Is this book based on family history (if not, how did you come up with the idea)?
It is partly based on family history as Daddy moved his family around a lot as he looked for work during the depression and moved to Washington State for a better paying job. However, that was not the idea for the book. I wanted to write a book about life in those days of war and fear and suffering. I wanted to show the love of God and each other that people had in those days of doing without. I wanted to put it in the form of a laid-back novel that my children and grandchildren would enjoy reading while soaking up a little history.
Are you a “late-bloomer” to the writing world or have you always been creative with words? For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to make up stories. I have written poetry for years, but have never considered publishing any of it. I did write a memoir for my children and printed it out for them about six years ago. I won a contest once for writing a jingle for the company where I was working to celebrate their fiftieth year.
I took college courses in Computer Programming when we were using MS-DOS. I was thrilled when word processors became available and now write using my laptop computer.
How did you get the information for your book?
Some of it was from memory. I did a lot of research using the World Book Encyclopedia and the internet to get the history that I wanted to be exact.
Are you a voracious reader? Yes, I love to read and once I start a book, I want to finish it as quickly as possible.
Have you been inspired by reading other authors (any favorites)? Yes, I loved the Left Behind series by Tim Lahaye and was hooked on Jean M. Auel’s series of Clan of the Cave Bear.
Do you think that helped you as a writer? Maybe. I think I may have absorbed the general feel of the love that was written in other books. When I decided to write a book, I found that I knew nothing about writing a novel. That was five years ago. I joined a writing group, I subscribed to a writing magazine, and I bought a few books about how to write. Two of my favorites are: Scene & Structure by Jack Bickham, and Writing the Breakout Novel by Donald Maas. I studied those books and magazines and believed every word. I educated myself as best I could. It has helped.
How does your background color your writing? I have lived through a World War, and I remember how people helped each other during that time of having to do without. We did without books, but I loved stories, and made them up to tell my younger brothers. I worked as a bookkeeper/office manager for over twenty-five years in different places. That gave me insight into the different personalities of people.
Are you working on another project? Yes, I had started a couple of manuscripts, but when readers of “Remember Love” said they wanted a sequel, I started writing Facets of Love which continues Tiffany’s struggle to create a crisis center for battered women and children. I am hoping to finish it by December of 2010.
A synopsis of Remember Love:
Thirty-year-old April Chambers lives in Seattle, WA. Her husband, James, is a WWII flier and must keep his flights secret, even from April. A phone call from Dallas, TX informs them they’ve become instant parents–their teen-age niece, the only survivor of a tragic vehicle accident. In Texas to care for Tiffany, April commits a sin that threatens her marriage. As the war takes its toll and Americans pull together to end it, this family knits itself together with love, faith and hope.