Tell us about your book. My first book, Hope for Tomorrow, was released in August 2011. It is about three sisters, and one of them continually makes poor choices. It is about how her choices affect those around her.
Can you give us a sneak peek at your new release? Hope for Tomorrow's sequel, Hope for the Journey, carries on with Josephine's story. Thrown into this book is another couple, Brad and Kayla, who are struggling with their marriage.
What inspired this book? Real life inspired this book. I know many couples who have dealt with what Kayla and Brad are going through. (I don't want to give it away).
How did you know you were called to write? I have always wanted to write! Since I was little, I was writing short stories and some longer ones. To write for the Lord has been an huge blessing. I pray I will bring Him glory with every word I write. :)
Are you a panster or do you outline? No outlining for this girl! I have never liked outlining, and I just can't bring myself to do it!
How long have you been writing? Since I was young, but for this series, since 2008.
Tell us something silly about you. My husband knew I was the woman for him when I called him when we were dating just to tell him even though my face was numb, I could still flare my nostrils. :)
What was the first book you ever wrote? Hope for Tomorrow
What is your favorite character trait to write about? I love writing about hope and redemption. I guess that is why my three book series has the word “hope” in it!
What do you hope readers will take away from this book? Even though things look bleak, with God, no matter what our circumstances, there is always hope, even if things don't turn out the way we think they should.
What is your favorite season? I think winter is my favorite season. I love bundling up and having something warm to drink. :)
If you could travel back in time when and where would you go? I would go back to the day Jesus rose from the dead and pray I would be an eye witness to that.
What project are you currently working on? Two projects, actually. I am editing the third and final book for the Hope series, and I am working on a manuscript about my grandparents. While he was in WWII, my grandfather wrote my grandmother letters, and I have them. I am developing a storyline about those letters in honor of the love they share.
What has been your most challenging experience writing a book? Finding the time to write. With three boys whom I home-school, time is limited.
What is your favorite thing to write about, (i.e., forgiveness, rebellion, etc)? Hope, God's love, forgiveness
What is your favorite color? Blue
Do you have a favorite recipe? If so would you like to share? I love to make nestle's chocolate chip cookies from scratch. :)
Where is your favorite place to vacation? Anywhere my husband is.
What is a fond childhood memory? My parents took me and my sisters to Disneyland. It was supposed to be a surprise, but we all knew where we were going. On the way, we stopped off at Cocoa's for pancakes and hot chocolate. We spent the entire day at Disneyland until they closed. It was a lot of fun!
What book are you currently reading? I just finished Loving, by Karen Kingsbury
What are your hobbies (besides writing)? Reading, scrapbooking, spending time with my family and friends, and drinking tea/peppermint mochas. :)
Thank you for this opportunity! What a blessing to be able to share a bit. Thank you for that!
And thank you for letting us get to know you better!!Hope for the Journey releases this fall leaving us all the chance to pick up Hope for Tomorrow in preparation for the sequal!
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