Welcome, Terri. Tell us how much of yourself you write into your characters.
Very little of me is written into my characters. Usually they just get my quirks or shortcomings. Poor characters! I’m like Molly in the sense that I love animals and I’m not a good seamstress.
What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
I rode a unicycle. I even had a little ramp that I would ride up and jump off of while riding. Now that was a long time ago, there will be no YouTube videos of me doing that now.
I’m glad YouTube wasn’t around when I was growing up. When did you first discover that you were a writer?
My first memory of being interested in writing was in the fourth grade when I wrote “A Diary of the Week in the Life of a Potato Chip.” Sadly my potato chip came to a bad end.
Tell us the range of the kinds of books you enjoy reading.
It would be easier to tell you what I don’t enjoy reading! I love reading Christian fiction. Within that genre I like romance, romantic suspense, speculative, and cozy mysteries. In general market fiction I tend to prefer cozy mysteries and suspense.
How do you keep your sanity in our run, run, run world?
Well, I think there are some who would say I haven’t! LOL Seriously, my sis helps keep me organized and sane. Also, writing buddies help. I enjoy seeing them at our local ACFW chapter meetings, going to lunch, texting, etc. But the thing that helps me the most is my relationship with God. I believe if He has set you on the writing journey then He will give you the strength to travel the journey.
How do you choose your characters’ names?
Most of the times my characters have a name from the moment I meet them – especially first names. I rarely have to worry about a name for a character.
What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of?
My sister and I are best friends. So I would have to say the accomplishment I’m most proud of in my life is being a good sister. I hope I’m one. If I am it is just because I had the absolutely best sister in the world.
If you were an animal, which one would you be, and why?
I’d be one of my Westies. They are loved to death, expected to do nothing, and nine times out of ten get exactly what they want. Besides Westies are adorable!
What is your favorite food?
Chocolate – without a doubt! Can writers survive without chocolate?
A vast majority of writers claim chocolate as their favorite food. I’m right there with them. What is the problem with writing that was your greatest roadblock, and how did you overcome it?
Plotting! For ages I tried to be a seat of the pants writer. I know authors who work great that way. However, it just didn’t work for me. I’m not a person who has to plot my book out extensively, but I do have to have a structure to guide me.
I’m a hybrid author in more ways than one. One way is that I am a seat-of-the-pants writer who has a timeline to follow. Tell us about the featured book.
The Christmas Bride Wore Boots is book one in the Berryhill Brides Series. The stories take place in Berryhill, a fictitious rural
Oklahoma town. This
novella is about the widowed pastor of one of the local churches and the
veterinarian. Here is the back cover blurb:
Pastor Jacob Thompson is in need of a director for the living nativity program and veterinarian Molly Kincaid offers to take on the job. The task involves far more than Molly bargained for, nonetheless she’d do anything to help out the man she secretly loves – even sew costumes or cast eight-year-old Wesley Simpson as an angel.
Jacob’s daughter Emma longs to have a mommy of her own, but the widowed pastor has vowed to never remarry, and isn’t ready to open his heart to love again. Molly dreams of filling the void in both their lives, but fears she lacks the necessary qualities to be a pastor’s wife.
As Molly and Jacob work together on the living nativity, their feelings for one another grow. Will Molly realize she is just what Jacob and Emma need in their lives? Can Jacob be released from his grief stricken promise? Could this unlikely duo prove to be a match made in heaven?
Please give us the first page of the book.
“I’ll do it. I’ll direct the living nativity program.” The second the words left Molly Kincaid’s mouth, she wanted to take them back. One look at the relief on Pastor Jacob Thompson’s handsome face, and she knew she couldn’t.
“Are you sure?” He leaned against the side of the veterinary counter while she waited for Frank Simpson to pay for the medicine she’d prescribed for his son’s potbellied pig. Jacob scratched the fur between the Westie puppy’s ears. “Doreen is a seasoned program director, and last year during the living nativity she threatened to quit. She actually told me the best part of caring for her daughter would be skipping the program this year.” He set the Westie puppy on the floor in the gated-off play area, then ran a hand through his close-cropped ash blonde hair. “Orchestrating a nativity program with live animals and a dozen or more children and adults can be overwhelming. And there are multiple performances.”
Molly took the check from Frank’s outstretched hand. “Tell Wesley I said no lotion for Rudy. It clogs his pores.”
“Doc, I’ll do better than that. He puts lotion on Rudy again and he’s paying your bill.” He walked to the door and opened it. “Boy’s as tightfisted as ole Scrooge.” The black and white pig sashayed through the opening, followed by the farmer.
How can readers find you on the Internet?
Readers can connect with me at my website www.terriweldon.com or on Seriously Write at www.SeriouslyWrite.blogspot.com
Merry Christmas Lena, thank you so much for hosting me on your blog today! I’m thrilled to be here.
It’s my pleasure, Terri, to have you here. And I love the title and cover of your book.
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