I grew up playing football with the boys at recess, am married to a high school football coach, and enjoy watching our oldest son play the game. I’ve even learned a lot about the Christian life from football. But what if the heroine in a story hated football but had to work with a football team? What would cause her to feel that way? What circumstances would compel her to stay? What if anything would change her mind and help her fall in love with a coach?
Question: What started you on your writing journey?
Since I learned to read at a very early age, I spent much of my childhood reading and then imagining new scenes or endings for my favorite stories. As time went by, I thought that I’d someday like to write the kind of books I loved. Someday kept drifting further into the future until I heard a sermon that challenged me to start climbing my mountain of a dream. While I wanted to write fiction, my first published book was actually non-fiction and drew comparisons between faith and football. Years later after honing my craft, I find it slightly ironic that my first published novel is also about football. I promise that I know about other subjects!
Question: What distracts you from writing the easiest?
My biggest distraction from writing is all the marketing, blogging, and social media stuff that has become an important piece of a writer’s career. If I’m not careful, my block of creative time gets eaten up with “let me check one more thing before I start.” I’ve found a kitchen timer is very helpful to get me moving in the right direction.
Question: Which character in your new release most interested you while you wrote? Why?
Cassie. Like all those questions I mentioned earlier, what would make someone shudder at the mention of football? In addition to making her motives believable, I needed her character to be relatable for the readers who could not care less about football themselves yet still love a good romance story and a happily-ever-after ending. I had a lot of fun discovering more of Cassie’s backstory, including that nugget that revealed she’s as much of a competitor as the players she’s helping.
Question: What is your favorite season of the year?
My favorite season is spring. For me, the emerging colorful blooms and unfurling leaves are a symbol of hope teeming with new life and new beginnings. It’s like a fresh start full of amazing possibilities. Not to mention, since I live in Colorado, I’m usually more than ready to put away the winter sweaters and heavy coats.
Question: Are there things you put off doing because you dread them?
Ironing tops my list. It’s not worth it to me to pull out the ironing board just for one shirt so I tend to wait until there’s a sizeable pile. Even then, I need to put on some music or play a podcast for the distraction factor.
Question: Where is your favorite place to travel/vacation?
Our family’s favorite spot for the past nine years has been Branson, Missouri. We first discovered Branson by trading our time share for a place we’d never been before, and then have returned every year. Season passes to Silver Dollar City pay for themselves in the first two days and everyone in the family finds something they enjoy from roller coasters to craftsmen to shows to even a walking tour through the cave beneath the park. The rolling hills and Table Rock Lake are beautiful also, especially when experienced on a Showboat Branson Belle dinner cruise.
Question: Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?
I like to show some aspect of God’s character through my stories. In Catch Of A Lifetime, I explored the notion that God looks at our hearts while mankind looks at the outside appearance, especially when it comes to stereotypes like college athletes or studious nerds. In other manuscripts, I’ve looked at God as our adoptive Father, how He takes care of us all like a shepherd, and Jesus’ example as the greatest servant.
Question :When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
My next book, tentatively titled Dance Over Me, will be coming out from Bling! Romance in 2016 and tells the story of a fledgling actress looking for her long-lost brother, a role on the stage, and mostly a place to belong. Think dinner theater, tap dancing, Big Band music, and a romance with the resident trumpet player while the heroine discovers what it means to have God as her adoptive Father.
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