Did you come up with this title? If not what was your working title?
Yes, the titles for the Discarded Heroes were my ideas. I went looking for plants that were "deadly, but powerful," which I wanted to draw a parallel to the men on the Nightshade
team. And those titles are actually the "code names" for the team members that the man who put the team together uses in his reports so that the identities of the men are protected.Is being an author everything you thought it would be? If not, what has been surprising to you?
What a tricky question. Of course there are ups and downs, things I didn't expect--both positive and negative. I definitely didn't expect to bear such a large burden in terms of marketing, something that makes me very uncomfortable. But I also didn't expect the fans--few though they may be--who are ardent in support of my writing and books. Notes from readers saying they stayed up all night reading helps me keep going during the droughts when I'm immersed in marketing and self-doubt.Can you tell me of two “Wow” moments you have had since you have been an author? What made it a “Wow” moment for you
The first and most memorable "Wow"
was when God guided me through a deep and intense period of understanding about writing for an Audience of One. Miraculously, I was talking to a friend about that concept one night while reading Jim Rubart's debut novel, ROOMS
. My friend encouraged me to surrender my fears and doubts over writing to our Audience of One, and for once--in the safety of her confidence--I admitted I didn't know what that meant. not really. I mean, I'd thought it meant we were writing for Him so others could read the book and through those words, God would touch people. As she typed her response (we were on Instant Messenger that night), I flipped back to Jim’s book--and stopped cold. There in the middle of that page was the explanation that whatever we do, whatever God has us doing, it wasn't for wealth or for fame, but for the sheer point of using that gift God gave us because God derives pleasure out of us using what He gave us. Instantly, I had a vision of God sitting in an arm chair next to my desk, hands steepled, eyes closed, head resting on the back of the chair while I typed--used the gift He gave me. That completely revolutionized my life!Another "Wow" moment
was when I got a call telling me a producer was interested in optioning the TV/movie rights for Nightshade
. Though nothing has come of that at this point, it was incredible to think a movie producer saw potential in something I had created.
Meeting author Robert Liperalo was a high light as well as other special authors I met at conferences.Can you give us a sneak peak into what book you are working on right now? Can you tell us something about it? When does it release?
Right now, I'm working on Firethorn,
Discarded Heroes #4--the final installment. The tagline for this story is "This time, Nightshade
*is* the mission." The team has been dismantled. They must find out who did this and why.What amazes me about your novels (especially this one) is the fact that you write so well in the male mind. Your writing leads me to believe a man wrote this. How do you get your insight into the male brain? It’s quite good and very believable.
Thank you so much! I remember the first time an editor told me this; I sat stunned with no response. I still don't have one because in all honesty, I just don't know. That comes naturally to me. I've come to realize--sadly, and my psychology major mind tries not to analyze this--I write the male POV better/stronger than I do the female POV.What made you want to write about this subject? What research do you do in preparation for one of your books?
I started the research for this series after watching a young woman's life and marriage collapse under the strain of her Navy SEAL husband's anger. I remember her prayer requests at Sunday School, her complete love yet broken heart for her husband, the images of her two small children. AT the time, I had written several military-themed stories, but I sat.....
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