting married, and I’ve known many who discovered the man they married wasn’t who they’d thought he was. I wanted to investigate those ideas and what it means to make a commitment to another person, even if they aren’t keeping their commitment to you.
Serious stuff and interesting! What distracts you from writing the easiest?
I live daily with chronic illness and that is a huge challenge to keep up my energy and stay in the story when I’m writing. But God is very good to meet me when and where I ask Him and supply my need.
So good to know He will! Which character in your new release most interested you while you wrote? Why?
I always relate in some way to my main character. In this case, all the pregnancy vomiting Macy does is mirrored after my own experiences of pregnancy-long morning sickness. Although…Macy is let off the hook easier than I was!
If you could paint or sculpt like a famous artist who would it be and why?
I would love to design buildings and furnishings like Maxfield Parish. I went to design school with every thought of being an interior designer/interior architect. My plans didn’t work quite like I wanted—but I still love buildings and floor plans and interesting schemas.
Nice! What is your favorite season of the year?
I love the change of every season, that ushering in of something new and different and unknown. From the brightly covered leaves of fall, to the first snows, the first buds of spring, the first toasty warm day of summer. Love them all.
What do you like most about the area where you live and/or grew up?
I grew up in Eureka, California, in the true northern California, a coastal town with small-town quirks, embedded with Victorian houses (love them) and hedged with redwoods and mountains. It’s beautiful there. I love the ocean.
Laundry. And dishes. I fear for the day my kids are grown and out of the house (thank heavens for chore lists). I will have dishes all over the counters and unfolded clothes all over my bedroom. I’d rather be writing!
Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?
I love writing Healing Fiction, books that don’t just entertain, but connect on a deeper level with the brokenness we all live with and don’t often talk about. I hope to reveal the depths that the Father will go to draw the most broken back to Him and make them whole through Christ.
Smiling . . . Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you. (and why it's special)
James 1: 2-3 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.
Those are currently my life verses. Because of my illness and life circumstances, I’m challenged daily, and am constantly in a state of surrender to the Lord. Oh, but He’s gracious!
When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
My next novel, Amber, is in progress and soon will be sent to my agent, David Van Diest. It tells the story about a young woman who thinks she’s got her life all figured out and then she loses her sight and must start her life all over again, giving her hopes and dreams up for a better dream the Father has for her.
Wow, we'll look forward to hearing from you again when this one's ready! Thanks for joining us, April.
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