HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WRITING? About 20 years
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BEGIN WRITING? Seeing how much my sons enjoyed reading great books, I started wondering if I could write stories they’d enjoy.
WHAT WAS THE INSPIRATION BEHIND YOUR AWARD WINNING TITLE? A newspaper article I read about a high school girl who had a baby and her parents wouldn’t let her keep the child. The girl and boy eventually broke up and went their separate ways. Years later they got back together and decided to search for their son that had been adopted. My novel is loosely based on their tender story.
IS THIS YOUR FIRST BOOK? No, it’s my ninth.
WHAT OTHER BOOKS HAVE YOU PUBLISHED?
Secrets I Have Kept
Listen to the Ghost
Rebel in Blue Jeans
Just Breeze -
Frankie’s Perfect Home
Caves, Cannons, and Crinolines
A Pirate, a Blockade Runner, and a Cat
And I have stories in two Chicken Soup for the Soul books
TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOUR NEXT BOOK... My next book is a tween novel titled Star of the Team, the story of a girl that wants to be the star of her basketball team, Angels. Her dream is in jeopardy when her tooth is knocked out at one of the games. Her mother, who is also her coach says she can’t play until the tooth, which the dentist replants, is healed. The season will be over by then. What’s a girl to do?t
TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF: I’m a retired teacher, now enjoying a second career: writing. I live in the country where deer, armadillos, skunks, and a variety of birds stop by for a handout. Genealogy, playing the piano, and teaching a women’s Sunday school class keep me busy.
My three sons are grown, and they’ve given me four granddaughters and two grandsons, also two great-grandsons and a great-granddaughter. My eldest son and a granddaughter are laughing and playing together in Heaven. Two cats have adopted me and much of my time is spent separating them from their little feuds. Life is good.
TELL US SOMETHING FUN OUR READERS MIGHT FIND FASCINATING ABOUT YOU: A nickname I’ve been given lately is the Bug Lady. Now I like that, and it is true. I adore some insects like the praying mantis, with its little hands folded under its chin, and walking sticks that truly look like sticks with legs. And moths are so beautiful. My favorites are the Hummingbird moth and the Crecopia moth. Monarch butterflies fascinate me, as do the beautiful swallowtail butterflies. I consider being called the Bug Lady a compliment.
WHAT DO YOU MOST ENJOY DOING IN YOUR SPARE TIME? Reading and playing the piano.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE TV SHOW/MOVIE? TV Show: The Big Bang Theory - Movie: Gone with the Wind
DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR OTHER ASPIRING AUTHORS? Never get discouraged. Hang in there. Tomorrow is another day. (Scarlet O’Hara.)
CAN YOU OFFER ANY TIPS ON GETTING PUBLISHED? Write a great story. Have it edited. Search for the right publisher. And send it off. It won’t sell sitting on your desk.
IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE YOU’D LIKE TO SHARE WITH OUR READERS?
I’m honored to receive this award and hope my story will inspire everyone that reads it. Thanks to everyone.
LITERARY CLASSICS Book Awards & Reviews International Book Awards • Top Honors Youth Book Awards • Seal of Approval http://www.clcawards.org