Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a home where dad read the newspaper and us kids read what we needed to for our homework. That was about it. I have a touch of dyslexia and reading did not come easy for me. I remember reading the bare minimum for book reports. I did not learn to love reading until my husband began reading books to me. I married at the age of sixteen, so I was still growing up. When we had children, we had regular story time when my husband would read to the family. I began telling stories to my grandchildren and found my muse had some great ideas. Even as a grandma I am still growing up. It took a good deal of work to develop verbal stories into written stories.
When did you first start writing?
I began writing when my grandchildren reached middle school and I was appalled at the reading material given them at school. I was determined to offer a better reading experience for young adults. As a Christian I believe it is important to have uplifting and edifying things to read and think about.
What's the story behind your latest book?
In our Church there was a young couple who were expecting their first child. Tragedy came when their daughter was still born. This got me thinking about what it might be like for a young soul in Heaven. How do they grow up? Do they grow up? So, I borrowed my youngest granddaughter's name, Zella, and used it to show the bigger picture of how God works in ways we know nothing about and how a young soul might mature in Heaven.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love it when I see my book have an effect on someone who has finished reading it. One young girl ran up to me, hugged me and almost shouted, "I loved it! Do you have any more?" Another came to me with tears in her eyes saying, "That was such a good ending, you made me cry!" And, I suppose the best is when a widower said, "I lost my wife four years ago and this has really helped me."
What are you working on next?
My grandson has requested a book using his name. It is coming together nicely and has taken on a life of its own. The storyline follows a family in the last few years of this age. Jeremy discovers he loves Hebrew and this leads him to the secrete of the great deception used by the antichrist to take over the world.
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