- Tell us a bit about yourself. Include a couple of facts that not a lot of people know about you.
I am a stay-at-home mom of three kids ages four, two, and eight months. My husband, Michael, and I live outside of Nashville, Tennessee while he finishes his doctorate at Vanderbilt University. He will defend his dissertation this summer and then we’ll embark on the next big adventure!
Michael and I love to watch movies and have seen every Oscar Best Picture winner. The films from the 1930’s were especially difficult to find! We had a race to see who could finish first, and I lost by half of Ben-Hur (an excellent, but very long movie).
We also love to travel and try to go on a trip every year for our anniversary. The kids and I try to tag along whenever Michael attends conferences. Most recently, we went to Orlando and Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. I think the love of travel comes from having lots of missionaries, preachers, and servicemen in the family.
- Tell us a bit about the book that will be published by Anaiah Press.
The last place Madeleine Mullins wants to be is back in Shady Springs, Arkansas—the town where her whole world fell apart. But when her beloved Aunt Clara begs her for help, Madeleine reluctantly takes a job painting a mural at her aunt’s church. Her plan is to finish quickly and leave her bad memories behind. But the more time she spends with the handsome youth minister and the more she reads her Bible, the more she wonders if she has been wrong about God and the Church all along.
- When and why did you start writing?
I have been imagining stories as far back as I can remember. I’ve always wanted to write books but needed a nudge to actually make myself do it. A few years ago, I met my good author friend, Amy R. Anguish, who encouraged me to get to work writing. She’s a great accountability partner and always willing to read my stuff. Thanks, Amy!
- Is this your first book? How many have you written? How many have you published?
This is my first novel (of many, I hope). I have written a few children’s books but never published any.
- Tell us a bit about your journey to publication.
I spent a long time writing and editing this book before submitting it to a couple contests. When I heard about the #FaithPitch Twitter event, I decided to go for it. Kara Leigh Miller favorited my pitch, I sent her an email, and now she’s my editor!
- What are some of your favorite books / authors?
My very favorite book is A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle. I also love C. S. Lewis, Jane Austen, Francine Rivers, Dee Henderson, and so many others.
- What are some of your favorite movies / TV shows?
My favorite movie is Little Women (the 1994 version). Every time I watch it, I laugh and cry and fall in love with the characters all over again. I adore the book as well, of course!
I watch way too much television. Some of my favorite shows are Sherlock, Call the Midwife, Fresh off the Boat, and The Blacklist.
- Where do you find inspiration for your books?
This particular book was inspired by my sister. She is a gifted artist. During a time when she was struggling with her faith, the idea of someone being converted through the creation of a painting came to me. My sister came back to Jesus without my intervention but the idea and the character stuck with me until I finally wrote it down. The setting was inspired by my small hometown in Northwest Arkansas.
- Describe your perfect day of relaxation.
There was a moment recently when my two daughters were working on a puzzle together and my son was playing with blocks. For just a few minutes everyone was happy, and I got to sit back and enjoy myself. My perfect day would be full of moments like that. I never get a whole day to relax with three small kids, but I’m trying to cherish the time I have with my family and soak in the little snippets of peace I get here and there.