I can’t say I have a favorite. I’ve published Christian romance, Christian romantic suspense, Christian nonfiction, journals, and kids’ books. All of my books have Scriptures in them.
What are some of your favorite Scriptures?
I have three favorites. Let me summarize them:
Colossians 2:2 (NIV) To me, this verse boils down to this: "My purpose is that... they may know... Christ." I personally want to know more about Jesus and the strong love that drove him to the cross to pay for my sins. If I can share the love of Jesus with others, let it be done to the glory of God.
Psalm 133 I think that Christians working together in unity can accomplish more in less time and with more joy.
Joshua 1:8-9 We should find out what God wants us to do, and then do it. Don't let fear or discouragement get in the way. Always remember, you are here for God, and God is here for you.
Do you have to be a Christian to write Christian fiction?
Yes, I believe you do. Readers can tell if your stories are written from a true relationship with God. I accepted the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross as payment for my sins when I was maybe ten years old. I’ve been walking with God, stumbling, getting back up and walking with Him again since that time. It’s good to know that I have a merciful God who makes it easier for me to get back to my feet when I fall. When a writer has experienced God’s forgiveness, the reality of that experience will show in the stories.
What are some of the highlights of your Christian life?
I enjoyed preaching in the schools of Belize and in a neighborhood in Jamaica when I toured with a ministry group from my church. The children’s smiling faces were so beautiful. When I prayed with men and women in the parks and town squares, God gave me some thrilling moments of missionary work that I will never forget. I was also invited to go with a different ministry group from my church to a women’s prison where I spoke to over 1,000 female inmates. I loved the one-on-one prayer time with them.
Do you only write fiction or other genres as well?
I write fiction, nonfiction, and even children’s books. I have a children’s activity book!The Christmas Story: An Activity Book and Prayer Journal for Kids gives kids the opportunity to draw their favorite things and memorize scripture. There are Christmas-themed word searches, mazes, coloring pages, and more. Do your children have a prayer journal? Get them started with this fun and easy daily kids’ journal.
And I published a children’s eBook. The Christmas Story As Told By Luke 2: A Children's Christmas Bedtime Storytakes kids through the story of the birth of Jesus from the Bible. This book was inspired by the Christmas tradition I grew up with when all my aunts, uncles, and cousins gathered at my grandparents’ house to hear the first twenty verses in the second chapter of Luke from the Bible before we could open any presents. Those moments of honoring the Lord before the chaos of gift-opening helped many of us to sense the presence of the Lord in our midst.
Prayer That Works is a short nonfiction book that helps you develop a daily prayer habit. Go through the exercises in the journal to give your relationship with God a boost.
The Fulton Ridge Series (3 Christian romance novels)
A job-related romance
A new neighbor romance
A volunteering-related romance
The Fulton Ridge Family Series (4 Christian romance novels)
A later-in-life romance
A beach romance with a helpful dog
A too-busy-to-see-what’s-right-in-front-of-you romance
A facing-your-fears romance
The Fulton Ridge Estates Series (4 Christian billionaire romance novels)
Restauranteur meets woman with family issues
Billionaire hides in a small town, but the woman he falls for doesn’t trust him
Billionaire falls for his best friend’s sister
The Protector Series (3 Christian romantic suspense novels)
Sharla doesn’t know whether to trust the billionaire or the bodyguard
Sharla fears for her life and for her family
Max is hired to find a killer, and Sharla risks her own life to save another
I hope you love reading novels. I plan to release more fiction. But again, all in God's timing. I want to make my work the best it can be before sending it out. When it first arrives in an editor's hands, it won't be perfect, but I'll have done my best. Through the editing process, the book will become even better because it will be my best in cooperation with someone else's (the editor's) best.