This past week I was blessed with the experience of an incredible adventure. As a mama of three littles under the age of seven, I do not get out much and I have never before been away over night. As my youngest has recently turned two and is nearly weaned this was the time for a mama adventure. A beloved dear reader friend invited me to share an Airbnb and attend a one-day Christian Fiction Readers Retreat. We turned it into three days and had an amazing time! One might think, what is the big deal getting together with a reader friend? But what if I told you that this friend lives states and many hours away and our relationship was built upon the commonality of our book choices and timing of our addition of children to our families? We are kindred spirits, although we may be in contact from. . .
Tessa, I’m delighted you’re here to share about your new book, Land of Silence. Tell us a bit about yourself and what you have written. I was born in the Middle East and spent the first thirteen years of my life there. When I read the Bible, it comes to life through the web of my memories. Growing up in the land that the Bible calls Persia influences the way I read the Scriptures. I know the quality of the sun, the dryness of the air, the love for the rains when they come, the deep sense of hospitality, the profound affection for children and family, the commitment to friendship by the people of the Middle East. I have been touched by that world in a very personal way. I suppose it is inevitable that I write biblical fiction. My first four novels, including Harvest of Gold, which won. . .
Keep reading for a giveaway opportunity! I love meeting authors that will bring new stories and new imaginings to my story time, don’tcha know it?! Today is fun, because I have a debut author, well debut in this genre and name to welcome today to Creative Madness Mama and the Christian Historical Fiction Gathering Place. I’ve downloaded her novel, Where We Belong, the first in the Midwest Maidens series and it is next on my reading list! *This post has been in my drafts and has meant to post!! But alas, finally I am here to share… I apologize for the delay!! Please welcome, Miranda Shisler! What made you interested in writing Christian Historical Fiction? Do you write any other genres? I started reading Christian historical romance when I was eleven with Janette Oke’s “Canadian West” series. I was also affected greatly by “The Russians” series by Michael Phillips and Judith Pella. . .
Creative Madness Guest Post I think you have to be a little bit mad to be a writer. By its nature it’s a solitary occupation. For hours at a time you cut yourself off from everyday life and lose yourself in worlds of your own devising: living amongst, conversing with and directing the affairs of imaginary people. Within those worlds, you have complete authority to do as you will; as the creator, you possess power without limit. In my case, the world I inhabit when I sit down in front of the word processor does at least have some grounding in reality. As a historical novelist, my powers are constrained to some extent by known facts about the past. My current series of novels – of which The Splintered Kingdom is the second instalment – is set during one of the most traumatic periods of British history: the Norman Conquest. . .
I’m sure you’re aware about how much I absolutely love to do interviews with authors of Christian Historical Fiction, after all I do them all the time right? What?! My last interview posted was before June 2014 and I have others that were awesome that I neglected to share with you?! What?! Oh wait, I had a baby. And then influenza A. Hmm.. Excuses, excuses. So much has been missed! I cannot begin to describe how terrible I feel. I own you all an apology and some specific authors, especially. Alas. Well, let’s remedy the situation and get cracking with some new blood! Why not start with an excellent new author to the site! With out further adieu, please welcome, Christine Johnson! What made you interested in writing Christian Historical Fiction? Do you write any other genres? Historical fiction has always been a natural fit, because I love to read. . .
I love my PEN posts, and this is perhaps the one that I’ve been most excited about all year. I have a handful of favorite authors, not just for their writing, but for my personal relationship with them as well and dear Julie is one of them. I feel blessed to have her here on my blog and in my life and I’m delighted to share her thoughts with you today!
I am finally, finally settling into my empty nest. We had four months of it last fall, then our daughter graduated from college and came to live at home and find a job. She finally did get a job in her desired field, but she learned very quickly that she wouldn’t be moving out of our house anytime soon on her salary and that she needed another degree to really do the job she wanted. She had applied to grad schools but hadn’t heard back so wasn’t sure what to do. Then she got accepted to a great program and off she went, half-way across the country! With our two boys back at college, my house is suddenly quiet. And still. I have space to breathe. And think. And to my dismay, I discovered that my creative juices all but dried up over the course of the chaotic past few. . .
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 Daughter, Courting 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. . .
This week, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is introducing In The Field of Grace River North; New Edition edition (July 1, 2014) by Tessa AfsharABOUT THE AUTHOR: TESSA AFSHAR was voted “New Author of the Year” by the Family Fiction sponsored Reader’s Choice Award 2011 for her novel Pearl in the Sand. She was born in Iran, and lived there for the first fourteen years of her life. She moved to England where she survived boarding school for girls and fell in love with Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte, before moving to the United States permanently. Her conversion to Christianity in her twenties changed the course of her life forever. Tessa holds an MDiv from Yale University where she served as co-chair of the Evangelical Fellowship at the Divinity School. She has spent the last thirteen years in full-time Christian work. ABOUT THE BOOK Destitute, grief-stricken, and unwanted by the. . .
I’ve been in love with history for as long as I can remember. I decided to choose The Gilded Age as the setting for my books, it had a lot to do the dresses of the time period, the neighborhood of Back Bay in Boston, and the way the elitists of the time would flock to the coastal towns of New England for the summers.
One of my favorite things about being a published writer is the letters and comments from the fans. I am constantly astounded by the power inherent in a story to touch lives, to call forth new hope and insight. Another blessing about being published is that it’s a lot easier to connect with people in the industry and have new contracts.
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.
When I was preparing this post, I was planning to link back to my review of Grace’s Pictures, An Ellis Island Novel #1 that I read in July 2013 and loved beginning to end. I was surprised to discover while that review is prominently on my Goodreads shelf it seems to have either disappeared or never quite made it to my blog. But then, that was a drastic summer (surgery and all). Now I’m delighted to post that review as well as this brand new interview with Cindy to entice you to the entire series! What made you interested in writing Christian Historical Fiction? Do you write any other genres? When I decided I wanted to write a novel, it was because I wanted to tell the story of my ancestors. That particular novel has not so far been published, but my love for telling the stories of our ancestors. . .
I started book blogging in 2007 and discovered Mary’s writing in 2008 and I’ve been hooked every since. Please join us today with a fabulous little Q&A and find out what is Coming Soon from the Pen of Mary Connealy!
Instead of the usual author interview, Margaret gave me the option of discussing some of my own “Creative Madness” and sharing one of my favorite hobbies with you. I couldn’t resist. Especially when I saw that Margaret herself shares my passion not only for reading Christian historical fiction but for cross-stitch.
Today is the last day of historical author Jill Stengl’s launch blog tour for her newest release, “Until that Distant Day”. Please stop by and see a short version of a Coming Soon from the Pen post where she answers my question, “What was the first book you really remember reading that stuck with you and gave you a love for books?”
You might also find a treat for yourself… *wink*