Welcome back, Gail. I loved book one in this series. How did you come up with the idea for this story?
This is something different than I’ve done before. Often I’ve taken a minor character from a previous book and built a story around them, but this time, I took the last scene from The Narrow Path – the first book in my Mennonite series – and rewrote it from the new character’s perspective, and then built the story around why he was there in the first place.
I did something like that in my McKenna’s Daughters series. I rewrote the prologue from book one from the perspective of a different character who was impacted by the event.
If you were planning a party with Christian authors of contemporary fiction, what six people would you invite and why?
I’d invite those in my critique group who write contemporary. We’ve shared so much over the last few years it would just be natural because we’ve walked the road together.
Now let’s do that for a party for Christian authors of historical fiction, what six people would you invite and why?
I’d invite those in my critique group who write historical, of course. There isn’t six, so I’d invite those from my
Bloomfield group who also write historical.
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?
Time. I have a full time day job. Income from the books for the average mid-list author doesn’t come close to being able to pay the mortgage, car payments, and all other living expenses. It’s a challenge to live a busy life and still have the brainpower to write when the day is done and other responsibilities are met.
Tell us about the featured book.
This is the 2nd book in my contemporary Mennonite series. Unlike the Amish, the Old Order Mennonite group I’ve focused on lives a more contemporary life and doesn’t separate themselves as much from the outside world. They do, however, still keep themselves relatively separate to keep out the evils of the world around them. In continuing with the theme of the first book, in this one my hero comes into the Old Order Mennonite community from the outside world and makes his home there, facing challenges of the present, and his past as he tries to fit in. Coming from the other side of the fence, the heroine in this book wants to leave the Old Order Mennonite community, and needs the hero’s help to prepare herself. So she helps him prepare to stay, he helps her to prepare to leave; as they fall in love can there be a middle ground?
Please give us the first page of the book.
The Path to Piney Meadows
By Gail Sattler
Chad Jones stared into the bottom of his empty mug. Above him, peals of drunken laughter echoed down from the office Christmas party of the business on the floor above him, in progress since noon.
sat alone, on Christmas Eve, working. Without coffee. But he could smell the
dregs from what was left in the bottom of the pot, empty for hours, since
everyone else had gone home.
Not that he had many guests. It was too embarrassing. The building looked passable from the outside, but there was a reason the rent was cheaper than other buildings in the same area.
Upstairs, someone turned up the volume of Jingle Bell Rock.
With every thump of the bass, the tape dispenser on
He stared at the pile of paper
Gary had plunked on his desk before he’d
walked out. Gary
had left early to be with his family. Chad
didn’t have anywhere to go, and Gary
knew it, but that wasn’t the point.
After all this time, he could finally admit that his boss had no intention of making him a partner. Everything had been a ploy to get more work out of him. The only thing that would shake greedy
into really making him partner was if Gary
actually had to do all his own work.
I can’t wait until my copy comes. How can readers find you on the Internet?My website at www.gailsattler.com
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