I love the phrase “creative madness!” It describes me when I’m digitally scrapbooking and have to finish my page, or plotting out a scene in one of my books, or my husband’s recent approach to visiting Disneyland. 🙂 But I’m coming to realize that fervor of creative energy, in any area of our lives, can’t be the same all the time. We need time to rest, to muse, to breathe, to slow down. Some of my best ideas for my writing come when I’m not at the keyboard, but rather doing regular day-to-day tasks. This really hit home a few weeks back, when filled with “creative madness” about my upcoming book and other projects, I stopped for a time to watch my daughter playing in the sprinklers. Watching her joy at getting wet reminded me of the importance of doing less, instead of more. What might have felt at first. . .
What made you interested in writing Christian Historical Fiction? Do you write any other genres? I wish I was one of those prolific people who wrote across genres but find myself mired in historicals, both writing them and reading them! Since I was small I’ve always loved visiting historical sites like Old Sturbridge Village and Colonial Williamsburg and places like that. Since my family came into Kentucky in the 18th century, all that history is close to home. Are there any other Christian Historical Fiction authors that you think your readers would enjoy? There are so many Christian authors out there who write well and the CBA is gaining a fine reputation. I’m discovering new authors all the time. Aside from Francine Rivers, one of the authors I enjoy most is Liz Curtis Higgs, particularly her last series, Here Burns My Candle and Mine is the Night. Stellar storytelling, rich. . .
What made you interested in writing Christian Historical Fiction? Do you write any other genres? I started writing historical fiction because of a story idea (A Distant Melody) that simply didn’t work in a contemporary setting. The World War II era appealed to me because this was a time when ordinary men had to do extraordinary things, and when women first explored non-traditional roles—while remaining ladies. I don’t write other genres right now, but that could change if the Lord yanks me in another direction. He does that sometimes. Are there any other Christian Historical Fiction authors that you think your readers would enjoy? So many! If they specifically are looking for World War II stories, I point them to books by Tricia Goyer, Cara Putman, and Dan Walsh. For other historical fiction, I love Liz Curtis Higgs, Laura Frantz, Lorna Seilstad, Karen Witemeyer, and Melanie Dobson. I know I’m. . .
What made you interested in writing Christian Historical Fiction? Do you write any other genres? For years I was a teacher and principal in the public schools, but I had a dream to write a book. Even if I never did have a book published, I knew I couldn’t write anything that I would be ashamed for my children and grandchildren to read. When I found American Christian Romance Writers, I knew I had discovered the organization that would help me learn the craft of writing. That organization today is American Christian Fiction Writers, and it’s not only helped me learn to tell the stories God lays on my heart but it has also presented me the opportunity to meet my wonderful agent and have my books edited by Christian editors. God continues to bless me as I write stories in historical romance and romantic suspense. Are there any other. . .
Thank you, Margaret, for having me as a guest today. I love the title Creative Madness Mama! Here is a little of The Creative Madness of Darlene Panzera: While I use charts, templates, and index cards to map out my story ideas, the way I put it all together to create a finished novel is a bit of madness. I start with a mental image of a story I want to write. Usually a scene with a couple lines of dialogue. Then I come up with everything else in the story from there, moving forward or backward or anywhere inbetween. A poster board helps with the brainstorming process because I’m a visual person who needs to see things laid out in front of me. I draw a big line down the middle and insert dots depicting the various turning points that must happen. I know there’s a beginning, middle,. . .
A Mennonite’s faith is tested as she searches for her true hero in book three of the Plain City Bridesmaids series, Something Blue releasing August 2012.
Readers travel to Plain City, Ohio, to witness the Mennonite and English cultures clash in Something Old. Due to release in August 2011, Something Old is book one of Dianne Christner’s new series, Plain City Bridesmaids.
What made you interested in writing Christian Historical Fiction? Do you write any other genres? When I was a young girl, I spent my summer vacations with my grandmother who lived in the mountains of Kentucky. Granny and I would sit in the porch swing braking beans or shelling peas for supper, and she would tell me happenings. One event concerned the loss of a baby during a terrible flash flood on Frozen Creek. The baby was never found. I’m sure you can imagine how that story stirred my eight-year-old heart and why I could never forget what Granny told me. About 50 years later, I began to think about that baby yet again. Who would she be if she had grown up? What would she have done with her life? The first words to my first novel, Troublesome Creek, came to me while I was in the drive through. . .
My debut novel, Wings of a Dream, released this past September. After the excitement over that book died down, people began asking about my upcoming book, which releases this September. When the question arises, I usually hesitate for a moment, trying to quiet the flip-flop of my stomach. “It’s about a girl who is passionate about missions and auto racing—in 1916.” Blank stares. Or confused ones. It’s obviously not the missions part that throws people. It’s the auto racing. The first question I usually hear is, “They raced cars back then?” “They sure did,” I reply. “And at speeds near 100 mph.” Eyebrows usually shoot sky high about now. How in the world, you might ask, did such a story come into being? To be honest, I’m not really sure! While doing some general research in the time period of 1910-1920, I ran across an article about an. . .
