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Her favorite place to write is curled up in an oversized squashy chair with a cup of coffee and a sleeping dog by her feet. She has two mini-dachshunds who like to snore and chase things in their sleep. In honor of them, there are usually dogs in her books, with the exception of the Angel Lake series, which has a cat in honor of the one in her author picture.
Writing has been a life long passion. Her first published works was nonfiction Ghost No More. She loves writing about love and the celebration of life.
What is the main thing you want readers to take away from your book?
I hope to make them laugh, entertain them, give them a fun puzzle to solve and close the book feeling good. I want them to care about my characters, and be excited when they grow and learn, and feel for them when they slip back and struggle.
Do you outline books ahead of time or are you more of a by-the-seat-of-your-pants writer?
About fifty-fifty. I have an idea of where I’m going, but the characters often do things that surprise me.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Writing is a lot like visiting with people. Sometimes it energizes me, like a fun family dinner. Sometimes it exhausts me, like making Thanksgiving dinner…everything has to be just right and you can’t stop until it’s done.
What do you do in your free time when you aren’t writing?
I love to paint with watercolors, quilt, crochet, and work with miniatures. The smallest scale I’ve worked with was 1/48. I glued everything to my fingers.
Do you put yourself in your books/characters at all?
There’s a little bit of me in all of them.What has been one of your most rewarding experiences as an author? So many rewarding experiences. I really love making people happy, and when a reader lets me know my books did that, it’s one of the best things ever.