What’s your next project? I wrote a novel for adults that I’m describing as women’s fiction and magic realism. Right now I’m revising the final book in the Legacy trilogy. After all that, I want to do a Young Adult mystery series.
What would you love to produce in your life? I have no idea. So far, I’m very proud of raising a large family—but I’m not exactly done with that. And my new goal is to have a dozen high quality, novel-length stories out there. After that, who knows?
What’s the reason for your life? Have you figured out your reason for being here yet? As far as I can tell, the reason for being is to grow closer to God, however one best defines “God,” and I believe we do that by learning and sharing what we learn with others. No matter what I have done, be it learning as a student and teaching as a professor’s assistant, or managing retail businesses, or raising and home-educating children, I always find it comes back to that two part purpose. Treat life like it has something to teach you, and then share what you learn with the people who come into your life wanting to hear it. Writing is a natural progression of this belief.
How do you feel about self-publishing? I love self-publishing. It’s what I do. However, sometimes I wonder if I would have tried harder to get an agent and publish traditionally were self-publishing not so easy. I’m not saying that’s a good thing or a bad thing. It’s just something I wonder.
Do you find the time to read? Absolutely! Writing is the second half of being a writer. Reading is the first half. I read in my genre. I write about my genre. But I also read widely outside the genres I’m working with. I just want to read lots of good writing; it makes me a better writer. And I also love to read other people’s reviews. It’s great to see the conversations people have about the books they love and the books they hate, too. I learn a lot from dropping in on those discussions.
Last book you purchased? Tell us about it. The Story of the World, Vol. 3, by Susan Wise Bauer. Peace Hill Press has great resources for parents teaching their children using the classical method. We’ve covered the ancients and the middle ages, and now we’re moving on. I’m especially interested in studying the early history of the United States with my children this year.
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Genre – Young Adult
Rating – PG/PG13