An interview about my new romance What Dreams May Come.
Q: Did you and your husband really fall in love before you ever met?
A: Yes, even though this romance novel is Christian fiction, it's inspired by true events. Scott was working in LA at the time and I was a college student near Boston. I was interested in going on a mission trip to Russia, and I emailed him for information about the organization he was working with. The rest, as they say, is history!
Q: So just how much of What Dreams May Come is based on real life?
A: The entire premise is exactly what we went through. Girl asks guy for information about a missions opportunity, guy emails back, they talk, fall in love, and all that happens before they've met face to face. Some of the other details are different, including the reason why the main character in this contemporary Christian romance feels she can't be with Scott. That's part of the fictional version only.
Q: What are some of the unique aspects of long-distance dating or online relationships?
A: Because Scott and I went so long just emailing or talking on the phone, we both really felt like we got to know each other on a deep level by the time we really did meet face to face. Obviously it's hard to be in love and not be able to spend actual face-to-face time with your significant other, but in our experience it gave us a very firm foundation for our marriage.
Q: What makes this book different than other inspirational romance novels?
A: Besides the fact that it's inspired by our real-life romance, What Dreams May Come is a lot more than just a Christian romance book. It's not just about boy meeting girl, girl meeting boy, and the two of them falling in love and living happily ever after. In my opinion, What Dreams May Come is a lot deeper than that and deals with relationships on multiple levels. Another way to categorize it would be women's fiction or even literary fiction that just so happens to have a sweet romance story!
What Dreams May Come is also set around Christmas time, so it's perfect for readers who enjoy holiday romance novellas, Christmas box sets, or clean holiday romance novels.
Q: Who are some of the best Christian romance authors or the ones you'd call your favorites?
A: I enjoy Christian fiction that's not predictable and that has a strong Christian message. I don't want to be preached at, but I also love reading stories where God truly is glorified in the characters' lives. I prefer to read about flawed characters, and find that I resonate more with books that could be called edgy Christian fiction or gritty Christian fiction. As a Christian indie author, I love the freedom I have to explore the depths of flawed characters and still see how God works his redemption in their lives.
I love the historical Christian fiction series by Brock and Bodie Theone, just about any novel by Randy Alcorn, and I love the depth I find in books by Christian romance authors like Francine Rivers, Lynn Austin, and Karen Kingsbury.
Q: Is there any objectionable material in your romances?
A: The Sweet Dreams Christian romance novels are definitely clean and wholesome. This is an example of Christian romance with no swearing and no explicit (or even implicit) bedroom scenes.