Tuesday, November 10, 2009

LOVE'S PURSUIT - Siri Mitchell - Free Book

Welcome back to the blog, Siri. Why do you write the kind of books you do?

I write historicals because those are the stories that live and breathe in my imagination. I’ve always been fascinated by history and I’ve always wanted to know what life was really like for women of past generations. Writing historicals allows me to delve into the past and answer those questions!

Besides when you came to know the Lord, what is the happiest day in your life?

It would have to be the day I married my husband, my best friend and fellow adventurer in life.

How has being published changed your life?

It’s made it a lot busier! I’ve had to learn to juggle my writing responsibilities with my responsibilities to my family…and I’ve never been a good juggler. Not even in fourth grade when we learned how to juggle scarves in PE.

What are you reading right now?

I wish I could say that I was reading a fabulous novel, but right now, I’m working on revisions for spring 2010’s release. I do have a stack of books waiting on my desk that I can’t wait to dive into. I’m experimenting with my writing, so I’m hoping that stack of books will teach me how to write from a new POV.

What is your current work in progress?

It’s my spring 2010 release, a historical set in New York City in the 1890s. When Clara Carter is told she’s to debut a year early, her social education shifts to high gear. There’s more than dance skills and manners that she’ll have to learn. There are corsets to be fitted and bosoms to be enhanced, for a girl so tall and gangly as Clara could never hope to attract a man by simply being herself. But the more enmeshed she becomes in New York City’s social scene the more she begins to wonder if this is the life she really wants. Especially when she’s pitted against her best friend for the hand of the most eligible bachelor in town. When she does manage to find a kindred soul, a man who seems to love her simply for who she is, her heart begins to assert its case. But there’s more at stake this social season than just Clara’s marriage, and the future of her family depends on how she plays the game.

It sounds interesting. We need to feature it here when it releases. What would be your dream vacation?

September and October in Paris.

How do you choose your settings for each book?

I generally start my books with the characters; they suggest their own settings. For my historicals, sometimes past events have made it necessary to place stories in particular cities or countries. In other cases, research led me to believe that the kind of characters I was writing about would most likely have been living in specific locations (i.e. immigrant populations of certain ethnicities).

If you could spend an evening with one person who is currently alive, who would it be and why?

 My best friend from college. It’s been years since I’ve seen her!

What are your hobbies, besides writing and reading?

I enjoy weight training at the gym. I like playing golf. And—I never thought I would be saying this—gardening!

What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?

Plotting does not come easily for me. As I plan each book, I turn to James Scott Bell’s Plot & Structure and Jeff Gerke’s How To Find Your Story. Both resources are written for the plot-impaired writer, so they’re simple to understand. Jeff’s book actually uses my strength (character development) to combat and overcome my plotting weakness.

What advice would you give to a beginning author?

Persevere. Attend writing conferences. Become familiar with the Preditors & Editors website.

Tell us about the featured book.

Love’s Pursuit is a Puritan story set in the 1640s in Massachusetts Bay Colony. Susannah Phillips stands out both for her character and beauty. She wants only a simple life but soon finds herself pursued by the town's wealthiest bachelor and by a roguish military captain sent to protect them. One is not what he seems and one is more than he seems.

In trying to discover true love's path, Susannah is helped by the most unlikely of allies, a wounded woman who lives invisible and ignored in their town. As the depth, passion, and sacrifice of love is revealed to Susannah, she begins to question the rules and regulations of her childhood faith.

The more I researched Puritan beliefs, the more I discovered just how profoundly they grappled with the interplay between grace and good works. I think the concept of God’s grace can be difficult for some people to understand…and even more difficult for some people to believe in. It seems almost too good to be true. The tragedy of the Puritan movement is that they just couldn’t bring themselves to believe that God truly loved them. In some respects, the consequence of their unwillingness to accept God’s unconditional love was their belief that if they did this thing and that thing and made sure to always follow God’s laws to the letter then God would have to save them. He would owe it to them. The concept of Assurance of Salvation was unknown to the Puritans. I hadn’t realized, before I wrote this book, just how integral that idea is to our faith. The Puritans would have given almost everything to know that God loved them – a concept that believers today take very much for granted.

