Monday, August 31, 2015

THE SEAKEEPER'S DAUGHTERS - Lisa Wingate - One Free Book

Dear Readers, if you haven’t read any of Lisa Wingate’s books, try one. You’ll be hooked for life.

Welcome back, Lisa. Since you’re being published regularly, what new avenues will your future books take?
My last few books have been dual time frame novels. The historical threads were created from fictionalized historical events. I love doing the research, finding little-known events and building on those. I imagine the people who were involved, what issues they may have faced, how they might have learned from their challenges.

I love having present day characters discover some historical mystery and telling a time-slip story allows the modern characters to learn life lessons from the past. I have at least one more book coming up along those lines. My lips are sealed at this point about the topic, title, and theme, but it’ll be hitting shelves sometime in 2016.

And I hope it hits my blog soon after. What conferences will you be attending this year? Will you be a speaker at any of them?
I’ll be attending several book festivals in the South while on Tour in September, including the Decatur Book Festival, SIBA Conference, and a bit later the Lousiana Book Festival. In the spring, I’m scheduled to attend a wonderful book festival in Panama City Florida. I’m looking forward to the books and the scenery.

I’ll be speaking at all of these book festivals, in one capacity or another. Typically, I’ll be sharing a panel spot with other authors, which allows us to bounce ideas and thoughts around. I’ll also be speaking at various luncheons and venues during The Sea Keeper’s Daughters book tour in September. For more about that, friends can check out the Appearances page on my website.


And, I’ll be teaching a fiction track at Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference in March in Felton, CA.

Busy lady. If you were in charge of planning the panel discussion at a writing conference, what topic would the panel cover, and who would you ask to be on the panel, and why?       
I love speaking with other writers about their writing processes – what works for them and what doesn’t. I think we can all gain tips from one another to improve our productivity both in writing and in publicity. I think if I were planning a panel, it would be a combination of talking about writing process and tips to optimize the writing life. I’m not sure who I’d ask. I think we can learn from other writers of all types.

How important is it to you to be active in writing organizations?        
Working with other authors is very important to me. I have friends I meet with regularly and typically I attend and/or speak at several writing conferences each year. Some of my best opportunities have happened because I’ve come to know other writers. As writers we need support, advice, and help with everything from publicity to plotlines. Many brains are better than one.

Where in the community or your church do you volunteer?
For years my, husband and I taught Sunday school for high school seniors, which we loved. It’s hard to believe, but we continued so many years, that eventually our Sunday school kids were coming to visit with their own children. It has been such a joy to keep in touch with them and watch them grow into Godly adults with families and adult lives of their own.

I started the children’s choirs with another lady at the church we attended for 30 years. The Lord led us to another church about 12 years ago. Now some of my boys and girls are on the praise teams for this new church. It’s such a blessing seeing them up on stage. Tell us about the featured book.
From modern-day Roanoke Island to the sweeping backdrop of North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains and Roosevelt’s WPA folklore writers of the Federal Writers’ Project, past and present intertwine to create an unexpected destiny….

Restaurant owner, Whitney Monroe, is desperate to save her business from a hostile takeover. The inheritance of a decaying Gilded Age hotel on North Carolina’s Outer Banks may provide just the ray of hope she needs. But things at The Excelsior are more complicated than they seem. Whitney’s estranged stepfather is entrenched on the third floor, and the downstairs tenants are determined to save the historic building. Searching through years of stored family heirlooms may be Whitney’s only hope of quick cash, but will the discovery of an old necklace and a depression-era love story change everything?

Tell the inspiration for the book
I never know where my stories will come from. While working on my first Carolina book, set on the Outer Banks, I became fascinated with the mystery of the Lost Colonists of Roanoke Island. You can’t spend time on the Carolina Coast without realizing that theories abound as to the fate of the 117 people who vanished from Sir Walter Raleigh’s ill-fated colony over thirty years before the Pilgrims would land on Plymouth Rock. While writing my second Carolina book, The Story Keeper, I delved into the mystery of what early explorers deemed to be Appalachia’s “blue-eyed Indians,” who were found to have been living in the mountains decades before other Europeans pressed in. I knew that the third Carolina book would somehow bring these two fascinating bits of history together.

While researching the previous books, I came across life history interviews written by participants in a little-known Depression-era program called the Federal Writers’ Project. The Project was championed by Eleanor Roosevelt and was a WPA program designed to hire impoverished writers, academics, housewives, and reporters. They became Field Interviewers, tasked to travel the hidden corners of America and record the stories of the common man. The adventures of these Federal Writers were equally as fascinating as the narratives and stories they discovered during their travels.

What might a modern woman discover, I wondered, if she were to happen to find the long-hidden missives of a relative who had left behind her wealthy family to become a Federal Writer? Could she possibly discover, among mountain stories handed down by oral tradition, not only her own family history, but a clue to one of America’s oldest mysteries?

Sounds so interesting. Please share the first page with us.         
Perhaps denial is the mind’s way of protecting the heart from a sucker punch it can’t handle. Or maybe it’s simpler than that. Maybe denial in the face of overwhelming evidence is a mere byproduct of stubbornness.

Whatever the reason, all I could think standing in the doorway, one hand on the latch and the other trembling on the keys, was, This can’t be happening. This can’t be how it ends. It’s so . . . quiet. A dream should make noise when it’s dying. It deserves to go out in a tragic blaze of glory. There should be a dramatic death scene, a gasping for breath . . . something.

