Sunday, August 12, 2012

CENTRAL PARK RENDEZVOUS - Dineen Miller, Kim Vogel Sawyer, Ronie Kendig, MaryLuTyndall - One Free Book

Readers, we are privileged to interview two of the authors of this novella collection today.

Welcome, Dineen. How did your story for the collection come about?
Ronie got the ball rolling and then we just kept throwing ideas back and forth by email. Before we knew it, we had this really cool setting, a common element that carried through the stories (the coin), and a premise about love never failing based upon 1 Cor 13. I love that the stories span four generations.

What are you reading right now?
Fiction: Yesterday’s Tomorrow by Catherine West. My novella is partly set during the Vietnam War and I wrote it in honor of my father. Cathy’s book is set during the same war. I just had to read it!

Nonfiction: Out Live Your Life by Max Lucado. Love his books. The man writes nonfiction like a polished fiction author. Love that!

What other books have you had published?
My first nonfiction, Winning Him Without Words: 10 Keys to Thriving in Your Spiritually Mismatched Marriage released from Regal in 2011. My debut novel, The Soul Saver, released from Barbour just this May. They compliment each other. I love that I had the opportunity to do something like this—write nonfiction and fiction books that dealt with the same issue of being spiritually mismatched.

What is the hardest thing about writing a part of a novella collection?
Making sure we had the carry over details and timelines in sync. That was a real challenge, especially for Ronie and I because our stories overlap. But it was so much fun! The challenge just made it that more enjoyable when we made it work and unearthed all this really cool detail to do with the characters. That’s the creative part of writing that I love most.

How did collaborating with this team impact you?
Blessed me tremendously! I’d never done anything like this and thought of myself as the newbie of the group. Ronie, Kim and MaryLu are all multi-published authors and at the time of contract, I’d just signed the contract for The Soul Saver and Winning Him was due to release in a few months. Talk about a crazy time! My mind was spinning with all this great stuff on the horizon.

How do you choose your characters’ names?
I keep a list of interesting names I hear or see in movies or people I come in contact with. My husband is a professional disc golf player and works in the tech industry. He’s always mentioning people with the most unusual names. So I started keeping a list and refer to it when I start a new story. Whatever clicks, I use!

What did you want the reader to take away from your story?
That blessings can be found even in the trials and losses in our lives. God is always working for our good (Romans 8:28). Always. He redeems everything we go through. I love that about Him.

Are you a member of American Christian Fiction Writers? If so, why?
Yes! What an amazing organization and group of people. I don’t think I would be published right now if it weren’t for this group. Correction—I know I wouldn’t be. I have learned so much and made so many wonderful connections through this group and have benefited hugely through the yearly conferences. They are the highlight of my year!

What is the best piece of advice you received as an author?
Don’t be in such a hurry. I wish I’d heeded it more, to be honest. That time spent on refining and growing your craft is so important. I wish I’d taken a year to do just that instead of trying to squeeze it in with all the rest of the stuff I was doing to get published.

Where can my readers find you on the Internet?
My website is at . I'm actually giving away an e-book, The Making of The Souls Saver, for signing up for my newsletter. It has all the stories behind the scenes, setting and character pictures, interviews and three new scenes with The Soul Saver crew. Lots of good stuff just for letting me send an occasional newsletter. J           

Here are some of my other links. Drop me a message! I’d love to hear from you!
Facebook pages:
Twitter:  @dineenmiller
GoodReads author page:

And now we have Kim Vogel Sawyer.

How did your story for the collection come about?
I think this has probably been answered well enough by my fellow co-writers. :o)

What are you reading right now?
MaryLu Tyndalls, Viel of Pearls. Good story!

I loved that book by Marylu. What other books have you had published?
I’m so blessed to have three Heartsong titles, three women’s fiction titles with Barbour, another novella set (Montana Mistletoe with Lena Nelson Dooley, Lisa Harris, and Debby Mayne), four young adult titles with Zondervan, and eleven historical and one contemporary with Bethany House. Sometimes I shake my head in wonder at what all God has accomplished in the past six years!

I so enjoyed being a part of the Montana Mistletoe collection with you. And I’m excited about us planning to put that collection up as individual ebooks soon. What is the hardest thing about writing a part of a novella collection?
I think making sure all the stories agree with one another. Ours were so closely intermingled--the modern-day story weaving through the “steps back in time”--there were lots of margins for error. It required a lot of communication and compromise!