Marc Royce stares out of the helicopter, a sense of foreboding rising with the volcanic cloud. Below, the Rift Valley slashes across Africa like a scar. Decades of conflicts, droughts, and natural disasters have left their mark.
Dispatched to audit a relief organization, Royce is thrust into the squalor and chaos of Kenyan refugee camps. But his true mission focuses on the area’s reserves of once-obscure minerals now indispensable to high-tech industries. These strategic elements—called rare earth—have inflamed tensions on the world’s stage and stoked tribal rivalries. As Royce prepares to report back to Washington, he seizes on a bold and risky venture for restoring justice to this troubled land.
But this time, Royce may have gone too far.
What made you interested in writing Christian Historical Fiction? Do you write any other genres? I’ve always been interested in history. My parents valued family heritage and history highly. I was a college history major. There are so many fascinating true stories in the past! They inspire me to write fiction, but sometimes the true story is more incredible than the fictional one. And yes, I write mystery, suspense and women’s fiction as well. Are there any other Christian Historical Fiction authors that you think your readers would enjoy? There are many out there! I personally enjoy Kim Sawyer, Deeanne Gist, Tracie Peterson, Vickie McDonough, Cathy Marie Hake, and others. Are there bits and pieces that were cut in editing that you might ever share with your readers? Yes, if space had allowed, I would have shared more about Anne and Daniel’s childhoods. Is the Prairie Dreams Series for those. . .
In mid-June I shared with you Lisa’s awesome new series and today, get to know the awesome Lisa! What made you interested in writing Christian Historical Fiction? Do you write any other genres? Are there any other Christian Historical Fiction authors that you think your readers would enjoy? Are there bits and pieces that were cut in editing that you might ever share with your readers? I first started with THE CAPTAIN’S BRIDE, way back in 1995 or so. I was interested in following a group of immigrants from Norway, since that’s where my ancestors came from. And I found that I loved the epic backdrop historicals offer a story, so I’ve done historical ever since. I also write fantasy/time travel (River of Time Series) and have written contemporaries in the past. I think my readers would enjoy Liz Curtis Higgs, Francine Rivers, Angela Hunt, Julie Lessman, and Julie Klassen.. . .
Tuesday, July 17th is going to be a very special day for 2X best-selling author M.B. Tosi. She writes a unique series of historical romance fiction books about Native America during the Indian Wars, and July 17th will be the official book launch for her second best-selling book, The Secret Path of Destiny. I thought you’d like to get to know more about her before her book launch. 1) Tell us about your second book, The Secret Path of Destiny. Throughout all centuries, people wonder who they are, why they’re here, and what their purpose is. It is no different for Isolde, a young German-American woman in 1865 in The Secret Path of Destiny, which is Book Two in The Indian Path Series about Native American tribes in the late 1800s. Life is tough for Isolde. She has a disability, her father has just died, and she and her mother. . .
Treasure Is Found Where Least Expected Book 3 of the Popular Backwoods Brides Series A treasure hunter finds more than fortune in Texas in the latest from popular historical romance author, Marcia Gruver. Set for publication in July 2012, Hunter’s Prize is the third and final installment of the Backwoods Brides series. Pearson Foster has high hopes for finding the lost cargo of a sunken steamer when he arrives in Marshall, Texas. Yet he soon hears of an even more valuable treasure hidden somewhere in town. Addie McRae accepts a job as a governess to young Cedric Whitfield, unaware that danger is near. When the Whitfield household suddenly becomes the target of a string of robberies and an attempted kidnapping, Addie turns to Pearson for help—and provides the perfect opportunity for Pearson to find the treasure before it falls into unscrupulous hands. But will unexpected attraction get the better of. . .
What made you interested in writing Christian Historical Fiction? Do you write any other genres? I had never intended to write historical fiction. When I first started writing I wrote contemporary romance. I thought historical fiction would be too much work–now the research is one of my favorite parts! I do write contemporary fiction, too–mostly Amish and novels with family themes. I also write articles and non-fiction. Pretty much if I come up with an idea I want to write about it! Are there any other Christian Historical Fiction authors that you think your readers would enjoy? Oh yes. I love books by Francine Rivers, Tamera Alexander, Robin Lee Hatcher, Sarah Sundin, Cara Putman, and Susan May Warren. I’ve also had many people compare my books to those written by Brock and Bodie Thoene. This is an honor for me since I feel in love with their historical novels first!. . .
First Book of the Enthralling Song of the River Series Cruise down the Mississippi where a maiden, determined to gain financial independence, embarks upon a riverboat business. Join Natchez belle Lily Anderson for a riverboat venture this June in Lily; book one in the new Song of the River series. In 1859 Natchez, Mississippi, Lily Anderson is determined to thwart a marriage of convenience. She embarks on a riverboat venture to keep her and her two sisters afloat financially. But gambler Blake Matthews has won part ownership of Lily’s riverboat. How will their business profit if he and the feisty Mississippi miss disagree about almost everything? The affluent Jean Luc Champney will do anything to get back what he lost in a card game, including wooing and endangering the pretty new owner. Will the siren song of the river evolve into a serenade or a somber lament? Publication Information Lily. . .