Privileged and my American Prince series is my favorite of all the books I've written. I haven't quite figured out why, but these characters touch me the most.
What started you on your writing journey?
I just always had a story to tell. There was one always burning in me. As a child, I would spend hours on my bed just dreaming up plot lines for stories and characters, making them go through one heart wrenching scenario after another.
What distracts you from writing the easiest?
My eight-year-old. She has a habit of bouncing into the room with a wild story to tell me just as I'm getting in the midst of a scene. My American Prince series would have been finished much sooner if I was childless. As I am writing this, she is hanging onto my arm.
What kind of books do you enjoy reading?
I really am getting into political suspense novels. I've been tearing through Joel Rosenberg's books. I also recently found a series called Overcoming Evil by Cythnia Hickey I really like.
Which character in your new release most interested you while you wrote?
Keith Wilkerson later known as Paul Smith. He is the most complicated character I have ever written. There is nothing black or white about him and though there is much evil in him there is still a spark of goodness. He is the perfect example that God can redeem even those we might find unredeemable.
What do you want readers to realize most from your stories?
I want readers to understand that even those we consider the most vilest sinners can be forgiven. I know it's hard to swallow but God offers his grace to child abusers and terrorists alike. And we must not deny what he freely gives.
What book do you think has had the most influence on your writing career?
I would have to say Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers. Readers would probably say my novels are edgy and it's because when I first started really writing, I had been exposed to her works and thought edginess was the norm.
What is your favorite season of the year?
My favorite season is the fall. I just love the leaves falling everywhere and kicking them around with my daughter. We love to have leaf fights. When I have time, I also bake apple pies and carrot cakes.
When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
I'm almost finish with A Love Forbidden, which is the story of Esther and Elijah from The Abolitionist Chronicles. I hope to have it out late December.
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