In the fall of 2012, Stacy released her first novel Lady Outlaw, and I was delighted to host her for sharing a bit of her own Creative Madness. Now today, we invite her back to learn about what is the latest in a brand new series coming from her pen! While it is a general market publisher, Stacy’s writing still qualifies to me to be listed under Christian Historical Fiction. So jump in and learn more, and enter to win, your own copy!
What made you interested in writing Christian Historical Fiction? Do you write any other genres?
I’ve always loved history, romance, and historical fiction, so writing historical romances came pretty naturally. After I stumbled onto She Walks in Beauty by Siri Mitchell, I realized that’s what I really wanted to write—faith-based historical romance. I’ve dabbled a bit with contemporary romance, but I don’t know that I could ever completely stop writing historical fiction. I love by-gone eras too much. 🙂
Goodness, She Walks in Beauty was one that I reviewed before my blog had much of an attractive format. You can find that review back here… in 2010! I also recall that was one that was a choice for discussion in the Christian Fiction Book Club.
What you say about writing historical fiction is how I feel about reading it. From time to time, and specific authors, I enjoy some contemporary. However, whenever I read it, I always feel like I’m trying to get back to my real passion of historical fiction!
Are there any other Christian Historical Fiction authors that you think your readers would enjoy?
As I said above, I love Siri Mitchell’s stuff. I’m a big fan of Karen Witemeyer, too. If readers are interested in a similar time period as my Of Love and War series, I’d suggest Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larsen. It isn’t Christian fiction, but it’s very clean and deals with similar issues of German-American prejudice.
Two fabulous authors that I truly love! And such different author voices at that. I haven’t yet read Hattie Big Sky, however I heard that it is a good homeschool recommendation in historical reading. I think I might have it on my shelf… I do recall seeing that a sequel was released only just last year, titled Hattie Ever After.
Are there bits and pieces that were cut in editing that you might ever share with your readers?
Since I tend to write short the first time through, I have to ADD bits and pieces to lengthen things! 🙂 But some of my favorite scenes are usually the ones I put in the longer version.
What is your favorite scene from Hope at Dawn?
One of my very favorite scenes I can’t share because it gives a little too much away. But a close second is when Friedrick and Livy play baseball with the school children. The two of them have already gone dancing together at this point in the story, so there’s a greater physical awareness of each other. Plus it’s a fun, light moment in the middle of the growing storm around them.
How would you relate your writing experience and research to some Creative Madness?
I tend to gloss over the emotion as I’m getting the words down, so then it’s a mad race during edits to delve into the characters’ emotions and really get that down on the page.
What is something that you have never told anyone in an author interview?
Like Livy and Friedrick, I also did some ballroom dancing, when I was in college. Unlike them, I never cared much for the standard dances such as the waltz or foxtrot. I loved the Latin dances more, especially the cha-cha and the swing!
What is the one thing that you want to leave readers of Hope at Dawn pondering over?
The German-American experience during WWI and the role fear can play in our lives and perceptions.
Hope Rising, Book 2 in my Of Love and War series, releases in December and follows Livy’s oldest brother who’s fighting as a soldier in France. I also have a Christmas novella for the series that releases in November and follows a secondary character from Hope at Dawn.
Tell us about your blog and participation in other blogs…
I blog about books and WWI and life at my blog http://stacyhenrie.blogspot.com.
Hope at Dawn by Stacy Henrie
Of Love and War, #1
Genre: Christian Historical Fiction
Pages: 384 Mass Market Paperback & eBook
Date Published: June 24, 2014
Publisher: Forever (Grand Central Pub.)
In a Time of War, Love is the Inspiration.
With her brothers away fighting the Great War overseas, Livy Campbell desperately wants to help her family. Her chance comes when she meets a handsome stranger who lands her a job as a teacher in a place far from her parents’ farm. But the war casts a long shadow over the German-American town that Livy now calls home—and the darkness will test everything she thought she knew about family and love . . .
More than anything, Friedrick Wagner wants to be part of his adopted country’s struggle for peace. But when the bitter animosity between Germans and Americans soon turns citizens against newcomers, friend against friend, he will do whatever it takes to protect Livy from the hysteria that grips their town. As tragedy—and dark secrets from the past—threaten their future, Friedrick and Livy have one chance to stand up for what’s right . . . and one chance to fight for their love.
Hope Rising (Of Love and War, #2)is set to publish in mid-December; as well as a yetuntitled (to my knowledge) Christmas novella, is set to publish in time for Thanksgiving, which I believe is set in between Hope at Dawn and Hope Rising. Then in the spring of 2015, I believe we are to expect Hope Remembered, #3.
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