Hi there! I am excited to be a part of the End of Summer Birthday Bash. How thrilling! I’m also excited to share with you about my September release, Sunken Treasure.
What is your novel, Sunken Treasure, about?
Shipwreck diver Gage Fontaine is used to modern-day pirates chasing after his boat and the buried treasure he salvages. But when he unknowingly leads a dangerous criminal to the waters off Stepping Stones Island, he puts a beautiful fisherwoman in grave danger. Rachelle Thibodaux has spent the past year hiding on her boat to avoid the town's censure for her father's crimes. But when she comes face-to-face with a gun-wielding pirate, she becomes a new kind of target. To save her own life, she'll have to work with Gage to find the treasure before the pirates do.
What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?
I can’t believe I am going to share this, but when I am doing my final read through, I read the book aloud…in a British accent. I am not British. I don’t know why I do this, it just comes out. The problem is in my current work-in-progress, my hero is Irish. I hear him yelling at me with his thick Irish brogue every time I read his lines. “That is not how I would say that!”
What do you do when you are not writing?
I homeschool my children and that takes up most of my day. My kids are also competitive swimmers, and I spend a lot of time in the stands cheering them on.
What are your favorite and least favorite genres to read and why?
I used to say I would only read a story that contained a romance in it, and to a point that is still true, although I have branched out to suspense and mysteries, but no horror. I have read some suspense stories that made me afraid to turn out the lights, but I continued on with them because of the romance thread. I like to be emotionally stirred, but not scarred.
Do you have a favorite Bible verse?
Many and many, but I will share the Bible verse God gave me for Sunken Treasure.
He reached down from heaven. He took hold of me.
He lifted me out of deep waters.
He saved me from my powerful enemies.
He set me free from those who were too strong for me.
They stood up to me when I was in trouble.
But the Lord helped me.
He brought me out into a wide and safe place.
He saved me because he delights in me.
I love that it says He saved me because he delights in me. There’s no great motivator to learn who this great rescuer is than that.
What is your favorite season and why?
Fall is my favorite season. My birthday is in October as well as my anniversary. My first child was born in November. Most things begin anew in the autumn, like school lessons. It feels more like a fresh start than New Year’s and spring to me.
Do you have any favorite summer memories?
We strive to give the children lots of fun experiences to remember for always, but I would say for me, the day we picked up our foster (soon-to-be adopted) child when she was five, and took her, along with my two other children, then four and five, to Tanglewood to picnic on the lawn and listen to the Boston Symphony practice for the evening concert. The weather was perfect, and it was a great start to our new family.
If you were hosting a dinner party and could invite any five people, who would you invite?
Well, in our home studies, we all just finished reading A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain and found it to be quite satirical, so I would say Samuel Clemens would have to be given an invite.
We love to laugh, and Comedian Brian Regan is a favorite of ours. The night would surely be one of fits and giggles with him at the table.
Graham Cooke is an English pastor, now living in California, who I have learned so much from. Perhaps it has something to do with his British accent, but I could sit and listen to all the wisdom he shares for hours…and have. He would be sure to enlighten many at the table.
Helen Keller has always been an inspiration to me. I love when people have the odds stacked against them and they overcome them, not with ease, but with determination. They also have wisdom to pass on and much to offer.
And last but not least, race car driver Danica Patrick. Here is another woman beating the odds stacked against her…and doing it just as well as the men. I also need to chew her ear for a bit because I just signed a contract with Harlequin that is centered around a speedway. Need lots of ideas for sabotage and mayhem.
Snowstorms or Thunderstorms? Snowstorms
Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate
Tea or Coffee? Tea
Cats or Dogs? Cats
Early-bird or Night-owl? Early-bird
Introvert or Extrovert? Introvert, but working on becoming an ambi-vert…thanks to Graham Cooke.
Facebook or Twitter? Facebook
Cake or Cupcakes? Cupcakes
Sneakers or Sandals? Vans and sandals
Thank you so much for being here, Katy!
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