August is winding down. I can't believe we only have a little over a week left in this month. Crazy. There's still time to kick back and read a good book. Today I'd like to introduce you to a new-to-me author. :)
Welcome Carrie! How did you develop a love of story?
My family were story tellers and book readers. For birthday parties when I was a child, my grandmother would read to us. In elementary school, our teacher would read after lunch. Stories, reading, books were all central to my life. I read every L. Frank Baum book in the library along with Albert Payson Terhune’s collie stories.
I always loved getting books as presents. :) Still do. What is your 'how I got published' story?
I’d written and illustrated five drawing and watercolor books along with class textbooks and other non-fiction works. I didn’t think I was creative enough or imaginative enough to write fiction. Christmas 2003 was fast approaching and I had nothing to give my dear friend—so I decided to write a short story with the two of us going on an adventure. She started reading it in bed and laughing, then reading excerpts to her husband. He decided I had potential as a fiction writer and offered to mentor me. His name? Frank Peretti. It took eight years, 84 books on writing, ten writing conferences, and numerous on-line classes before I was ready to be published. I sold my debut book on a three book deal at auction to Thomas Nelson.
Wow! How exciting to have Frank Peretti as a mentor. I love his stories. Who are some of your favorite authors?
OF COURSE Frank Peretti. I’ve gotten to know some terrific authors since joining their ranks and I love their writing: Colleen Coble, Lynette Eason, Robin Caroll, Ronie Kendig, Cara Putman, to name a few. I love Dick Francis and Jonathan Kellerman. So many books, so little time!
Those are definitely some great authors. I so enjoyed meeting Frank Peretti a few years ago at the ACFW conference. Tell us about your new book.
Portrait of Vengeance.
Gwen Marcey has done a good job keeping the pain of her past boxed up. But as she investigates the case of a missing child in Lapwai, Idaho, details keep surfacing that are eerily similar to her childhood traumas. She doesn’t believe in coincidences. So what’s going on here?
No one knows more about the impact of the past than the Nez Perce people of Lapwai. Gwen finds herself an unwelcome visitor to some, making her investigation even more difficult. The questions keep piling up, but answers are slow in coming—and the clock is ticking for a missing little girl. Meanwhile, Gwen’s ex-husband is threatening to take sole custody of their daughter.
As Gwen’s past and present collide, she’s in a desperate race for the truth. Because only truth will ensure she still has a future.
You have me intrigued, so much so that I put your first book on hold at my local library. :) Do you listen to music or snack while writing?
I have three house dogs that pester me for attention—and they’re big enough to be noticed—two Great Pyrenees and a bull terrier. I don’t listen to anything—that distracts me. I drink coffee and ice tea by the gallon, occasionally snacking on an energy bar. Any food I eat is potential chow for the dogs, so snacking is limited…..
Chuckle. :) What is your most difficult writing challenge?
Writing. Sitting in a chair and writing….
I can relate. What are you working on now?
A stand-alone about an artist in Kodiak, Alaska.
You've got my attention with that answer. I love books that are set in Alaska.
It's been such a pleasure getting to know you, Carrie. I pray the Lord blesses your writing endeavors.