Q: Will there be any more Occuptional Hazards books or Boo books?

A:  Not at this time.  We're working to get Boo made into a movie, but as of right now, no more books are scheduled to be released in those series.

Q: Where did you get the idea for GHOST WRITER?

A: I had attended a writer's conference where I'd talked to a woman who was a ghost writer. On my way home, I was stuck in Denver while my plane was being de-iced. By the time I landed in OKC, I had the story. It actually all stemmed from the word "ghost writer." I thought that would be a great title, and I formed the story around it.

Q: How did you write three stories in one?

A: Very carefully! I've been asked if I wrote them separately and then put them all together. No, I started with chapter one and just wrote each story as it came. I was worried about the flow, and I knew that would be the best way to keep everything moving and concise.

Q: How did you keep track of everything in each story?

A: I'm not a huge note taker, but I have to admit, I wrote a few things down to keep things straight. Sometimes I would forget Clyde's story was in first-person, and I'd have to go back and write it that way. I tried to keep each "voice" distinct with each story to set them apart from one another.

Q: Do novelists write out of their own experience?

A: Sometimes, but not always. Many readers assume that a writer is writing about a topic that they've lived through. I think most of the time, novelists write about things that interest them. They develop characters they can both relate to and can't relate at all to. Our ideas and inspirations come from many, many different sources. Sometimes we do extensive research. Other times it's a small, insignificant detail that can spur an entire book.

Q: How do you write with a child at home?

A: By the grace of God! I have many people who help me, including my husband, and some pretty awesome grandparents! I write when I can, but I don't obsess about having a schedule because when I start that, then it's bound to get disrupted. I write during nap times, on weekends and sometimes at night, though that's my least creative time.

Q: What makes your novels "Christian"?

A: That's a good question. I don't think it's any one thing. There are many elements of the Christian faith, and my novels explore many of them. Salvation, of course, is the most obvious, and that's explored in GHOST WRITER. But I think when we try to "make" our novels Christian, we lose the fine art of story telling. Simply using Jesus' parables as an example, we can see how many different things he showed us through his stories. I tend to tell people my novels are Christian because I'm Christian. I write from a Christian world view and therefore my stories reflect that. But I don't feel the need to make my stories blatantly Christian just so I can feel good about myself. I'm comfortable writing a story that reflects Jesus' heart and life with subtlety, because often times, it's that still, small, subtle voice that is the most powerful in my life.

Q: Do you have any advice for writers who aren't yet published but want to be?

A:Yes. First of all, study the business of writing. I know that sounds irreverent in a way, bu t you must understand that publishing houses need to make money, and therefore you must understand things like the market. Novelists tend to be very selfish about our work and our creativity, but when we balance that talent out with the idea that a publishing house wants to not only promote our work but to make money from it, then we'll have a better understanding of how to approach them. Of course, another tip is to continue to improve your writing. You must be able to look at your work objectively, or let others do it for you. Even published authors should have that same goal. I HIGHLY recommend going to a writer's conference. You'll learn more at those things than you ever thought possible. I credit a writer's conference for my "break." There, you're able to meet one on one with editors instead of waiting for your manuscript to get to them by mail and then through the slush pile. You'll also learn ways to improve your writing. Most importantly, though, pray. The Lord will guide you.

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