Monday, May 10, 2010
I have always loved history and thinking about what life would have like back then. Research uncovers so many fascinating things to learn about life in the past.
Besides when you came to know the Lord, what is the happiest day in your life?
My wedding day. Fifty years ago, I married the love of my life and we’ve truly lived an adventure.
James and I are just a few years behind you. How has being published changed your life?
I’m constantly on a deadline and don’t have as much time for some things I did before.
What are you reading right now?
Haven’t had much time for reading lately, but I just finished your book and loved it.
I'm glad you liked it. What is your current work in progress?
Book 4 in the series is Caroline’s Choice.
What would be your dream vacation?
To go back to the Swiss Alps with my husband.
I've always wanted to experience the Alps. How do you choose your settings for each book?
Depends on the mood and how the plot will develop. Sometimes I have the place before the book and then work my story to fit that place.
If you could spend an evening with one person who is currently alive, who would it be and why?
I think I would like to spend some time with Laura Bush. She is a great supporter of literacy for children and I think that’s an important thing we all should support.
What are your hobbies, besides writing and reading?
I once sewed all my own clothes and scrapbooked, but no longer have time for them. Now any spare time is spent with the grandchildren whenever possible and volunteering at our church.
What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?
What advice would you give to a beginning author?
Pray, be patient and persevere
Tell us about the featured book?
Dove is Lucy’s best friend and has always admired Luke Anderson. Her Cherokee heritage creates problems with Luke’s mother as she was left for dead after a massacre of her family.
Please give us the first page of the book.
“…weeping may endure for the night, but joy cometh in the morning.”
Psalm 30:5 KJV
Oklahoma Territory 1897
Today was not a good day for a wedding. It was Lucinda Bishop’s wedding day and he wasn’t the groom. The sun may be shining outside, but Luke Anderson’s insides rolled and tumbled like the dark clouds before a storm. His feelings should have been under control by now, and they had been up until this moment. Now Lucy’s image rolled through his mind like pictures on a stereo-optic machine.
He shook his head and snatched off his tie. Anger filled his heart. His eyes closed tight and he prayed for God to take away his negative feelings. All thoughts of Lucinda must be put away as part of his past and not his future.
Calm swept through him as the Lord’s peace took over. Still he’d rather do anything else, like stay behind and keep the store open. Pa didn’t worry about the business he’d be losing by closing down for the day because most of the town folk would be at the church. He shrugged his arms into the sleeves of his jacket. He hated having to wear a suit in this heat. With his tie now securely back in place, Luke headed downstairs to meet his parents.
His mother tilted her head and looked him over from head to foot. “I must say you do look especially handsome today.” She nodded her approval and turned for the door.
Luke tugged at his collar and forced himself to smile. She must have thought he’d come down in his work clothes.
His sister beamed at him. “You are handsome, even if you are my brother.”
Luke shook his head and followed her outside. “You look very pretty yourself, Alice.”
She looked up at him and furrowed her brow. “Thank you, I think.”
Luke relaxed as his sister’s comments. He usually ridiculed or teased her, but she did look pretty today with her blond curls dancing on her shoulders. At sixteen, she had the notice of a few boys in her class at school.
The tightness in his chest loosened. He’d get through this day.
How can readers find you on the Internet?
http://www.marthawrogers.com/ and firstname.lastname@example.org . My website is presently undergoing reconstruction and should be up and running soon.
Thank you, Martha, for spending this time with us today. Hope I get to see you when I'm in The Woodlands next weekend.
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