Tell us a bit about yourself. I live in a small village in Michigan five miles from the farm where I grew up. I’m a mom to three adult children. I have a spoiled Lab and several rescued cats. I enjoy finding new authors and promoting Christian fiction. When I complete a writing deadline, I reward myself with Mackinac Island fudge-flavored coffee.
What is your book about? With her husband’s ultimate betrayal, and the finalization of her divorce, Jessica Palmer’s dreams for her life go up in flames, leaving her devastated and lost. Now, she’s leaving Chicago and moving back into her parents’ house in an effort to rebuild her life. Longtime neighbor and friend, Liam Engstrom, is the only reason she hasn’t completely fallen apart, but the closer they get, the more she realizes the depth of his feelings.
Liam has loved Jessica since they were teens, but she never noticed him as more than a friend. Now that she’s single, he’s determined to show her how much he cares and that not all men are like her ex-husband—if she’ll let him.
Jessica is reluctant to trust again after what her husband did to her, and Liam refuses to be the rebound guy, but their attraction is hard to deny. So, together, with a little help from God, they decide to give love a chance. But between Liam’s recent inheritance and an unwanted public billionaire status that has people lining up with their hands out, and Jessica’s ex-husband monitoring her every move, their relationship is off to a rocky start. And when tragedy strikes, Liam pushes everyone away—including Jessica. Can they both learn to forgive and grow, or are they doomed to be alone?
Why did you write it? I originally wrote this story in 1994 late at night while my infant and toddler were asleep, but I really didn’t do much with it once it was finished. I got busy with life, raising my kids, working, etc., and the story essentially fell by the wayside. I began reading and loving billionaire books and decided that I would try my hand at one. So I dug this story out, dusted it off, revised it heavily to make Liam a billionaire (and to bring it up to date) and eventually sent it to Anaiah…
If you had a pet unicorn, what color would it be and what would you name it?
A silvery-blue, and I would name it Silver. Not very original, I know, but it would be very pretty in the moonlight.
Do you need background noise when you write? I like to listen to music while I write. I have playlists set up with songs that match the mood of each story. For the Reluctant Billionaire it was love ballads from the 1980’s.
What's your writing process like? I have to be in a certain mood to write. I like to start in the early morning hours (What most people would call the middle of the night). I write until I can't concentrate on the story anymore or until my fingers get stiff from typing. Once I stop, I'm done for the day.
Bible verse: Psalm 40:1-2: "I waited patiently for the Lord; He turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the pit, out of the mud and mire; He set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand."
Book: An Untamed Land by Lauraine Snelling.
Cartoon: Not exactly a cartoon, but I love the Family Circle comic strip.
Cereal: Honey Bunches o’ Oats.
Movie: The Pursuit of Happyness with Will Smith. I cry my way through it every time I watch it.
Song: Go Light Your World by Kathy Troccoli
Where can we find you online?
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