Trust Me is book 2 in the West Virginia Mountains Series. Readers may be familiar with the story spark for this series of sweet Southern historical romance novels: while in college I went home with a girlfriend from West Virginia for the weekend. She lived in a coal mining community, where her daddy owned the coal mine.
On that visit, I learned about a coal mining tipple. Fascinated with the tipple and its surroundings, I wanted to write a story about the people of that coal mining camp.
In this series, I did that in book 1, Wait for Me, the story of the love between two soul mates, Julie and Robby. When they enrolled at West Virginia University in the northern part of the state, an unexpected character walked into the story: the Dean of Women at the university. Dean Fletcher.
In book 1, I gave Dean Fletcher sophistication I’d learned about from my seventh grade home room teacher. Dean Fletcher was reserved and a bit stand-offish, traits of my favorite female actor on a TV one hour drama. Dean Fletcher was a good person, always helpful to Julie with any request she had.
But why was Dean Fletcher not married? Why did she never date anyone? Why was she reticent to reveal her emotions or feelings, always and only the professional? She was restrained in words and actions. Why? Her role in Wait for Me was a minor one, with not much opportunity to dig for the answers to my questions.
These questions motivated me to give Dean Fletcher a larger character part in book 2, Trust Me. So, in Trust Me you’ll learn much about this elegant woman. You’ll learn why Dean Fletcher is reserved, reticent, a bit stand-offish, not married, restrained, and sophisticated.
And a surprise to me, Dean Fletcher volunteered all this information about herself without anyone having to ask. Yes, our characters do live, breathe, and speak to their authors. They share their secrets, doubts, and insecurities. Dean Fletcher did so, and I wrote it all down in Trust Me.
If you could paint or sculpt like a famous artist who would it be and why?
I would paint like Monet. Many of his paintings have water in them and they all give me a sense of peace.
What makes you smile and/or laugh out loud?
Watching my younger grandchildren’s antics make me smile. Seeing the wise decisions of my older grandchildren make me smile.
What do you like most about the area where you live and/or grew up?
I have lived in four states in the U.S. Southeast. I love living in the region because life moves at a slower pace and there’s less stress here than in other parts of our country where I’ve traveled. However, our big cities do have a faster pace and more stress as do big cities anywhere.
Please describe yourself with 3 words
Hopeful, enthusiastic, positive.
What 3 fun or unique things can you tell us about yourself that we don’t know?
I don’t enjoy being in elevators. I don’t like being in the dark—at least one light is left on in my house 24-7. In other words, I’m claustrophobic.
Do you have a dedicated place to write?
Yes, I have a heavy executive-type desk that is anchored by a laptop, printer, organized stacks of paper, day planner, and lamp. I used this desk in high school.
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When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
My next book will be book 3 in the West Virginia Mountains Series. It will probably be out in spring 2016 and will continue the story of Julie and Robby, Loreen and Claude, and will also include a new character or two. No title yet.
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