Hello Carol

 

Tell us about yourself.

Are plots based on someone you know or events in your own life?
Most of the central ideas for my plots come from Christian song lyrics, a Bible verse, or a point from a sermon. Often one little phrase will grab my attention, and then the more I think and pray about it, the more it grows into a plot for a book.

 

What is your next project?
I’m working on a full length novel based on the Secret Drawer Society (SDS) which began at Longfellow’s Wayside Inn in Sudbury, MA. In it, the hero and heroine pass letters back and forth by hiding them in a secret drawer in one of an inn’s bedrooms. And neither of them suspects the other as being one of the authors. Several years ago, I stumbled across the SDS on a vacation and knew I’d write a book based on the idea.

 

Is there anything you find particularly challenging when it comes to your writing?
I’m a very slow writer. Once I have an idea, I have to think about it, mull it over, let it germinate before I begin putting ideas on paper (or the computer screen this day and time). Some books I’ve written have taken years to complete.

 

Did you learn anything from writing this book? What was it?
I always learn something from writing. In this book, I learned that what most of us call cedar trees are actually Junipers. I did some research about a group of people called the Cedar Choppers who made fence posts and rails in Texas in the 1800’s. (There’s a conversation in the book about this.) Rebekah learns that Ethan is more than just a handsome face.

 

In no more than
Ten (10) words, what is the spiritual takeaway for your reader?

We must learn to trust God’s perfect timing.

 

What is your hero's main character flaw?
He’s relied on himself for so long, he struggles to rely on God for his future.

 

What is your heroine's main character flaw?
Inflexibility prevents her from being open to God’s plan for her life, rather than her own.

 

What makes your hero heroic?
A determination to be true to his faith and not bow to societal pressure.

 

what makes your heroine heroic?
She has a faithful heart.

 

 

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