About the Author
What have been the benefits to you in having relationships with reading groups?
Reading groups are awesome because I can get feedback (very honest feedback :o) ) on the story which helps me grow as an author. I love hearing what parts of the book people were touched by or if something confused or annoyed them. And the best part is when they gush about one of the characters. That’s fun!
Where would you like to see your relationship with reading groups grow? How do you think your goals can be met?
I would like to participate in more of them. There are so many great books to choose from out there that it is a challenge to get chosen. I need to be more proactive in contacting reading groups and asking that they consider my books.
Do you have a set size a reading group has to be before you’ll talk to them on the phone or in person? What do you feel most comfortable doing?
No size limit! I’ll talk to one person and have if they are interested. I love visiting personally but that isn’t always possible so phone calls are fine too. I’m very flexible.
Which type of book club meeting do you prefer? Why?
I love the ones where the members have known each other for a while and are friends. It really feels like a privilege to be included in those tightknit groups.
What have you learned about your book and yourself from book club meetings?
I guess the most important lesson is the vast differences in perspective that people bring to a book. What one person “gets” and loves another wasn’t impacted at all or saw something entirely different. That’s where being led by the Holy Spirit comes in for me as an author. I pray God will speak through the story to each reader exactly where she is at.
Did you learn more about your characters than what you had originally intended? If so what?
Since this was my first continuous series I was able to explore my characters at greater depth (over three books instead of one). I feel like I really know Gabriel, the Duke of St. Easton. His struggles came from a place deep within me and I hope ring true and inspiring.
Have you been surprised by readers’ reactions to one of your books? One of your characters? If so, which ones or what surprised you?
I have been blown away many times when receiving an email or letter telling me how my characters have made a difference in a reader’s life. Elizabeth from Snow Angel really connected with many readers. She had so many obstacles to overcome before she could love and accept love. A lot of women wrote me about her and how they could relate. (God gets all the glory for that!)
Has your book club experience – getting feed back from reading groups – helped you in writing future books? If so, how has it helped you?
I think it has helped me keep the reader in mind more while I’m writing. I appreciate all the different perspectives and try to craft a story that has themes most people can relate to.
What would you like to experience in reading groups that you haven’t experienced so far?
Just do more of them! :o)
What was your most memorable reading group experience? What made it so special?
Attending a library group meeting where the ladies were so kind and fun, smart and curious about what being an author was like. The food was great too!
Can you give us a sneak peek at what you are working on now? Do tell!!
I am currently working on my memoirs (it’s a slow process) and beginning some research on another three book series. It will be historical but with a fairytale feel. Three sisters who each has a special gift. I’m excited to get started on it!
FUN QUESTIONS I JUST HAD TO ASK . . .
Name three books you adored as a child?
Heidi, Little House on the Prairie and Jane Eyre.
A movie that most affected you when you were young. If you didn’t watch movies what book affected you most in your youth?
The Star Wars movies! My dad, brother and I were crazy about them and saw them at the theatre three times each.
A friend of yours has a time travel machine and will let you have it for a couple of days. What would you do with it? Any events you’d like to experience? If so which ones?
I would love to see many of the Biblical events in person! Can you imagine seeing David slay Goliath? Or Jesus’ birth? It would be difficult to narrow down the choices.
You find yourself shipwrecked on an uninhabited tropical island with a group of Christians – all friends and relatives of yours. You all have to work as a team to survive. Many roles have to be filled. Which role do you think you’d play?
(Examples: Care for those with physical pain, comfort the frightened, start developing a plan to get off the island, lead the group in song, Organize the group to make best use of resources, Praise God for the beauty of the surroundings, Pray diligently for rescue, Stand guard, watch for a plan or boat – or a role I haven’t mentioned) Do Tell!! Grin!
I’m an organizer and encourager. I’m also the eldest of five kids so I’m good at being bossy! :o)
I would be appointing tasks to the appropriate people, helping plan the rescue attempts and best use of the resources – hopefully without stepping on too many toes.
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