I grew up on the exotic Florida panhandle, swimming with alligators, climbing live oaks and diving for scallops…when I could pull myself away from a book. Then, I wanted to write because I loved to read.
Years later, I write for another reason too. As a Christian minister and student of religion, I’ve learned stories are the best way to explore human truths. Whatever we can say about our slippery selves or the mysterious God is best said in narrative form. And the good news is, stories make those truths fun to swallow.
Some people think it’s strange for a minister to write romance, but it’s perfectly natural to me. The human desire for love is the heart of every romance novel and God made us with that desire. Sex isn’t a sin, but it’s often an imperfect expression of love. In the relationships of my characters, I like to explore those imperfections as fumbling steps towards the love God made us for.
My favorite books are ones that examine origins, like Neal Stephenson’s Baroque Cycle, Anita Diamant’s The Red Tent, or Salmon Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses. And I love the way the paranormal genre lets me explore archetypes; for example, writing about vampires is a chance to dig into the mythology and biology of blood. These interests come out in my playful approach to history and science. My readers tell me they love this playfulness, as well as the variety of characters that come together to make a rich story.
Once upon a time, I wrote a terrible short story about the eerie fog in San Francisco; it was beyond redemption. But I still love to watch the fog roll into the city I now call home, where I live with my husband and two children.