Andrea Kuhn Boeshaar has 26 published novels, 8 published novellas, and a host of collective nonfiction under her belt. She knows the peaks and valleys of the publishing industry and loves to share her experience with other writers. She was an agent for more than 10 years, but is now writing full-time and is represented by the Steve Laube Agency.
Some of Andrea’s recent titles (2008 to present) include: Love Finds You in Miracle, Kentucky (Summerside Press); Be Still…and Let Your Nail Polish Dry (nonfiction with authors Sandie Bricker, Loree Lough, and Debby Mayne – Summerside Press); Heartland Heroes (a collection of 3 short novels, Barbour Publishing) and Seasons of Redemption series, which includes: Unwilling Warrior (Realms/Charisma House) Uncertain Heart (Realms) and Unexpected Love (Realms) Undaunted Faith (Realms). Another series, Fabric of Time, is already contracted for. The first book Threads of Hope, released in January of 2012.
Additionally, Andrea is a certified Christian life coach. She is presently taking classes to be certified in Christian counseling.
Andrea is a cofounder of ACFW. She’s taught at several of the organization’s conferences as well as the Oregon Christian Writers Conference, Write-To-Publish, and Mt. Hermon Christian Writers Conference. Presently, she serves as the vice president in the Wisconsin chapter of Romance Writers of America (WisRWA).
What are some of the spiritual themes you like to write about?
Trust is a big spiritual theme that I like to write about. So many times we can say or even feel that we trust the Lord – but what happens when the bank forecloses on your home? What happens when a child dies? Those are the times that trust is crucial because we cannot understand the whys behind the situations. I can honestly say that I am learning to trust the Lord with all my heart and not lean on my own understanding. But it’s a journey.
What other books of yours are coming out soon?
Threads of Hope released last month. It’s a historical set in
and book one
in my brand new series Fabric of Time,
published with Charisma Media/Realms. Wisconsin
A revised and updated version of my contemporary novel, Broken Things (first published ten years ago) will soon be available in e-book format for the first time via Amazon/Kindle. I’m very excited to offer this story to my readers in time for Valentine’s Day! Here’s a blurb:
An old photograph prompts Allison Drake Littenberg to return to
and mend fences with family members
and friends, particularly Jack Callahan, the handsome cop she left back in
1969. Now, 30 years later, Jack is bitter from bad decisions and a nasty
divorce. Even so, Allie prays that God will use her own broken past to touch
his life – and the life of a dying, abused, and disheartened woman who proves
to be the key to answering decades of questions. Chicago
Threads of Faith, book two in Fabric of Time, will release in October 2012 and Threads of Love, book three in that series, will be on bookshelves in May 2013.
I read Broken Things when it first came out. I know my readers will like it. If you could spend an evening with one contemporary person (not a family member of yours), who would it be and why?
Well, this may not seem like a very spiritual answer, but in the long run I think it impacts God’s kingdom. I’d like to spend an evening talking with Larry Levinson, a movie producer. He produced Janette Oke’s Love Comes Softly series, which is frequently run on the Hallmark Movie Channel. I’ve got a lot of ideas for movies based on some of my novels and I believe there is a need to continue getting Christian and Inspirational films produced. What a pleasure it would be to discuss my ideas with Mr. Levinson.
What historical person would you like to meet (besides Jesus) and why?
I can’t wait to meet John the Baptizer in Heaven. He was the voice of one, crying in the wilderness. He prepared the way of the Lord. How awesome it will be to hear about his life on earth!
How can you encourage authors who have been receiving only rejections from publishers?
I can tell you that even published authors receive rejection letters. I just got one from the Love Inspired line. While I am currently contracted and so grateful for that fact, it’s also true that my status could change any minute. Book lines fail. Publishers cancel contracts. Publishing companies get sold and major changes occur. None of us is really ever secure in our careers. That said, writers must persevere if they want to succeed in this business, persevere through the rejection and disappointment. I know, first hand, that it’s difficult sometimes. This is a lonely business and discouragement easily sets in. But if you trust in the Lord, delight yourself in the things of God, commit yourself to your calling, the Lord will give you the desire of your heart. That’s a promise from Psalm 37:3-5.
