Coming Soon from the Pen, again! Welcome Laura Frantz!

Genres: Christian Fiction, Christian Historical Fiction, Historical Fiction, Romance

Want to hear something funny? I dug in my files, grabbed the PEN interview and started formatting the post. Well, it’s been a while in progress in between regulating children and such… but after I got down a few questions I noticed the wrong book title. Hmm.. I thought. And then I realized. I was prepping the post from our interview from 2012. Oops. Well, that’s already a post. If you’d like to read the Coming Soon from the Pen post interview from the release of Love’s Reckoning, you can find that post here. But for today, why don’t we focus on the present and talk now with the release of Love’s Fortune

Laura Frantz is a lover of history, is the author of The Frontiersman’s DaughterCourting Morrow Little, and The Colonel’s Lady, and currently lives in the misty woods of Washington with her husband and two sons.

Continue reading about Laura Frantz

 

How has being published changed your life?

Publishing has been a real gift in that it’s made me realize writing is really a ministry and that you’re given a gift to be used and shared with others. For years I wrote secretly and only for myself. I had no desire to publish until I began to see that gifts can be squandered and that writing wasn’t mine to withhold. God gives the gift and it’s His to use as He sees fit.

Christian Historical Fiction seems to be your main genre, is it your favorite to write?

It is my favorite genre. 🙂 I enjoy other genres and feel they help me grow as a writer but my towering TBR stack is made up of mostly historicals, both CBA and general market.

Follow the RiverAs a writer, I’m sure your reading time might be limited from what it once was, but please share what is your favorite book you’ve read of all time?

Probably Follow the River by James Alexander Thom, a frontier account of Indian captivity. Next would be The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery. You said one, right? I could give you 100!

It looks like Follow the River was made into a movie. It looks like there is one from recent years as well as the mid-90s. I wonder if they are both based on James Alexander’s book. (The actors’ names appear to be the same, maybe the 2003 date is just for the reprint to DVD from the 1995 VHS?) I haven’t read it or seen it, but I’m curious now. I haven’t read The Blue Castle either, but that one I do have on my shelf. Mine is an original MMP, but I’m delighted that Sourcebooks is reprinting L.M. Montgomery’s books with wonderful vivid covers.

What are you reading right now?

I’m rereading some old Victoria Holt books and a newer one called My Name is Resolute by Nancy E. Turner simply because I fell in love with the cover and it’s my favorite time period, the 18th-century. I also just finished a Ken Follett novel – epic is the word!

More to add to my list to look at! I’m not sure if I know Nancy Turner, but it is a lovely cover. I see there is an edition coming out in the spring of 2015. I think I’m going to have to seek out a St. Martin’s Griffin contact… I’m not familiar with Victoria Holt, (although I am familiar with her as Jean Plaidy) but did you know that Sourcebooks is also reprinting some of her novels as well?

Victoria Holt

What was the first book you really remember reading that stuck with you and gave you a love for books?

Those little biographies of historical figures for children. Dolly Madison stands out in my mind but there were many others I fell in love with when I first learned to read. The historical bug bit hard then and I’m so grateful.

Only recently have I started collecting some of the newer reprints of many different similar type series. Zondervan seems to have some as does Barbour Books. I hope my girls will love that type of thing as much as I did!

Other than writing, what type of crafts have you tried?

I love to cross-stitch and am a beginning knitter. I so admire anyone crafty out there as I am so NOT! But I wanted to learn to knit because my characters do. 🙂

You know that was the original reason for my blog, Creative Madness Mama… it was to share my latest projects in cross stitch and later quilting. Yeah… when was the last time you saw a progress post on that? *chuckle*

What is the best writing research field trip you’ve taken? Where did you go? What did you do or see?

Scotland, hands down. I’ve been blessed to go 3 times in the past year and a half. Hiking the headlands in the Hebrides and then spending time in Edinburgh is just magic. I love the Highlands and the history there, probably because my family is from Scotland.

*sigh* My heritage too! I’ve always wanted to go and have had a close relative that lived in Scotland for the last almost decade until recently. I never got to visit them there, but maybe I’ll get another reason to go one day.

Do you have family history of your own that drew you to this time period, or is this a fascination of the heart?

Love how you word that – both! In college I studied 18th-century everything and have always been fascinated by this time period as America was so young and explosive and full of novel fodder. I’ve often thought I was born a couple of centuries too late but realize I probably wouldn’t have survived past childhood – and I loathe the lack of hygiene and such! My family came from Scotland on every side. The Ballantyne Legacy books are taken from my family’s name/heritage.

I love that!

