Author Tag

You may or may not have noticed, but it’s been a while since I have posted here. I have taken a step back from social media in an attempt to evaluate whether I have something to offer that is worth the time and effort it will take to do it well. Still considering that, but in the meantime I have been inspired to post again after being tagged by Jayne Self at and asked to answer a few questions about my current work in progress. So here goes:

Fiction writers sharing what they’re working on now.

What is the working title of your book? 


Where did the idea come from for the book?

I always dreaded this question until I read Stephen King’s On Writing. In it he talks about how he loves hanging out with other writers because they never ask each other this question since they all know no one knows. Whew. Thought it was just me. I really do believe my stories come from God, though, the source of all creativity, which is why I find writing such a deeply spiritual experience.

What genre does your book fall under?

Romantic Suspense 

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

This took a few hours of surfing the net, but I did come up with a couple that fit the mental pictures I have of my main characters pretty closely. For Detective Daniel Grey: Brandon Beemer

and for Nicole Hunter: Keri Russell

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? 

Children are disappearing in the night, and the closer Nicole Hunter and Detective Daniel Grey come to finding the abductor, the closer they come to having everything – and everyone – closest to them snatched away too.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

I am hoping to find an agent or publisher willing to take it on, although I had a great experience publishing my first novel, The Watcher, with Word Alive Press.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

I wrote 2/3rds of the novel during NaNoWriMo 2009, which was a great way to jump-start the process. The rest probably took a few more weeks to write followed by 3 years (so far) of editing, revising, overhauling, polishing, more editing, more revising etc.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

Fatal Judgment by Irene Hannon, books by Dee Henderson, Kathy Herman, Kristen Heitzmann

Who or What inspired you to write this book? 

I think what inspired me to tackle this potentially controversial topic (a Christian main character engaged in vigilante justice) is the desire to create discussion or get people thinking about what it is they believe and why they believe it, and to ask themselves what they would be capable of doing (and sincerely believe would be right, even if outside of the law) under the right circumstances.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

The controversy. One agent said to me, “do you really want to open up that box?” After thinking about it for about five seconds I thought, yes, absolutely. If a writer isn’t willing to stir up discussion surrounding topics often left untouched (specifically in the Christian market), then who will?

So who is next in this game, you ask? Visit these amazing authors and discover what they’re up to.

Still working on a list, check back soon.

Press on, my friends. Press on,



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1 Response to Author Tag

  1. Tonya Lunau Smith says:

    Please…keep opening the boxes!

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