FAQs

Question: Where can I find your books?

Answer: The most recent releases, the Two Blue Doors books, can be found in bookstores nationwide and with online retailers. The Plain and Simple Series is currently out of print; I do have plans to re-release them, but in the meantime they're available on Amazon from third-party sellers.


Question: When's your next book coming out?

Answer: Jane of Austin will be on shelves June 6, 2017, and is now available for pre-order!


Question: Are you going to write more Amish books?

Answer: It's highly unlikely. You can read more about it here.


Question: How did you start writing food fiction?

Answer: I interned for the now-defunct Northwest Palate magazine, which introduced me to the foodie scene in the Pacific Northwest, specifically Portland. I read Ruth Reichl's memoirs and became hooked on the genre. Even after I left, I kept cooking and kept writing, knowing that I'd loop back to those experiences later on.


Question: Are you a trained chef?

Answer: Nope. But I am a trained researcher, which helps me to learn new things as I write each book.


Question: Where do you get your ideas? 

Answer: Anywhere and everywhere. Seriously. I got a story idea while watching Wolverine in the theater. Family history, books, long walks - my brain generates story, which is why I became a writer.


Question: What do you do when you're not writing?

Answer: Lots! We tend to move fairly often, so it's not uncommon for me to be packing/unpacking/settling during and in-between books. I also make graphics to promote the books, test recipes, walk Shiloh and Sylvie, knit, clean the kitchen, chase Shiloh off the kitchen table, keep Sylvie from eating my fingers, read cookbooks, read novels, watch possibly too much TV, and sleep. I've also been known to spend time with my husband.


Question: I think about writing a book, what should I do?

Answer: Write the book. Check out your local writer's conferences, read books about writing. Edit your book, ask trusted friends to read and give honest opinions. Have your mother read and give you a kindly opinion. Edit and rewrite until you think that making it better might kill you - and then step away for a while. Come back to it, give it another look-over, and if it's getting strong feedback, consider pitching it to an agent at a writers' conference.


Question: I have ideas, would you be interested in writing about them?

Answer: I'm more interested in seeing people write their own stories. For myself, I have a long, long backlog of ideas to work on!