Can you tell us about your new book?
Pocketful of Pearls is the sequel to my RITA Award winning inspirational, Grounds to Believe. Pearls is about a woman who has been raped for the past ten years by her pastor, and is the story of how she overcomes the abuse with the help of the homeless man she has hidden in her barn.
What was your favorite part about writing this book?
It was a tough story to write, but the best part was interviewing women from all walks of life and being privileged to hear their stories.
If this book was made into a movie, who would you pick to star in it?
I would pick Canadian actress Molly Parker to play Dinah Traynell; she has such vulnerability in her performances. And the hero, Matthew Nicholas, is based on a male model named Nate Warner.
What are you working on right now?
I'm working on book three in the trilogy, called A Sounding Brass. It's based on a true story about a radio evangelist who defrauds an entire town.
Where do you get your ideas?
A sentence from one person ... a memory from another ... a picture ... all kind of merge together in the back of my brain and produce an "aha!" that usually turns into the opening scene.
What is the best advice you could give an aspiring writer?
Research your market carefully and be sure you can write for that market for a long time.
What is your favorite movie of all time?
The A&E version of Pride & Prejudice. You know, the one with Colin Firth :)
It's a toss-up between Jane Eyre and The Doomsday Book by Connie Willis.
Favorite television show?
Again, a toss-up ... between Buffy and The X-Files.
I have too many to list!
If you were stranded on a deserted island with one person, living or dead, who would you like it to be?
Well, if Johnny Depp was busy, it would have to be my husband. He can build the shelter, rebuild the boat we came in on, catch dinner, and cook it. My husband has skills.
If on that island you could only listen to 2 CDs, what would they be?
Hapa's first album, and Sarah McLachlan's Mirrorball.
If you weren't a writer, what would you like to do for a living?
Conduct the Boston Philharmonic.