Question: I can relate to reading the backs of cereal boxes. 🙂 Where do you get the ideas for your stories and what has been your greatest inspiration?
Answer: Ideas come from all kinds of places – from dreams, from bit of news on the television, from conversations overheard in restaurants. Sometimes I’m conscious of the exact moment an idea for a novel began. But for most my novels, the ideas seem to creep up on me. The Perfect Life was more the latter. One day I simply recognized I had the premise for a story rolling around in my head, then I began brainstorming the bigger picture and eventually the novel was born.
Some of my novels have come from deep personal experiences. Because God has walked me through dark places and brought me out on the other side, I want to share with others the grace He has shown me. Since I am a novelist, fiction is the main way I can do that. And naturally, the faith element of my novels comes out of my own faith experiences, from lessons God has taught me or is teaching me. Sometimes I’m looking for answers right along with the characters of my books, so writing is a form of discovery for me.
Question: I know you hear this all the time, but I have to ask: Do you have a favorite of all the books you have written so far? Why is it your favorite?
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Enjoy! I’m still recovering from jet lag. Went to bed Saturday night at about seven o’clock–I thought I was only taking a nap, but I didn’t get up until Sunday morning! 🙂 But at least I slept through the arrival of daylight savings time!