When I'm not writing, you will find me spending time with my husband, playing with my grandchildren, gardening or spending time with a special group of young people I call my kids. (Amazon)
BBB: What inspired you to become a writer?
DN: I 've been writing for as long as I can remember, but I think I would say that my love for reading Nancy Drew books and meeting Judy Blume at a book fair when I was in the fourth grade were definitely strong influences in my desire to share my words with the masses.
DN: All my love, George is a nonfiction piece. It is a collection of letters written by Army medic, George Burks to his parents and little brother from the time he arrived at boot camp in 1942 until a week before his death in the Battle of Luzon in 1945. In addition to George's letters are the thoughts and memories of the younger brother who was twelve when he hugged his brother goodbye, but is now in his eighties. I have two reasons for wanting to tell George's story. The primary reason is to instill a sense of respect and appreciation in the present generations for the sacrifices made on their behalf by George and his fellow soldiers; sacrifices we are still reaping the benefits of. Secondly, I wrote the book to honor my family. George Burks was my uncle-the uncle I never met. And that younger brother who shares his thoughts and memories of a time nearly forgotten and of being a Gold-Star family, is my father. It was not until a few years ago that my father was finally able to speak through his pain and sadness to tell me more than the simple fact that one of his older brothers had died in WWII. I wanted the book to be something that would give him the knowledge that George's death would not be lost and forgotten when he is no longer living.
BBB: Tell us about your main character, George Burks.
DN: George was a kind, gentle young man who said goodbye to his family and boarded a train at the ripe old age of 21. Born and raised in rural MO, George was deeply committed to his family and friends. Early in his training he questions whether or not what he has been assigned to do (medic) is important enough, but he soon realizes that his role is a vital one. The citations written when he received his Purple Heart, Silver Star and Distinguished Service Cross speak clearly of his humility and devotion to our Country and to his follow soldiers. His big brown eyes and bright, mischievous smile and the tender, caring words he writes home to his family are testimony enough of the fact that George was a man of honor and integrity.
BBB: What do you think readers will enjoy most about your book?
DN: The most common remark made by readers is this: "I couldn't put the book down. I felt as if I were sitting around the table listening to the story first-hand." "All my love, George" is a book with a heart so real you can almost feel it beating. Readers will anticipate each letter as if they were taking it from the mailbox, smile, laugh, cry, grieve and wish George would have been allowed to write just one more letter--the one that said, "I'm coming home."
DN: In addition to freelance article writing and extensive ghostwriting projects for a number of clients, I am currently working on two different books. "Through the Eyes of a Shepherd" is a collection of Bible devotions based upon my experience in shepherding and caring for the sheep on my family's sheep farm. "Faith is Like Chocolate" is a book of inspirational/motivational thoughts for teenagers. "Through the Eyes of a Shepherd" will be out later this year. There is no specific planned release date for "Faith is Like Chocolate."