A few of your favorite things: Custom painting from my friend, Angela Westerman, warm coffee first thing in the morning by my fireplace (winter) or on my patio (summer), spending time with grown children and grandchildren.
Things you need to throw out:
Old electronics! They need to be in a museum, business files from a decade ago, my worn out sofa which I can’t bear to part with.
Things you need in order to write:
Quiet. I prefer to work at home in my office in the quiet, coffee, my iMac or iPad (which has its own little keyboard).
Things that hamper your writing:
Being interrupted with other things I have to do. I get distracted and drawn into marketing as well, creating graphics, video trailers, etc.
Things you love about writing:
I love stories, always have. Now I get to be in the big middle of creating a story just the way I want it.
Things you hate about writing:
Waiting to hear what people think. Also, being bombarded with companies who want to sell me the best way to help me make a million dollars writing.
Hardest thing about being a writer:
Getting it out for readers to see and take notice of. Amazon has removed more reviews that it has left, that is discouraging.
Easiest thing about being a writer:
The writing. Coming up with a story. I have a list of books I hope to write.
Things you love about where you live:
Oklahoma is a great state to live in, and the neighborhood I live in is amazing, not because of the homes, but the people here are like family. They will rally around me in whatever I’m doing. I know that if I should need one of them, they would be here for me.
Things that make you want to move:
I don’t like the cold. I lived in Tucson for awhile and loved the scenery and the climate. But I missed my family and friends.
Things you never want to run out of:
Coffee and creamer, toilet paper (that happened once), days spent only enjoying family and friends.
Things you wish you’d never bought:
I yearned for a sports car years ago, but could never have a vehicle with just 2 seats since I transport grandkids, etc. Got married, and got a husband with a vehicle where I could do that, so I bought a Nissan 350Z convertible. Loved it passionately for a few months. SO not practical, and SO loud, and SO hard to crawl in and out of. Finally gave it to my husband and now I can hardly stand to ride it in.
Words that describe you:
Optimistic. Creative. Content. Love people, but love being alone.
Words that describe you but you wish they didn’t:
Inactive (I’m a bit of a couch potato), Introvert (although others are surprised at this).
Pizza, pizza, pizza. I could eat it everyday, but it has to be from my favorite places with my favorite stuff. Ice cream, and steak.
Favorite music or song:
Highlands (Song of Ascent) by Hillsong UNITED
Reckless Love by Cory Asbury
Anything by Willie Nelson which is odd because I am not a fan of C&W music.
I grew up in the 70’s so those tunes always get my attention.
Music that make your ears bleed:
Coffee, then water
Something that gives you a pickle face:
Pickles, but I love them!
Clean babies and spring/summertime
Something that makes you hold your nose:
Poopy babies, and sometimes the inside of my fridge
Something you’re really good at:
Jewelry design, metal/silver smithing
Something you’re really bad at:
Something you wish you could do:
Something you wish you’d never learned to do:
I love learning so I am thrilled that I’ve been able to learn so much.
Something you like to do:
Watch TV, read, go to neighborhood BUNCO
People you consider as heroes:
Anyone who will suffer hardships and loss for others. That includes our military, missionaries, and so many more unsung heroes.
Last best thing you ate:
Last thing you regret eating:
Hot link with chili and cheese
Things you’d walk a mile for:
My family and friends.
Things that make you want to run screaming from the room:
Arguments. I hate it when people argue and fight.
Things you always put in your books:
A bit of humor.
Things you never put in your books:
Things to say to an author:
I loved your work, I liked (a specific thing) about your work. We love specifics.
Things to say to an author if you want to be fictionally killed off in their next book:
I found a typo… Who edited your book… I wouldn’t have written it that way…
Favorite places you’ve been:
Hawaii, Tucson (I love the desert and I love the beach)
Favorite books (or genre):
Murder mysteries, but I love true stuff too. One of my favorite books is The Truth About Amelia Earhart by Mike Campbell. Amazing!!!
People you’d like to invite to dinner (living):
Truthfully, my family. They are my favorite people. But I know that this question is not about that. I would say John Grisham. I have a few all-time favorite authors, but he has inspired me the most. He and Ted Decker.
People you’d cancel dinner on:
Favorite things to do:
Spend a quiet morning on my back patio having coffee.
Things you’d run through a fire wearing gasoline pants to get out of doing:
Sweep my floor
Things that make you happy:
People, particularly family and friends. Doing what I love. Writing, making jewelry, reading.
Things that drive you crazy:
Communicating with people who do not have their thinking caps on.
Most embarrassing moment:
I ran through a busy airport with toilet paper hanging out of my pantyhose. As I ran it was flying out behind me.
Each time I held one of my newborns in my arms for the first time.
Biggest lie you’ve ever told:
Nothing jumps out at me, but probably something like… The check is in the mail…
Best thing you’ve ever done:
I am an encourager and when I look back, the best thing I have ever done was to constantly come alongside others and cheer them on.
Most daring thing you’ve ever done:
Walked the French Quarter in New Orleans all by myself at night, more than once.
Something you chickened out from doing:
Nothing comes to mind, but I’m not fond of heights so it probably involved that.
The last thing you did for the first time:
Stood in a bookstore with my first novel.