Everything I've written has always had a romantic theme to it. They happen to have a spiritual worldview to them because that's my own personal worldview. Therefore, it was logical to seek publication in the Christian publishing industry, since that's where they fit best. But pretty much, my goal is to write stories that entertain and uplift---and that I can let my mom and my grandmother and my fourteen-year-old niece read without worrying about offending them.
You have two recent releases; Menu for Romance, a contemporary romance, and Ransome's Honor, a Regency era romance. How did you manage to write two completely different historical periods at one time?
Being a Jane Austen fan, you must be thrilled that Ransome's Honor is being called a mixture of Jane Austen and Horatio Hornblower. Which Austen character do you relate to the most and why?
How do you come up with your story ideas? Describe how you go from idea to story plot.
With the Ransome Trilogy, when I first started writing it, I thought it would be a single stand-alone novel. But then the more I got to know my characters, the more conflicts---and other characters---started popping up. After two false starts of about 10 chapters each, I finally stopped and sat down to write out a rough synopsis of the entire story running through my head---and realized it was enough to fill three books. At that point, I had to figure out how to structure the story so each had a logical beginning and ending point. But even though I'm more of a seat-of-the-pants writer and not an outliner/pre-plotter (I'm actually somewhere in between), knowing what happens in the third book proved very important so that I could drop hints and set up situations in the first book so that nothing seems to come out of left-field when it eventually happens in book three.
Most pre-pubbed writers fear is that they'll never be published. Now that you're a multi-published author, what is your biggest fear?
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