My favorite thing about being an author is getting lost in the story as I write. It’s like therapy to me. I’m a pantser, but I do make a tentative outline and get the story in my head. Once I start writing, that outline means nothing. I just go with it.
My publisher, Pelican Book Group, started a new series called Passport to RomanceÒ . To spark creativity, they had a list of international cities along with three things that must be included in the story. My husband had recently stayed in Rio for two weeks on business and brought back pictures and many stories about the culture. I knew this was where my story was going to take place. As for the plot, I believe that was a gift from God. I never know where the ideas come from, they just pop into my head.
How does your faith and spirituality work in with your writing?
When I was first introduced to Christian fiction, I thought the only purpose was to bring nonbelievers to Christ. And while I still hope that holds true with as many people as we can reach, I began to see Christian fiction as something that allows Christians to take stories and hopefully relate to them in a way that brings them closer to God. I want my readers to be entertained and see themselves in my stories. To see God in my stories.
One of my favorite scenes is when Lexi is being held hostage. I don’t want to give too much away, but it’s truly a point in her life when she realizes she only has two choices.
Oh, my goodness…it’s chocolate! I try not keeping a lot of if in the house at one time.
I would love to learn to play the piano. I have a piano and only took a few lessons as a child. I would love to have the time to devote to practicing it.
The town I live in now isn’t where I grew up. I live near Houston, but I grew up in a small Texas town with one caution light, a little store, and a post office. I love the slow pace of small towns and the close-knit communities. I was truly blessed to grow up where I did. As for Texas, I wouldn’t live anywhere else. It’s the only place I can fit in with this Southeast Texas accent!
I’m working on another suspense, which hasn’t been contracted yet. It’s about a woman who has overcome one obstacle after another trying to find peace and happiness, but trouble always seems to find her first. She’s a witness to a terrible crime and now people want her dead. Coming to her aid is a handsome police officer who is trying to save himself from his own past and doesn’t want to get too close to her. It will obviously have a HEA ending, but it’s their journey to get there that’s so exciting to write about.