Congratulations on the release of your novella “Birth of a Dream” in the collection The Midwife’s Legacy. Please tell us a bit about this novella and how it came to be.
Is this your first/only release? If not, what has released recently or about to be released that our readers would like to know about?
No. Next up I have a Heartsong release called “Love Unmasked”. I am often asked what is my favorite story I’ve written, and I can definitely say that this was one of my favorite stories to write. I based the idea on the underlying theme behind Phantom of the Opera (though my story takes place in 1890s Washington State). A troubled and angry young man, hiding from everyone, wears a mask to cover a secret. The heroine is drawn to him, without clearly understanding why, being the only one who can help save him from those out to do him harm – and save him from himself. It’s a story of secrets and choices that stemmed from both love and hatred. It’s about revenge, forgiveness, and the journey to rediscover hope and find redemption.
What special something do you try to bring to every story you write?
I try to make my characters as real as I can- the good guys and the bad, all having flaws and admirable traits, since that’s how people are. I try to inspire through telling their stories, that there is always hope and nothing is impossible with God. And that while we breathe on this earth, it is never too late to find peace and unity with Him.
What’s the best part about writing for you? The hardest?
Best part: Freewriting and research.
Hardest: Editing to cut while keeping story full-bodied (with no signs it’s been cut). To do that I eliminate words a sentence at a time, sometimes changing sentence construction, with a target goal for each chapter (usually found by subtracting the amount of word count that goes over maximum allowed, then dividing that number by chapters to see how many words must be eliminated for each chapter. If I exceed the total on one, then I have less to subtract for the next chapters, etc.) It’s a pain sometimes, but necessary to keep plot from showing any lack.
What books influenced or changed your perspective on life/helped you grow up?
The Bible of course, but in fiction- when I was a wild young adult and unsaved (living with a guy and into drugs, drinking, hardcore rock, etc), my mom gave me a few Serenade Serenata books and a few Heartsong Presents books one year for Christmas. (Both of them Christian romance book clubs). The books made me really see my emptiness. I remember after reading one of them I laid on the bed and cried for a long time without understanding why. (The story wasn’t sad). But after reading the stories, I realized something was missing in my life and I wanted more. It would still be a few years before I accepted Jesus as my Lord, but you could say that those books were one paving stone on the path that led me to find Christ.
If you could go on an all-expenses-paid month-long vacation anywhere in the world, where would you go? What would you do there?
Europe. Especially Scotland, Ireland, and England. I would visit the castles because I love everything historical/medieval, and the countryside with forests, lakes, etc, because I love such scenery and there is nothing modern (buildings) around for miles.
Where or how do you like to connect with your readers?
Only my website. Readers can find me through the email addy I have posted there- email@example.com. Please note, I only check that email account about once or twice a month, so if you don’t hear from me right away, that’s the reason.
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