Coming Soon from the Pen, Please Welcome Historical Author Mona Hodgson!

Brand New from the Pen interview

Hi everyone! Thanks so much for opportunity to join you here.

Mona Hodgson StandingWhat 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.

(Two Brides Too Many is on sale as a bargain book on Amazon right now for just $6! FYI, use the link above and help support ChristianHistoricalFiction.com with your purchase. *wink*)

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.

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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?

Cathy Marie Hake, Carol Cox, Joanne Bischoff, Lauraine Snelling, Robin Lee Hatcher, Karen Witemeyer, Tamera Alexander, Lori Benton, Stephanie Grace Whitson, Deanne Gist, and many more.

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?

I am a regular blogger on the new Stitches Thru Time blog and on the Bustles and Spurs blog.

Favorite Scripture?

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

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Author.Mona

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/monahodgson/

Twitter: @monahodgson

GoodReads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/602227.Mona_Hodgson

Novel Crossing: http://www.novelcrossing.com/mona@monahodgson.com

 

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  • angela chesnut

    would love to win.

    • http://www.monahodgson.com Mona Hodgson

      Hi Angela, Good to see you here!

  • Connie Fischer

    I enjoy Christian fiction and am so delighted to see it becoming more and more popular. Thanks for sharing this lovely interview today.

    • http://www.monahodgson.com Mona Hodgson

      Hello, Connie. I’m so glad you enjoyed the interview. Blessings! Mona

  • Brittany McEuen

    Wonderful interview. I really do look forward to reading this book and would love to be entered in the giveaway. Thanks for the opportunity.

    • http://www.monahodgson.com Mona Hodgson

      Brittany, thanks so much for joining us here. Happy Reading! Mona

  • Karen R

    Looking forward to Mona’s new book after reading all the novellas. Enjoyed reading the interview. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

    • http://www.monahodgson.com Mona Hodgson

      Hi Karen! I’m excited for you to read The Quilted Heart Novellas and then Prairie Song. Happy Reading! MOna

  • Karen Gervais

    Great interview. Adding Prairie Song to my wish list. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

    • http://www.monahodgson.com Mona Hodgson

      Hi Karen! Good to see you here. I appreciate your interest in my newest book. Happy Reading!
      Mona Hodgson´s last blog post ..Bob’s Corner: At the Intersection of 60

  • http://www.monahodgson.com Mona Hodgson

    Margaret, thanks so much for the interview and for hosting a giveaway of Prairie Song. You did a fabulous job on the layout. Beautiful. Hugs and blessings, Mona

    • http://www.CreativeMadnessMama.com CherryBlossomMJ

      Thanks Mona! The comments should automatically go through for you now, sorry about that I need to approve it first. :)

      • http://www.monahodgson.com Mona Hodgson

        No problem. Thank you!

  • Emma

    Great interview.Prairie Song sounds wonderful. Please enter me in contest. Thank you for the opportunity to win.

    • http://www.monahodgson.com Mona Hodgson

      Hello, Emma! Good to hear from you. I appreciate your interest in Prairie Song. Blessings!
      Mona Hodgson´s last blog post ..Bob’s Corner: At the Intersection of 60

  • Linda Ortiz

    Love Mona Hodgson’s books! Would love to win her book!! Thanks :)

    • http://www.monahodgson.com Mona Hodgson

      And, Linda, I appreciate you. What a sweet reader you are!

  • Zelma

    This series looks amazing. My favorite Genre is Historical fiction in the 1800′s. This series is right up my alley. Many Blessings

    • http://www.monahodgson.com Mona Hodgson

      Hi Zelma,
      Great to see you here. I think we may be a good reader/author match because I love writing historical fiction in the 1800′s. Have you seen my Sinclair Sisters of Cripple Creek Series set in the late 1890′s?
      Blessings!
      Mona
      Mona Hodgson´s last blog post ..Bob’s Corner: At the Intersection of 60

  • Bonnie Traher

    That would be awesome to win not one book but many.

    • http://www.monahodgson.com Mona Hodgson

      Hi Bonnie,
      Thanks for joining us here. You’re entered to win one of the copies of Prairie Song.
      Happy Reading!
      Mona

  • Debra Smith

    Hi, I would love to win. The book sounds very interesting. Have a great day! :)

    • http://www.monahodgson.com Mona Hodgson

      Hi Debbie! I appreciate your interest in my historical fiction. I hope you’re having a great day too! Mona
      Mona Hodgson´s last blog post ..Bob’s Corner: At the Intersection of 60

  • Renee

    Love reading through your intereview! Love your books, Mona! Will there be a continuation of the Quilted Heart Series?

    • http://www.monahodgson.com Mona Hodgson

      Hello, Renee, how sweet you are. So glad you’re enjoying my books and that you enjoyed the interview. Can’t wait for you to read Prairie Song. Yes, I’m working on a sequel to Prairie Song. Blessings! Mona
      Mona Hodgson´s last blog post ..Bob’s Corner: At the Intersection of 60

  • Angie Adair

    Historical Fiction is my favorite genre. I can’t wait to read your new book! Best Wishes! Angie

    • http://www.monahodgson.com Mona Hodgson

      Hi Angie! That’s good news. Historical fiction is my favorite genre to write. Happy Reading! Mona

  • Jan Hall

    I like what you said about wanting your readers to ponder what God’s role in their life is and what their role in the lives of those around them. I definitely want to read Prairie Song and more of your books

    • http://www.monahodgson.com Mona Hodgson

      Hi Jan! I’m glad you enjoyed the interview, and I appreciate your interest in my books. Blessings to you! Mona

  • Elizabeth Dent

    Love your interview . Would love to win your book . Sounds so good .
    I would love to read some of your books .

    • http://www.monahodgson.com Mona Hodgson

      Hello Elizabeth,
      Thanks for joining me here. I’d love to have you read some of my books too. :)
      Happy Reading!
      Mona

    • http://www.monahodgson.com Mona Hodgson

      Hello Elizabeth,
      Thanks for joining me here. I’d love to have you read some of my books too. :)
      Happy Reading!
      Mona

  • DeAnna

    I LOVE your books! I am also from Arizona. :)

    • http://www.monahodgson.com Mona Hodgson

      Good morning, DeAnna! I appreciate your enthusiasm for my books. And to share Arizona with you too. :) Blessings! Mona

  • christopher Hulliger

    Are you the Mona Wynn who lived in Salinas