What is the least common thing you are a fan of?
The movie Grease is one of those classics that is widely loved and cherished. Most people aren’t even aware that there is a second Grease movie and most of those who do know about it, don’t care for it. But I LOVE it. It’s my favorite. In fact, I didn’t even watch the first one until I was a teen. But the interesting thing about the Grease movies is that they take place in 1960/1961. Dance With Me takes place in 1959, so I was working with the same time frame in American history. There were scenes/conversations where that young greaser personality came through and I know the movies had helped to inspire my understanding of the lingo and cultural attitude.
What character that you wrote surprised you the most?
Arleen Thatcher from Dance With Me was one who surprised me. When I was first crafting the concept for this novel, I had meant for it to be a mystery. But the moment I met Arleen and caught a glimpse of her hidden story, I knew the mystery had to go so her personal struggle could shine. And I really think she’s going to be a character that lives on in the minds of readers for a long time to come. There’s a fresh, brokenness about her that feels so real.
What is the oddest thing on your bucket list?
Traveling is typically on a person’s bucket list, so it’s not exactly odd. But as I studied Civil War history for my Ancient Words Series, I chose to work with a real regiment that came out of my home town. I’ve been able to visit 3 of their battlefields so far, but it’s my goal to visit all of them.
What detail from your books are most proud of?
Crafting characters who the readers either feel like they already know or wish they could meet. I think the characters are the heart of the story, so it’s a blessing to me when readers comment back and say that they really came to life for them.
What is your favorite detail from your books?
I would have to say the spiritual message. It’s an honor to do anything for the Lord. But to craft these characters and stories takes a great deal of effort. So to be able to tie it all up with a message for the soul that was woven in from the beginning and brought to light beautifully in the end, it’s a double honor. There are times when I wasn’t certain from the beginning how the spiritual message would come to light so it tends to blow me away when it does.
6. What character are you the tiniest bit envious of and why?
Oooh! Great question! I’m a bit jealous of Arleen. Ballroom dancing is something I would have loved to do. But I think I’m most jealous of Liz Cooke, heroine of If Only It Were Yesterday. Even though her time travel experience was all in a make-believe dream, for a time she thought it was real and she was able to experience what the rest of us history lovers long to experience.
What I’m not is a laundress (or at least not one who keeps up very well), a duster, tall, or patient in a doctor’s office.
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