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Why are you so passionate
think it's something God put in me from birth. I've always loved
animals, and had a gift for understanding them. Then in 2009
after losing Sneezer (my eighteen-year-old tabby with an attitude), I
felt like it was time to study what the Bible had to say about
animals. That's when I wrote "Pawprints On Our
Hearts." I learned so much about what God has to say about
animals, that I knew it had to be a book to get this important message
out. Also, writing that book made me realize that caring for my
furkids is one of the most important callings in my life, which gave
me a new perspective on being their mama. Shortly after, I
also wrote, "Lessons
From The Heart: What Animals Have Taught Me About Life And Love"
after spending some time with Vincent on a lovely fall day in our
backyard. He was so grateful I took a little time to wander
outside with him (he once was an outdoor cat, but I made him stay
inside when I adopted him), that I realized he was teaching me to
be appreciative. When I thought about it, I realized my
other furkids have taught me plenty, too, and decided to write
What made you decide to be a
loved to write my entire life. I always tinkered with it.
I had a small ministry for people with depressive disorders at one
point, and I wrote the bi-monthly newsletter. I realized the
short, encouraging articles I included were my favorite part of the
entire ministry. People also commented how much they liked
day while I was gardening, I was praying. I'd worked hard that
day- cleaned the house and done laundry, then the gardening, and was
tired. I was looking forward to the next day when I didn't have
to work so hard, and could focus on what I was writing at the
time. I told God that I couldn't wait until the next day when I
could "goof off and write." (I thought of writing as a
reward for my hard work.) It was one of the few times I've heard
the audible voice of God- He said clearly to me, "Writing isn't
your reward, it's your purpose." That completely changed my
perspective on writing.
is the difference between a self-publisher (aka "vanity
publisher") like you use, and a traditional publisher?
traditional publisher is what most authors use. They take care
of promoting, editing, designing your book covers and publishing your
work. In return, you have deadlines and contracts. Whereas
a self publisher, you are in charge of promoting, editing, designing
your cover and formatting your book for publishing. Whatever you
send them, they publish. You don't have a contract or deadlines,
though. It's the harder way to go for an author, but in my
heart, I believe it is the way God wants me to go about this.
Why do you prefer a self
much as I love to write, I'm not like some authors who live to write
every day. I remember reading once that my favorite author,
Stephen King, writes 2,000 words every day of his life. Well
that's not me! I do love to write, but sometimes I can go for
days or weeks without writing. Then when I do write, sometimes I
write only 500 words a day, other times several thousand. It
depends on my mood and inspiration. I do use his writing
as a guideline, and when I am working on a book, I try to do a minimum of 2,000 words. I think my method of writing
is too unpredictable to use a traditional publisher. I also do
not do well with writing under stress, such as a deadline. Due
to my mental health issues, I don't do stress well at all. Plus, more
importantly, when I prayed about it, I felt this is how God wants me
I want to be a writer.
How do I know if I should self-publish or find a traditional publisher?
of all, pray. Ask God what path He would have you follow, and
listen for the answer. (Granted, He doesn't always speak in an
audible voice, but you will know His answer. For me, it's a
sense of knowing in my heart what is right for me.) Also, think
about how you write. Are you an avid writer, daily or almost
daily, or are you more laid back about how you write like me? Do
you work well with deadlines or not?
How do you know what to
get ideas in different ways. "Sins of the Father" came
from a nightmare I had one night about my seventh grade science
teacher and his wife. (I have no idea why it was him or why I
made him into a serial killer in my dream! He was actually very nice
man!). The experiences of the wife in that book mirrored my own
battle with unforgiveness at the time, too. "Lessons
From The Heart: What Animals Have Taught Me About Life And Love"
came from spending time with my precious cat, Vincent,
in the backyard, and thinking about the things he and my other furkids
have taught me about life and love. "The Christian Woman's
Guide To Killing Her Husband" was inspired by my own and
my friends' problems with our in-laws. Inspiration is all around
when you have a creative and slightly twisted mind like mine.
did you include information for grown daughters with problem mothers
in this site?
grew up with a very difficult, abusive mother. (She shows traits
of narcissism.) As an adult, I still have issues with her
sometimes.. when she isn't giving me the silent treatment, that is, as
well as mental health problems that stem from my upbringing. Some of my story is on this
link: My Story
I also wrote "Emerging
From The Chrysalis" about my life's experiences. I've learned many ways to cope and heal. Since there
are so many other women out there with similar situations, I thought I
should pass along what I have learned in the hopes of helping
them. This site is a way to reach people everywhere around the
world with that help.
did you include information on mental health on your website?
Are you a therapist or doctor?
I'm not. What I am is someone who has battled various forms
of mental illness. I also have experienced gaslighting at the
hands of others, which has given me many mental health
issues. I went through anorexia and bulimia as a child, low
self-esteem, depression to the point of being suicidal, anxiety
and a constant fear I was insane all before junior high
school. As an adult, I have experienced several nervous
breakdowns, depression and anxiety (although not nearly as
severe as it was when I was a child), Complex
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, low self-esteem, and what I
would call "Doormat Syndrome" where I allowed people to
use and abuse me. I know God did not allow these things to
happen to me for no reason. I believe my experiences can
help people, and many of my fans have emailed me to tell me that
they have been helped by something I have written.
don't you discuss politics or other controversial topics much?
one thing, I have never been overly interested in politics.
I believe everyone has certain causes they want to support, but
politics just isn't one of mine. I don't look down on anyone who
votes or is into politics at all- I think that is great, but it's
just not my cup of tea. Suffice it to say that the few
opinions on political topics I have are very conservative,
although I realize that is not a popular position to these days.
As for other controversial topics, I try to live at peace with my
fellow man as much as possible. While I'm ok with agreeing
to disagree, not everyone is, and I'd rather not be drawn into any
debates or arguments. I find it easier just to avoid
discussing more controversial topics with people I'm not close to.
Do you have a question? Feel free to email
me, and I'll answer you as promptly as possible. Also, your question
may end up on this FAQ page.