1)If you had to describe yourself in just one word, what would it be and why?
A: I’m not sure if I would use “Odd” or “Original.” I grew up with three older brothers, and anyone from a large family knows no one wants to be like anybody else. My first real job as an adult was enlisting in the US Marine Corps. Not a big draw for most girls in college in Iowa. I have a lead foot so I set cruise control when I drive, even in 25 MPH zones. I grew up on a farm and am opposed to eating fresh chicken (not meat, just fresh chicken). I have a stray cat that I feed every night and morning but she’s never let me get closer than within 3 feet of her – I keep thinking eventually I’ll wear her down and she’ll let me pet her.
2)Can you tell me a little bit about your book and what inspired it?
A: Meeting Destiny is about a couple that is destined to be together (but you don’t find out why until the third book – Destiny’s Wrath). It’s a love story at its core, but there is a thriller aspect, a murder mystery, and even a touch of humor thrown in for good measure. As far as inspiration? I’ve always loved to write, one morning I woke up and decided I’d write a book – yes, the same way someone would decide: I’m going to buy a new pair of shoes today. LOL! I knew exactly how I wanted it to begin and I knew how I wanted it to end, I just started writing. It turns out the Destiny Series was in my head for a long time, screaming to get out.
3)What do you hope that readers take away with them after reading your book?
A: I hope that readers love the story; I believe in destiny - I’d be crazy not to. Why you ask? I actually met my husband in VA in 1991, saw him in HI in 1993, saw him in Orange County, CA in 1994, saw him in San Diego County, CA in 1995; it wasn’t until 1996 that we went on our first date. Destiny has a way of making sure the right people are in our lives and when the time is right their importance to us becomes clear. If you look at your own life you might find you’ve run across the same people over and over and you didn’t know how much of an impact they had on you until much later.
4) I find it interesting to know what authors find most productive… Do you use a pen and paper or laptop? Quiet room at home or bustling café? Basically, what gets your creative juices flowing?
A: I can write anywhere. I prefer a quiet room, but I’ve written in the car, on airplanes, in airports, restaurants. My best writing is normally after midnight with Flash (my Jack Russell Terrier) curled up beside me.
5)What is one wish that you hope will come true?
A: I wish I were better with social media. I have a blog but I don’t have the skills to do all the neat stuff with it. I LOVE twitter, but I still don’t know what to do with the hash signs and lists. I am nearly clueless with Facebook, as well. One day I hope to better understand how to connect with others in the social media.
6)If you weren't a writer, what would be your ideal job?
A: Writing for me, right now, is my part-time job. With all of my other commitments I’m only able to dedicate a couple hours per day. My ideal job would be to be a full-time writer.
7) If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 things would you want with you?
A: Sun Screen, Mountain Dew and a Hammock.
8) Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book or any of your characters?
A: There are so many different emotions going through Meeting Destiny that it’s tough to choose one song as a theme song. Norah Roberts – “Don’t Know Why” and Keesha’s - “Tik Tok” I listened to both hundreds of times while I was writing Meeting Destiny.
9) What is your favorite Quote?
A: I have two! I like the idea that soul-mates were important back in 300BC so Aristotle’s quote has always stayed with me. Mark Twain’s quote makes me smile. Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies. – Aristotle Love is the irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired. – Mark Twain
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