For Readers

Reader Contest:

To celebrate the launch of my new site, I’m holding a giveaway!   The drawing will be held on Friday, August 19th, and the winner will receive a gift bag containing:

  • An autographed copy of Painted Desert and Inspiring Thoughts for Gardeners
  • Beautiful, hand-crafted jewelry
  • A hand-crocheted clutch purse
  • Miscellaneous goodies

To enter, simply send me a note and tell me what Southwestern location you’ve always wanted to visit, and why.  You can post your note via my Contact page, on my Facebook wall, or via Twitter.    I can’t wait to hear from you!



I love hearing from my readers. As I hear from you, I will add answers to questions that are frequently asked. The most common question is answered below.


Where do you get your ideas?

I am constantly bombarded with ideas for stories. I reject concepts daily because some are not in depth enough to develop into a whole novel, although they may intrigue me at the time. If the notion is character related, I may use that trait to enhance a character I’m already working into a story.

I get ideas from conversations with people, or overheard bits of conversation. (I don’t really intend to eavesdrop.) Story premises can come from an incident that happens to me or someone I know, especially if that occurrence evokes a strong emotional response. I get many ideas when I’m listening to a sermon. Often, God will speak and I can see whole scenes unfold as if I’m watching them on a television or at a theater. (Yes, that means it’s hard to focus on the message, but with the age of technology, I can listen to the sermon again at a later time.)

Years ago, before I began to take my writing seriously, I thought everyone saw life in story form. I still recall my shock when I learned this isn’t true. That’s when God began to show me that He has given me this gift to reach others with the message of His grace and mercy. I am blessed to do this through the written word.

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