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*
It was last July when I first had Anne by for a very wonderful Coming Soon from the Pen post, and today I want to welcome her back! Please note, links may be affiliate links. This does not affect your price, but may give me a few pennies to support my homeschool and book buying habits. Thank you. Time seems to fly. It seems it was only a few years ago when you published your first book Wings of a Dream (on sale for $6 when I last checked!). How has being published changed your life? Publication has been an interesting journey. While I went into it with my eyes more wide open than most–I’d walked through the process many times with my longtime critique partner and friend, Mary DeMuth–I have still been surprised at how publication has changed my writing and my days. No matter how you slice it, once. . .
Time seems to fly. It’s hard to believe you published your first book, The Unflappable Miss Fairchild, 15 years ago and that your August release, The Courting Campaign, marks your 25th book. How has being published changed your life? It’s opened up new worlds, both in terms of research that takes me to far places and in terms of meeting new friends. Years ago, writing was a solitary pursuit. Now, I’ve met authors who write about the same time period I do, or who approach writing in the same way I do. It’s very encouraging! Christian Historical Fiction seems to be your main genre. Is it your favorite to write? Definitely! I’ve tried to write mysteries or fantasy, but the romance keeps creeping in. I have a hard time reading a book or watching a movie that doesn’t have some sort of interplay between male and female characters. I’ve also. . .
Brand New from the Pen interview Hi everyone! Thanks so much for opportunity to join you here. What made you interested in writing Christian Historical Fiction? Do you write any other genres? In central Arizona, I live at the base of Mingus Mountain, home to the most vertical town in the United States—Jerome. More than twenty years ago, when I first visited the Jerome State Historic Park, the Douglas Mansion, I became fascinated with the historic copper mining camp’s history and the romantic appeal of the late 1890’s. Soon thereafter, I entertained the idea of writing a historical novel set in Jerome during its boom town years in the late 1890s. Some of those seeds sprouted in my debut series, The Sinclair Sisters of Cripple Creek, set in the late 1890s, in a gold mining camp in Colorado. Before WaterBrook Multnomah published my debut novel, Two Brides Too Many, I. . .
Today is special, with a new-to-me author from Thomas Nelson ♥ Zondervan, part of the merger in HarperCollins Christian Publishing. Please join me in welcoming Liz Tolsma! What made you interested in writing Christian Historical Fiction? Do you write any other genres? I love to read and I love to read historicals. History has always fascinated me, so it was the right fit. I’ve tried to write contemporary and chick lit, but my best work, my truest voice, is when I write Christian historical. Are there any other Christian Historical Fiction authors that you think your readers would enjoy? They would enjoy Sarah Sundin, Cara Putman, Tricia Goyer Are there bits and pieces that were cut in editing that you might ever share with your readers? When I write, I always keep a file called “deletes”, in case I should ever need that deleted scene or chapter back. I never have. There. . .
In September 2012, we welcomed Sarah Sundin in her first Coming Soon from the Pen post. (http://creativemadnessmama.com/blog/2012/09/01/sarah-sundin/) Yet, today I’m over the top delighted to welcome her back again to ChristianHistoricalFiction.com and Creative Madness Mama in a sequel interview!
What made you interested in writing Christian Historical Fiction? Do you write any other genres? I gave my heart and life to Jesus Christ before I began writing with a hope of seeing one of my stories published, so it was natural for me to include a spiritual thread in that first novel begun back in 1991. In my stories, characters have always been challenged by and grown and changed in relation to the God of the Bible. Even so, for a few years I wasn’t sure if the Christian market was where I belonged. Books like I was writing weren’t being published back in the early 90s, or few of them were. Boy howdy, has the market ever expanded in the last 20 years, much to my delight. Most mainstream genres are embraced now and I’m happy that frontier stories set in the 18th century, like my debut, Burning. . .
I’m always intrigued to meet new authors, and today is another mysterious day as I open the floor to Julianna Deering! What made you interested in writing Christian Historical Fiction? Do you write any other genres? I’ve always enjoyed reading historical fiction. Contemporary doesn’t interest me as much, because contemporary life is all around me all the time. Historical takes me somewhere else, away from my daily life. I remember how happy I was when I first found out that there was historical fiction with a Christian worldview. It was only natural for me to write what I enjoyed most. I do write contemporary cozy mystery, too, for Annie’s Attic and under my real name, DeAnna Julie Dodson. I enjoy this particular series because it centers around a group of ladies who do various types of needlework (quilting, cross stitch, knitting, crochet, etc.) and I’ve always enjoyed needlecraft. I mostly. . .
