Although my mysteries and thrillers are written from a Christian perspective, they don't downplay the evil we confront in this world—or the isolation Christians sometimes feel in what is a largely secular culture. But I reject the notion that "realistic" means dark or oppressive. Because there is also goodness in this world—love, friendship, laughter, faithful dogs, piping hot cups of coffee—and it's every bit as real as the evil.

The Witch Tree, the first book in my Anna Denning mystery series, was a finalist for a Grace Award. I live near the foothills of the Colorado Rocky Mountains with my crazy but lovable shelter dogs.