My Life in 8 Words
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. "He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose." ~Martyred missionary Jim Elliot
Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
A. A few years ago I read one of my books aloud to my then 13-year-old daughter. We got the giggles as my hero winked every third page. I also have to be careful my heroines don't rake a hand through their hair more than once or twice per book.
Q. What is your greatest achievement?
A. My children. Not that I can take any credit for the amazing people they have become, but I think anyone who meets them can't help but say we did a few things right.
Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
A. I think perfect happiness has everything to do with learning to be content with what I have. With comparing myself to those who have less and feeling blessed, rather than looking across the fence and bemoaning what I don't have.
Q. What’s your best quality?
A. God has blessed me with the gift of cheerfulness. I hope that is a blessing to others.
January 24, 2011While I love to read historical novels, I've only written one, a novella. (Had it been a full-length historical, I'd still be asking for extensions on my deadline!) The only thing that experience accomplished was to convince me I'd best stick to writing contemporary. Why? Oh, let me count the ways...
My first sentence of my first draft of "Circle of Blessings"––set in 1864 in the Dakota Territory––read something like this:
Heather Bradford grabbed her handbag from the credenza in the parlor and stepped out onto the back deck, panning the horizon.
My fingers paused on the keyboard. Was a purse actually... see more
July 26, 2010Book: Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns
Movie: Children of a Lesser God
TV series: Without a Trace
Coffee drink: White Chocolate Mocha
Candy: Coffee Nips or Gobstoppers
Snack: Kettle corn
Game: Mexican Train Dominoes