What fun it is to have a minute to chat with you. I was born, grew up, married and raised my children the in the beautiful Missouri Ozarks. I began my writing career in the general market and prayed my way to the Christian market in 1998. It’s hard for me to believe that I’m now approaching my one hundredth published book. I write both contemporary and historical novels and I love the change of pace with each new project.
One of my favorite stories is about to release, Now and Always. Last year we made our first trip to Yellowstone Park. On the way we made sure we visited the Devil’s Tower National monument. The ‘tower’ is the site where many movies have been filmed most notably Close Encounters of the Third Kind. You remember Richard Dreyfess trying to erect a mind’s image from mashed potatoes? Devils Tower is that place. We rounded the corner that morning in our RV and there (despite of fires ravaging the area) the rock rose like the Phoenix out of the ground. The sight was so remarkable my breath caught in my throat and I knew somewhere in my imagination a book would rise from that moment. Now and Always is that book.
An author looks at her work very much like she views her children; each one is unique and loved, but Now and Always is one of my personal favorites. The story is set in a fictional town near Devil’s Tower. It’s a tale of hope. The plot glimpses abused relationships and desperate needs to seek shelter from abusive mates. Even Politicians have this need, and Candlelight Shelter provides a haven.
I am blessed. I married very young and my husband and I have grown up together. He’s been a solid ‘rock’ in my life, but I know that isn’t always the case in marriage. Choices are made—good and bad, and we live with the consequences. If we make a mistake does that make us incapable of wise choice or merely imperfect creatures? I believe that it’s the latter and that’s why I chose to write, Now and Always. Katie is smart, intelligent, but she’s human. In the midst of turmoil she makes mistakes. I want the story to speak to the heart and say that there always hope, always a way out and there’ll always be tough decisions to face. It is my prayer that in this book every woman—or abused man will find a renewed sense of self. I understand the fear factor, physically and emotionally. These are valid fears, yet each human being will be empowered to find a way—anyway to escape an explosive environment if they choose to seek help. There are those ready and able to assist. Find that person, that shelter, that refuge and in doing so you will find yourself.
Prayers go out to your situation; God is a God of hope, trite as that may sound to a victim.
In His Love,