Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I’ve been writing since I was quite young, along with playing and teaching music–specializing on trombone, although I also play other instruments–so it’s no surprise my books center on musicians. I currently have 4 books out in the Blue Bells Chronicles series, in addition to an associated ‘Not a Cookbook,’ called Food and Feast in the World of the Blue Bells Chronicles.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
The Battle is O’er is the fifth and final book in the Blue Bells Chronicles. The entire series was inspired by a children’s novel, a piece of music in the trombone repertoire, and a flash of an image of a man arrogant enough to gamble away his trombone–his livelihood.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I’m afraid I’m relatively boring in that respect. I sit at my kitchen counter and drink coffee and write, although I do make research trips to Scotland to visit the locations in my books.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
In the Keep of Time, by Margaret Anderson was a huge influence on my present series. Among my favorite authors are C.S. Lewis.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Find a good critique group for support and advice.
What’s next for you as a writer?
When I finish the Blue Bells Chronicles, I’ll finish another book I started several years ago, about a young widow who buys a castle in Scotland for her house full of boys–only to discover it’s haunted!