9781441246400Love’s Fortune by Laura Frantz
Genre: Christian Historical Fiction
Pages: 400 Trade Paperback
Date Published: September 16th, 2014
Publisher: Revell Books

With two very different horizons stretched out before her, one young woman stands on the cusp of an unknown future.

Sheltered since birth at her Kentucky home, Rowena “Wren” Ballantyne has heard only whispered rumors of her grandfather Silas’s vast fortune and grand manor in Pennsylvania. When her father receives a rare letter summoning him to New Hope, Wren makes the journey with him and quickly finds herself in a whole new world–family members she’s never met, dances she’s never learned, and a new side to the father she thought she knew. 

As she struggles to fit in during their extended stay, she finds a friend in James Sackett, the most valued steamship pilot of the Ballantynes’ shipping line. Even with his help, Wren feels she may never be comfortable in high society. Will she go her own way . . . to her peril?

With her signature attention to historical detail and emotional depth, Laura Frantz brings 1850s Pennsylvania alive with a tender story of loss, love, and loyalty.

Can you share some of the exciting things God is doing in your life right now?

The Lord is teaching me so many things – He is so patient! I am learning how to take every thought captive and to praise Him, realizing that a joyful life begins in the thought life no matter what your circumstances are. I’ve had to deal with some real challenges in the last couple of years with aging parents, one who has dementia, and two very active teens and a husband out of work after many years of steady employment. But we’ve seen so clearly how God continues to meet our needs in such heartfelt, creative ways, loving us no matter what and often doing the impossible!

Closing words of encouragement you’d like to share with you readers?

For every email, social media contact, and gracious review, I’m so very thankful. I keep a notebook of each and revisit them when I need encouragement. Readers are the heartbeat of my books – I couldn’t do it without you!

Do you have a personal or author blog? What topics do you post about most?

I do have a journal on my website at www.laurafrantz.net where I write about history, my books, other books that inspire me, and also post devotionals.

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For those of us, who cannot wait for more, please tell us more about your next release…

My next standalone will release in fall of 2015, and is set in Virginia. It’s back to the 18th-century for me and I can’t wait!

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About CherryBlossomMJ

The Creative Madness Mama also known as Margaret is a Christian Stay-at-home Mama, married to the Enginerd, Quilter, avid reader and book-a-holic. A book blogger for bunches of different publicists. She loves to share the latest and greatest about books coming out as well as her quilt and other crafty projects with some pictures of her Kindergartener AppleBlossom, newborn Almond Blossom (the boy!) and toddler OrangeBlossom in between. Plotting to be a homeschooler, she's a cloth diapering, breastfeeding, babywearing, list making mama full of a little creative and a lot of madness.
  • Laura Feagan Frantz

    Margaret, You always do such a beautiful job here. It’s a joy to be with you again as a fellow creative:) THANK YOU for your heart for books!

    • Thank you for sharing your heart and imagination in story! I’m delighted to have you here.

  • Bonnie Roof

    Thank you for the interesting interview, Laura and Margaret!! I love learning more about my fave authors!!

    Laura, it’s interesting that your “family came from Scotland on every side” and the Ballantyne Legacy books are taken from my family’s name/heritage” – so Ballantyne is an ancestral name?? It’s long been a desire of mine to go to Scotland, also, Margaret – as I, too, have ancestors there. My maternal grandmother was descended from the “fighting” MacGregor clan who was forced to change their name to Magruder.

    I fell in love with the characters and stories of each of the 3 books in the Ballantyne Legacy series – the writing in each book is absolutely beautiful!! Even though “Love’s Fortune” is the last in the series, I won’t be bidding the characters adieu as they are entrenched within my heart, as if family members, and I will reflect back on them lovingly.

    I am touched that you keep contacts from readers as encouragement, Laura – I also keep contacts from authors because they, and their books, have each been such blessings and inspiration to me!! Laura, no matter what may be going on “behind the scenes” in your life – you are always one person who lights up my computer and life with your loving kindness, gracious “smiling” voice, and beautiful, inspiring words!! Thank you!!

  • Laura Feagan Frantz

    Dear Bonnie, SO happy to see you here and read your always gracious comments! The support you give to authors is ongoing and heartfelt and so very appreciated, just like Margaret!

    I love your MacGregor history – it evokes A LOT of Scottish history. I pray you get to Scotland and I get back to Scotland. Truly an extraordinary place that so many of us hail from!

    Glad you keep those contacts, too, in a special file or place, too. The Bible has a lot to say about encouragement and it’s in short supply sometimes but very appreciated. You’re always one of those rare encouragers – as is Margaret! Thanks again for stopping here. You’ve made my day!