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Coming Soon from the Pen: Please Welcome Historical Author Keli Gwyn!

Genres: Christian Fiction, Christian Historical Fiction, Historical Fiction, Romance

KeliGwyn-PS5-SmallWhat made you interested in writing Christian Historical Fiction? Do you write any other genres?

I write Christian Historical Romance because that’s what I like to read. I enjoy bringing history to life and adding a spiritual element to my stories. I dabbled with contemporary romance once, but I’m smitten with the historical genre, the Victorian era in particular.

Are there any other Christian Historical Fiction authors that you think your readers would enjoy?

Far too many to list, but if I had to narrow it down to those authors whose books might appeal to readers of my stories, I’d say Margaret Brownley, Karen Witemeyer, and Erica Vetsch, to name just a few.

Are there bits and pieces that were cut in editing that you might ever share with your readers?

When this story was contracted, I’d rewritten it three times. Once it sold, very little had to be cut, although I did have to add a few lines here and there. I have nearly enough deleted material from my rewrites to fill two more books. The thing is, though, that the cutting was done for a reason. What went wasn’t ready for readers. What ended up in the book are the best parts. 🙂

Is the Destination Romance line for those who love romantic comedy?

I’ve read several of the Bride books in Barbour’s new line. There are elements of humor in all of those I read, but I wouldn’t classify them as romantic comedies. They’re sweet romances with a nice hint of humor.

What is your favorite scene from A Bride Opens Shop in El Dorado, California.

I enjoy the scene when Miles and Elenora meet. He thinks the person coming to be partner in his mercantile is a man, is surprised to find a woman instead, and doesn’t make a very good first impression. Another favorite scene is the ending, but in order to find out why I like that one, you’ll have to read the book. 🙂

How would you relate your writing experience and research to some Creative Madness?

Creative madness would be an apt description of what takes place when I dive into a story. My characters come to life, and I can hear them chattering in my head at all hours. They even invade my dreams. Not that I’m complaining. I love spending time with them. At least when they’re behaving themselves. There are days when they grumble because I’m making life so difficult for them.

What is something that you have never told anyone in an author interview?

My husband and I lived in Germany for a few years early in our marriage when he was teaching at an American military high school. Knowing there are sections on the Autobahn were there are no speed limits, I wanted to have a car I could rely on to get me out of trouble if I needed it. Although I never expected to own a BMW, we bought a used BMW 323i. That pretty blue car could really move. In fact, the man who sold it to us said it was more powerful than I needed. He was right. If I needed to pass someone, I could get up to 130 kph (80 mph) in no time flat, which was about as fast as I dared to go. I spent most of my time in the slow lane anyhow and let Mercedes, Audis, Porsches, and other BMWs fly by me. Even though we sold the car after just a year, it’s kinda fun to think that I did own a Beemer once.

What is the one thing that you want to leave readers of A Bride Opens Shop in El Dorado, California pondering over?

At the beginning of the story, Elenora has a hard time feeling the Lord’s presence. Over time, she experiences a change. I’d like readers to think about the ways the Lord uses to communicate with them.

Please tell us about your next planned project…

I’m working on another inspirational historical romance and have many more story ideas simmering. Finding time to work on all of them is my challenge. If only I had 48-hour days.

Tell us about your blog and participation in other blogs… (web presence, social networking)

To learn more about my book and me, visit my cyber home, complete with its parlor, library, study, carriage house, and blog. You’ll find my social media links there as well. www.keligwyn.com

Thank you for having me as your guest, Margaret. What fun to spend time with you and your blog’s visitors. I have a question for them. What car have you had that you never expected to own?

Connect with Keli!

Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/KeliGwynReadersGroup
Twitter – http://twitter.com/#!/KeliGwyn
Goodreads – http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5411901.Keli_Gwyn
Newsletter subscription – Enter via link at bottom of pages on website: www.keligwyn.com

An ever-resourceful widow, Elenora Watkins arrives in El Dorado ready to go into partnership with Miles Rutledge. When he refuses, Elenora becomes the competition across the street. Is this town big enough for the two of them? Miles can’t help but stick his well-polished boot in his mouth whenever he comes face-to-face with Elenora. Can he find a way to win her heart while destroying her business? Miles’s mother, Maude, is bent on Elenora becoming her new daughter-in-law while Elenora’s daughter, Tildy, thinks Miles would make a perfect papa. How far will these meddlers go to unite this enterprising pair?

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About CherryBlossomMJ

The Creative Madness Mama also known as Margaret is a Christian Stay-at-home Mama, married to the Enginerd, Quilter, avid reader and book-a-holic. A book blogger for bunches of different publicists. She loves to share the latest and greatest about books coming out as well as her quilt and other crafty projects with some pictures of her eight-year-old AppleBlossom, three-year-old Almond Blossom (the Rascal boy!), six-year-old OrangeBlossom (the Princess), and newborn Mermaid Warrior in between. Plotting to be a homeschooler, she's a cloth diapering, breastfeeding, babywearing, list making mama full of a little creative and a lot of madness.


  1. Thanks for hosting me, Margaret. It’s a pleasure to be here.
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  2. I enjoy a well-written historical romance — and Keli’s debut novel was beautifully done! She wove the historical details into the story in such a masterful way — not too much, not too little. I’m looking forward to her next novel — and her next!!

  3. It’s always nice to discover another interview and learn a little more about you and your novel, Keli. I wouldn’t have pegged you as a BMW person, although I think you do have an adventurous side. 🙂

    Most of the cars we’ve had have been very plebeian, including a couple station wagons, small Toyota sedans and our current van. To accommodate our RV we do have a big dually pickup which has some nice features like heated leather seats, only because that’s the way it came equipped when we bought it second hand. What I never expected to own were vintage vehicles of any kind since we aren’t ‘collectors’. But we’ve acquired a family friend’s 1946 Willys Jeep and my late brother-in-law’s 1930 Model A!
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  4. 80?! Is that all? Come on, Keli, you were on the Autobahn!!! I have a lead foot so I would have max’d that baby beemer out 🙂

    I guess I never expected to own a Mercedes, but I’ve actually owned 3. I love those cars and miss not having one. They are the best! Mine were all used which made them even better. Classic Mercedes’ rock (and fly)!

    Miles & Elenora are both rascals. I thought they might come to blows at one point 😉 Can’t wait until your next book comes out!
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  5. Great interview, Keli! Charming as always 🙂
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  6. I can see why you sold the beemer after one year ~ your dear Gwynly wanted to keep you in one piece with peace for him! I loved your book ~ especially Tildy. I have my daughter, Kristol, to thank for my husband. She had met him when he set up chairs for Sunday School on Friday afternoons. She was in daycare there and followed him around ~ giving him a friendship pin she made from a safety pin and colored beads. I found it on a shirt way back in the front closet after we married, 28-1/2 years ago. Gotta love those little girls and their good picks! Kathleen
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