Hello Penelope

 

What is your writing schedule like?
Many years ago, as an early childhood educator and a mother to three daughters, I got into the habit of writing in the evening. For me, that’s what worked. I settled down every day after all the chores were done to write. I never watched shows on television. Even though I am retired now and our daughters are grown, I still find the evening my best time to write. When I know I’ll be out at night I’ll work in the afternoon, but I continue to prefer the quiet time after supper to sit at the computer and fashion my stories.
How much of the book is based in real life?
In real life, my family lived in a house on a hill above a lake. In the wintertime when the lake froze, I skated on the ice trying to copy the moves of the better skaters, but I never took ice skating lessons and never became an Olympic skater. I really did see turtles in suspended animation under the ice during the winter, which is a rather awesome sight.

Also in real life, one of my daughters was an EMT for several years—though not a paramedic. From her, I learned about the specific playlists for EMTs and paramedics. All of those musical selections have a fast, driving beat. As an early childhood educator, I was required to take First Aid training, but my daughter gave me a wealth of information about the job of being an EMT.

What do you do when you're not writing?
When I’m not writing and I have free time, I either crochet or paint. I’ve been in a prayer shawl group for a few years and I enjoy trying new patterns and fashioning shawls while praying for the recipient of the shawl. I started crocheting at the age of seven when my mother taught me how to do it. I find it to be a calming, meditative activity.

My paintings are mostly done in oils—though I have also worked in other mediums. My favorite subject is seascapes. Since I live near the Jersey shore, I can always find another lovely scene to capture on canvas.

Do you have advice for other writers?
The best advice I have for other writers is don’t quit. Join a professional writing organization. Get a critique partner or join a critique group. Send your writing to contests. Never give up!
what is the spiritual takeaway for your reader?
Do not allow grief to forever shadow your blessings.
What makes your hero heroic?
Ethan does what needs to be done, even though his own safety is at risk.
what makes your heroine heroic?
Haylie refuses to allow her unfortunate experiences in the past ruin her future.

 

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