How do you keep your sanity in our run, run, run world?
When I am feeling completely overwhelmed I have two strategies that help me to feel grounded:
1) pour my heart out in my journal in the form of a letter to God and then end with a list of five things I am most grateful for. 2) I take my dogs to the off-leash dog trail, which is a one mile loop through beautiful woods.
How do you choose your characters’ names?
Generally, the name appears with the character in my mind. Then their personality becomes more developed as I write their story. However, in one story, I specifically chose the name of the character to serve a purpose (that novel is in the works).
If you were an animal, which one would you be, and why?
In the past three years, I’ve adopted three Newfoundland dogs, each weighing 180 lbs. They are completely spoiled, but I love them dearly. So, if I were an animal, I’d love to be a Newfoundland dog….in my house!
What is your favorite food?
Anything chocolate. I recently made a chocolate cheesecake for the first time and it was so incredibly delicious that it’s my new favorite thing. It was as decadent as a chocolate mousse, only denser. This may be why I haven’t had much luck losing the same ten pounds I’ve been working on for the past year!
What is the problem with writing that was your greatest roadblock, and how did you overcome it?
Plotting. I’m always wrestling with the desire to write an outline before I start writing the first draft, so that I have a roadmap to follow as I write. However, I also enjoy the ‘what will happen next’ of writing without one. I haven’t figured out how to overcome this. The best solution is probably to try outlining with my next novel and see how it feels.
How did you – a Wall Street financial wizard – start writing novels?
HA! One evening as I was walking home from my job, I looked up at the high rises surrounding me and had an epiphany: I wanted a career that would allow me to leave a legacy that was my own. Since I have always loved books, writing became a natural pursuit. The other day I saw on Link’d, the wonderful accomplishments of some of my cohorts from our MBA program and it gave me pause. I actually stopped and considered whether I had made the right decision to pursue writing in lieu of returning to the corporate world. Then I imagined myself once again in that setting versus my life now, and I realized that I wouldn’t trade my sense of contentment for any title. I can honestly say that after a lifetime of searching, I have truly found my calling. And as they say, that is priceless.
When you feel as if you’ve been abandoned in God’s Waiting Room, this 31-day devotional will provide comfort. Each day features Bible verses for meditation and a short essay for your personal reflection and prayer.
If you’ve ever cried out in desperation, “Help me, Jesus!” You will find comfort in this 31-day devotional for women as we walk together through God’s Word. By the end of our month together, you’ll find Jesus calling you into a relationship that will be a lifelong source of comfort and strength.
Waiting is often when God draws us closest to Him, to receive the gift of His companionship. Instead of waiting on God to fix your life, you’ll find that you are working with God to create the life He’s planned for you all along.
God is with you. God loves you. God will never abandon you.
Though the Lord gave you adversity for food and suffering for drink,
He will still be with you to teach you. You will see your teacher with
your own eyes. Your own ears will hear him.
Right behind you a voice will say, “This is the way you should go,”
whether to the right or to the left. ~ Isaiah 30:20 -22
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