Do you have any hobbies?
I very much enjoy traveling. I have been fortunate to have traveled frequently through the years. My travels have included the western U.S., the southern U.S., the Caribbean, and Canada.
What is your favorite vacation spot?
I really enjoy vacations down south to the ocean/beach during the hot summer months when the water is warm and the days are long. However, I also enjoy the beauty and tranquility of the mountains.
If you were given a ticket to anywhere and spending money to indulge, where would you go?
This is a tough one. I think there are so many interesting, beautiful places to see in the continental U.S. However, possibly a tour of Europe.
Do you have pets?
I care passionately for animals and until recently had several dogs. Living on a rural property and having a good size home, I have had the pleasure of having several dogs at one time. However, in the past several years, my dogs all being close in age, and being older dogs have passed away. My dogs were a big part of my life, important members of our family, and are missed dearly. I currently, quite frequently, keep my children’s dogs. I call them my furry grand-doggies!
What is your favorite color and what do you love about it?
I don’t know that I have a favorite color. So many colors are beautiful.
What was your favorite book as a child?
I remember discovering the book, “The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe”, in probably fifth grade, and thinking what a great book it was.
What is one thing about yourself you’d like to change or are trying to work on?
My one superficial change would be to lose some weight. But, having said that, I hope every day to grow in character, to think less of self, more of others, to be a voice for the voiceless.
Do you re-read books? If so, is there one in particular?
I have re-read the “Hiding Place” by Corrie Ten Boom. I also enjoy reading aloud to my husband on road trips. I recently re-read, “Killing England” by Bill O’Reilly.
Are you an introvert, extravert, or ambivert?
I am probably an ambivert. I took the Myers/Briggs test many years ago and my answers indicated I was an extrovert. I believe this is true because talking with people when I’m out. However, I also very much enjoy quiet alone time at home.
Does pineapple go on pizza?
I’m willing to give it a try.
What was your first job?
I was a cashier at Quality Markets when I was a teenager.
What is your favorite down time activity?
I enjoy watching historical documentaries, dramas, and crime shows on Netflix and Hulu.
Are you an outdoor type? Have a green thumb?
I’m not much of a gardener. However, I love the outdoors. I very much enjoy taking long walks on our rural property, picking wild berries and apples when in season, and spending time at our cabin in our woods.
Are you the type to take a dare?
Do you have a favorite motto or quote that applies to your own life?
Two of my favorite quotes are:
1) Something is only as important as the degree one is willing to sacrifice to have it.
2) All it takes for wrong to succeed is for right to be quiet and do nothing.
3) I like you because, I love you in spite of.
What books, other than your own, would you highly recommend?
The Hiding Place.
Any of the “Killing” series of books by Bill O’Reilly.
On to writing: what inspired you to start creating stories/non-fiction? How long ago?
I have always wanted to write a children’s book because I enjoy words, poetry, and reading. Bits of poetry in rhyme come to me as I’m walking, and I find it rewarding to put it down on paper and create a complete story.
How do you choose your settings (fiction) or topics (non-fiction)?
I want children to have an appreciation for animals and God’s creation. Therefore, I chose a woodland setting for my children’s book.
Can you tell us a bit about your path to publication?
After writing my story, my husband agreed to illustrate it. I then made the decision to contact Christian Faith Publishing and submit my manuscript. They accepted it and I began working with a literary agent to bring the book to completion.
Finally, please tell us about your books and add your website so we can find you:
My children’s book is titled “Awesome Possum-bilities”. It tells the story of a little possum trying to everything he is not. It is only when he discovers his true gifts and purpose that he shines brightest for his creator. Told in a fun rhyming format, it is a great self esteem booster for children of all ages. Currently available on Amazon.com, Barnes&Noble.com, Wal-Mart.com, and Target.com.
Website is http://www.christianfaithpublishing.com/books/?book=awesome-possum-bilities