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When I was a kid I never thought I'd grow up to kill people for a living. Neither did my lovely mother, who often wondered where she went wrong.

Fortunately for my victims, the killing is only in my books. 

I’m best known for my trademarked Seatbelt Suspense®. These novels come with a four-point brand promise: fast-paced, character-driven suspense with myriad twists and an interwoven thread of faith. My contemporary novels delve into deep issues, some with humor. Now and then I venture from behind my computer and teach fiction at writers’ conferences. I’m also an inspirational keynote speaker. 

I love to interact with readers. The best place to find me on a daily basis is at my Facebook page , where I post Today's Word, crazy "Creative Captioneer" pictures, book sale news (mine and other authors'), topics of interest, and who knows what else.

If You Must Know More

I was born in India (the daughter of missionary parents) and grew up in Kentucky. Which could make for a rather unique accent. However I moved to California when I was 22 and promptly dropped whatever strange way I'd had of speaking. Except I still say "y'all." And if I get around Southerners too long … ooh boy. My husband and I now live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. I have a killer view from my office, as you can see from the photo.

I’ve written over 30 books. Most of these are Seatbelt Suspense® novels. Others are in the contemporary genre. I’ve also written a how-to book for fictionGetting Into Character: Seven Secrets a Novelist Can Learn From Actors. It’s quite different in its approach, taking seven concepts from method acting and tweaking them for the novelist’s use. I teach these concepts at writers’ conferences, and many novelists have found them very helpful.

Here are some awards my novels have won: ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) Carol Award, three times; Inspirational Readers' Choice; Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice; the Inspy; and Christian Retailers’ Best Award (twice). I’ve finaled in a bunch of others, but remembering them is beyond me.

I love nature—I see God in it. Love music, especially classic rock and gospel. (In Heaven I shall go from concert to concert.) I've seen some amazing blessings from God, including a miraculous healing (you can read the account on this site). 

As for the personal stuff, I’m married to the best man on earth (not bragging or anything, just fact), and have three grown children. We have no pets, but do see lots of deer and turkeys on our Pacific Northwest property, as well as the occasional moose, elk, and (rare) bear. And I make a dynamite latte.

I’m an introvert, but when I’m out in public you’d never know it. In fact I’m very at home on a stage, teaching or speaking.

Want to make me really happy? Buy one of my books. And love it. Then buy another...