I got the idea for Threads of Hope while researching my family’s history. Here’s a blurb from the novel:
The year is 1848, and Kristin Eikaas has traveled from
with dreams of a new life. But when she arrives, she finds one disappointment
after another. Worse, her superstitious uncle now believes that his neighbor’s
Oneida Indian wife has put a curse on Kristin. Everyone knows the Sundbergs put
spells on people… Wisconsin
Everyone except Kristin. Her run-ins with Sam Sundberg only prove that he is a good man from a Christian family. But when her uncle discovers she’s been associating with Sam, his temper flares. To escape his wrath, Kristin gratefully accepts a job as the Sundbergs’ house girl, finding solace at the family’s spinning wheel.
In the time Sam and Kristin spend together, their friendship develops into much more, and Sam prays about a match between them. But opposition threatens to derail their newfound love. Will they have the courage to stand up for what is right—even against their own families?
Please give us the first page of the book.
It looks like
The thought flittered across nineteen-year-old Kristin Eikaas’s mind as Uncle Lars’s wagon bumped along the dirt road. The docks of
Bay, Wisconsin, were behind them
and now they rode through a wooded area that looked just as enchanting as the
forests she’d left in .
Tall pine trees and giant firs caused the sunshine to dapple on the road.
Kristin breathed in the sweet, fresh air. How refreshing it felt in her lungs
after being at sea for nearly three months and breathing in only salty sea air
or the stale air in her dark, crowded cabin. Norway
A clearing suddenly came into view and, a minute or so later, Kristin eyed the farm fields stretched before her. The sight caused an ache of homesickness. Her poppa had farmed…
“Your trip to
was good, ja?” Uncle Lars asked in Norwegian, giving Kristin a sideways
He resembled her father so much that her heart twisted painfully with renewed grief. Except, she’d heard about Onkel—about his temper—how he had to leave
when he was barely of age, because, Poppa had said, trouble followed him. Norway
But surely he’d grown past all of that. His letters held words of promise and there was little doubt that her uncle had made a new life for himself here in
Just as she would.
Visions of a storefront scampered across her mind’s eye—a shop in which she could sell her finely crocheted and knitted items. A shop in which she could work the spinning wheel, just as Mor had…
Uncle Lars arched a brow. “You are tired, liten niese?”
“Ja. It was a long journey.” Kristin sent him a sideways glance. “I am grateful I did not come alone. The Olstads made good traveling companions.”
Her uncle cleared his throat and lowered his voice. “But you have brought my inheritance, ja?” He arched a brow.
“Ja.” Kristin thought of the priceless possession she’d brought from
“And you would not hold out on your onkel, would you?”
Prickles of unease caused Kristin to shift in her seat. She resisted the urge to touch the tiny gold and silver cross pendent suspended from a dainty chain which hung around her neck. Her dress concealed it. She couldn’t give it up, even though it wasn’t legal for a woman to inherit anything in
But the necklace had been her last gift from Norway A gift from one’s mother
wasn’t an inheritance…was it? “No, Onkel.” Mor.
She turned and peered down from her perch into the back of the wooden wagon bed. Peder Olstad smiled at her and Kristin relaxed some. Just a year older, he was the brother of Kristin’s very best friend who had remained in
their mother. She and Peder had grown up together, and while he could be
annoying and bad tempered at times, he was the closest thing to a brother that
she had. And Sylvia—Sylvia was closer than a sister ever could be. It wouldn’t
be long and she and Mrs. Olstad would come to Norway too. That would be a happy
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My website: www.andreaboeshaar.com
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Thank you for coming by, Andrea. And thank you for allowing me to read the book in manuscript form. I can assure the readers that it's a very good read.
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