Readers, sorry to be late with this post. James and I had to take our grandson to physical therapy this morning.
Welcome back, Darlene. How did you come up with the idea for this story?
When Barbour decided decided to publish novella anthologies monthly, I decided to try writing a straight “prairie romance.” When I needed four young women (or men) tied together by some common interest, my mind wandered to missions. A local women’s group who takes on mission projects—only local projects, where they could meet the heroes as they go about doing their good deeds. From there, I went with fixtures of the genre: a school teacher, a soldier, a reformed prostitute—and a girl who sets out to bring the wealthiest man out of his self-imposed solitude.
That sounds like a fun book. If you were planning a party with Christian authors of contemporary fiction, what six people would you invite and why?
Oh, you’re asking tough questions! I might ask my fellow
Oklahoma authors – Linda Goodnight, Julie
Jarnigan, Robin Patchen, Margaret Daley, as well as Brandilyn Collins and
wonderful Spyglass mystery writers Mary Conneally and Nancy Mehl. I’ve worked
with all of them, except Brandilyn, and I admire their work. I don’t read a lot
of contemporary Christian fiction, so I’m not as well acquainted with the
Now let’s do that for a party for Christian authors of historical fiction, what six people would you invite and why?
This is tough. I have enjoyed anything I’ve read by Liz Curtis Higgs, Laurie Kingery, and Amanda Cabot. I’d love to party with my critique partners: Susan Page Davis, Carla Olson Gade, Cindy Hickey, and Lynette Sowell. Fellow Okies Janet Barton, Lacy Williams, Kathleen Turner, Vickie McDonough, and Regina Jennings would be fun to party with. I’m sure I’m missing some authors whom I truly enjoy and I apologize in advice for the oversight!
I didn’t know that
Regina Jennings is an author. Of
course, I know the rest of them. Many times, people (and other authors) think
you have it made with so many books published. What is your most difficult
problem with writing at this time in your career? Oklahoma
My health! I have had unexpected problems arise in the course of each contract for at least the last year. Most recently, I was put on bed rest while finishing Homefront Dreams (turned in June 1). I have made the difficult decision to dial back my writing goals and to allow myself longer in writing each book. I want to speed up and hate to slow down.
Also, I struggle with trusting God to open the right doors. I would love to write (more) trade books but so far God has closed that door for the time being.
Trade books are getting harder for all of us. Tell us about the featured book.
While sowing good deeds, four
Kansas women reap romance. Gladys Polson
helps a crotchety widower. Annie Bliss knits for soldiers. Birdie Landry sews
dresses for saloon girls looking for a
career change. Schoolteacher Ruth Fairfield takes on three orphan
children and their new guardian. How will God stitch love into their
Please give us the first page of the book.
Gladys checked the baskets on the kitchen table. Red calico bows she’d festooned with small white flowers peeked out between juniper branches. Such cheerful decorations should improve even crochety widower Norman Keller’s spirits in the middle of the miserable
Ma carried a couple of baskets to the family wagon, together with garlands of fragrant juniper branches. “Maybe it would be good if I came with you.”
Gladys came close to agreeing when she remembered the last time she had knocked on Mr. Keller’s door. The growl with which he greeted carolers could have passed for Ebenezer Scrooge’s. “I’ll see how it goes today. I’d like to do this on my own, if I can. I’ll be back in time to help with supper.”
Grateful for the January thaw that made an outdoor project possible, Gladys buttoned up her winter coat and drew on her mittens before heading out to the wagon. When she’d decided to reach out to Norman Keller, she hadn’t considered how to keep her activities a secret. To avoid attention, she would keep her wagon off
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