Answer Susan's question at the end of the interview to be entered into a chance to win a copy of Captive Trail
Why do you write the kind of books you do?
I love a good story. I have lots of ideas. When an editor likes one, that’s what I write. But I think, as varied as they are, all have in common a thread of hope and often forgiveness. Those are very important topics to me.
Besides when you came to know the Lord, what is the happiest day in your life?
Probably my wedding day. That was a long time ago, but it marks the beginning of a great partnership.
How has being published changed your life?
I’m now the main breadwinner of the family. That’s kinda scary. It means I spend a lot less time outside than I used to, too, and a lot less time on hobbies. But I love it anyway.
What are you reading right now?
Make a Scene, by Jordan Rosenfeld
What is your current work in progress?
I’m writing another western, but this one’s much lighter in tone. Lady in the Making will be the third in my new Prairie Dreams series. In it, a lady with a past has to convince a gentleman that she really is a lady now.
What would be your dream vacation?
Any place with lots of history. I’d love to see Maachu Pichu, for instance. Ruins rock.
How do you choose your settings for each book?
Sometimes it’s chosen for me. With Captive Trail, the first thing we knew about our series was that it would be set in Texas. Other times I fall in love with a place and want to put some characters there. I have several books set in Maine, because I love it and know it so well.
If you could spend an evening with one person who is currently alive, who would it be and why?
My daughter who lives in England. We hoped to go and visit her this year but were unable to do that.
What three things about you would surprise readers?
I used to shoe horses; I homeschooled my six children; and I am a stroke survivor.
What are your hobbies, besides writing and reading?
Reading, genealogy, logic puzzles and ciphers. In the past I did a lot of needlework, but I haven’t had time for that lately.
What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?
Lack of time for the writing-related tasks such as reading galleys, critiquing for friends, filling out art sheets, and promoting my books. I just do what I can and accept that I’m not superhuman.
What advice would you give to a beginning author?
Read a lot. Write something every day. And grow a thick skin, so you’re ready to accept constructive criticism.
Tell us about the book.
Taabe Waipu has run away from her Comanche village and is fleeing south in Texas on a horse she stole from a dowry left outside her family’s teepee. The horse has an accident and she is left on foot, injured and exhausted. She staggers onto a road near Fort Chadbourne and collapses.
On one of the first runs through Texas, Butterfield Overland Mail Company driver Ned Bright carries two Ursuline nuns returning to their mission station. They come across a woman who is nearly dead from exposure and dehydration and take her to the mission.
With some detective work, Ned discovers Taabe Waipu’s identity. He plans to unite her with her family, but the Comanche have other ideas, and the two end up defending the mission station. Through Taabe and Ned we learn the true meaning of healing and restoration amid seemingly powerless situations.
Captive Trail is second in a six-book series about four generations of the Morgan family living, fighting, and thriving amidst a turbulent Texas history spanning from 1845 to 1896. Award-winning authors Vickie McDonough and Darlene Franklin also contribute to this series—we have two books each. And each book can be read on its own.
What do you want readers to take away from the book?
Forgiveness and reconciliation are vital in this book. And I hope they enjoy the story!
What one question would you like us to ask your readers?
Are you better at forgiving or at apologizing?
Tell us about the giveaway you’re offering.
We’re giving away a copy of Captive Trail.
Sunday, September 4, 2011
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