Once upon a time before I was an author, I was a therapist. Through answered prayers and open doors, God gave me the chance to earn a graduate degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. I was about a third of the way through my licensing hours when God led me to the next adventure in my life: becoming a mom. Soon after my son was born, I decided to stay home full-time, with the idea that I’d go back to counseling in the future. Well, a dozen years later, I still haven’t gone back, but I find myself returning to my counseling roots again as an author. How? Because I get to counsel my characters every day.
I’m currently working on book 3 in my Spark Brothers series and have just finished writing a fairly emotional scene in which everything is coming to a head. My main characters are not happy with each other at all, and it’s a pretty bleak situation. Quite honestly, I feel bad for putting them in this place, but I know it has to be done. Both of them have some personal issues to work through—her, in regards to the past (grieving her sister’s death), and him, with the future (where to go career-wise). And here I am acting as a middle-woman who has the job of counseling them so they’re both emotionally and spiritually ready for a relationship. And boy, is it a lot of work! ;) But it’s so worth it to help my characters get unstuck so they can reach their happily-ever-after.
It’s funny how everything has come full circle in my life. God is using something I thought I’d stuck on the back burner to help make the stories I write more developed, realistic, and hopeful.
I’m about 75% done with The Sweetest Spark, and I must say that this is one of my most emotional and romantic stories I’ve written. If you’d like to receive an ARC copy of the book, please consider subscribing to my newsletter. I’ll be putting a call out for ARC readers sometime next month. Just click HERE to join.
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