Welcome, Davalynn, God has really been moving in your writing life. What do you see on the horizon?
I see a lot of work ahead. I have two novels in the works and each is the first in a three-book collection. There is only one way to write those books and that is to stay in my seat and write!
Tell us a little about your family.
My husband Mike and I have two sons, a daughter, four grandchildren, and a
Has your writing changed your reading habits? If so, how?
When I’m not writing, I’m reading or watching movies. I enjoy both contemporary and historical, and prefer stories with a bit of laughter, danger, grace, and love—four elements I like to include in my own projects.
What are you working on right now?
I have a historical set in the early 1900s and a contemporary. Of course all my stories have cowboys, regardless of the era.
What outside interests do you have?
I’m an avid photographer and enjoy playing the piano and singing. Contemporary worship songs are my favorite and I’ve led worship for years.
How do you choose your settings for each book?
My last six books have been set in
Colorado. There’s so much history and beauty
here, it’s not hard to let your mind wander until it finds the perfect locale.
If you could spend an evening with one historical person, who would it be and why?
I’d love to spend an evening visiting with Will Rogers. Besides being a talented cowboy with an uncanny way with a rope, he was pretty handy with words too. He was a writer and columnist—something we have in common—as well as an entertainer, and his incomparable wit produced some of this country’s best one-liners.
What is the one thing you wish you had known before you started writing novels?
How addictive it is.
What new lessons is the Lord teaching you right now?
I seem to learn the same lesson over and over—the fact that I have control over very little other than my response to circumstances, events, and people. I can choose to trust that God is in control or I can fret.
What are the three best things you can tell other authors to do to be successful?
1. Keep learning the craft.
2. Never stop writing.
3. Be kind in your dealings with others.
Tell us about the featured book.
My novella, The Columbine Bride, is offered in Book 4 of Barbour’s The 12 Brides of Summer. This was a fun story to write because Barbour asked the authors of last winter’s 12 Brides of Christmas if we could come up with sequels for a summer collection. I had the perfect character to grow another story around—Uncle Buck from The Snowbound Bride. He meets a young widow with two small children, and gets to know the business end of her shotgun before he gets to know her. I put many of the things I love about
Colorado in this story:
summer thunder storms, lush high parks, blue skies, and of course, columbines.
Please give us the first page of the book.
Lucy Powell’s ears pricked at her children’s excited voices. She looked up from the vegetable seed packets to the candy counter where a tall bearded man reached for Elmore’s ear.
Three quick steps took her past a table before she stopped. The man squatted, and her son’s eyes widened at the sight of a copper penny. Cecilia, ever the guardian, stayed her little brother’s hand.
“We don’t take things from strangers, Elmore.”
Lucy clutched the packets she’d already chosen and listened for her son’s reply.
“He ain’t no stranger, Sissy. That penny come out of my ear.”
Cecilia pulled him back with a sharp whisper, eyes narrowed at the man. “It’s just a trick. He fooled you.”
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