Thursday, December 30, 2010
Exciting stuff! I’m starting to write a brand new series about a Norwegian family that migrates to Wisconsin. The series is called Fabric of Time and each book covers a generation, beginning in 1848 and ending in 1898.
Sounds interesting. Tell us a little about your family.
I’m of Norwegian and German decent. My husband’s family is Dutch. Daniel and I have three grown sons. Ben, who is in the ministry. Rick, a flight paramedic and now an RN. Rick is also the regional manager for emergency medical services for Aurora Health Care. And Brian who works in banking and commercial real estate. Ben and his wife have 3 children. Rick has 1 son.
Has your writing changed your reading habits? If so, how?
I’m afraid I don’t read as often as I’d like. With researching my novel and all the time spent writing it, I barely have time to clean my house and see the grandkids, let alone read. Still, I try to read a book every couple of months.
What are you working on right now?
Book One in my new series. It’s called Threads of Hope. I’m in the beginning stages and doing my research right now.
What outside interests do you have?
I love to take walks. I recently underwent a total knee replacement and I’m healing up just great. I can’t wait to take regular walks outside come springtime. My husband and I also enjoy seeing our grandchildren. We make that a regular practice.
One of my daughters is moving closer to us in a week and a half. We're so excited to have them and our great grandson nearby. How do you choose your settings for each book?
Somehow certain areas just grab me, like the Arizona Territory in 1867. You’ll read about it in book 4 in my Seasons of Redemption series. But I’m also interested in local history. Book 2 in my series takes place here in Milwaukee. Book 3 is set in Chicago and then in Milwaukee again. I love to research my hometown.
If you could spend an evening with one historical person, who would it be and why?
Jesus. I can’t wait to meet Him. I have so many questions to ask Him. :-)
What is the one thing you wish you had known before you started writing novels?
What new lessons is the Lord teaching you right now?
God has shown Himself faithful in so many ways. He takes good care of me. One of the lessons I’m learning is that because my Heavenly Father is the King of kings and I am His child, then that makes me…a princess! So I ought to act like royalty, not in a snooty manner, but a manner in which I treat myself with respect and take care of myself. The Bible says that we should love others as ourselves. But if we don’t love and respect ourselves, we cannot love our neighbors.
So all you princesses out there – listen up! Do something wonderful for yourselves today – and then show some kindness to someone else. :-)
What are the three best things you can tell other authors to do to be successful?
1) Don’t give up.
2) Learn all you can about writing and hone your skills
3) Trust God to open the doors to your success. Then don’t be afraid to walk through them.
Tell us about the featured book.
Unexpected Love is the story of a post-Civil War nurse named Renna Fields. She’s working in a hospital in Chicago when a half-drowned man is brought in. He’s been pulled from Lake Michigan and is barely alive. If readers are finished with Uncertain Heart they may guess who this strange man is. :-) Renna takes pity on him and nurses him back to health – only to learn that “Mr. Blackeyes” has forgotten his past and his identity.
It’s an exciting read, if I do say so myself. My author’s copies just arrived from my publisher and I’m very pleased with the book’s end result.
Please give us the first page of the book.
September 4, 1866
“Do you think he’ll live, Dr. Hamilton?”
The gray-haired man with bushy whiskers pondered the question for several moments by chewing on his thick lips as he weighed his reply. “Yes, I think he will,” he finally said. “Of course he’s not out of the woods yet, but it seems he’s coming around.”
Lorenna Fields breathed a sigh of relief. It had been two whole days with nary a sign of life from this half-drowned man, but finally—finally he showed signs of improvement.
“You’ve done a good job with this patient, Nurse Fields.” The physician drew himself up to his full height, which barely met Renna’s five feet six inches. “I don’t think he’d be alive today if you hadn’t given him such extraordinary care.”
“Thank you, Dr. Hamilton, but it was the Lord who spared this man and the Lord who gave me the strength and skill to nurse him.”
The old physician snorted in disgust. “Yes, well, it might have had something to do with the fact that you’ve got a brain in your head, Nurse Fields, and the fact that you used it too, I might add!”
Renna smiled inwardly. Dr. Hamilton always disliked it when she gave God the credit for any medical advancement. Especially the miracles. Yet, Renna’s intelligence and experience weren’t typical of women her age, and she determined to use them to God’s glory.
How can readers find you on the Internet?
I invite readers to my website: http://www.andreaboeshaar.com/ Once there, readers can find my blog and a lot of other information. They can also find me on Facebook.
I've really enjoyed having you on my blog again, Andrea.
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