Denise laid a hand on my shoulder, whispered, “Are you all right?” Her voice faded at the end, cracking into jagged pieces.

“No.” A hard, bitter tone sharpened the cutting edge on the word. It wasn’t aimed at Denise. She knew that. “Nothing about this is all right. Not one single thing.”

“Yeah.” Resting against the doorframe, she let her neck go slack until her cheek touched the wood. “I’m not sure if it’s better or worse to stand here looking at it, though. For the last time, I mean.”

“We’ve put our hearts into this place. . . .” Denial reared its unreasonable head again. I would’ve called it hope, but if it was hope, it was the false and paper-thin kind. The kind that only teases you.

Denise’s hair fell like a pale, silky curtain, dividing the two of us. We’d always been at opposite ends of the cousin spectrum—Denise strawberry blonde, pale, and freckled, me dark-haired, blue-eyed, and olive-skinned. Denise a homebody and me a wanderer.
“Whitney, we have to let it go. If we don’t, we’ll end up losing both places.”

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Thank you, Lisa, for sharing this new book with me and my blog readers.

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The Seakeeper's Daughters - Christianbook.com
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32 comments:

Cindy W. said...

Looks like a great book. I would love to win a copy. Thank you for the chance,

I live in Indiana.

Blessings,
Cindy W.

Beth Gillihan said...

Sounds like a great read. Thanks for the chance to win!

Beth in Montana

Deanne said...

I haven't read any of Lisa's book but would love to start with this one.
Deanne in PA

Amy C said...

Thank you so much for this fabulous interview with Lisa! Her new release sounds great!
Amy C
VA

Patty said...

I've not read any of Lisa's books, but see many of them around! Thanks for the interview and giveaway.

Patty in SC

Anonymous said...

This looks good. My sister owns and has read a lot of Lisa Wingate's books. She really likes them and I'm looking forward to this one!
J.C. -Indiana-

Amada Chavez said...

Sounds VERY interesting! I would love to read and review this one! :)

Amada (pronounced: a.m.a.th.a) from NM

rubynreba said...

The Seakeeper's Daughters looks very good. Nice interview and I enjoyed the first page.
Beth from IA

Trixi said...

The Seakeepers Daughter sounds like a great story, I've seen it around for a little bit. Definitely on my want-to-read list.
I loved the interview with Lisa. Sounds like the Lord used her and her husband in pointing teens to the Lord and using that for future generations! What a testimony that must be & an encouragement over the years :-) Especially seeing their kids now in the church with a heart for the Lord!!
Thanks for the chance to win a copy of this book!

Trixi in OR

Caryl Kane said...

I've not yet read any of Lisa's books. I would LOVE to read The Sea Keeper's Daughters.

Caryl in TEXAS

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Mary Preston said...

It's heartening to hear of the support writers give to each other.

Mary P

QLD AUSTRALIA

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Anne Payne said...

Great interview, Lena and Lisa! I can't wait to read The Seakeeper's Daughters.

Anne, rural NC

trosado said...

Lisa is definitely an author you can't go wrong with. This series is her best.

Terrill - Lynden, WA

Judy said...

This is an author you don't want to miss. Love Lisa's books. I am looking forward to reading, The Seakeeper's Daughters.

Judy B from Indiana

Raechel said...

I've heard good things about this book - would love to read it!
Raechel in MN

Deanna Stevens said...

I enjoyed the post and learning more about Lisa today! I do enjoy Lisa's books too!
D Stevens from NEBR.

EJ said...

I love Lisa's books & am looking forward to reading her latest. Elaine in Wisconsin

Kim Amundsen said...

I am a fan. Love her books. Thanks for a chance to win. North Platte NE

Cindi A said...

I am so excited about the release of Lisa's newest novel. She is truly a gifted author.
Thanks for the chance to win a copy of The Seakeeper's Daughters.

~Cindi Altman from Pennsylvania

sm said...

So very interested in the Founders Writers and also books about the sea and lighthouses. sm wileygreen1(at)yahoo(dot)com California

Connie said...

I had heard of the Federal Writers' Project but didn't know it was Eleanor Roosevelt's project.
Connie from KY
cps1950 at gmail dot com

Edward Arrington said...

I really enjoy reading books about the sea. This sounds like a very interesting one that I would enjoy reading.
Edward A in VA

Sharon Richmond Bryant said...

Enter me in your great giveaway!!
Conway, SC.

VBrenda Arrington said...

The Seakeeper's Daughter sounds great. Great interview. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of this book.
Brenda A. in VA

kam110476 said...

Hi Lisa & Lena! I have been completely sucked in by this Outer Banks series and The Sea Keeper's Daughters sounds like it will be no less enthralling than all the others before it!
Kristen in OK
kam110476 at gmail dot com

Kim Amundsen said...

Love her books. North Platte Nebraska

Jackie Tessnair said...

Love Lisa's books.Jackie Tessnair N.C.

R Merr said...

So looking forward to this read! Love her books. Typing this from downeast Maine.

Pam Graber said...

Love reading Lisa Wingate's stories! She draws me in and teaches me something. Every. Time. Would love to win this!

Pam in Ohio

Deanne Patterson said...

I've heard so many great reviews for this one . The cover is so well done and the book sounds fabulous. I've enjoyed the other books I've read by her and would love to read this one !

Deanne in Pennsylvania