1) Tell us the range of the kinds of books you enjoy reading.
I love to read fantasy—especially Christian fantasy and science fiction when it’s available, but I don’t get to spend as much time reading as I’d like. I also love suspense and romantic suspense, and historical.
2) How do you keep your sanity in our run, run, run world?
I have a mental breakdown every now and then and that seems to help me get back on my feet! Mostly I have a to do list that I live by and I can see the progress I’m making when I get to scratch something off the list.
3) How do you choose your characters’ names?
I used to spend hours and days even, researching and trying to find the right name—the meaning had to correspond with the story in some way. While that’s great, it doesn’t always work and considering everything else that must go into a story, I don’t do that anymore. If the name’s meaning works out, that’s great. Mostly I have a list of names I love, and when I heard a name I like, I’ll add that to the list. Also, I have a couple a big city phone books that I collected and when in need, I find it’s quicker to browse through those pages, than to search the internet on name sites. I know the name I want to use for my character when I see it.
4) What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of?
Recently, I won the Carol Award for my mystery, THE CAMERA NEVER LIES—I could never have dreamed or even hoped that would happen. I’m not sure why we as writers are such an insecure bunch, but even after nine plus books, I’m always concerned that my writing isn’t any good. The Carol Award helped validate my writing for me and made me realize that someone besides my editor, my agent and my mother, enjoys my writing. Go figure!
5) If you were an animal, which one would you be, and why?
I would be an eagle—I would love to be able to fly, to rise above it all in completely freedom and dance in the sky, if you will, with nothing holding me back.
6) What is your favorite food? It’s a toss up between pizza and nachos.
7) What is the problem with writing that was your greatest roadblock, and how did you overcome it?
My greatest roadblock continues to be a roadblock for me and that is starting a story—where in the world do I start the story? Plenty joke about it that duh, you start at the beginning. But as writers we know that it’s not that simple—sure you start at the beginning but what is your character doing in that scene where you want to start he story? My process still remains painful and it can take me days and even weeks to get that first two or three chapters right.
Here’s the blurb:
Secrets Under The Ice
Casey Wilkes didn’t realize her simple human-interest story would put her life at risk—again. After fleeing her home and journalism job in Portland, she wanted to live under the radar for a while. But when her interviewee starts dodging her questions, her reporter instincts kick in and she finds herself in over her head…
Homeland security agent Jesse Mitchell has been undercover as an ice sculptor for months, trying to infiltrate a smuggling ring. He wants to avoid trouble, and that’s just what Casey brings. Now someone has a target set on Casey. Saving her could blow his cover, but leaving her unprotected endangers him even more—especially his heart.
Please give us the first page of the book.
Jesse finished shoving the last block of dry ice into the back of the specially designed truck—well insulated, yet ventilated to allow for sublimation—the melting that would give off deadly CO2 gas.
The solid form of carbon dioxide would be used to create the snow effect around the ice sculptures along with fog—a mysterious yet stunning display.
He tugged off the gloves used to protect his hands from ice burns or, worse, frostbite. Because his father was a chef and master ice sculptor, Jesse had learned a few techniques of his own, even entering competitions during his college days.
That’s what made him the perfect candidate for this covert operation, and the only reason Robert McCoffey, his superior, had pulled Jesse from the desk job and visits to the psychiatrist and put him back into the action. Working as an undercover agent for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Jesse had nearly blown his last assignment and thought he’d never get the chance to restore his reputation and career.
But ICE’s bulk cash and smuggling division decided Helms Ice and Trucking Company was hot—laundering money for the Mexican cartel—and they wanted someone on the inside.
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