Can you tell us a little about yourself and your background?
I was born and raised in the small, historical town of Vincennes, Indiana, I am the oldest of five children. When I was six, my parents accepted Christ as their Savior, which changed everything. Excited about Jesus, my dad decided to take a giant leap of faith, quit his welding job and start a church. Some of my favorite memories of growing up are the road trips I used to take with her dad, driving to home Bible studies across southern Indiana where he would preach. After a night of teaching and ministry, we would drive home and talk of things beyond earth’s bounds - creation and the fall, God and Jesus and the rapture, the earthly walk compared to the spiritual walk, and how we are born for more than what we can see or touch. The highlight of those nights was stopping at a truck stop where my dad would spend a little of the offering basket on two slices of pie and a couple of Cokes. Nothing ever felt so special as a middle of the night slice of pie with my dad.
2. How did you become interested in writing?
As I grew closer to God and developed my own relationship with Him, I discovered a heart welling with songs and poetry. In high school, I sang in a band with my brother and our friends, writing most of the band’s lyrics. Music is one of my life-long passions! After college, I married, had a brief stint as an office manager and then, after having two sons, decided it was more fun to stay at home with my boys. I homeschooled for five years, joining a wonderful group of families in a supportive co-op. Teaching in the co-op opened new avenues of creativity and I began writing skits, poems and articles for my school and church. When my oldest son turned five, I began to write novels in earnest. I had been reading romance novels for years when I felt the Lord’s desire for me to loosen my grip. I tried reading Christian romance novels, but found that I couldn’t relate to the saintly characters, so I decided to write a story of my own – the kind of story I wanted to read.
3. What compelled you to write a book on this subject?
Snow Angel was born on a frosty night in an old farmhouse in Fishers, Indiana, where the cold, wood floorboards gave plenty of motivation for the snow scene. I’ve always had a romanticized view of Alaska and I wanted to explore that. The research was in-depth and phenomenal, giving me more plot than I knew what to do with. Then, I just fell in love with my characters. I couldn’t wait to see what they would do next and how their story was going to turn out.
4. What is the main theme or point that you want readers to understand from reading your book? Are there any other themes present in the book?
"And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge--that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God." (Eph. 3:17b-19, NIV) I believe in the power of fiction. Love stories are over done, but that’s only because they are so needed, so grasped at. Elizabeth’s story is the story of the church, a flawed and fallen bride; Noah is the savior. It’s so simple . . . and yet we seem to need to hear it again and again. It never loses its power. It’s the story of the cross.
5. Are there some specific lessons you hope readers will learn and apply to their lives after reading your book?
Simply that we can never out-run, out-sin, hide from or hinder God’s love. All He wants is surrender – total and complete - but so few can trust that much. I struggle to trust that much.