Brand New from the Pen interview
Hi everyone! Thanks so much for opportunity to join you here.
What made you interested in writing Christian Historical Fiction? Do you write any other genres?
In central Arizona, I live at the base of Mingus Mountain, home to the most vertical town in the United States—Jerome. More than twenty years ago, when I first visited the Jerome State Historic Park, the Douglas Mansion, I became fascinated with the historic copper mining camp’s history and the romantic appeal of the late 1890’s. Soon thereafter, I entertained the idea of writing a historical novel set in Jerome during its boom town years in the late 1890s. Some of those seeds sprouted in my debut series, The Sinclair Sisters of Cripple Creek, set in the late 1890s, in a gold mining camp in Colorado.
Before WaterBrook Multnomah published my debut novel, Two Brides Too Many, I had 28 children’s books published–picture books, early readers, and middle grade nonfiction.
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What is your favorite scene from Prairie Song?
Tough choice but I’ll narrow it to two, one for each of the featured couples. Early in the story, Caleb is in the dry goods store when Anna arrives and you’d have a hard time cutting the tension with an axe. I also enjoyed writing the sweet scene with Caroline and Garrett picnicking beneath a tree, later in the story.
What is the one thing that you want to leave readers of Prairie Song pondering over?
One thing isn’t my style, but I can point out one of the many things I’d like readers to ponder. God’s role in their life and their role in the lives of those around them.
What is the best writing research field trip you’ve taken? Where did you go? What did you do or see?
My research trips to both Cripple Creek, Colorado, for The Sinclair Sisters of Cripple Creek Series and to St. Charles, Missouri, for the Quilted Heart Novellas have all been fun and memorable for different reasons. Both are rich in history. In Cripple Creek, historically known as a mining camp, I was able to tour the Mollie Kathleen Mine. In St. Charles, I was able to tour a farm and orchard from the 1830’s.
Please, please tell us about your next planned project.
The Boone’s Lick Wagon Train Company from Prairie Song is getting restless. I left them camped outside Fort Kearney, Nebraska, and they have a long trek left before they reach their planned destination–California. I’m currently writing Mountain Whispers and setting up Valley Dreams, Books 2 and 3 in The Hearts Seeking Home Series.
Are there any other Christian Historical Fiction authors that you think your readers would enjoy?
What book are you reading right now?
Mistaken, a 1920’s prohibition historical, by Karen Barnett.
Do you have a personal or author blog? What topics do you post about most?
Yes, you can find my blog at www.monahodgson.com. My post topics include history, research, faith, family, travel, recipes, writing, and more.
Do you participate in other blogs?
Although each of my novels and novellas feature a key verse and I have many favorite Bible verses, the message in Jeremiah 29:11 is a themes that’s threaded into my stories.
“’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’”
For those of us, who cannot wait for more from Mona Hodgson, please tell us more about Mountain Whispers.
In Prairie Song, we followed the overlanders into Nebraska, only about one-third of the way to their destination. Book 2 in the Hearts Seeking Home Series joins the caravan out on the prairie and sees them over the mountains and into a valley. Not everyone finished the journey. Would those who did say they’d reached their Promised Land, or left it behind?
Connect with Mona!
Website & Blog: www.MonaHodgson.com
Novel Crossing: http://firstname.lastname@example.org