1. If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?

    Write what you think. Later you can go back and use or not use. The next time you write, refine and improve your previous writing.

2. What can you say about the characters in your book?

At 86, I have met many people! I have always observed people around me. My work experiences since age 16, though, helped give me a better understanding of the human character. 

3. Does writing energize or exhaust you?

The more I wrote, the more trust I had in myself that I could write. “Doing” makes you better at anything you do. For example, I also enjoy sewing. I began by making doll clothes, then little girl clothes, and then church clothes. I got better each time. Learning is a progression of abilities. Build on what you have built, on a good foundation. I am so thankful for my godly foundation.

4. Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?

I am too honest to be a “people pleaser!” I use my own experiences and observations of others and my Christian knowledge to make decisions. I try to obey the Holy Spirit in me!

5. Where did your love of books/storytelling/reading/writing/etc. come from?

First grade! I thought it was marvelous to learn how to read, learn the ABCs and make words out of them. I was by myself a lot so I climbed trees and talked to God and would make up characters and tell my siblings and cousins stories. I had a big imagination!