Welcome! Glad to have you visit my site.
I could start my bio like the blurb on my Appalachian mystery, Miranda Warning:“Child of the Appalachian Mountains…”
I was born and mostly raised in the mountains of West Virginia, and I live here once again. I love bringing generational stories to readers, just like the ones I heard growing up. My novels tend to be bittersweet, reflecting the triumphs and trials we experience in our lives.
A little more about me…as is probably apparent with God’s Daughter, I’m fascinated with Viking lore–my maiden name would’ve been Thorvaldsen if my Great-Grandpa hadn’t changed it when he came to America from Norway. My supposed relation to Eirik the Red was why I began writing the Vikings of the New World Saga.
Since I’ve also been homeschooling for about ten years now, I’ll admit I have precious few hobbies outside writing. I do enjoy flower gardening, playing with my large dog, wandering in the woods, dreaming about target shooting when I have money for ammo, playing Black Ops and assorted video games, reading classics, and drinking far too much coffee–not to mention hanging out with my husband.
My taste in novels ranges from Thomas Hardy’s Far from the Madding Crowd to Girl with a Pearl Earring, by Tracy Chevalier. In fact, I modeled God’s Daughter off Chevalier’s novel–in which an entire time period is brought to life through the eyes of a woman. I also love that Chevalier includes rich historical details, but her story doesn’t feel heavy.
With my mystery, I wanted to take a more psychological angle, like Daphne du Maurier utilized with Rebecca. I also loved the married dynamic between Agatha Christie’s married detectives in her Tommy and Tuppence mysteries, so I chose to create a married main character in Miranda Warning.
Here are a few places I’ve guest posted. The list got a leeeetle too big, so you can find the most recent posts on Pinterest here. I have a board dedicated to self-publishing thoughts, blogposts, and tips here. Hope you find something that interests you!