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If you could travel through time but could only go one way, would you choose the past or the future and Why?
Past. The future is so uncertain and I wouldn’t know what to expect. I think it would be easier to survive in the past because at least I’ve read about it.
If you won a trip to a fantasy destination, where would you go?
Scotland. I loved it the first time and want to see more. I felt an uncanny sense of belonging.
What did you want to be when you grew up; if you wanted to be a writer what inspired that desire?
I always wanted to be a writer. I explored the idea of majoring in American history or literature but I ruled out teaching because I didn’t want to grade papers. I considered archaeology but they get dirty and I don’t like being dirty. I chose nursing because medicine and people fascinate me. When my own medical problems made it impossible to continue in nursing, I raised my kids and then began writing—the best of both worlds. What do you do to relax especially when writing is giving you a bit of trouble?
I exercise, do errands, read, or talk it over with my husband. Sometimes he comes up with great ideas. On occasion, I just keep writing and then read it out loud. That often helps me see what is wrong.
If a Djinn granted you one wish free and clear, what would you wish for?
I would wish my writing had a strong impact on the people who read it. As a writer of inspirational fiction, I want to make a difference in lives and cause my readers to draw closer to God.
What do you find is the most challenging part of writing?
The most challenging part for me is keeping the conflict strong. I write romance because I love happy-ever-after endings. I like the kissing and making up better than the struggle. My husband helps me with that also.
If you could invite any famous person over for dinner, who would that be and why?
Christian author, Michael Phillips. He was kind enough to endorse Land of My Dreams, and showed himself to be as generous and kind as the characters he creates. I admire his writing and ability to weave his faith into the tale without being preachy. He handles contemporary and historical fiction equally well. An evening of asking him questions, or even just listening to his best advice, would teach me so much.
If you could invite any fictional character over for dinner, who would it be and why?
Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird. He reminds me of my father, kind, fair, honest, judges each individual on their own merits, a wonderful, loving father. He always does the right thing whether it is the popular thing or not.
And last but not least a couple of favorite questions –
Favorite food - New Mexican food. I am a definite chile snob, only the hottest and best.
Favorite drink – an Arnold Palmer, decaf iced tea with half lemonade
Favorite dessert – Red Velvet Cake
Favorite place – The house my aunt and uncle used to own on Flathead Lake in Montana
Favorite genre – romance & romantic suspense
Favorite season - fall
Favorite holiday - Thanksgiving
Favorite TV show – The Waltons
Favorite movie – Pride & Prejudice
Kieran harbors a deep anger toward God in the face of his own devastating grief. When Bonny’s former fiancé reenters her life, Kieran’s loneliness draws him to a former student.
How will Bonny decide between her rivals? Can they set aside the past to make way for a future, or will it drive them apart?
Land of My Dreams, Christian Romance Novel, spans the distance between New Mexico’s high desert mountains and the misty Scottish Highlands with a timeless story of overwhelming grief, undying love, and compelling faith.
Enjoy an excerpt:
When Kieran left his office, he saw Bonny standing behind her car, her foot tapping and shoulders sagging. “Can I help you, Dr. Bryant?”
She startled, and he realized he had been so intent on watching her that he had failed to give warning of his approach. The eyes that met his sparkled, their brilliance drawing him like a treasure hunter to a prize emerald. She was a lovely woman.
“Dr. MacDonell, hello. I’ve changed flat tires before, but these lug nuts won’t budge.”
He checked the urge to brush a smudge of dirt from her cheek. “It’s Kieran, and I’m glad to be of help.” He forced himself to ignore the nervous pounding in his chest and the urge to run. He was alone with the woman who had filled his mind day and night from the moment she had walked into the room.
“I’m Bonny, and thanks.”
“I’ll take that spanner off your hands.”
“Spanner? Oh, you mean the lug wrench, of course.” She held it out to him and smiled.
He took a deep breath. Her smile reminded him of sun breaking through a Scottish mist. His fingers brushed hers as he took it, and he realized how small her hands were, like his mother’s finest china. Dainty and delicate.
Something about the patient way she watched caused his uncertainty to subside. Rescuing a damsel in distress wasn’t a bad way to meet. Tossing the caber was no longer possible, but he knew how to change a tire. She stood near enough for him to smell her perfume—feminine, like a rose garden.
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