Sometimes the amazing Love Inspired Suspense author, Margaret Daley, interviews fictional heroes and heroines on her blog -- which I just think is the most fantastic and creative thing ever. This week, she interviewed Luke Wolf, hero of Silent Hunter. And if you comment on his interview, you could win a free book! You can find the full interview here. (And don't forget to check out her other character interviews and pick up Margaret's latest book!)
Huge thanks to my wonderful friend, award winning journalist and author Robert White, who reviewed Silent Hunter on his Arts Connection blog! You can read the review here. :)
I can’t believe it’s February already. It’s a snow day today. Schools are closed and the snow pile beside our driveway is over four feet tall. It’s definitely the heaviest snowstorm of the winter so far. I spent January finishing a Christmas, Love Inspired Suspense about a very heavy snowstorm—so even on days when the skies were clear outside, the characters in my writing world were buried under a mountain of white.
Along with finishing my Christmas book, the other exciting thing that happened last week is I passed my level one in marital arts defense. It was a really intense test! I had to demonstrate the ability to defend myself against weapons and people, as well as quick thinking to escape potential conflicts. All good for helping me imagine what my heroes and heroines would do under pressure!
I've always found winter a really challenging time. The cold weather is hard on my Fibromyalgia and the darkness really impacts my mood. Writing a winter book about a snowstorm was one of the ways I chose to battle the weather this year -- writing all my feelings about winter right onto the page and letting my characters battle it out with the cold and snow. Doing martial arts has also really helped my health, far more than I expected. I think that's because it combines exercise and imagination. Even on days when I feel too tired to keep swinging, and flop on the mat unable to move another step, my mind can keep on running imagining how I'd write all the action around me into a book!
If you're a winter-lover, I hope you're really enjoying the most of the season. And if you're one of those people who find winter challenging, let me know what your tricks are for surviving the cold. Keep warm everyone!