Her occupation besides writing is doing freelance editing for other authors. She has been published with Twodot/Rowan-Littlefield, and has recently venture into self-publishing with Sun Catcher Publications.
1. When did you start writing? I was born with ink in my veins and have written since I was a kid. After receiving a journalism degree from the University of Montana, I worked in the newspaper business and freelanced for magazines. When I started writing fiction, I wrote western histories with strong, independent women characters based on family history.
2. Do you write series or single title books, fiction or non-fiction? I write both. My grandmother rode bucking stock in rodeos during the 1920's in Montana. She was my inspiration for my first three novels in a series. COWGIRL DREAMS, FOLLOW THE DREAM and DARE TO DREAM and my non-fiction book, COWGIRL UP: A History of Rodeo Women. My mother who emigrated from Germany after WWII was the basis for my last two novels, SEEKING THE AMERICAN DREAM and FINDING TRUE HOME.
3. How long does it take you to write a book? I'm a "panster" not an outliner, but I have an outline of sorts in my head based on the timeline and events of family history, and I keep notes as well. It takes at least a year to write the first draft and then go through multiple revisions. I belong to a critique group which is invaluable for feedback, support, and help in moving forward and making my stories better
4. Do you instill some of your own life experiences into your characters? Oh yes, most definitely.
5. How do you research your books? I research by reading books and history from the time period and also from stories that my dad told me about growing up with rodeo parents.
6. What do you hope readers will take away from your books? I hope they are entertained and inspired and realize they can have a dream and follow it too, no matter where in life they are.
In spite of hardships, loss, and near-death illness, will the love of Neil and her children help Anna find her true home?
The summer sun highlighted the clear blue sky and warmed Anna Moser's heart as she drove the mile and a half from their ranch to the Horse Creek Store for groceries. She breathed in the fresh clean air and smiled.
She'd been smiling a lot since she and the kids returned home from her first trip back to Germany after coming to America ten years ago when WWII ended. Anna had come for a better life. . .and for love.
She had missed her Mutti terribly not having seen her family for so long. Finally, this past summer she'd gone back for a three-month visit. Because life had been so difficult, trying to make a living farming and ranching in eastern Montana, she'd come to think perhaps she'd made a mistake by immigrating, that America wasn't the "land of milk and honey" she'd envisioned. But Germany was no longer her home. Her birthplace had changed, and so had she.
Montana was her home---in spite of its harsh climate, sacrifice, and hardships in being accepted. Neil was her home. She came back, once again for love.
Humming, she went into the store with her list, eight-year-old Monica and two-year-old Kevin in tow.
Mrs. Mitchell, one of the neighbor, stepped from behind an aisle "There's the world travelers. You sure were gone a long time. My, you folks must've had a wonderful calf crop last fall to be able to afford a three-month vacation in Europe."
Her words stung like a bullwhip lash. Surely that wasn't what the neighbors thought, that she'd gone off on some expensive luxury vacation, just for the heck of it. All these women had their mothers and sisters, their brothers and fathers within thirty miles. She forced a smile. "It has been ten years since I saw my family. It was time to go."
"Oh. Well then. Must be nice."
Anna's neck and face burned. She wanted so badly to march up to snooty Mrs. Mitchell and tell her to wake up, that there were other people in the world besides her. She took a long breath and turned away. Finishing her shopping, she left the store, her earlier euphoria deflated like a sad, week-old balloon.