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Barbour Publishing, Inc (January 2009)
Thank you, Margie, for hosting me and my new release, The Red Siren, on your blog! Here’s a few facts about me that may help your readers get to know me a bit better:
I’d rather sit on a warm tropical beach and watch the waves lap over the shore than do about anything else in the world.
My husband and I have 6 kids and 4 cats.
I grew up without a father.
I’d rather eat buttered popcorn than any other snack.
I received my first contract on the very first book I wrote.
I’ve only been writing seriously for five years.
My husband and I were both unbelievers when we got married.
My husband had a road to Damascus salvation experience that knocked him into the Kingdom.
The idea for The Red Siren came to me while I was walking on a hill behind my house. (A place I often go when I need to pray or think). I’d been doing some research on female pirates. (Yes, female pirates existed.) In fact, there were many of them throughout history. I wanted to write a story about a lady pirate, but I wanted to center it around a spiritual theme. As I was walking and talking this over with God, he clearly brought the parable of the sower to the forefront of my thoughts. In case you aren’t familiar with the parable, it’s the story of the sower who scatters seed over four types of ground: the wayside, the rocky soil, the thorny soil, and the good soil. The seed represents Gods Word, and the soil represents different types of people who hear the word. The seed on the wayside is quickly snatched away by Satan. The seed on the rocky soil has no depth, no roots and the person quickly falls away from God when tribulations come. The seed on the thorny ground begins to grow, but the cares and pleasures of this world make it unfruitful, and the seed on the good soil, sprouts, grows, and produces a good crop. So I decided to use the last three seeds in the parable as themes for the three books in my Charles Towne Belles Trilogy.
Faith Westcott, the heroine in The Red Siren, represents the 2nd seed that falls on the rocky soil. She grew up as a believer, but her faith was shallow and when a series of tragedies struck, she walked away from God and decided to take things into her own hands. To rescue her and her sisters from forced marriages, she decides she must acquire enough wealth so they can live independently and choose their own husbands. Back in 1718, women didn’t have many options to acquire wealth outside of marriage. At least not the kind of wealth she needed. So, what does this stubborn, independent, courageous woman do? She becomes a secret pirate by night. Of course she does, wouldn’t you? LOL. Well, perhaps not all of us would be so daring. But her plans come to a screeching halt when she encounters Captain Dajon Waite, a British Naval officer sent to Charles Towne to quell the recent surge in piracy.
Book 2, The Blue Enchantress (August 2009), is about the seed that falls on the thorny soil and is the story of Hope Westcott who is lured away from God by her desperate need for male attention and love. And book 3, The Raven Saint (January2010), is about the third sister, Grace Westcott, a woman desperate to spread the good news of the gospel, but who finds herself kidnapped by a mercenary determined to sell her to a Spanish Don.
I love to center all my novels around strong spiritual themes. It is my hope that people who read them are not only entertained but that they are drawn closer to God in the process. God Bless you and have a wonderful day!