Nancy, welcome to Behind Every Story. Please tell the readers a little about yourself.
I’m a wife of 41 years, mother of five grown sons, and grandmother to a boy and girl. Ever since I learned to write, I’d jot down thoughts and impressions. Once I decided to try writing novels, I realized I love to write character-driven stories about relationships of love and faith, since I think those are the most important relationships we have. My debut novel, The Right Ingredients, is a multi-layered contemporary romance.
Where do you get your ideas?
I’ve always been curious about people and their lives, so I draw from a wide range of people I’ve known in real life and all the anecdotes and experiences I’ve had or have heard about.
Here’s a description: Ann’s hectic work responsibilities demand all her time and effort, and what was once a useful, satisfactory life has become a burden. Her bakery partner Susan has lost none of her enthusiasm for their business, and Ann can’t understand her exuberance, or her friend’s Christian faith. So she trudges along, hiding her dissatisfaction from Susan, resigned to a life of work, sleep and problems.
Unexpected comments offered by two different people cause a crack in Ann’s armor and her thoughts careen into unexpected directions. Attention from a young widower with a son challenges Ann’s resolve to stay safe and uninvolved. Susan’s example of faith through trial furthers Ann’s curiosity about God. Ann must choose to step toward the unfamiliar freedom of giving and receiving love, or stay in the shadows, stuck in the grip of past hurt and long-standing barriers.
Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?
Growing up, the Little House Books made a huge impression, and as an adult, The Grapes of Wrath and the Bible influenced me a lot.
Is there anything in your novel based on real life experience?
Yes! I worked in a busy donut shop with my husband and in-laws for a few years, and boy, was it physically demanding. So, I used that experience to frame some of Ann’s reality.
Nancy I’ll bet it was a challenge, but it sounds like a yummy job. :) What project are you working on now?
Right now I’m working on edits for two books coming out this year! I’m also writing two more romances, one contemporary, one historical.
Where can readers connect with you online?
The Diamond Mine group blog
Amazon Author Page
Also, you can get all the information about The Right Ingredients, including purchase links, reviews and endorsements on this page: All the information on The Right Ingredients!
Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers and fans?
I think that through stories, we can illustrate not only our common concerns as human beings, but explore our built-in need to connect with each other, with God, and with His creation. I try to explore the fascinating worlds of love and faith in my books and characters. It’s an amazing journey, and I learn new things as I write. God bless you all!
Thanks Nancy for sharing a bit about yourself, and The Right Ingredients. I agree with you about the need to connect. Books are important and they keep us sensitive to each other. By doing that, we are living a life that the helps glorify God.