Tuesday, November 02, 2010
I love history and researching the past. Years ago I visited the Pabst Mansion, here in Milwaukee. It had been decorated for Christmas in its usual Victorian flare. It sparked my imagination and by the time I left I had an idea for a story about a captain and his children…oh, yes, and a governess. My book Uncertain Heart was a result.
Besides when you came to know the Lord, what is the happiest day in your life?
I think when my three sons were born. They are all adults now with children of their own.
Those grandchildren are really special, too. How has being published changed your life?
It’s made me realize something Debra White Smith said: There’s a reason the word DEAD is in deadline.
Actually, I'm nearing the deadline of my first book in the McKenna's Daughters series I'm writing for Strang. I know what you mean, too. What are you reading right now?
Mostly nonfiction by Beth Moore and Laura Bush and, of course, God’s Word.
What is your current work in progress?
I’m writing book 4 in my Seasons of Redemption series. This book is about three characters readers will meet in book 2 – Bethany and Jake and Luke McCabe.
What would be your dream vacation?
I want to take an Alaskan cruise!
James and I want to, too. He spent time in Alaska while he was in the military before we met. How do you choose your settings for each book?
I think I choose areas of the United States that interest me – a great excuse to visit.
If you could spend an evening with one person who is currently alive, who would it be and why?
Laura Bush. She seems like the epitome of how a Christian wife and mother ought to behave. She’s strong-minded and yet demure. I admire her and, in fact, her book is one that I’m reading now.
I admire her, too. What are your hobbies, besides writing and reading?
I enjoy meeting my friends for coffee or lunch and spending time with my grandchildren. I’ve got 4 to date. It’s such a blessing to be close so I can see them often.
I’m not a fast writer. I wish I could whip out 5,000 words a day. The most I seem to accomplish is 1,000. I also tend to get distracted. I love people. I care about souls. Tomorrow, after Bible study, I plan to visit a friend of my sons’ who is battling cancer. She’s 31 years old. We’re all praying for a miracle. And it’s those sorts of things that eat up my writing time. But God usually and somehow works it all out.
I've had to have a few 5,000 word days during this deadline period, but I like to write more leisurely, too. What advice would you give to a beginning author?
Don’t give up. And don’t give in to negative critics – which includes yourself!
Tell us about the featured book?
Uncertain Heart is book 2 in my Seasons of Redemption series. It takes place in 1866, in my hometown of Milwaukee, WI.
Please give us the first page of the book.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, June 1866
Stepping off the train, her valise in hand, Sarah McCabe eyed her surroundings. Porters hauled luggage and shouted orders to each other. Reunited families and friends hugged while well-dressed businessmen, wearing serious expressions, walked briskly along.
Mr. Brian Sinclair . . .
Sarah glanced around for the man she thought might be him.
When nobody approached her, she ambled to the front of the train station where the city was bustling as well. What with all the carriages and horse-pulled streetcars coming and going on Reed Street, Sarah had all she could do just to stay out of the way. And yet she rejoiced in the discovery that Milwaukee was not the small community she’d assumed. There was not a farm in sight, and it looked nothing like her hometown of Jericho Junction, Missouri.
Good. She breathed a sigh and let her gaze continue to wander.
Milwaukee wasn’t all that different from Chicago where she’d visited and hoped to teach music in the fall. The only difference she could see between the two cities was that Milwaukee’s main streets were cobbled, whereas most of Chicago’s were paved with wooden blocks.
Sarah squinted into the morning sunshine. She wondered which of the carriages lining the curb belonged to Mr. Sinclair. In his letter he’d stated that he would meet her train. Sarah glanced at her small
watch locket: nine thirty. Sarah’s train was on time this morning.
Had she missed him somehow?
How can readers find you on the Internet?
They can log onto my website: http://www.andreaboeshaar.com/
Andrea, thank you for the wonderful visit.
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