What made you interested in writing Christian Historical Fiction? Do you write any other genres?
I had written historical romances from a Christian worldview for secular publishers, but I heard a presentation on the Love Inspired publishing lines
at a conference, and I was really impressed with their vision and hopes of reaching both believers and non-believers. So, I started querying, and they
made me an offer I couldn’t refuse!
Are there any other Christian Historical Fiction authors that you think your readers would enjoy?
Are there bits and pieces that were cut in editing that you might ever share with your readers?
Rarely, and not for my most recent book. I tend to write tightly, so my editor usually has to ask me to add rather than delete. 🙂
What is your favorite scene from The Heiress’s Homecoming?
There are several I really like, but if I had to pick one, it would probably be the scene where the heroine, Samantha Everard, demands that the hero William Wentworth, Earl of Kendrick, teach her how to skip rocks. As the younger cousin of the heroes in my three previous books, Samantha has been the glue that keeps the family together. At this point in the story, Will’s brought her out by the pond for a serious talk, thinking about their future, and Samantha is thoroughly rooted in exploring the here-and-now. He realizes why he’s falling in love with her–her spontaneity, her joy of life, and she realizes his steady presence has become important to her. And it was just so Samantha!
How would you relate your writing experience and research to some Creative Madness?
Oh, but I know how my husband would answer this question. He laughs to see me get really excited about a bit of research I’ve uncovered or a plot point that leaps off the page at me. He came home one Saturday morning to have me pull him into my office to show him a picture I’d found online. He couldn’t quite understand why I kept raving over it. But I’d been developing a new proposal about a town situated on a little cove in England, and lo and behold there was a picture of the exact town I’d been imagining! I love it when reality aligns with fiction!
What is something that you have never told anyone in an author interview?
My oldest son recently made me a grandmother. Gulp! And my darling grandson truly is the cutest, most clever baby ever, except for his father, of course. 🙂
Please please tell us about your next planned project.
August will see the start of a new series from me, called the Master Matchmakers. Four estates hugging the Derbyshire peaks, four handsome masters who show no inclination toward marriage–What’s a servant to do to keep his post but play matchmaker? In the first book, The Courting Campaign, the family cook plays matchmaker between her reclusive master and the new nanny, never dreaming that the nanny hides a secret which led to the master’s ostracism from Society.
Tell us about your blog and participation in other blogs.
I blog at www.nineteenteen.blogspot.com with my dear friend, Marissa Doyle. We share tidbits about life in nineteenth-century England, particularly things that might have interested young ladies on their first Seasons as well as information about our books. And I’m happy to guest blog other places whenever I’m asked.