It's that time of year again. Christmas stories and novella collections are coming out. I'm happy to host three of my favorite authors with their novella collection.
How did your story for the collection come about?
Stephanie: Many years ago I read an anecdote written by a sod house pioneer involving a snowbound train. It was only a couple of paragraphs of a pioneer’s memory, but the idea captivated me. When I heard that Barbour was open to new ideas for Christmas collections, I remembered that snowbound train on the prairie, and I contacted my agent to see if she thought Barbour would be interested in an anthology with a quilt theme. The answer was yes, so I invited two of my best writing friends—and two women whose historical fiction I admire—Judith Miller and Nancy Moser to join the project.
What are you reading right now?
Judith: I just finished Laura Frantz’s new book, Love’s Reckoning—I highly recommend it!
Steph: I’ve been re-reading A Patchwork Christmas, now that I have the actual book in my hands. It’s fun to see how Judy and Nancy’s stories ended up, after all our brain-storming and after the final edit. I’m also reading My Name is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok.
What other books have you had published?
Judith: Since all of us are multi-published, it might be best for readers to take a peek at our websites where they’ll find complete lists of our books. www.judithmccoymiller.com www.stephaniegracewhitson.com and www.nancymoser.com
What is the hardest thing about writing a part of a novella collection?
Stephanie: For me personally, the “extras” were the hardest part about this project. Finding recipes our readers would enjoy, coordinating the craft projects, and then working out the details of the give-away associated with the book’s release took a lot more time than I thought it would. And I still have to make the doll quilt we’re giving away!
How did collaborating with this team impact you?
Stephanie: It helped me a lot, because it was like having two extra editors, since we critiqued each other’s work as we developed our stories. I loved that part of the process.
How do you choose your characters’ names?
Steph: I collect names from local histories related to my setting and around the era that my story takes place. I also collect names from cemeteries.
What did you want the reader to take away from your story?
Steph: God is often doing His best work when, to us, it looks like circumstances out of our control have ruined everything.
Are you a member of American Christian Fiction Writers? If so, why?
Judith: Yes, I joined back when the organization first began and have continued my membership ever since. I enjoy the fellowship of other writers.
Steph: Yes, I’m a member. It’s a great resource, both for information and for fellowship.
What is the best piece of advice you received as an author?
Where can my readers find you on the Internet?
www.stephaniewhitson.com, www.Facebook.stephaniegracewhitson.com, www.footnotesfromhistory.blogspot.comwww.nancymoser.com, https://www.facebook.com/nancymoser.author
Thank you, ladies, for the interesting article. And I just love the quilt samples you shared with us.
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