Welcome to my website! As you can guess by my tagline, I write inspirational fiction–and my debut novel, For Such A Time (Bethany House Publishers) released on April 1st (no fooling!) In fact, I enjoyed my first book signing recently, so you can take a look at my Photos page to see how much fun I had!
Since I’m passionate for history, and writing love stories about wounded, complex heroes and the smart heroines who rescue them, this particular tale is close to my heart, and one I’ve waited years to share. It’s about a romance between two of the most unlikely people on the planet; a story of incredible courage, redemption, and faith. It takes place during WWII, and contains enough twists and turns to appeal to action and romance fans alike, and those who enjoy a good historical adventure. It’s inspiring, too, showing the countless ways that God works in their lives. I simply cannot wait to share For Such A Time with you!
When I’m not at the computer creating characters or plot twists, I usually have my nose buried in a book. I was a bookseller for 15 years, so as you can imagine, I have quite a collection! And though I may never get to read them all, I can still hope, right? I love so many genres–my current reads include a suspense and a YA fantasy, but my all-time favorite genre is romance–I love stories that end in happily ever after, and if they show God’s role in bringing two hearts together, even better.
Okay, so I’ve been asked: what does your writing space look like? Well, I liken my “space” to a turret in a castle–with a spectacular view of our bay and the evergreen forests beyond. In reality, it’s an upstairs dormer room added to our home years ago, and accessed only by a wrought-iron spiral staircase. Sounds very Rapunzel-like, don’t you think?
It’s also in my creative space that you’ll discover I love anything Celtic. With my Irish and Scottish roots, it’s not hard to figure out. In fact, the very first novel I wrote took place in 18th century Scotland, and on the wall across from my desk hang my “visuals” of the genre–two Claymore swords, a Scottish targe, or spiked shield; a spear, a dirk, even a double-headed mace. I’ve got a regular arsenal at my fingertips, so beware those who disturb me while writing. One of my favorite pastimes each year is to attend the Scottish Highland Games in the Seattle area, where pipe bands, Haggis, and caber tossing abound. Occasionally I really get into the spirit by dressing up in my Irish Princess costume, so you might see me strolling past the kilts and Irish brogues in my snood, cape, and gown! Though my current novel isn’t about the Celts, I hope one day to write more stories in that setting.
My “Secret Garden”
In the Pacific Northwest, spring has arrived! The rain is pounding outside in earnest and the bluebells, tulips, daffodils, and camellias are blooming! Over the winter, I really missed my little “oasis”–my rose and flower garden. Here is where I sit most mornings in spring or summer, enjoying a cup of tea or coffee while I meditate on God’s incredible creation in Nature. As we get into the warmer months, I’ll also be harvesting herbs from my garden to make my own seasoned vinegars and oils. I love getting my hand dirty!