Welcome back, Jude. Why do you write the kind of books you do?
I write in the Christian genre (in both fiction and nonfiction) because of being a Christian and because when I decided to seriously tackle writing, I made the deliberate choice to be in this genre.
Besides when you came to know the Lord, what is the happiest day in your life?
There have been many, but I’d have to say when my children were born.
How has being published changed your life?
It has fulfilled a long-held dream for me, but also, it has opened my life to a whole set of new friends and information.
What are you reading right now?
A biography of Martin Luther King, and always a Max Lucado book, but just finished Girls of Riyadh, which was fascinating and fun to read.
What is your current work in progress?
I’m working on a short story for submission for a potential anthology. I have a third novel completed that I’m shopping. I’m also continuing to write my column for Maximum Living, a magazine for women’s health and spirituality.
What would be your dream vacation?
One of my “impossible dreams” is to go to
I know, I know, not most people’s dream vacation, but a place I want to see.
How do you choose your settings for each book?
The setting for my Chronicles of Chanute Crossing Series is
and this is where my ancestors were from and writing these books with that
setting are sort of a completion of work begun by my mother in the 1930’s. She
wrote sweet love stories with the same setting. My newest novel, Then Comes Hope, also begins in TN, but continues in Pickett County, TN Jamaica. Jamaica is just a place of interest
for me, plus beautiful.
If you could spend an evening with one person who is currently alive, who would it be and why?
Lena, this is hard.
Besides my husband, whom I always enjoy spending time with, I’d say Max Lucado
or Billy Graham or the Dali Llama. Why? They have influenced me spiritually and
it would be fun to ask some “what if” questions of them and just listen to their
What are your hobbies, besides writing and reading?
Paint, as on a canvas, genealogy, gardening, volunteering at church and for our local Housing Authority.
What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?
To give myself “permission” to give it the amount of time it requires. I overcome this by trying to be efficient (LOL), work when my husband is gone (He’s never gone!) and saying no to things I’ve no business doing.
What advice would you give to a beginning author?
If you know you “must” write, just do it and continue doing it. Have the hide of an elephant and the patience of Job!
Tell us about the featured book.
I resisted writing this sequel until my publisher “sort of” suggested it. I thought I was tired of all these characters in book one and needed a break from them! Was I the one to be surprised. I fell in love with the scoundrel Willard and loosened my heart to the she-devil Elizabeth. I saw myself, I saw every other human, in these two flawed people. But I loved who they became with help of God and Seth and Kate, heroes of book one.
Please give us the first page of the book.
Chill, Willard, chill.
I have to act cool if I want to bump Seth Orbin out of this big sale and I do. Oh, yes I do.
He transferred the phone receiver to his other ear. This conversation was heating up.
''Well, you see, Hansford, in my opinion, the wood from Orbin Sawmills is inferior and will not meet your expectations, by any means. I don't sell wood, but in my career as a paper salesman, I've seen a lot of wood, if I do say so. I know you're used to the best wood available."
He paused and paced around his desk.
''Now, there is this mill in Burkesville I think you'd like and I know a man who can get you the very best deal there is. Want me to talk to him?"
Willard waited, wiped sweat from his brow, and ran his fingers around the neck of his collar.
''You do?" He hesitated just slightly. "Great." A silent sigh of relief shuddered through him, but a smile crawled up his face. ''I'll get right on it and call you back."
Maybe a few more sweet deals like this will make ole' Seth hurt.
He laughed and began dialing.
Willard Wittenberg had a vendetta to settle with Seth Orbin. His fiancée Elizabeth Koger had a vendetta to settle with Kate, Seth's pregnant wife.
Kate tucked a stray, red curl behind her ear and placed her hand under her bulging abdomen, giving it a little hoist upward as the baby gave a hard kick. She touched what had to be a foot sticking out making a firm lump.
Seth walked into the sunny kitchen.
''Katalina, hate it, but I'll be late for dinner tonight. Remember I'm meeting again with Ninville about that big order? I'm sorry, dear." He placed arms around her swelling body in time to receive the next kick. ''Oh, gymnastics this morning, huh?" He nibbled at her ear and placed a soft kiss on her neck. ''Are you all right?"
''Seth, I'm fine, honey. Just tired. Your baby is sure strong willed. Oh, remember, I see Doctor Bertram for a checkup today? Right after I take Benji to preschool."
''Be sure to call me after your appointment and let me know how it went. Goodbye, love." He brushed her lips softly, but then took her in his arms and lowered his mouth to hers for a long kiss.
''Hey, there, husband, I will see you later. Remember?" Kate laughed. She touched fingers to his lips and locked with his pewter colored eyes. Eyes she had always loved.
''That's just to help me remember better. See you." He laughed and walked to the door.
Benji ran into the room. ''Bye, Daddy, bye! I know I already said goodbye, but wanted to say it again." A big grin hitched up his mouth from side to side.
Seth turned, bent on one knee, looked his little stepson in the eyes and tousled his hair. ''Bye again, Benji. Have a good day, will you?"
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