Please give us the first page of the book.

"Do you never tire of being good, Susannah? Do you never think any rebellious thoughts?"

I turned my eyes from my sister and back to my work in the blueberry canes. "Aye. I do."

Mary gasped, though I detected laughter in the sound. "'Tis not possible."

"'Tis not only possible. 'Tis probable. Like this one I think right now, about you." I threw a blueberry in her direction.

She dodged it. "I shall report this harassment to the selectmen. At once!"

I looked up at her tone, for Mary was unpredictable and she might have done it just for spite. But her eyes were dancing despite her labors and the unseasonable heat. Warmth rose in my cheeks as well. But it was not the sun that scorched my flesh. It was my own conscience.

My sister's question had found a mark too close to the condition of my soul. To those in Stoneybrooke Towne, Susannah Phillips was indeed a fair and obedient girl. But I knew myself to be vastly different than the person they imagined me to be.

Aye, I did tire of being good. And I did think rebellious thoughts. Often. Especially on days like this one. I wanted nothing more than to abandon my task and plunge into the nearby brook. I longed for the luxury of one hour, one minute, that needed nothing done.

How can readers find you on the Internet?

They can find me at http://sirimitchell.com/ . Registrants of my e-newsletter are automatically entered into a monthly drawing for books and I love hearing from readers!

Thank you, Siri, for spending this time with us.

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mariska said...

Siri is a new author for me. i'd like to read her book!

The Herd said...

This book looks very fun to read!

Anonymous said...

Great post. This book sounds very interesting. Siri is a new author to me and I would love to read this book. Please enter me.Blessings.

Cherie J said...

Enjoyed the interview! Please enter me in the drawing. Thank you!

Anonymous said...

I would love to be entered in your draw. Thanks.

Casey H. said...

Haven't read any of Siri's work, but I have wanted to! Please enter me, love to read this book!

flchen1 said...

Thanks for the introduction! Siri's new to me, too, and I'm enjoying getting to know her writing!

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Laura in Texas said...

I'd love to read this book, and I can't wait to read the 2010 release. And I agree with your idea of a dream vacation -- I spent 9 days in Paris one spring and would move there in a heartbeat if I could come up with a good excuse (and a way to make a living)!

lauramctx at yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I have been wanting to read this book! Please enter me. Thanks.

Sheila Deeth said...

Enjoyed the interview. I'd love to read the book.

Linda Cacaci said...

The book sounds like a great read. Please enter me in the drawing.
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Wendy said...

I love her books. Thanks for the drawing.

Linda said...

Siri's book sounds so great. Please enter me. Thank you. The picture on the front cover speaks volumes to me for some reason.
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Hope said...

I've never read any of Siri Mitchell's books, but I'd like to try one!

Anonymous said...

enjoyed the interview...please add my name to this fabulous book drawing.

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Anna W. said...

Great interview; I haven't read a Siri Mitchell book that I haven't loved! Please enter me!

Anna W.

Anonymous said...

Please enter me in your giveaway. Thanks!! Lori

Charity said...

I have read one of her other books. Please enter me.

Katherine said...

this book looks very good. Please enter me for the drawing.


kristen said...

This book sounds wonderful. Thanks for the interview. I love historical fiction where I learn something about another "world". this sounds one of those books!

Sarah R said...

Sounds like a great book. Please enter me in the drawing.

Anonymous said...

great interview. Please enter me in the the drawing. Thanks, Esther

Brenda said...

This books sounds like a great read!

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Kelly said...

I would love to win this book!

Siri Mitchell said...

Thanks so much everyone for your kind words about my books! Hope you enjoy this one too!


Brenda said...

I would love to read your book!
Please enter me!

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gahome2mom said...

Yes, the cover looks inviting too.



Carole said...

I enjoy Siri's writing and would love to read Love's Pursuit. Thank you for the interview and giveaway.

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Anonymous said...

please enter me in the drawing,thanks