Today we will be interviewing…..ME! I’m super pumped, excited, and ecstatic to be here! This is my first author interview, both as the interviewer and the interviewee so this should be doubly interesting. I understand this might be a little off the beaten path, but hey, who wants to be normal anyway. So, here we go. Buckle up and get ready for the ride. Feel free to comment if you have any questions of your own that you would like me to answer. Tomorrow’s post will be a book review. No, it won’t be a review of my own book.
When did you decide to become an author?
I honestly don’t know the answer to that other than the moment I got up the nerve to actually hit the publish button. Up until then, it was all just a dream hovering in the back of my mind. I knew I’d written a lot of stories. I had a flash drive full of manuscripts, some of them done, some of them nothing more than an idea. I told myself I was going to be an author, someday, but I don’t think I truly believed in myself. I worked on getting the stories out of my head and onto either paper or the computer for five years before I finally worked up the nerve to publish. Now I don’t know why I waited so long.
Are your characters based on real people?
Each main character has either a physical or physiological trait from someone that I know but no one character is based solely on one single person. In Trial by Courage, I made Willie a cop because my husband was once a deputy. It made sense for the story and the scene where Willie is described while exiting his patrol car is a representation of how I felt every time I saw my husband in uniform.
How much of yourself is in your characters/stories?
I put a piece of myself into each heroine. For example, in Trial by Courage the main character, Cheyenne, is very adept at dealing with pain. I give them traits that I wish I had. Things like more patience, a stronger faith, the ability to express their belief to others, those are the traits that my heroes either have or learn throughout their stories.
What inspires you to write?
The characters themselves. They’re like people to me and their stories have to be told. I honestly cannot sleep at night if I leave their story untold for too long. I started writing Cheyenne and Willie’s story over five years ago. It is not the first book I wrote, but it is the first one that I published. God gives me the words, He places the ideas in my mind, and keeps me up at night. I wouldn’t have things any other way. I’ve always wanted to create, whether I’m baking and decorating cakes, painting jars, or writing.
When did you start writing?
When I was in seventh grade I had a teacher who gave us writing prompts every day and we had to write a short story. I loved that class, but once it was over, I completely forgot about writing until I was in my twenties. I had the idea for a Christian historical fiction book that I rolled around in my head for years before I finally picked up a pen and started writing. I actually wrote the entire manuscript for that book and for Trial by Courage on paper before I cracked open the computer and started typing everything out. That was the day it started being real for me, that was the day that I started telling myself I would be an author, someday.
What is your book about?
(takes a deep breath and smiles broadly) OK, this is where I’ll lose my mind. Trial by Courage is a contemporary christian romance set in a remote mountain town. The main characters are Cheyenne Ryder and Willie Solomon. Cheyenne grew up with an abusive father, and as a result of the abuse, she develops the ability to see the future and absorb the pain of people she comes into contact with. She sees a vision of Willie getting shot and she does what she can to prevent Willie from getting sniped. Cheyenne expects Willie to accept it as a happy accident and walk away, but he doesn’t. He can’t. He knows there’s more to the story than what she’s telling him and he refuses to leave her alone until he extracts every last secret. All the while, someone continues to hunt Willie, and Cheyenne learns that it might be time for her to trust someone other than herself. Willie is the straight-laced, only trust what you can see type and he has a hard time believing in what Cheyenne can do. It will put their courage to the test as they both step out in faith and trust that God has control.
Thank you for joining me for my very first interview! If you are interested in checking otu my book, you can read the first few chapters using the kindle, or kindle app. Copies can be purchased here: Trial by Courage