I recently had the chance to visit with a very
talented author. So, without further delay let’s hear from
always know that you wanted to be a writer? Or was there
something else you wanted to be when you grew up?
There were several things I wanted to be while growing up. I had a scientist phase when I wanted to be an astronomer or an
astronaut. Then I had a glamour phase which included:
supermodel; actress; and singer. I actually wound up as a newspaper
journalist with a degree in Mass Communications. I often wrote
little poems or daydreamed, but deciding to actually be a fiction
writer came later.
Wow, I read you
have five children and you, also, home school. How do you do it
all? What is the secret to your success?
it all by not getting it all done. LOL! Something
usually suffers—most often it’s the housework. I succeed by making
priorities and sticking with them. My family comes first, followed
by writing and then the housework. The dust, cobwebs and dirty
dishes will always be there…literally…so I’ve come to accept a
certain amount of disorder. We don’t live in filth, but Martha
Stewart would probably have a cow if she were to visit unannounced.
;) It also helps that the kids are getting older and are more able
Tell us a little
about what makes Meg…well, Meg.
grew up as a shy, only child of a wonderful, loving and supportive
working mom. Being alone a lot meant I had to make my own fun and
use my imagination. Sometimes it was tough, but it really shaped the
person I am today. That upbringing and my religious convictions keep
me grounded and on a fairly steady path. I know what I want; I know
what I’m worth as an individual; and I know what’s really important
You write in
several genres, do you have a favorite and is there something you
would like to try?
two favorite genres are suspense and paranormal, which blend
together perfectly. I would someday like to try a Young Adult novel
because my oldest daughter has such a hard time finding books she
enjoys. It’s a scary thought, however, because she’s a really tough
Tell us some of
your favorites…foods, movies, music, authors, books, colors, and any
others you want to share?
love fast food, dark chocolate, and meat-and-potatoes types of
dinners. I also love lots of fruit in the summertime. My taste in
movies tends to lean toward either light romantic comedies or
mysteries and suspense. One of my all-time favorite authors is
Heather Graham—I adore her paranormal romances. My taste in music is
very eclectic and evolves depending on my moods. I like artists such
as: Keith Urban; Evanescence; Lifehouse; and Journey. My
fifteen-year-old daughter has introduced me to a lot of new music in
the last two years.
Do you have a
writing schedule that you follow?
to write a little each day, but basically grab time when I can
whether it’s in the van waiting for dd1 to finish her Tae Kwon Do
lesson or late at night after everyone’s gone to bed. However, now
that I have a series underway and my editor is anxious for the next
book, I’m going to have to create a more consistent schedule.
What do you
consider your greatest strength? Any weaknesses?
greatest strength would probably be either my sense of humor or
compassion. I don’t think you can easily get through life without
one or the other. My weaknesses would include the tendency to
procrastinate and a lack of faith in my own abilities.
What was the best
piece of advice you received when you were first starting out? Do
you have any advice for aspiring writers?
best advice I was ever given was to never give up. I’d pass that
same advice on with one addition: the only time you fail as a writer
is when you stop trying.
Do you enjoy
hearing from your readers and what is the best way to contact you?
course I love to hear from readers! They can either sign my website
guestbook or e-mail me at:
What would a
perfect day for you involve?
perfect day would involve a good book, and nowhere to go, nothing to
do as a spring thunderstorm rumbles outside.
Do you have a
favorite character and what makes them your favorite?
of my favorite characters is Maggie O’Brien from Alaina’s
Promise. She is the hero’s mother and was a joy to write.
She has a vibrant, up-beat personality along with a mothering nature
that just really speaks to my heart.
What does your
family think of your writing? Are they your biggest fans?
family is very supportive. They help me get through the deadlines
and the worries when I’m waiting for a response on a project. They
celebrate like crazy whenever I get a new contract or that box of
author copies comes to the door. They brag to their friends,
co-workers and anyone who will listen about my writing. I couldn’t
do this without them.
If you could travel
to any place in time, past or future, when and where would it be and
would love to travel back in time—to maybe the 1700s, North
America—and see what the countryside really looked like back then.
I’d love to meet some of my ancestors, talk to them and get to know
them as people instead of only names and dates on a page.
Where do your story
ideas come from?
ideas usually flash into my head like a scene or short clip from a
movie. Once I write it down, I then spend time working out the who,
what and why of the story. I also get a lot of ideas from songs.
Is there anything
else you would like to share with us? Current or upcoming releases?
have three stories coming out this year!
Table for Two, a rom com novella from By Grace Publishing
comes out in July.
Charmed, another rom com novella, will be out with Moonlit Romance
Dream Walk, a full-length paranormal romance, will also
be out this September from Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
excited about all my stories, but Dream Walk most of
all because it’s the first in a series, The Sentinels, which
I’m working on for Samhain. I think the readers will really love the
world of the Sentinels, including this hero and heroine.