One of the authors to debut the line is Andrea Boeshaar. I'm happy to introduce Andrea to you. I've known her for many years, and I love her writing.
Welcome, Andrea. Describe yourself for readers.
I'm a published author of 36 novels, novellas, and nonfiction. I'm a certified Christian life coach and I teach writing workshops. I've been married for more than 30 years. My husband and I have 3 adult sons, all of whom are married, and 2 precious grandchildren. That's me in a nutshell.
How do you find time to spend with God?
It's not easy, I'll admit to that. Somedays I grab snippets of time. I talk to the Lord frequently and I read my Bible. I feel God speaks to me through His Word. One of my favorite verses, one that keeps me writing in spite of life's troubled times is Zechariah 4:6 "Not by might nor by power but by my spirit says the LORD of hosts."
Who are your favorite authors? Favorite books?
I have numerous favorite authors -- too many to list. But I can tell you the names three of my many favorite Christian novels: "The Scarlet Thread" by Francine Rivers; "Whispers From Yesterday" by Robin Lee Hatcher; and "Once There Was A Way Back Home" by Louise Gouge.
Tell us about your publishing history.
I had a rocky start. I began writing romance, intending to be the next Danielle Steel. Then, in 1991, God turned my life around and shortly thereafter I began writing books that honored the Lord Jesus Christ. That's when the fiery darts began to fly. Ever since I've learned the enemy throws one speed bump after another into a Christian's straight and narrow pathway. But, for me as a writer, trials make me more sensitive and more dependent on the Lord, and, I believe, a better writer, one who can relate to needy and wounded hearts.
Tell us about your current novel, Love Finds You in Miracle, Kentucky.
Sure. It begins when my main character, Meg Jorgenson, wants a fresh start, miles away from Chicago and a failed relationship. She takes a teaching position in the tiny town of Stanford, Kentucky, and moves in with her grandmother who lives in the nearby rural area called Miracle. She determines to rediscover her father’s side of the family and vows to steer clear of smooth-talking men. Before long, however, Meg is smitten but it’s eight-year-old Cammy Bayer who wins her heart. The young girl has spent much of her life in a wheelchair but firmly believes that God will heal her someday.
But will Meg and Vance see eye-to-eye when it comes to an experimental procedure that might grant Cammy the use of her legs? Will they open their minds to the miracle of healing and their hearts to the miracle of love?
How did you develop the idea for this book?
I actually had the idea for this story back in 2005. I sort of had a vision of what I'd like to see happen in the story. I began working on it, but received contracts and deadlines for other books so I set it aside. Then, earlier this year, when Summerside Press contacted my agent and asked that I submit a proposal, I thought this story fit what the publisher was looking for -- and it did!
List your three most recent books.
Love Finds You in Miracle, Kentucky - Summerside Press
Courting Disaster - Heartsong Presents
Prescription for Love - Heartsong Presents
What are you working on now?
I've got some ideas and I'm putting proposals together now for several different publishers. Next book set to release is Dixie Hearts featuring my novel Southern Sympathies (Heartsong Presents/Barbour Publishing)
Where can readers find you online?
My website is: http://www.andreaboeshaar.com/
Thank you, Andrea, for spending this time with us.