One of my favorite places to write is in my upstairs bedroom. There are a bunch of windows so the sun is always streaming in there, and with our home set within the woods of a Southern California mountain range, there are trees all around which makes it feel like being in a treehouse!
Go-to writing snack or drink:
My favorite go-to drink these days is usually Kombucha. There is a yummy apple flavor that I love, and sometimes I mix it with sparkling apple juice to make a cidery-bubbly drink that’s one of my new faves!
Something you must do or have to write:
Having music playing from my writing mix, and having my story Pinterest board open is typically a must for me. Both help set the mood and tone of the project I’m working on, and depending on what songs I select, or what images I choose to keep nearby, both really help to define the scene, and get the words flowing!
Hard copy, e-reader, audio book:
I adore having books in hand only because my eyes and fingers get tired with having to be on my cell phone (and sadly, I don’t have a Kindle!). So when it’s a paperback, I’m all set, and audiobooks are just as much of a favorite. I adore having a great book read by a talented narrator . . . it just seems to bring everything to life!
Favorite part of writing Daughters of Northern Shores:
My favorite part of writing this novel was getting to visit beloved characters again. To pick up where their lives left off in Sons of Blackbird Mountain, and to revisit that setting, and these vivid personalities again, was so incredibly special. It was just like coming home.
Hardest part of writing Daughters of Northern Shores:
The hardest part was definitely working on Haakon’s scenes when he is at sea. Writing about life aboard a tall ship in the 1800’s, and about the various tasks needed to be done, as well as describing the different ports was all a great challenge. A lot of this had to do with his voyage being on a timeline that I was trying to accurately portray within the novel. It had me checking winds, currents, and distances between various ports to make sure that he always got to the right place at the right time in an accurate and believable way within the story!
What is next?
Currently I have a few top-secret projects in the works, including fiction and non-fiction! As I type away on those—leaning in on God’s provision for the words and direction—I’m excited to see what might be coming next. All the books-in-progress are dear to my heart and I hope that for whichever one lands on the docket next, that it will be an encouragement to readers!
About the Story:
Aven Norgaard understands courage. Orphaned within an Irish workhouse, then widowed at just nineteen, she voyaged to America where she was wooed and wed by Thor Norgaard, a Deaf man in rural Appalachia. That the Lord saw her along the winding journey and that Aven now carries Thor’s child are blessings beyond measure. Yet while Thor holds her heart, it is his younger brother and rival who haunts her memories. Haakon—whose selfish choices shattered her trust in him.
Having fled the farm after trying to take Aven as his own, Haakon sails on the North Atlantic ice trade where his soul is plagued with regrets that distance cannot heal. Not even the beautiful Norwegian woman he’s pursued can ease the torment. When the winds bear him home after four years away, Haakon finds the family on the brink of tragedy. A decades-old feud with the neighboring farm has wrenched them into the fiercest confrontation on Blackbird Mountain since the Civil War. Haakon’s cunning and strength hold the power to seal many fates, including Thor’s which is already at stake through a grave illness brought to him as the first prick of warfare.
Now Haakon faces the hardest choice of his life. One that shapes a battlefield where pride must be broken enough to be restored, and where a prodigal son may finally know the healing peace of surrender and the boundless gift of forgiveness. And when it comes to the woman he left behind in Norway, he just might discover that while his heart belongs to a daughter of the north, she’s been awaiting him on shores more distant than the land he’s fighting for.