- How did you hear about Anaiah Press?
A friend and fellow author encountered Anaiah Press first. She recommended I send Anaiah a manuscript on one of the books I’d written for consideration. Long story short, Anaiah published A Powerful Voice, which happened to be the second book of a series. They have since published A Furrow So Deep, the first book of that series.
- What does your writing process look like?
I wish I had a process, LOL. I think I would be more productive if I had a routine. Right now, I have to work around other responsibilities.
- What writing advice do you have for other aspiring authors?
Don’t give up, and don’t take things personally. Critics can be brutal, but you can learn from them. The tricky part is being able to sift through what might be a valuable lesson from what’s just a personal opinion.
- What’s more important: characters or plot?
We live in a fast paced society with lots of interesting activities that compete for a person’s time, which is why I feel characters are more important. You can have a great plot, but if the characters are unrealistic or unrelatable, a reader won’t connect with them. Then they’ll be less likely to finish a story much less recommend it to another person.
- Is anything in your book based on real life experiences?
The setting is West Palm Beach. Having lived in Miami for a while, I visited the various cities, and beaches in the vicinity, which included West Palm Beach. Used to cooler weather during the Christmas season, it was a unique experience to spend Christmas day at the beach, which I did. I guess I wanted to show that though the holidays may look different according to where you live, and the activities may vary, spending time with loved ones, and the spirit of goodwill and hope remains the same.
- Is there anything you’d like to say to your readers?
My hope is that each person who reads My Christmas Hope will get a shot of the same for all the possibilities that might be just next door.
- Where can readers find you online?
Penelope grew up in Tennessee, but has since lived in other states and a few countries outside the United States. She holds a BS in Business/Political Science and a MS in Multinational Commerce from Boston University.
An avid reader of fiction and perpetual student of Biblical truth, she is pursing the life of a writer. She believes her roots, faith, and her experience with other places and cultures, all meld into the voice that splashes onto the pages of her novels.