I am a wife, mother, novelist, and speaker. Curt and I have been married for 23 years and are the parents of six children, ranging in age from young adult to elementary school. Curt and the kids are the greatest things I've ever done.
I am a North Carolina native and proud of it.
My newest novel, The Bridge Tender, released June, 2014. I've also written 4 other novels: The Wishing Tree, The Guest Book, She Makes It Look Easy and The Mailbox. At one point The Mailbox was optioned by Hallmark Hall of Fame but sadly, the actual movie never got made. Oh well... it was fun to dream!
I am the co-founder of the popular women's fiction site, She Reads www.shereads.org and the Writer in Residence at a local private school.
I spend most of my time in the grocery store but occasionally escape long enough to scribble some words. I am always at work on my next novel and thinking about the one after that.
I believe that story is the shortest distance to the human heart and that Jesus Christ is the way, the truth and the life (John 14:6).
To learn more randomness about me, read on for a short interview: HT to Beth Kendrick for this list of questions I borrowed from her. (I didn't borrow the answers though. That would just be too weird!)
If you weren’t a writer you’d be…?
I'd go back to school and train to be a pastry chef. Or a lawyer. Maybe a decorator. This is why I'm a writer, I get to write about all of these things and vicariously do them all!
What’s on your DVR? Old movies. And by old I mean movies made in the 80's and 90's, because apparently that's old now. Not sure how that happened.
Where do you waste time online when you’re not writing? Pinterest. It brings out my inner pastry chef. And decorator. And inspires general craftiness that I don't normally possess. I also tape Pioneer Woman's Food Network show and watch it with my kids each week.
What talent do you wish you had? Dancing. The other day I was dancing in the car and caught my daughter staring at me with a look that was a mixture of pity and disgust. When I caught her she said, "Let's just say I'm glad you don't ever have reason to dance in public."
What talent would people be surprised to discover you have? I can launch spit bubbles off my tongue. (Important to note that I get that same look from that same daughter when she catches me doing this.)
Biggest lie you’ve ever told? "It doesn't matter that I missed that birth control pill. I probably can't have kids." (To be fair, I didn't know I was lying. I had always been told that, because of my medical history, I probably couldn't have kids. "They" were wrong.)
Favorite smell? The smell of the air when I get out of the car after the 3 hour drive to the NC coast-- salt and sand and sea, ahhh.
Favorite children’s book? Mandy by Julie Andrews Edwards, Danny The Champion of the World by Roald Dahl
Dietary downfalls? Carbs. I have a very hard time turning down a piece of crusty bread. I can turn down chocolate easier than that.
Do you have any pre-writing rituals or superstitions? I love planning the book before I write it. That's my favorite part. I plan at least 40 scenes before I write the first word. I don't always stick to the plan but having a map for my journey makes me feel better about beginning it.
Favorite movie of all time? I absolutely positively cannot pick just one. Ok maybe Broadcast News.
Sentence we will never hear you utter? "I didn't read anything at all today." Close second: "I never listened to music today."
What’s on your iPod workout mix? Old music. And by old music I mean music that was recorded in the 80's and 90's. Because, again, apparently that's old.
What’s your favorite thing about being a writer? The flexibility that it allows for my family. I can make the writing fit around my family, which with six kids that's very necessary.
What do you like most about living in North Carolina? Mild temps in the winter.
What do you like least about living in NC? No snow in winter. Clearly, I want it all.
Best advice about writing? Write the book you want to read.
The one thing you wish you had in your office? I wish I had an office. I write sitting on my bed with pillows propped behind my back and my laptop on my lap.
The one thing you wish you had in your garage? Ditto on the garage.
Are you a morning person or a night owl? Is it awful to say neither? I'm at my best at about 11:00 am.
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