. God has really
been moving in your writing life. What do you see on the horizon? Lorraine
I’ve been blessed to have written a dozen books for LI now, and I hope to continue. I have tried my hand at an historical novella but don’t know if that will pan out or not. I’m very content with my writing life now. I’d be happy to write these books until I’m no longer able.
I know what you mean. Tell us a little about your family.
My hubby and I have been married 48 years. I know! Wow. We have two sons. The oldest lives in
with his wife and two grown daughters. The youngest son lives in ,
with his wife and three children – ages 13-5. They’ll be moving back here to Monroe, Louisiana Jackson this summer so it’ll
be nice having them closer.
We were raised in
but have lived in several places. We get home as often as possible to see
everyone. We love to travel especially cruising. The bigger the ship the
James and I have been on two cruises, and we loved it. Hope to do one again. Has your writing changed your reading habits? If so, how?
Yes. For the worse I’m afraid. I tend to only read Love Inspired books to keep abreast of the trends and keep the tone of the books in my mind. The only time I get to read other genres is between books. Then I usually catch up on my friends’ books.
What are you working on right now?
I’m putting the finishing touches on book # 4 in the
Montgomery’s of Dover
miniseries. It’s the third brother, Seth who left Dover for the police academy and has returned
to find he has a son he never knew about. The lovely neighbor steps in to help
but she has a past that won’t mesh well with a cop.
Sounds interesting. What outside interests do you have?
I love singing in my church choir. But mostly I like spending time with the grandkids. My garden takes up some of my time but not as much as it used too.
How do you choose your settings for each book?
I love small towns so when I created my Home to
Dover series I chose a
town near my home that was founded in the late 1880s complete with courthouse
square and surrounded by historic store fronts. From there on it was simply
choosing the appropriate part of town for each character.
If you could spend an evening with one historical person, who would it be and why?
There are too many to choose but one would be Walt Disney. I’d love to hear about all his ideas.
What is the one thing you wish you had known before you started writing novels?
That writing for commercial fiction isn’t about writing what you want but what they want.
What new lessons is the Lord teaching you right now?
How to work through chronic pain. My writing has always been done when I’m in a good mood and feeling confident. Now I’m learning to work through new challenges and compartmentalize my writing. It’s actually helping me write faster. J
What are the three best things you can tell other authors to do to be successful?
Be teachable. Be patient. Learn all you can about writing.
Tell us about the featured book.
It’s a different take on the story of a woman giving up her baby at birth. Those usually revolve around the child looking for the parent but in Julie’s case, she craves reassurance that the little girl she gave up is in a loving home. She takes a temporary job as a nanny to the child but ends up getting deeply involved in the life of the girl and her single dad to the point that she could hurt everyone with her deception.
Please give us the first page of the book.
“Turn right onto
Avenue. Your destination is on the right.”
Julianna Bishop followed the directions on her GPS and made the turn, searching the house numbers for one-twenty-two. The old established neighborhood in
, could have been lifted from a
fifties’ television sitcom. Each home oozed charm, their appealing facades
nestled on neatly landscaped yards that even the gray drab of January couldn’t
dim. Full grown trees stripped of their leaves arched overhead, filtering the
bright sunlight streaming down from a clear blue sky. Evergreen live oaks and
giant magnolia trees added a splash of green to the winter landscapes. Dover, Mississippi
The peaceful and picturesque surroundings were at odds with the violent storm raging inside her stomach. She swallowed hard against the tightness in her throat and searched the house numbers again. Heart pounding against her ribcage, Julie pressed down on the brakes, bringing the car to a full stop. She had arrived. One-twenty-two was a two story white colonial with black shutters, a red front door, and a lamppost at the edge of the sidewalk. Her hands gripped the steering wheel, turning her knuckles white. She was doing the right thing. Her prayers had been answered.
Her gaze surveyed the white house more closely. It matched her vision, exactly as she’d expected. It was a beautiful home, the kind of place where family’s laughed and loved and enjoyed each other. All that was missing was the white picket fence.
Closing her eyes, Julie inhaled slowly, hoping to settle her jittery nerves. The house and the neighborhood were reassuring. Everything would be fine. It would.
How can readers find you on the Internet?
My website: lorrainebeatty.com all the other links can be found there.
I look forward to hearing from readers.
Thank you, Lorraine, for sharing this new book with me and my readers.
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