Today is special, with a new-to-me author from Thomas Nelson ♥ Zondervan, part of the merger in HarperCollins Christian Publishing. Please join me in welcoming Liz Tolsma!
What made you interested in writing Christian Historical Fiction? Do you write any other genres?
I love to read and I love to read historicals. History has always fascinated me, so it was the right fit. I’ve tried to write contemporary and chick lit, but my best work, my truest voice, is when I write Christian historical.
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?
When I write, I always keep a file called “deletes”, in case I should ever need that deleted scene or chapter back. I never have. There is a reason it ended up in the delete file!
What is your favorite scene from Snow on the Tulips?
It would have to be when the heroine, Cornelia, says one final good-bye to her late husband. She slips her wedding ring off and closes the lid on the jewelry box. That was one of those scenes I wrote without stopping and have done little to no editing on. It was moving to write. Tears streamed down my face as my fingers moved over the keyboard.
How would you relate your writing experience and research to some Creative Madness?
I often have several open books by my side while I’m writing and stacks of notes and other papers. While I’m a neat freak most of the time, that’s not true when I’m in a writing frenzy. Frenzy is just the word for it!
What is something that you have never told anyone in an author interview?
That the favorite characters I create are the most quirky ones. They are so opposite from me, that I get to do things through them that I would never do myself.
What is the one thing that you want to leave readers of Snow on the Tulips pondering over?
How could people in such awful, dire circumstances, have such amazing faith and complete trust in the Lord? How would I react in that circumstance?
Please, please tell us about your next planned project…
Daisies Last Forever is the second book in the Women of Courage series and is set to release in May 2014. This book is set in East Prussia and Berlin in the closing months of WWII. It recounts the flight of millions of ethnic Germans from what is today Poland, ahead of the advancing Russian troops and the last terrifying weeks of the war in Berlin as the Russians pour into the decimated city. As with Snow on the Tulips, this one is based on family stories.
Tell us about your blog and participation in other blogs…
My blog is titled Changing Scenes because life is a moving picture, never stale or stagnant. It’s a picture into my life and who I am as a writer, a wife, a mother and a woman. I also am a regular contributor for The Barn Door, written by Christian fiction authors and focused on life in the Midwest.
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