What have been the benefits to you in having relationships with reading groups?
I love getting to talk to readers. The book clubs I’ve connected with have been a lot of fun to interact with.
Where would you like to see your relationship with reading groups grow? How do you think your goals can be met?
I would love to interact with more book clubs. I enjoy having phone calls with them if they’re reading one of my books. If I can, being there in person is a blast, too.
Do you have a set size a reading group has to be before you'll talk to them on the phone or in person? What do you feel most comfortable doing?
Not really. If it’s on the phone, I’m willing to do it for as few as five people. I always learn something as I listen to readers interact with my stories and characters. Writing is so solitary, so I really enjoy the interaction.
Which type of book club meeting do you prefer? Why?
If it’s close enough, I don’t mind driving. I’m an extrovert, so really don’t have a preference.
Have you been surprised by readers’ reactions to one of your books? Characters? If so, which ones?
I’ve been delighted by how taken readers have been with Stars in the Night. Because it’s set primarily in 1942
Has your book club experience - getting feed back from reading groups - helped you in writing future books? If so, how has it helped you?
What was your most memorable reading group experience? What made it so fun?
It was a lot of fun connecting with readers in
I know that you are a lawyer by trade. As I read about the courtroom scenes and how your main characters were preparing for their cases I couldn't help but wonder how much of your experiences are included in your books? Are there certain areas of your job you can't talk about in novels? Do Tell!
Nora, that’s a great question. In Cherry Blossom Capers, Daniel and Ciara are both attorneys in Old Town Alexandria, VA. I spent my first eight years out of undergrad in that area. Ciara actually lived in my old townhouse :-) I didn’t practice law in
Why write Christian Fiction? What is the draw for you?
I want to write stories that resonate with hope. Life can be pretty awful some days. But through it all, God is with us. He never leaves us nor forsakes us, and even when He doesn’t smooth the road, He’s there. That’s the message that I hope readers take from my books.
What do you hope readers take away from your new book?
I hope they get a sense that we can build community, no matter how big the city or busy your life. I also hope they leave the book with an “ahhh, what a satisfying romantic mystery.” They’ll get touches of what I love, too: Classic movies,
Can you give us a peek at what you are working on now? When will it be out?
I’m working on marketing for my books that release in April (A Wedding Transpires on Mackinac Island — a full-length romantic mystery from Barbour set on that beautiful
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