Are you reading any interesting books at the moment?
I just started The Guardian’s Promise by Christina Rich. I wish I could skip work and just keep reading. It’s awesome!
Are there any new authors that have sparked your interest and why?
Sandra Orchard – love her suspense books. Christina Rich – her first historical kept me turning pages well past my bedtime. William Sirls – his first book, The Reason, packed a powerful message within great characters and intense story lines.
What are some of the best tools available today for writers, especially those just starting out?
Genre-based online author groups are a wonderful resource. I have found that connecting with other authors in my genre has been a huge help to me. I am a member of five Christian author groups, and two romance groups. The online support is fabulous, and I’ve learned so much participating and reading group discussions.
What contributes to making a writer successful?
A good writing group can make all the difference. The men and women in my weekly group critique, encourage and inspire me. Without them, my stories would be less.
Do you have any advice for writers?
Keep writing. Write every day if you can. Write down your thoughts, your ideas and start putting those thoughts into paragraphs. And when you have some chapters or pages filled with your words, find a writers group to help you hone your skill.
What do you do to unwind and relax?
I run long distance. I run five or six days a week, and once a week I go for a long run. I love running marathons, and have completed a full marathon (26.2 miles) in all 50 states. When I’m in quiet relaxing mode, I walk the seashore or sit at the beach soaking in the sun, salt air and rolling waves.
What dreams have been realized as a result of your writing?
I think I’m a typical mom – I want to set a good example for my girls. I hope, more than anything, that they will have watched me write, edit, write some more, edit again, write another draft, edit another draft, and then pursue publication and face the rejections and further rewrites, and see that I kept trying, kept dreaming, kept pursuing my goal. I do believe my girls have learned to pursue their dreams, and work hard doing it, which is one major wish realized. It’s also really cool walking into a bookstore and seeing my books on display.
Could this all be a bad dream? How was she to know? Rebecca had far more questions than answers. Tisbury, Massachusetts, Martha's Vineyard The last thing sixth-grade teacher Rebecca O'Neill wants to do during the final week of her summer break is chaperone twenty-five kids on a six-night, seven-day trip aboard the schooner Shenandoah. But after a desperate phone call from the school principal, she doesn't have a choice. Worse, the ship is rumored to be 'haunted.'
Five years ago, during the Holmes Hole student cruise, teacher Melissa Smith complained about hearing voices and seeing visions, then disappeared without a trace-from the very same cabin where Rebecca will be staying. Everything seems normal on Sunday as Rebecca boards the impressive Shenandoah. But as she sits in Cabin 8, she hears hushed voices that don't sound like they're from this century. Mike, a crewmember, insists he believes the crazy Island story that Melissa time-traveled to Colonial Boston. His eerie interest in constantly tracking Rebecca's whereabouts rattles her nerves. Her first night onboard, Rebecca drifts off to sleep...and wakes the following morning with memories of a secretive conversation about a battle with Britain.
Monday night Rebecca crawls into her bunk after an adventurous day of sailing, swimming, and overseeing students. She's startled awake when a man grabs her and yells, 'Stowaway!' Dragged in front of Captain Benjamin Reed, she looks up into the most gorgeous brown eyes she's ever seen.... A Vineyard Romance. Romance, history, adventure. Get swept into the exciting Winds of Change series. Book 1, Winds of Change.
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Genre - Romance, Christian
Rating – G
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