Welcome back, Kay. Why do you write the kind of books you do?
I write fiction because readers
are less guarded when reading a story, and I want to suggest a better way to
live to them. I write about the God-given worth of every human being because I
recognize that most people have been deceived into believing they are less than
worthy. I write in order to be a channel for God to communicate to people.
Sometimes I write historical fiction, sometimes my work is contemporary.
Whatever God directs, I write.
Besides when you came to know the Lord, what is the happiest day in
Today. Tomorrow the happiest day
in my life will be tomorrow. Happiness is a choice.
Very good answer. How has being published changed your life?
It has restricted my time but
given me limitless outlets for creative expression. Writing is solitary work. Writing
on a schedule requires discipline, and once you’re published, you’re on a
What are you reading right now?
The Children’s Hour by Marcia Willett. Highly recommend!
What is your current work in progress?
Fashioning the Future is the 3rd book in the “Aspiring Hearts
Series.” It is set in 1899, and the three female lead characters are all poised
to rise above traditional barriers to women as they enter the new century.
What would be your dream vacation?
A month to roam around Britain
visiting country estates.
How do you choose your settings for each book?
I write about what I know about
so I set my books in Texas, Colorado,
If you could spend an evening with one person who is currently alive,
who would it be and why?
President Jimmy Carter
What are your hobbies, besides writing and reading?
Garden and watercolor painting
What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome
I hate writing first drafts. If
my mind is immersed in a scene, I want to write it beautifully, not hurry
through it. I don’t have an answer to this problem other than to apply
discipline to myself. I just make myself write the first draft, so I can have
the pleasure of rewrites.
What advice would you give to a beginning author?
Write every day at the same
time. Even if you can only write for 30 minutes, write every day. Consider
writing a real job!
Tell us about the featured book.
Sarah Novak has an impossible
dream. She wants to be a schoolteacher, but everyone in Riverford, Texas,
will tell you that in 1895 immigrant farm girls do NOT become teachers. It's an
absurd notion, and the sooner it’s squashed, the better! These things can get
out of hand, you know.
Riverford has another problem–a
troublesome newcomer named Victoria Hodges. She's a Bohemian nonconformist who
ran off to Europe 20 years ago to become an
artist. How she managed to hook wealthy local businessman, Hayden Hodges, is
more than a body can understand. One thing’s for certain. She's a corrupting
force who must be removed from decent society!
Fortunately, Edith Bellows knows
how to nip these things in the bud. A united stand of all the decent ladies, a
cold-shouldered shut out of such radicalism–that's the ticket.
But Mrs. Bellows barely gets her
campaign underway when mutiny in the ranks occurs. Why on earth would genteel
Christine Boyd, daughter of famed Confederate Gen. Gibbes of CharlestonSouth Carolina,
befriend those two reprobates? Bless her heart! Doesn't she understand that the
very life blood of Southern womanhood–propriety–is at stake?
There will be no skirting of
convention on Mrs. Bellows’ watch!
Or will there?
An immigrant farm girl who loves
books…an outcast artist returned to the scene of her youthful agony. Two social
misfits dare to form a most unusual friendship and find healing for both, as
well as restoration for a whole town that’s forgotten how to love.
Sounds like a wonderful book. Please give us the first page.
“It don’t make no sense to
educate a girl, Sally.” Pa slammed his empty coffee cup on the farmhouse
kitchen table. “No sense at all.”
“But, Pa, if the boys get to go
“Boys need some book learning.
They might make something of themselves. You ain’t gonna do nothing but get
married and have babies.”
“I’m going to do a lot more! I’m
not like Mama and the other girls. I want—”
“Blaznivy! Crazy talk. Marriage
and children—that’s why women were made, and you gotta accept that. You’re
gonna be seventeen soon, and you’ll be ready to marry. And ain’t no man gonna
want a girl that’s smarter than he is.”
“But I don’t want to marry, Pa!
I want to be Miss Sarah Novak, schoolteacher.”
“It’s settled, girl! You’re
gonna be just plain Sally. We gotta keep up the mortgage payments on this farm,
and we need cash money to do that. So starting today, you’re gonna work for
Mrs. Bellows until you marry one of the Sykora boys. Now get breakfast on the
table. It’s almost dawn, and I gotta go rouse the boys.”
Sarah shoved the biscuits into
the oven, but the minute Pa disappeared, she raced to the front door and flung
it open. Desperate for fresh air, she ran to the edge of the porch and searched
the heavens for the comfort of an encouraging star. Nothing but dank air
greeted her. The humidity of East Texas had
settled on the farm, thickening the air and hiding the heavens.
She heard a rustle behind her,
followed by her mother’s voice. “Go get yourself dressed, honey. Won’t do to be
late your first morning.”
“But Pa means for me to do all I
usually do here before I leave, and you have the new baby to—”
Her mother’s firm hug silenced
her. “No. This is your time, Sally, your chance. I know your pa won’t let you
go to school, but you’re gonna be in town, and that’s something. The Lord can
do a lot with just a little if you work with Him. You go out there into the
world and do your best to make your dreams come true! Do it for me, honey. My
life stops on this farm, but yours doesn’t have to. You understand?”
“Yes, yes, Mama, I understand.”
Tears welled up in Sarah’s eyes. “And I’ll never forget that you ... that
“My daughter”—Mama slammed her
fist down on the porch railing—“my daughter is gonna have more!”
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Thank you, Kay, for sharing this book with my blog readers and me. I’m
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