I am currently working on a new Christian fiction that is about the importance of our actions in the spiritual world around us. The story follows the life of a preacher and his family and has several surprises along the way.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My family! I love my four girls and husband very much. They keep me going when I am exhausted! I also love my job as a pediatric physical therapist. There is no greater feeling in the world than to help a child achieve a milestone. Every day I feel very blessed to have my own sweet family as well as be a part of so many other wonderful families, as they navigate through the early years of development with their child.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love to do things with my own family; but they are quickly growing away from me and my husband. He and I have begun to increase our time hiking and have loved doing portions of the Appalachian Trail. Hopefully, we will stay healthy and get to expand our hikes! We also love reading and hanging out with our crazy animals!
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes! It was a story about the Blackfoot Indians and I wrote an entire story about a little girl that I named Pono. The story was submitted at my school along with a poem that I wrote as well. Both received a small award and it lit a fire in me! After that, I wrote my own mystery series to mimic the old Nancy Drew books. Mine was called the Jennifer Brown series and consisted of five "books", each about thirty pages. I was only nine years old at the time.
What is your writing process?
I am alone a lot in my car driving from home to home to treat patients. I generally dictate ideas and then start character sketches in my mind that I translate onto my computer. I will then plan out a basic story line; but inevitably, ideas begin to surface as I write and I will change my mind. I might have a book written and then completely throw out large sections because I don't like the direction it was going. In the end, I hope to provide a book that keeps a reader interested and at the same time have a little fun along the way! I love plot twists!
What do you read for pleasure?
I read all the time. Much of what I read is for my job, keeping up with the latest research etc. If I do pleasure reading, I generally gravitate toward true crime, Christian fiction, or true stories about anything amazing.
Describe your desk
Messy! I try very hard to keep it neat; but between my job and my writing, I cannot seem to do it. I have to bill my own insurance and keep up with a myriad of things for my job; and that is most of the mess. I am not proud of the mess and really wish I were a blessed with more of an organized streak.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was a military brat, so I was moved along the east coast from Florida to Virginia. Due to having an adventurous and amazing mother, much of my childhood was spent exploring the areas we lived. She is no longer alive; but I credit her with my interest in so many things. As a child, she encouraged me to write and to read as well as gave me many experiences along the way. She and my father were truly the best parents that anyone could have asked for; and they filled my childhood with incredible experiences that have definitely made me both a better person and a better writer.
When did you first start writing?
I cannot ever remember not writing; but my first ever public trial was at age nine when I sent in a story and poem about the Blackfoot Indians and won first place. After that, I was always writing poems and stories up until my college years. After that, I became so involved with my career, marriage, and young children, that I barely wrote at all. Around three years ago, I found some of my old story ideas and began to carve out time to write again. I have felt like a bird let out of a cage since then!
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I didn't know where to begin to put my work out in the public. I knew about agents and had talked with a few; but I was so scared to trust anyone. Smashwords was recommended through a thorough internet search and I am so glad that I chose them. They have been amazingly helpful and supportive. When I have had a question, they have been informative and prompt with their answers.
What do your fans mean to you?
I really value the opinions of my fans. I love reading emails and comments and even reviews. When I write, I have them all in mind and want to create something that they will enjoy.
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