I must compare my many changes of address to that of a wandering gypsy. We have lived from border to border and coast to coast. After one visit to Lake Eufaula, my husband/proof reader, Herb, and I chose Oklahoma as our final destination.
As a gift to my mom, I started my ancestral research on her side. Hours spent glued to a chair looking for that mystical Indian name on the Dawes list were in vain. That name still eludes her. However, relatives found include both Rebs and Yankees, Irish immigrants, and a famous Kiowa painter. It was my desire to share their stories that prompted me to write.
How do you approach cover design?
Portraying a strong female character was the first objective in the cover design. A cover can certainly make or break a book. If it doesn't catch the reader's eye it will never peak their curiosity. The designer I worked with was very in tune with my objectives and created, what I think, was a very attractive work of art.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Gone With the Wind is my favorite book and movie. The characters hold your interest and we see all of Scarlett's warts and still love her. Biographies have always been a favorite of mine. Anything I could read about Queen Elizabeth I interested my love of history and how individuals met their challenges. Can you imagine being the daughter of Henry the VIII. Sophia Loren was a young girl during WWII. Her family slept in a train tunnel to be safe from the bombing. Hard to picture. That's why reading about other people's strife's and successes put everything in perspective.