Since I can remember, books have been one of my loves. There was nothing better than picking up a story and finding myself in a new place and greeting new friends or becoming reacquainted with old ones. In the ninth grade, a friend and I decided to write a teenage romance together. My friend lost interest but it was the start of a lifelong passion for me. I served as a legal specialist with J.A.G. of the US Army and have also worked as a paralegal, a librarian, and a church secretary. Previously, I had three mystery novels published. My first novel, Parental Source, was a 2003 Library of Virginia Literary Award nominee.
Truth be told, I disliked writing before I ventured into fiction. Writing in elementary and middle school was all about essays, reports, and articles. It wasn't until I wrote my first fiction book that I knew what I wanted to do when I grew up...okay, I also wanted to be a flight attendant but I wasn't tall enough so I joined the Army instead. Go figure. I was stationed in Germany (where I meet my husband) and we did a lot of traveling.
During my time in the service, I dabbled in writing but never pursued it as a career option. I worked for a years as a paralegal when we were in Virginia until our second child came along and I stayed home. It wasn't until my youngest child was born (who's now 21) that I decided writing a book was going to become a goal and not just a dream. I wanted to move past the wishing stage into actively working to achieve it. It took a few years to finish my first...second...book Parental Source (now out of print).
I never stopped writing and worked on different ideas. The New Beginnings Series came hearing a talk from a skip-tracer. I started what-ifing and came up with the premise for a skip-tracing firm who uses their skills at finding people to help "vanish" those who need to hide in order to survive. I also wanted to write inspirational romantic suspense stories which featured strong heroines. I wanted to show that Christian women were strong, tough, and could stand on their own and fight against evil. They could be the 'heroes' in their lives. It was with the start of this series that I decided I wanted to write "self-rescue princess" heroines. I wanted heroines who weren't waiting around to be rescued, but laying the ground work and doing the work necessary to change their circumstances.
You can read more about self-rescue heroines at my blog: The Self-Rescue Princess. I write reviews focusing on why I think a heroine is a self-rescue princess, heroine interviews, also talk about writing, scrapbooking, and other odds and ends.
The Faith Hunter Scrap This Mystery series brings together my love of mysteries, scrapbooking, and West Virginia. I attended a direct sales business demonstration on scrapbooking and fell in love. Scrapbooking involved photography and writing, two things I loved so it was a perfect hobby for me. Faith Hunter joined the US Army for excitement only to return home to Eden, West Virginia when the adventure she dreamed for turned into a nightmare. Working at her grandmother's scrapbooking store, and her hometown, aren't quite as boring or quiet as she remembers and wants. In the series, Faith finds that the past she wants to shield her family from is the very reason she's drawn to helping those who are wrongly accused. One helping hand changed her life, and she vows to do the same for others.
Whether writing mysteries or inspirational romantic suspense, a strong family unit is part of the story. As a child, I didn't experience this type of family and my reading choices, and even later my writing, was driven by this need. Families, and their interactions with each other, play a pivotal role in all the books I have written. They might argue. Snap at each other. Find a way to push each other's buttons. But when one is threatened, they close ranks as no issue between them is ever greater than their love and loyalty. No matter how grave the situation, they have each other's backs.