It really was! At least from my end. I’d sent a copy of the manuscript to World Wide Pictures and kind of forgot about it. A year after the book came out, I got a call from my editor that A Vow to Cherish was one of ten projects the film company was considering. A week later, I learned they’d chosen mine, and within months, the movie was in production! Ken and I got to go to Hollywood to the movie premiere in 1998—quite a highlight for this Kansas farm girl!
I’ve since sold movie options for two other novels and those processes were a little longer in the making, and as yet, no movies have resulted. Of course, Covid didn’t help matter. But we just renewed the options, so that’s a hopeful sign!
What inspired you to write that first book? What keeps you inspired after writing over three dozen books?
I was privileged to stay home with our kids for most of their childhoods, but I knew when it was time for our oldest to go to college, I’d need to go back to work to help pay tuition. What I didn’t know was that when that time came we’d have a 3-year-old “oops baby” who I desperately wanted to stay home with.
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
My hardest is writing the first draft. The blank page is so intimidating to me! I write from the seat of my pants (outlining takes all the fun out of it!) but that does mean that sometimes I really struggle with knowing what should happen next in my plot.
What does your editor remind you to do most often?
To trust myself. And to trust my readers. Too often, I overwrite because I’m afraid my reader won’t get what I’m trying to say. So my editors often write in the margins, “Trust your readers to get it!"
What’s the best encouragement you’ve had in your writing?
My husband is my biggest encourager and has so much confidence in my writing. Even though I’ve given him “permission” to stop reading my books at any time, he has still read every one (he’s currently reading my newest, Bridges) and always finds something to compliment about my writing. Ken’s comments mean all the more knowing that he deeply values honesty and never gives an insincere compliment.
frustrated you the most in writing/publishing?
What is the best writing advice you’ve received or could give?
Write what you know. I used to think that meant not stretching myself, researching new ideas, or writing outside of my comfort zone. It doesn’t mean that at all, but merely that my writing will be most natural and realistic when I am writing about settings that I know intimately and people who think a lot like I do.
Are there any other points about writing you would like to add?
I don’t think I would have stuck with writing this long if not for the wonderful writer friends I’ve made over the years. I’m an extrovert, so it would be torture if the whole of my job was sitting at a desk by myself typing! But I’ve been blessed to be part of several wonderful writers groups, both in-person and online, and that has made all the difference.
Breath of Heaven is the third book in the Camfield Legacy series, following Beneath a Southern Sky (RITA® Award winner) and After the Rains.
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