Tell us about you and your new book.
What is your writing schedule like?
My writing schedule is a lot more flexible than it used to be! I try to schedule in at least one or two days a week to write, but some weeks my writing gets put aside for other responsibilities. Over the years I have learned this is OK!
How did you come up with your title?
Coming up with my title was a lot of fun! Originally, my working title was Tokens. Later, it was called The Lifeforce. Eventually, though, I knew I wanted to express more of the message of the book in the title.
Hope came naturally, and because the stones that power the world were waning, the title ended up as A Dim Hope.
Are plots based on someone you know or events in your own life?
The plot for this book is special to me. I came up with this story while my nine-year-old daughter was fighting cancer. She was in the ICU at the time. I was able to talk through this plot with her before she eventually passed into Heaven. She had loved the idea, and she helped me come up with some of my plot points.
What book are you reading now?
I am currently reading a 19th century mystery series, a la Sherlock Holmes. It is lots of fun! The language, the quirks of that time period, and the humor in the books is really great.
What is your next project?
I'm currently working on a nonfiction book about grief, which shouldn't come as a surprise if one reads about how the plot for A Dim Hope came about. God has placed it on my heart, and I hope to complete the manuscript soon.
In no more than
Ten (10) words, what is the spiritual takeaway for your reader?
Hope is available to everyone. Don't give up. Keep searching!
What is your hero's main character flaw?
He questions himself and his own abilities to follow his own path in life.
What is your heroine's main character flaw?
She can be strong willed and sometimes thick headed.
What makes your hero heroic?
He overcomes his fears in following his own path and steps up to do what is right.
what makes your heroine heroic?
She cultivates her strong will and uses it to help others.