What made you interested in writing Christian Historical Fiction? Do you write any other genres?
I wish I was one of those prolific people who wrote across genres but find myself mired in historicals, both writing them and reading them! Since I was small I’ve always loved visiting historical sites like Old Sturbridge Village and Colonial Williamsburg and places like that. Since my family came into Kentucky in the 18th century, all that history is close to home.
Are there any other Christian Historical Fiction authors that you think your readers would enjoy?
There are so many Christian authors out there who write well and the CBA is gaining a fine reputation. I’m discovering new authors all the time. Aside from Francine Rivers, one of the authors I enjoy most is Liz Curtis Higgs, particularly her last series, Here Burns My Candle and Mine is the Night. Stellar storytelling, rich characterization, and a real sense of regret when you reach the last page. Few authors reach me on that level but she does every time.
Are there bits and pieces that were cut in editing that you might ever share with your readers?
How about a whole book?! I actually wrote a sequel to The Frontiersman’s Daughter which was never published. Readers still write and ask me for more of that story. But my publisher never asked to see it so I wrote Courting Morrow Little instead. And I hope that one made up for the former!
Oh, love the question. That would have to be when Eden and Silas meet up again after time apart. Neither of them sees it coming and so there are some historical fireworks!
There are 4 books in The Ballantyne Legacy series. I’ve just finished book 2 as it’s due September 1st and have just started book 3 due this time next year.
How would you relate your writing experience and research to some Creative Madness?
I think writers are a little crazy creatively – a little madness, for sure! Especially where writing a book is concerned. Where do these characters come from? How do words ever get woven together to create a readable, enjoyable story? I know writing is a gift from above as I still can’t tell you how to write a book!
What is something that you have never told anyone in an author interview?
That I’d love to write for the general market, maybe even the Young Adult market. They need a light over there…
What is the one thing that you want to leave readers of Love’s Reckoning pondering over?
The power of the choices we make and the consequences that result from them. God is a God of second chances but oh, how we humans complicate things!
Please please tell us about your next planned project…
After this current series, I’m not sure but I’ve had readers ask for a historical series set in Washington State, the place I now live. It’s not quite as rich in history having only achieved statehood in 1889. But it does have some good story fodder!
I have an active blog or what I call “journal” at LauraFrantz.net via WordPress. I’m also part of a group blog called Colonial Quills with other authors and writers. I’m on Facebook at Laura Feagan Frantz and also on Pinterest. I don’t have a Twitter account anymore but love connecting with readers at the former sites. I’d love to see you there!