author, God Whisperer
Give us a bit of your background (where are you from, your family, traveling adventures).
I am a Southern California girl. Once my family settled here, I dropped roots and planted myself. My sister, sister-in-law, two sons, and one niece were all born in the same hospital. I met my husband in elementary school, but I let him grow up a little before I married him.
While I love my town, I do enjoy getting away and seeing new places. I guess the adventure bug bit me when I was a little girl. My father traveled for business and sent beautiful postcards to his Love Bug (me) from all over the world. He told me such interesting tidbits about the places that I felt like I was there. He’d return home with a doll from Bulgaria, Denmark, or Germany. When I was old enough, and he could swing it, my dad took the family with him to England, Australia, Scotland, Poland, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan. Gosh, I was so spoiled.
Say your publisher has offered to fly you anywhere in the world to do research on an upcoming book, where would you most likely want to go?
Oooh, good question. I like to set my books in interesting places. So far my stories have taken place in Spain, China, Macau, Colombia, and the quaint made-up town of Solberg, California (a place suspiciously like my hometown).
Currently, I’m writing a book set in the Alaska. Wow, there are so many places I’d like to visit. It would be great if the company would fly me to Europe for research. I’m sure I could write an adventure that winds its way through France, Switzerland, Italy, Greece, Austria...Maybe on a train!
What is your favorite genre to write?
This is a really tough question because I have been known to genre-blend a little. Okay, a lot. It’s almost an illness. I write the way I cook. It drives my mother insane when I don’t follow a recipe. I start throwing in a spice here and there, a pinch of cinnamon, or a little fresh basil, hot peppers, a touch of zest...I can’t seem to help myself. My books always have a romantic suspense flavor, but some of them have a touch of historical, or dash of inspirational, and usually a heavy sprinkle of danger and action-adventure.
What is one silly fact about you?
My kids would say, “Just one?” My time is limited so I usually write or edit while I work out. Members of the YMCA are getting used to the crazy lady who edits her chapters while on the elliptical machine or who plots books during spin class.
Why do you choose to write clean/sweet romance? Do you write steamy romance as well?
I write love stories, some of them sweeter than others. I don’t see myself ever writing books steamier than an R rating and my wheelhouse is more along the PG-13 variety. I’m not making any statements about other books, or authors, just stating where I feel comfortable writing. Because there is a sweet little boy in GOD WHISPERER, it needed to be a clean, sweet romance.
What other things do you have planned with your writing for the next year or so?
My first book in the SEALs EXtreme Team series released in April and was included in the NY Times Bestselling SEALS of SUMMER Military super bundle. The second book and a short story came out shortly after that. Book 3 will release in November. There is talk of another SEAL super bundle on the horizon but I better keep my lips zipped on that for now. I love my SEALs books and will write more of them next year. I also am planning another series with a dash of inspiration.
What is the most rewarding thing about being a writer?
Touching readers and maybe, hopefully, making a difference in this world. Years ago, my mom was having a tough time because her mother was dying. Nana was old, sick, and down to her last weeks. It was so sad, but we all knew what was coming. My mom was distraught and couldn’t sleep. In the dark, quiet house, she tiptoed downstairs and curled up with one of my books. Even though she was feeling gutted when she started reading, she surprised herself by laughing out loud at one of my humorous section. I was honored to do that for her—take away her pain for a short time and lift her spirits.
How much of your personality and life experiences are in your writing?
Some of my humor sneaks into the pages and I use my past experiences in foreign countries when I write. GOD WHISPERER is a whole other ball of wax. It is humorous in spots, and full of danger in others, but it is also a deeply personal book inspired by my son. He was born with an incomplete, deaf ear. The surgeon at UCLA drilled a hole and created an eardrum from tissue behind my son’s ear. When my boy could hear out of both ears for the first time?
Holy moly, what a miracle! The feelings I experienced during this real-life adventure flowed right onto the page. The characters, the setting, the medical stuff are authentic but fictionalized.
Blurb for GOD WHISPERER:
A frightened mother on the run...
LONNIE HOGAN has lived and breathed fear for the eight years she and her son have been on the run. She cut ties with the past and is hiding out in a small offbeat Danish community in California. Will the killers find them? She’s ready to run again, or fight for her son’s precious life, but she won’t let anyone take David.
A desperate man searching for his family...
Few people on St. John, Virgin Islands, know their favorite doctor, MARK NORTON, is a desperate man searching for the life that was stolen from him. After hours, he surfs the internet for leads and retraces paths gone stone-cold to find his missing family. He’ll do anything to find them and get his son back.
Will sacrifice everything to protect the boy who hears God...
DAVID HOGAN is a regular kid, if you don’t count the one-ear thing. He didn’t mind being deaf in one ear, but it hurt his mom, way down deep, as if she caused it. Why won’t she see bad things can happen for good reasons? Like the ear surgery that allowed him to hear God. Talking to God is one of the greatest things to ever happen to him, even if Mom doesn’t believe it. But the killers can find them now. Can one little kid save them all?
If you could sum your main character into five words, what would they be?
Heroine: Frightened mother protecting her son.
Hero: Desperately searching for his family
Use no more than two sentences. Why should we read your book?
GOD WHISPERER is an uplifting story of heart-break, sacrifice, redemption, and undying love. It proves that anyone can change the world, including one little boy born with a deaf nub instead of an ear.