I enjoy taking pictures of nature. I draw my cover design from my collection of photographs taken from my own back yard and from Fredrick Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids, MI.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Unspoken Sermon Series by George MacDonald is my favorite book. I love his theology and how he describe the relationship between Jesus and His Father.
Alexander McCall Smith's Ladies #1 Detective Agency series is wonderful. I like his wholesome wisdom and the humor about the difference between men and women. His characters are endearing.
Dean Koontz is my favorite author when I want to read for fun. He has increased in spiritual depth over the years and his latest, Innocence, is by far the best book he has written. The story touches my heart because is contains theology that I wholeheartedly agree with but it is conveyed in a disguised way so that any person can appreciate the story. I think he is brilliant! I also love his book, The Face. I appreciate the story because it teaches about true redemption.
Phantastes by George MacDonald and Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte and books I've read over and over and can't get enough of because of their depth and character and teaching. I love these two authors like a father and mother. They are my inspiration to be a writer too.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read for pleasure period!
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I prefer a solid book to hold and turn the pages. I know e-reading is becoming popular and I am publishing that way, but there is nothing like the feel and smell and comfort of a real book and a cup of tea.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in Colorado. My dad was in campus ministry in Bolder during the 60's. My experience of Christ Jesus was in circles of young hippies, sitting on the living room floor and eating dinner with us. I would dance with my brother to Larry Norman records and they would laugh and dance with us. Then I lived in Akron, Ohio. We lived near a big woods. I had the freedom to run through those woods every day. All the kids from around would play with us and we'd wade in the creek and find secret hideouts. We didn't have to worry about "creepers" in those days. It was safe for children to play outdoors. The girls from the neighborhood and some of our Korean friends and I would play jacks on the church steps quite often. I was very good at jacks. As a teen I grew up in Michigan, first Spring Lake, then Holland. I loved walking downtown when I lived in Holland and going shopping with my babysitting money. I never was a "clompin' dancer" like a lot of the high school girls. I preferred track and cross country. I also competed in story telling and poetry writing and won a few contests. Being in the play, "The Crucible" was the best! I played Mary Warren. I went to Calvin College and majored in Art Education. College was the time when my faith was tested and grew the most. I was able to explore the many denominations of churches and still to this day have not found one I completely hold to as "the one". I believe we as Christians are supposed to be One in Christ and the splits bother me as do many doctrines men have contrived. After college I taught many years in Pittsburgh, PA and in Michigan and had five children. My children and students have taught me more about the joy of writing with their imaginations and playfulness than anyone else. Presently, most of my children are grown, except two, and I am working in a child-care setting. I provide respite for parents who have children with mental or developmental problems. These children are dear to me and need lots of compassion. Loving others and teaching compassion are my most important goals.
When did you first start writing?
I wrote since I was a child. I've always kept journals for pleasure and for prayer. I've written a lot of poetry, but very few people appreciate poetry these days so I try to combine it with other writing. Poetry needs a background to make it meaningful, just like a painting needs the artists explanation.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I ache because so many people don't really know God. They have ideas about Him that are warped and lacking. I want them to know how wide and deep and long and full His Love is. I hurt especially for those who have been deceived about Him because of false religious doctrines that say things like..."He decided before time to chose some for salvation and others for hell." Oh horrors, I say! I tried to write a story that clarifies God's will and tells how truly Fair and Good He is. Many misinterpret Scripture because they don't read it to "Know" God. They read it like they would a flower, tearing apart the poetry and trying to explain it scientifically, instead of just seeing the hand of God in the flower.
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