Monday, April 18, 2011
Tennessee Brides is a 3-in-1 collection of our three historical Heartsong Presents novels set in Tennessee. These stories came as a result of hearing that Barbour was looking for a series of this type set in Tennessee and my (Aaron) love of Tennessee history, as I grew up in the state. I asked Diane if she wanted to collaborate on the series and she agreed. We then picked three historical events from the nineteenth century—the War of 1812 and the rise of Andrew Jackson, the Cherokee Trail of Tears, and the Civil War—and crafted three stories around these events using three generations of one family.
I know I'm going to enjoy reading them. Did you find it easy to work together on it?
The only way to answer that is with a resounding YES!!! In fact, we loved it so much that we proposed a series for Heartsong Presents set in Mississippi. We got that contract and those books are releasing now. We continue to love working together still. We have signed with the same agent and have signed with Barbour to write a series of full-length novels.
It has changed our writing careers. We have had success as a team and thank God daily for putting us together. We both cannot imagine doing it another way now.
What is the hardest thing about writing as a team?
Honestly, we have not found anything to be hard. We gel so well, pardon the rhyme, the collaboration makes everything easier.
What are you reading right now?
I (Aaron) also work as an editor for Barbour, so I am reading a book that will release in September. I (Diane) just finished Candle in the Darkness by Lynn Austin, a wonderful book.
For our main characters, we try to choose names that would have been used in the times our books are set so we use a lot of names found in the Bible or names that have been around a long time. One main character, Iris, got her name based on the state flower of Tennessee. As for secondary characters, we each name some based on people we know and love.
Would you want to work on another book together?
What do you want to tell us about the book?
We loved telling these stories, and we hope our readers enjoy them, too. We work really hard at our writing, but the things we care about the most are our messages. We want, most of all, to touch people for our Lord, as anything not for Him has no real meaning. Also, we work hard to get the history right. So, we hope our readers can learn a little about this country’s great spiritual and historical heritage, and in this case specifically for the state of Tennessee.
Where can our readers find you on the Internet?
The best place to begin for both of us would be at our agent’s site, stevelaube.com. (Steve is a superb agent, by the way.) Or find us at fictionfinder.com. Diane has a site at dianeashleybooks.com.
What a delight to have both of you on my blog. We'll do this again, for sure.
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