Welcome Jamie to the blog.

How much of the book is based in real life?
The setting of The Welcome Wagon is based on a town not far from where I live. The characters and story line are all a part of my imagination. But I do have twin daughters. They are adults now, but I had plenty of material from their childhood antics to draw from when creating the twin girls in this story.
What makes this book special to you?
This book touches my soul in a way I can't really explain. After edits and proofing I've read the story dozens of times and yet I still cry happy tears at the end. The bond of love and friendship between the strong female characters feels me with joy and hope for humanity. Kindness goes a long way.
Are plots based on someone you know or events in your own life?
It's not based on any person or event, but I did start the book as a challenge to myself. My husband and I love to watch old black and white movies. We love detective movies but one plot that I can not stand is when a person is falsely accused. It stems from a minor event in my childhood that left a scar. When reading a book or watching a show at the first sign of an innocent person taking the blame I have to stop. I tried to write a book along those lines. I came close in The Welcome Wagon but in the end still skirted around the issue by hinting that Maggie might be guilty of something sinister rather then having her accused. Maybe next time.
Do you have a person you consider a mentor?
I consider Mildred Colvin as one of my mentors. She's been writing romances since the '80's and has blessed me with her knowledge and friendship. When I first started to pursue publication she was my lifeline. In my early days as an author I was reading some suggestions she'd given me and a small soft voice said 'follow this one.' I did and am thankful for her insight.
In no more than
Ten (10) words, what is the spiritual takeaway for your reader?

Trust in God and he will direct your path.
Is there anything edgy/possibly controversial in your book? If so tell us what that is in
Twenty (20) words or fewer.

What can a person do when the law isn't enough to protect the innocent.
What is your hero's main character flaw?
He's a great guy and very likable but some of that comes from being a people pleaser. He tends to let people walk over him but by the end of the story he's standing tall with confidence.
What is your heroine's main character flaw?
She's afraid to let go and trust anyone. In The Welcome Wagon she's the leader of the group not because of personality of talent but because she doesn't trust anyone to keep their secret safe.
What can readers learn from your villain?
When you try and mess with a group of women protecting their young you're likely to get burned.
What makes your hero heroic?
He is selfless and brave.
what makes your heroine heroic?
She is kind, loving and brave.

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