Welcome, Lauralee. What are some of the spiritual themes you like to write about?
Each book is different in regards to a theme. I like to write an entertaining book that ministers to the heart. In each of my books I write a spiritual lesson that Christian readers can take away – from forgiveness, to being a servant, to finding hope and purpose in time of greatest need.
What other books of yours are coming out soon?
I have a three book contemporary romance series set in the beautiful state of Utah coming in 2010 by Heartsong Presents, Barbour Publishing. The first book, “Love’s Winding Path” is based on the biblical story of the Prodigal Son.
If you could spend an evening with one contemporary person (not a family member of yours), who would it be and why?
I would like to spend time with Sarah Palin. What an incredible Christian woman who is living in an incredible state and with her own fascinating journey as a wife, mother, grandmother, and political figure. I believe she is a true inspiration to all women seeking to embrace the call on their lives to go greater with God. I hope she writes a book!
Funny you should say that. Her memoir is releasing in November. How long have you known that you wanted to be novelist?
Since I was fourteen when I wrote creative pieces for my English teachers. They were supportive of my early endeavors, and I owe a lot to them for putting me on the path I’m walking today.
What can you tell authors who have been receiving only rejections from publishers?
Rejection is a tough but a necessary road in the journey of a writer's life. I mean, we can’t have everything accepted. But when it seems like nothing is happening and the doors are closing everywhere, that's when faith must take over. You need to give your writing and its results to God and allow Him to open the doors when the timing is right. And one never knows when that will be. It is our job to make the most of the talent He has given us. One waters, another plants, but it is God that causes the growth.
Tell us about the featured book?
Love Finds You in Bethlehem, New Hampshire, is what one reader calls - a "twist" on the mail order bride story, sort of like the mail order bride meets up with My Fair Lady. In it there’s an uneducated and penniless orphan whose well meaning friend answers an ad for a bride, and the unsuspecting suitor who has no idea what to make of the woman who arrives at the train station. Even if he feels he cannot marry her, he will provide for her. But both are in for a surprise and a change of heart and attitude - thus leading to the idea of the first Bethlehem - that the most precious gifts don’t always come as they're expected.
Please give us the first page of the book.
“I don’t know if I can make it!” cried a young voice.
The paintbrush shook in his hand, creating a zigzag of azure across the canvas. Tom Haskins tried to set the brush on the easel but it fell, coloring the blades of grass a murky blue. Nearby, a young couple stumbled out of the woods. The man supported a finely dressed lady who limped along, wincing in pain.
“What happened?” Tom called, hurrying to assist them.
“It was silly of me,” the young woman moaned. “You know the many rocks here. I was looking at a flower and didn’t see where I was going. I tripped.”
“My wife hurt her ankle,” the man continued. “I don’t think it’s broken. It’s all right, my love,” he now said to her in a soothing voice. “We’ll take you right away to the doctor and have it examined. I’m sure in a day or two you’ll be fine.”
“Oh, I hope so. I’d hate to ruin our holiday over such a foolish thing as this. You deserve it after all the hard work you put into the company.”
“Never fear, my dear. My carriage is there,” he said to Tom, pointing to the coach Tom had seen when he arrived to this fine wooded setting, not far from the town of Bethlehem.
What an interesting start for the story. I want to turn the page. How can readers find you on the Internet?
On my web site at http://www.lauraleebliss.com/
my blog, http://www.blissfulwritingthoughts.blogspot.com/
or look me up on Facebook – I’d love to be friends!