Tracie Peterson and I wrote for the Heartsong Presents a long time ago. Then she became the Heartsong acquisition editor who acquired most of my Heartsong books. I learned a lot from her, and we became friends. Then a few years ago, I was privileged to be a part of a writing retreat where both Tracie and Kim were among the 30 or so authors who spent almost a week together. I love both of these women and their amazing writing. To have them together in a book is a real plus.
I know that this is a collaboration. How did this story come about?
Tracie: Kim and I have been friends for a long time and really enjoy talking story. Since Judith Pella gave me a helping hand to get into Bethany House by co-writing with me, I have done this several times with others, and it just seemed to fit that Kim would be one. Kim and I have so many of the same interests and both of us see our writing as a ministry. As we discussed story ideas,
seemed a natural for both of us since Kim had been a missionary there and I had
traveled up there many, many times for research on other Alaska books.
Did you find it easy to work together on it?
Tracie: Absolutely. I think what really blessed this project was that Kim and I decided to do Bible study and weekly prayer together. Wow, what a difference that makes. I would encourage it for anyone co-writing.
Kim: Oh my goodness, yes. And just like Tracie said, our Bible study and prayer time together have been amazing and priceless.
How did collaborating with this team impact you?
Tracie: See #2, but I will add that co-writing with Kim and being her good friend can be expensive. I fell in love with her Vitamix and had to have one. I also was eyeing her Kitchen Aide, but that will have to wait unless I can sneak it out of her house on the next visit.
Kim: LOL! I think we have the same effect on each other. We love sharing not only story ideas but ideas about “stuff” as well. One of us will like something and say, “Ooooh, have you tried this...?”
The other impact it had on me is the deep respect for each other. I've always had a ton of respect for Tracie, but it grew exponentially through this project.
What is the hardest thing about writing as a team?
Tracie: Honestly the only thing I’ve ever found hard is the distance. Sure the internet is great and long distance calls and Skype offer us opportunities we never had in the past, but there’s nothing quite like sitting face to face over coffee. I’ve tried to talk Kim into moving to
talked to God about it too) and she and her family are trying to pray Jim and I
Kim: Exactly what Tracie said: distance. And it just made me miss her more.
What are you reading right now?
Tracie: Warren Wiersbe’s Jesus in the Present Tense and an old Grace Livingston Hill book and re-reading Corrie Ten Boom’s Defeated Enemies and
St. Augustine’s City of God (which isn’t at all a walk in the park J)
Kim: Defeated Enemies by Corrie Ten Boom, The Promise by Dan Walsh, Twelve Extraordinary Women by John Macarthur, and I'm also re-reading The Invested Life by Joel Rosenberg and his mentor.
Wow, you two. I can only read a couple of books at one time. How did you choose your characters’ names?
Tracie: I let Kim have this one. I did find some authentic Athabaskan names that we used.
Kim: As we were developing characters, the names came easily. Once you really know the character and their traits, certain names just fit. I also named the hero (Jeremiah) in honor of my husband (Jeremy) because he is my hero every day.
The hero in one of my books is Jeremiah. When I was writing it, James and I were eating a meal when an idea hit me. “I know what Jeremiah is going to do” burst from my lips. James said he didn’t know anyone named Jeremiah. When I told him he was the hero in the book I was writing, his reply was, “Writers think weird.” That has become something of a catch phrase in our house now.
Would you want to work on another book together?
Tracie: I would love to. Kim and I have a way of just fitting together like a glove in our writing. So readers – get your letters off to Bethany House to beg for more books from us!
Kim: Yes! It was phenomenal working together and I learned so much from Tracie.
What do you want to tell us about the book?
Kim: All Things Hidden is about a fascinating time in our country’s history—the settling of the Matanuska Colony in
it’s also about change (which is sometimes hard), secrets, and hope. But
through it all, God’s grace and love are always there.
Please give us the first page of the book.
ALL THINGS HIDDEN - Tracie Peterson and
Woodhouse © 2013
February 1, 1935
Fear twisted Gwyn Hillerman’s stomach just like her fingers twisted the delicate handkerchief into a knot. If she wasn’t careful, the fabric would be ruined. Forcing her hands to still, she glanced out the picture window on the southeast side of the large lodge. Wind whipped at the jagged peaks surrounding the small town of
the snow whirling around like a dance. But even the rugged beauty of her
beloved mountains couldn’t calm her spirit. Usually the daily sight of God’s
handiwork cheered her, no matter how hard the wind blew, how low the
temperature dropped, or how deep the snow drifted. It was Alaska, after all—the most beautiful place
on the planet.
But today was different. A heavy sigh left her lips. How long must they be kept waiting?
She closed her eyes for a moment and took a deep breath. The warm glow from the fireplace couldn’t ease the chill of anxiety. What was this new board? And what would it mean for them?
Where can our readers find you on the Internet?
Tracie: www.traciepeterson.comand www.facebook.com/kimberleywoodhouseauthor
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