My publisher put out a call for novellas set on the original path of U.S. Route 66, a two-lane highway that ran from Chicago to the California west coast. I write sweet Southern historical fiction. So, I wrote about three girlfriends in their twenties who live in Alabama and decide to make a road trip to California on Route 66.
2. Have you ever traveled Route 66? And if so, what’s your favorite memory?
Yes, I traveled Route 66 in its heyday. So many memories were made on that road trip. Perhaps the strongest memory was staying overnight in Needles, California. When we parked the car near our motel room, I remember opening the car door and having the most suffocating sensation like something had sucked all the air from my lungs. It was the hot, Mojave Desert air. I had no idea I would write that experience in a book!
3. You write historical novels. What is it about the genre that speaks to you?
My novels are set in the American southeast in the 1950s, a gentler time period where youth didn’t prematurely lose their innocence; where youth respected their elders; where your word was as valid as a signed document; where small towns thrived and big cities seemed like foreign countries; and where we didn’t feel the need to lock our doors at night. Those things speak to me and my readers enjoy escaping to a safe and comfortable past.
4. How does your faith weave itself through your writing?
The redeeming story of God’s pursuing love is the foundation of my novels. I want readers to know that we can’t ever get too angry at God or stray too far away from him, that he won’t welcome our return. He’s always on the other side of our heart’s door waiting for us to invite him inside.
5. When can we expect another novel from you?
The novel I’m working on now is a standalone book set on a barrier island off the South Carolina coast. I don’t have a title or a release date.
About the Book
She worshipped the ground he walked on when she was fifteen, and now he shows up at the diner where she works. Will he remember her or does he still think of her as her brother’s skinny kid sister? Will Donna be confident enough in herself to accept her dream?”