What made you interested in writing Christian Historical Fiction?
I wrote for ten years before I got my first book published. When that day came and I earned a contract I had twenty finished books on my computer. In those books were all sorts of different genres. All romance but historical, contemporary, suspense, thrillers, sweet, short/long, you name it, I’d written it. The historical romantic comedy with cowboys is just what finally hit. I like to think that’s because I found my voice. I found the book that finally fit me well.
As one of those fans from 2008 with Petticoat Ranch and Calico Canyon and the books that quickly follows I’m delighted you had so many manuscripts ready to go. While I’ve kept to your historical novels mostly, I still do plan to read your contemporary mysteries one day as well. 😉 (See my Mary Connealy archive of posts through these several pages, here.) Also, I was amused to see last year they have come out in a mass market paperback format as well. Gotta love when a great book just keeps on selling. Your books have always been among my favorite and I cut my book reviewing teeth on your stories. 🙂
Are there any other Christian Historical Fiction authors that you think your readers would enjoy?
I’ve recently written novella collections with Robin Lee Hatcher, Margaret Brownley, Debra Clopton—a book from the four of us releases this month. Titled Four Weddings and a Kiss. I also wrote one with Karen Witemeyer, Carol Cox and Regina Jennings called A Match Made in Texas. I love all those ladies work.
Ooh! I truly enjoyed reading A Bride for All Seasons, so I’m sure I’ll love Four Weddings and a Kiss. I cannot wait to get my hands on it and read it! (FYI, I plan to do a blog post about Four Weddings and a Kiss and the individual novellas when they’re released as I did for A Match Made in Texas.) I also loved A Match Made in Texas!!!! Meeting Her Match is a great read, as always. 🙂 These new novella books from Bethany House and Thomas Nelson truly make me happy! I’ve always loved the ones from Barbour, so I’m delighted that other publishers are catching on, especially with such a great group of authors that I truly enjoy in full length novels too!
Margaret, have you heard that I wrote a novella with the backstory to the Trouble In Texas series? This is exactly how it started, all these backstory snippets, how my heroes met in Andersonville Prison. I’m giving it away free on my blog. It’s called Closer Than Brothers. Find it Here: http://mconnealy.blogspot.com/p/closer-than-brothers.html
I did not know!!! I had heard something similar with Lyn Cote with her Patriots & Seekers series, and so I’m delighted to hear you’re doing it as well! I love getting more to a story I enjoyed. Much in the way that Karen Witemeyer’s Archer Brothers continued into her Texas Match Novella – A Cowboy Unmatched. Love it all!
Well, I really love Stuck Together and I think it’s a fast moving book with a lot of fun scenes. But I guess I’ll go with the opening scene. I just had so much fun with it. My feisty little heroine Tina Cahill picketing the saloon, trying to get it closed, ends up in the middle of a fist fight, in a mud puddle on Main Street. I had a lot of fun with that.
I cannot wait to read the book!
How would you relate your writing experience and research to some Creative Madness?
There’s not much that’s more creative than making a whole book up from nothing. I like to think I’ve got an excellent imagination so that leads to Creative Madness which leads to books.
I’m sure that’s the truth! I enjoy reading them so much and people have said surely I have a story up there to put to paper, but I cannot imaging ever doing so. I’m more creative with a needle and thread I suppose than my imagination. I need others to fuel that for me!
What is the one thing that you want to leave readers of Stuck Together pondering over?
The price we all pay for worry. How impossible it is to plan for the future. Sufficient is the trouble for each day, let tomorrow take care of itself.
“So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” – Matthew 6:34 Absolutely! That’s always been a great verse for me, although I do not think of it as much as I should.
Please, please tell us about your next planned project…
My next release is Four Weddings and a Kiss, releasing June 10th, the novella collection I mentioned earlier with Robin, Debra and Margaret. Then after that, in September, a new series begins. Tried & True, book #1 of the Wild at Heart series. Here’s a little bit about Tried & True.
Saddle up for a wildly fun ride with the Wilde sisters!
Kylie Wilde is the youngest sister–and the most civilized. Her older sisters might be happy dressing in trousers and posing as men, but Kylie has grown her hair long and wears skirts every chance she gets. It’s a risk–they are homesteading using the special exemptions they earned serving in the Civil War as “boys”–but Kylie plans to make the most of the years before she can sell her property and return to the luxuries of life back East.
Local land agent Aaron Masterson is fascinated with Kylie from the moment her long hair falls from her cap. But now that he knows her secret, can he in good conscience defraud the U.S. government? And when someone tries to force Kylie off her land, does he have any hope of convincing her that marrying him and settling on the frontier is the better option for her future?
Does your Wild at Heart series connect with your Trouble in Texas series in the way that Lassoed in Texas and Montana Marriages connected with Sophie’s Daughters? I have to admit that is one of the things that I LOVE with the Texas-Montana-Petticoats series and the Kindcaid/Stone Connection as well! It makes me all the more excited to pick up the book and read, and yet even people who have not been reading your books all along can go back and read more about characters they see in a blip connection. Love it!
Tell us about your blog and participation in other blogs…
I’ve got Seekerville, my group blog for aspiring writers http://www.seekerville.blogspot.com
Petticoats & Pistols, my group blog for western romance readers http://www.petticoatsandpistols.com
And my own personal blog, Real Live Petticoat Ranch which as I mentioned above, right now has the Prequel to the Trouble in Texas series: Closer Than Brothers. http://www.mconnealy.blogspot.com