Tell us about your book.
Here’s the back cover copy for Love in Disguise:
Can she solve the crime before they uncover her true identity?
Jobless and down to her last dime, Ellie Moore hears about a position with the Pinkerton Detective Agency and believes it’s the perfect chance to put her acting skills and costumes to use. Reluctantly, the agency agrees to give her one assignment, one chance to prove herself. Disguised as Lavinia Stewart, a middle-aged widow, Ellie travels to Arizona to begin her investigation. When the need arises, she also transforms into the dazzling Jessie Monroe, whose vivacious personality encourages people to talk.
Mine owner Steven Pierce is going to lose his business if he can’t figure out who’s stealing his silver shipments. In his wildest dreams, he never expected to receive help from a gray-haired widow . . . or to fall in love with her beautiful niece.
Then the thieves come after Lavinia and Jessie. Ellie isn’t safe no matter which character she plays! Should she give up and reveal her true identity? What will Steven do when he realizes the woman he’s falling in love with doesn’t really exist?
How long have you been writing?
I dictated my first story to my grandmother when I was four years old. It took a few more years before I was able to write on my own, but from then on, I was always scribbling away at some story idea.
Tell us something silly about you.
Going to the dentist doesn’t bother me at all. I settle back in the chair, have a great visit with my hygienist, and feel upbeat and refreshed by the time I leave. I know—it’s weird, isn’t it?
What was the first book you ever wrote?
I began a number of books over the years before I managed to complete one, starting from the time I was in kindergarten. As I grew up, the subject matter changed accordingly, ranging from fairy stories to a rousing tale about the adventures of a bear cub to spin-offs based on TV’s The Man from U.N.C.L.E (with me as the heroine—that was when I was in 7th grade and seriously believed I might meet Ilya Kuryakin one day). Eventually, I settled down to write a historical romance and—after several more false starts—finished an entire novel. The title was Journey Toward Home, and it was also the first book I published.
What project are you currently working on?
At the moment, I’m in the editing phase of my 2013 release, another historical romantic suspense. This one is set in 1885, in the fictional town of Cedar Ridge, Arizona. The hero—a widower with an ornery young son—and the heroine—a former governess who has had her fill of dealing with unruly children—are vying for control of a mercantile while dealing with demanding customers and quirky townspeople, as well as trying to find out who’s behind the sinister happenings that have been plaguing the town.
What is your favorite thing to write about, (i.e., forgiveness, rebellion, etc)?
I don’t start out trying to write books around a given theme, but trust is an issue that seems to show up regularly in my stories.
What is your favorite color?
Green. I attribute that to growing up in Arizona, where there’s precious little of that color anywhere in our landscape.
Where is your favorite place to vacation?
The beach! And that goes along with the answer above. Green and water—two things this Arizona girl can’t get enough of!
What book are you currently reading?
Billy Graham’s Nearing Home. What a beautiful example of faithfulness in running the race all the way to the finish line!
What are your hobbies (besides writing)?
Reading a good book on the front porch swing ranks high on the list. And I enjoy outdoor activities, whether that means gardening, hiking, camping, or cutting and splitting firewood for the winter. When I’m spending time indoors, I love to knit and crochet, and I’m trying to learn enough about genealogical research to compile a family history.
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