I work full time in the Country/Christian music industry and live in the Nashville area with my family and our two Shiloh Shepherd dogs!
When did you first discover that you loved writing?
When I was a child I dreamed of writing books. That dream persisted through high school, so I pursued writing in college. Then my life took a detour. After college graduation I had the opportunity to come to Nashville to work in the music industry. I’ve followed that path for more than three decades and it has been a lot of fun!
During that time, I wrote lots of things: bios, newsletters, ad copy, magazine articles, etc. But about ten years ago, I decided to sit down and write a book. After finishing the manuscript, I attended an American Christian Fiction Writers conference and realized I had LOTS to learn. About five years later I finished my second manuscript, The Road to Mercy, which will be published by Abingdon Press this fall.
God has brought you through an amazing writing journey! Why do you write the type of books that you do?
If you ask members of my local writer’s group, they’ll tell you that I had a difficult time trying to decide what genre I write. 🙂 But now I know (I hope I do anyway that women’s fiction is my mainstay.
Whatever the genre, I love to write about redemption—and second chances. No one lives a perfect life (only One did, and we look to Him for our salvation), so we all need to be reminded that God redeems.
As a side note, readers who enjoy this kind of fiction should check out Transformational Fiction Fans (https://www.facebook.com/groups/194936817295573/members/), a group to which you and I both belong. Transformational Fiction deals with tough issues. It seeks to show how God’s Truth transforms characters on their journey.
Yes, Transformational Fiction Fans is a great place to connect readers and writers. What was your greatest obstacle in writing and how did you overcome it?
Finding the time. We all live full lives, but you can usually find time—even if it’s only a few minutes a day—for something you truly enjoy.
Has writing changed your life in any way?
That’s a great question! Writing is certainly one of the most fulfilling things I have ever done. And each story has taught me something about myself and about my faith.
What Bible scripture has impacted your life the most?
There are so many. I wrote a devotional once about Luke 12:31 Seek the kingdom of God above all else, and he will give you everything you need. That idea has been instrumental in my life, reminding me that when we put the Lord first, everything else falls into place.
Is there a book you’ve read that has been truly spectacular?
It’s hard to pick just one, so I’ll go with the book I just finished, Blue Moon Bay by Lisa Wingate. And if I can list two, another book I recently read that blew me away was Chris Fabry’s Not in the Heart.
What’s the funniest/quirkiest thing you’ve ever done?
You mean that I will actually admit to? 🙂 I remember one time we had a meeting in our office with a gentleman from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. I took a seat in one of the director’s chairs across the room from him, and the chair tipped backwards. (To this day, I have no idea how!) The next thing I knew I was lying on my back, modesty intact. Still… it was not exactly a study in “grace.” 🙂
Haha, I’m sorry! That’s so funny! Please tell us about the featured book.
The Road to Mercy releases from Abingdon Press in September of this year.
Here’s the premise:
Dr. Ben Abrams, rescued as an infant from a fiery crash that killed his family, turned his adversities into success but lost his heritage of faith. Fifty years later, Josh and Bethany Harrison face a difficult decision that also tests their faith. A rupture in Beth’s carotid artery leaves her on the brink of death, even as she’s pregnant with their first child. While Dr. Abrams urges her to abort the baby to save her own life, she and Josh step out on faith and continue the pregnancy.
During the next few months, Josh, a contemporary Christian singer, struggles with his faith while Beth hides a secret that may destroy their marriage. She also discovers a decades-old connection to Dr. Abrams that could change his life forever.
Congratulations on the book. It sounds wonderful! Can you please give us the first page?
Absolutely! The first few pages of the book are Prologue, which takes place more than 50 years before the contemporary story begins…
God blesses those who are merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Matthew 5:7
October 10, 1959
Jack Randall jerked his foot from the accelerator and instinctively applied the brakes. His mind raced as his Plymouth Belvedere slowed to a stop. Police cars with lights blazing blocked the intersection that led to his home. The reflection off the wet pavement created an eerie blur, and shadowy figures danced across the sides of the squad cars.
Must be a bad accident. The storm that passed earlier in the night had soaked the black asphalt.
As he watched the policeman walk toward his car, Jack cranked down the driver’s side window. The uniformed officer flashed a bright light in his direction, not quite in his eyes.
“Sorry, sir, no through traffic this morning. A small plane crashed on the Neimann farm.”
Jack’s heart pounded. “Anyone hurt? I need to see if my family is—”
“No one on the ground was hurt, sir. Everyone in the plane was killed. May I see your driver’s license?”
Jack reached into a back pocket for his well-worn wallet. From it he pulled a small piece of paper, which he placed into the gloved hand of the Illinois State Trooper.
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