Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I started writing in high school, when I said I was sick and stayed home to write a poem about Odysseus which won a prize. My plan was to keep writing and forget school but that didn't work out. I wrote another book which was traditionally published the year my first son was born, and another while in nursing school, and 5 more in the last 2 years.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest book is The Golden Helm: More Tales from the Edge of Sleep, a sequel to the first book of short stories. I like writing short stories as I can immerse myself in another world or time but it's not as all consuming as a novel. I'm not sure where the ideas come from, and wish they would come more often.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I am scatter brained and write when I can, when the kids aren't on the computer, or needing help with homework, or are all in bed. Five of the kids are grown up but there is a grandson now. Children and grandchildren are much more interesting than books anyway. Someone said that the most boring person in the world is more fascinating than the most complex character in a novel, which is probably true.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I love C.J. Cherryh's books, and Ursula Le Guin, and Robert Crais, as well as Charles Williams' spiritual thrillers and C.S.Lewis.
What are you working on now?
I'm waiting for inspiration to strike, and meanwhile writing short stories.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I'm bad at marketing. I have a few bloggers who are kind enough to read my books and comment on them.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Read a lot, and write what you enjoy reading.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
"In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you."
What are you reading now?
Double Star by Robert Heinlein, and John the Balladeer by Manley Wade Wellman, and When t he English Fall by David Williams, and Bucky and the Lukefar Ladies by Shirley Gilmore.
What’s next for you as a writer?
Probably another novel but I don't want to just write anything. It has to be worth writing about.
What is your favorite book of all time?
Probably Peter Rabbit, because it ends with the most comforting line in literature. "But Flopsy, Mopsy and Cotton-Tail had bread and milk and blackberries for supper."