How did collaborating with this team impact you?
I felt as though I got to know each of these wonderful writers on a deeper level--a friendship level. Since writing can be such a solitary activity, I truly enjoyed the camaraderie we developed as we worked together.

How do you choose your characters’ names?
My characters were named for my mom, her siblings, and my maternal great-grandfather (although he was never nicknamed Bernie!). I reversed the birth order of my mother’s siblings, however, making her the oldest instead of the youngest. She liked that. :o)

What did you want the reader to take away from your story?
I hope the reader recognizes hard times aren’t meant to drive us away from God, but serve a purpose in binding us closer to Him. His arms are always open to offer comfort and strength...but we have to be willing to lean into His arms.

Are you a member of American Christian Fiction Writers? If so, why?
Yes, I am! I can’t imagine taking this writing journey without the support and prayers and friendships and knowledge I’ve gained through ACFW. I view the membership as an extension of my family--such a marvelous group to which to belong!

What is the best piece of advice you received as an author?
I’ll share two: “Write for the Audience of One,” from Angela Hunt; and “To be published takes both talent and perseverance,” from Deborah Raney.

Where can my readers find you on the Internet?
Facebook page:

Thank you, Dineen and Kim, for taking time out of your busy schedules to visit with us today.

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Central Park Rendezvous (Romancing America) - paperback
Central Park Rendezvous (Romancing America) - Kindle

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Anonymous said...


Ladette said...

I would love to win this one! it looks great!

Ladette in GA

Unknown said...

My mom (86) LOVES the 4-in-1 books, and i usually read them too. i would be honored to win this one. Thanks for the opportunity. i was wondering why i had not heard of Dineen Miller before. Thanks, Lena for introducing her.

Marianne from northern Alberta


Sparks of Ember said...

This book sounds neat!

I'm from the Black Hills of SD!

Amy C said...

I love the novels that Kim and MaryLu have written. I've read all of Kim's so far. Working on all of MaryLu's. The other two authors are new to me.

Southwest VA

Sapphire said...

MaryLu's one of my favorite authors. I'd love to be entered; thanks. ^_^

Sapphire from Wyoming

scottsgal said...

would enjoy reading the novellas -
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Katie said...

Sounds great! Please enter me. I'm from NC.

Pam K. said...

I've read quite a few books by Kim and MaryLu so I know this novella will be great. I'm sure I'll enjoy reading the stories by Dineen and Ronie as well. Thanks for the interviews with Kim and Dineen and the chance to win a copy of Central Park Rendezvous.


Mary Preston said...

Thank you for two wonderful interviews today. I've added CENTRAL PARK RENDEZVOUS to my wish list.

Mary P


Sharon said...

Thanks for the great interviews. Never thought about the collaboration needed to fit all the details together for a collection. It is usually done well!
Would love to win a copy of this collection by these 4 wonderful authors.
Sharon from Eagan, MN

karenk said...

thanks for the chance to read this wonderful novel...

karenk...from PA
kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Sarah Rebekah Richmond said...

Looks and sounds interesting!
Enter me!

Sharon Richmond said...

Enter me this book looks absolutely wonderful!!
Sharon Richmond
Blanch, NC.

Katie Marie said...

Oh, oh, oh! I am DYING to read this book. I totally LOVE Ronie Kendig and have enjoyed many of MaryLu's books. PLEASE enter me! :-D

Katie from Florida

Abigail Mitchell said...

Enter me!

Blanch, N.C.

Alicia said...

Looks like a great set of amazing authors. Entering.

Ali from NY

Patricia said...

Thanks for another great review and giveaway. I would love to win this book,

Patricia in the Piney Woods of South East Texas

rubynreba said...

Enjoyed the interviews! The book looks like a good read.
Beth from Iowa

Nancee said...

Very nice interviews! I'd love to win a copy of this book. Thanks for offering this giveaway!
Nancee in Michigan

Liz R said...

Sounds great, thanks for the chance to win!

Liz R in AL

Nancee said...

Thank you for offering this book in a giveaway. I enjoyed the interviews!
Nancee in Western Michigan

Cindy W. said...

Awesome authors! Thank you for the interviews and the chance to win this book. I would love to be entered to win a copy.

Cindy W. from Indiana


Diana Gardner said...

Please enter me in the drawing. Thanks! Portsmouth, VA

Merry said...

What a terrific group of authors! I really love Central Park, so these stories sound perfect.
Merry in TX

apple blossom said...

sounds like a wonderful book thanks for chance to win

live in ND

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