What is something that you have never told anyone in an author interview?
If I want to totally relax and clear my head I will sit down and watch ten or twelve hours of 24 or West Wing at a sitting.
What made you interested in writing Christian Historical Fiction? Do you write any other genres? I decided to write Christian fiction when I realized I wanted to write the story of Mary Magdalene. Because of my first publisher’s request, I ended up writing two books set in the Old Testament first. I liked doing those books, but I LOVED writing Mary’s story. I am so glad that Worthy decided to publish it. Are there any other Historical Fiction books that you wrote and think your readers would enjoy? I wrote forty six novels before I tackled the story of Mary. I wrote many historical romances set in the regency period of English history; I wrote two medieval mysteries; I wrote a trilogy of books about Dark Ages Britain; I even wrote a trilogy of books set in pre-historic times, when the great cave paintings were done in France and Spain.. . .
What made you interested in writing Christian Historical Fiction? Do you write any other genres? I had written historical romances from a Christian worldview for secular publishers, but I heard a presentation on the Love Inspired publishing lines at a conference, and I was really impressed with their vision and hopes of reaching both believers and non-believers. So, I started querying, and they made me an offer I couldn’t refuse! Are there any other Christian Historical Fiction authors that you think your readers would enjoy? Mary Moore, Ruth Axtell Morren, Laurie Alice Eakes, and Julie Klassen are some of my personal favorites. Are there bits and pieces that were cut in editing that you might ever share with your readers? Rarely, and not for my most recent book. I tend to write tightly, so my editor usually has to ask me to add rather than delete. 🙂 What is your. . .
What made you interested in writing Christian Historical Fiction? Aaron has loved this genre since reading Gilbert Morris’s The Honorable Imposter when it first released. Diane grew up reading Regency stories and Grace Livingston Hill. We just combined these loves into a shared interest. Do you write any other genres? While all of our co-written works are historical, Diane’s first published work was a contemporary novella, “Santa’s Prayer,” in the collection, A Connecticut Christmas. We do have stories lurking in the backs of our minds that are in other genres, and we hope to tell them someday. Are there any other Christian Historical Fiction authors that you think your readers would enjoy? Oh my, there are so many we love. Tracie Peterson is of course fantastic. We love Janet Lee Barton, Rhonda Gibson, and Sylvia Barnes, also. To mention a couple of newer ones that your readers may not be. . .
I write Christian Historical Romance because that’s what I like to read. I enjoy bringing history to life and adding a spiritual element to my stories. I dabbled with contemporary romance once, but I’m smitten with the historical genre, the Victorian era in particular.
A Lady in the Making by Susan Page Davis / Prairie Dreams Series Book Three October 2012 / $12.99 / 320 Pages / Paperback ISBN: 978-1-61626-441-3 Susan Page Davis takes readers on a rollicking ride with romance in A Lady in the Making, book three in the Prairie Dreams series releasing October 2012. Millie Evans has changed, choosing to leave rather than join an outlaw gang with her brother. Hoping for a new future, she boards a stagecoach but runs into her past and David Stone—a man she and her brother once tried to swindle. As she tries to convince David she’s changed, her brother’s gang holds up the stagecoach. Fighting beside David goes a long way to softening his heart, but he’s still not convinced. Millie must trust God to show David the truth, but will he see before it’s too late? Susan Page Davis is the author of. . .
Olivia Newport Creates a Riveting Love Story That Transcends All Generations A woman searches for protection and discovers a new life and love amid the Amish in Accidentally Amish, book one in Olivia Newport’s new series Valley of Choices, releasing October 2012. With her high-tech career in jeopardy, Annie Friesen runs from fast-paced Colorado Springs—and straight into the hospitality of San Luis Valley’s Amish community. There she meets cabinetmaker Rufus Beiler, and the more time she spends with him, the more attracted she becomes. When Annie finds she shares a common ancestor with Rufus, she feels both cultures colliding within her. But is her love for Rufus strong enough for her to give up the only life she’s ever known? About the Author Olivia Newport’s novels twist through time to find where faith and passions meet. Her husband and two twenty-something children provide welcome distraction from the people stomping through. . .