Bio: Nancy Moser is the best-selling author of more than twenty novels. She is a winner and two-time nominee of the Christy Award, and her latest novel was named to Booklist's "Top 10 Romance Novels of 2011." Nancy and her husband have three grown children and three grandchildren, and they live in the
Tell us how much of yourself you write into your characters.
I certainly draw on my own experiences, but my characters are far more exciting, evil, or good than I am!
What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
A few years ago I went parasailing in
Mexico—and I’m afraid of heights! But
when I saw a whale breech in the water beneath me, it was worth it.
When did you first discover that you were a writer?
In third grade my teacher used to have me go into the first grade class and read my stories, so I guess story-telling has always been a part of me.
Tell us the range of the kinds of books you enjoy reading.
I like biographies, Tudor history, true crime, Jane Austen, and Edith Wharton.
How do you keep your sanity in our run, run, run world?
I watch movies! I adore movies and love how I can experience an entire story in another world in under two hours. Plus, I have an excuse to eat popcorn.
How do you choose your characters’ names?
I go to the Social Security Administration. They have the 5 most popular names for the past 100 years. http://www.ssa.gov/oact/babynames/top5names.html . I also read movie credits and go to the library and scan the spines of books.
What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of?
I’m most proud of being married 38 years and raising three great kids into adulthood. I have no idea how we pulled off either one, but I feel very blessed.
If you were an animal, which one would you be, and why?
A porpoise. I’d love to be able to live in and out of the water, and to swim and jump with joy.
What is your favorite food?
Crispy onion rings with ranch dressing.
What is the problem with writing that was your greatest roadblock, and how did you overcome it?
Rejection is still difficult—even after 30 books. I give myself ten minutes to cry and pout, and then I go back to the submission and see what needs to be changed to make it better. It can always be better.
Tell us about the featured book.
The Journey of Josephine Cain is about a D.C. socialite right after the Civil War (late 1860’s). Her father (an ex-Union general) gets a job as the head of construction on the Transcontinental Railroad which was to link the east and west. Josephine thinks her future is in D.C. as the wife of a wealthy man, but as she visits her father out west she discovers an entirely new side to her character. It surprises her, and she is challenged to find her unique purpose. She becomes the woman God wants her to be.
Please give us the first page of the book.
April 14, 1865
Life was good.
Josephine Cain beamed as she and her mother entered Ford’s Theatre on the arms of her father, who smiled graciously at those offering congratulations and greetings.
An artillery sergeant approached them. “It is quite the celebration, is it not, General Cain?”
Josephine had become very good at recognizing a soldier’s rank by his chevrons and sashes. This man wore the red wool of a non-commissioned officer.
Papa wore the buff sash of a general. This very evening Josephine had embraced the honor of wrapping Papa’s sash twice around his waist and tying it over his left hip. She had been very careful to align the two tassels to hang just so.
“It is a celebration that comprises only five days of peace after four years of hell,” Papa said to the sergeant. “There is still much to do to heal this nation. I simply pray it can be healed.”
The man looked shocked, as if he had no doubt.
Josephine squeezed her father’s arm while keeping her eyes upon the sergeant. “When my brother and cousin come home, then it will truly be over,” she said.
The sergeant’s eyebrows rose. “Of course. General. Ladies.” He excused himself.
As soon as he left, Mother leaned across Papa and spoke to her. “The sergeant had no wish to hear your opinion…
How can readers find you on the Internet?
History Blog: http://footnotesfromhistory.blogspot.com/
Author Blog: http://authornancymoser.blogspot.com/Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/nancymoser1/boards/
Thank you, Nancy, for spending this time with us.
The Journey of Josephine Cain by Nancy Moser follows the adventures of a D.C. socialite as she gets involved with the building of the Transcontinental Railroad right after the Civil War. Be sure to check out Nancy's fun Pinterest board for the book!
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