Welcome back, Kathleen. What are some of the spiritual themes you like to write about?
Forgiveness and fear are two prominent themes in my books. Usually I’m grappling with one or the other and writing about them in my stories is cathartic.
What other books of yours are coming out soon?
A Reluctant Bride (September, 2015)
A Pioneer Christmas anthology (rerelease, October, 2015)
An Amish Market anthology (February, 2016)
If you could spend an evening with one contemporary person (not a family member of yours), who would it be and why?
Tim Hawkins, because he’s hilarious.
Yes, he is. We’ve had him at our church for Laugh Night more than once. What historical person would you like to meet (besides Jesus) and why?
Harry Truman. He overcame a lot of adversity to become one of our greatest presidents. He was also well-known for his perseverance and optimism.
How can you encourage authors who have been receiving only rejections from publishers?
EVERY writer gets rejection, not only before publication, but after. The faster you learn to accept rejection the easier it will be to write.
Tell us about the featured book.
Never Broken is the first book in the Everlasting Faith series. It’s an Irish/Scottish historical family saga and features the Cahill sisters, Shannon and Ainslee, who are forced to emigrate from
Ireland during the Great Famine. Never
Broken was originally published in 2006. It’s been revised for this
Please give us the first page of the book.
Margaret O’Leary sat down at the splintered wood table, tugging her threadbare shawl against her body. She glanced at the mound of ashes in the hearth, the peat fire having gone out long ago. Cold, damp air now filled the tiny, one-room hovel, piercing through her taut skin and penetrating deep into her bones.
Dim light flickered from a lone candle on the table, casting heavy shadows throughout the room. Two small, thin children lay on the floor under one tattered blanket in front of the dead hearth. She watched the soft rise and fall of her sons’ chests as they slept.
Another coughing spell consumed her, pain knifing through her chest. She didn’t have much time left. The spasms were more frequent, the pain more acute.
She focused on the small pile of coins in front of her. Already they were down to crusts of bread. She’d made so many mistakes in her life, all in the pursuit of pleasure, of adventure, of selfish gain. Now Rory and Colm, her two shining lights in a dark world, were suffering with her.
She couldn’t let them suffer anymore.
A stub of charcoal lay next to a single sheet of paper. She should have done this long ago. Earlier that evening, she’d gathered the courage to tell Rory about her plan. As she’d expected, he reacted stoically, agreeing to follow her wishes. Barely twelve years old, he’d been forced to leave childhood behind. After Finn O’Leary’s abandonment two years ago, Rory had become the family backbone she’d needed him to be.
Picking up the charcoal, she held it poised over the paper. How could she find the words to write her regrets, to voice her apologies? At one time, she’d thought Jane a stuffy prude who chose money and security over excitement and passion. Tomorrow morning she would give the letter, the money, and the last bits of food to Rory. There were enough coins for her sons to travel to
, then to the Gormley estate. She
had to trust that Jane would have compassion for her nephews and wouldn’t turn
them away. County Cork
A frigid draft sliced through the room, causing Colm to stir and snuggle closer to his older brother. Margaret hadn’t told her youngest of her plans. An eight-year-old wouldn’t understand. Perhaps one day he would. Perhaps he could even forgive her.
God knew she couldn’t forgive herself.
Taking a ragged breath, she applied the stub to the paper. My dearest sister Jane, she began, tears blurring her eyes. I’m so sorry…
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Never Broken (Everlasting Faith Book 1)
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