Tell us a little about your family. I’ll be celebrating my twentieth anniversary with my amazing husband at the end of this month. We have four beautiful children—three boys and one girl who range in age from five to sixteen—whom we homeschool. In addition, we have one dog, six indoor cats and four feral cats who live in a cattery on our twenty acre homestead. In the next year we hope to get chickens and eventually plan to add goats to the list of living beings we’re trying to keep alive.
Has your writing
changed your reading habits? If so, how? Yes. I have discovered that while
I am writing my first drafts, I cannot read novels set in
What are you working
on right now? I am currently working on two projects. One is a novella
which takes place between books one and two in my Chaparral Hearts series. It’s
both fun and challenging because my heroine for this novella was the villain of
Waltz in the Wilderness, my first
book. The second project I’m working on is the fourth book in my Chaparral
Hearts series. It’s going to be set primarily in what is now eastern
What outside interests do you have? Well, you can probably guess that I love cats, but as hobbies go, I enjoy crafting, hiking, and diy projects.
How do you choose
your settings for each book? Well, so far all of my books have been set in
If you could spend an evening with one historical person, who would it be and why? Jane Austen. I want to know what she was like as a person and an author. I am curious about her reasons and methods. And I’d love to see her reaction to being so famous and so deeply studied all these years later. I wonder if she’d approve of the many movie adaptations and fan fiction novels her stories have inspired.
What is the one thing you wish you had known before you started writing novels? Which writing craft books would work for me, and that conferences are valuable even before you’ve finished your manuscript (or think you have). The one thing I would change if I could, would be to start attending them sooner. On the other hand, we were dirt poor at the time, and I couldn’t afford to attend them so…
What new lessons is the Lord teaching you right now? Oh, great question. I think I’m still learning to make wiser choices with my time and energy. I’m learning to say no more often and be okay with missing good or even great opportunities. Unless I’m called to do something, it’s optional. And just because someone else is doing something or an opportunity seems enticing, doesn’t mean I need to do it. He’s teaching me to trust in His timing and provision instead of working myself to the bone trying to do it all, be there for everyone, and be perfect at everything. I’m learning that if He wants me to accomplish something, I don’t have to pull an all-nighter to accomplish it. He’ll provide me with the time and energy to get it done in His timing. (He’s proven this to me time and again.) And I’m learning that rest isn’t just okay. It’s Biblical and necessary.
What are the three best things you can tell other authors to do to be successful?
Don’t overcommit! Remember to schedule rest days.
Don’t follow a publishing path or implement a marketing technique, or do anything else just because it’s what others say is best (even if that person is an agent, best-selling author, editor, or publisher). Instead, listen to God and the loved ones He has placed in your life.
Learn, practice, and learn some more. No matter what stage you’re at, there’s always something you can learn.
Tell us about the featured book. Her calling to change the world may be his downfall.
After two decades of hard work, Everett Thompson is on the
verge of having everything he’s dreamed of. Even the beautiful new teacher has
agreed to his courtship. Then two investments go south and a blackmailer
Please give us the first page of the book.
A girl's terrified scream jerked Margaret Foster's attention from the mathematics formula she’d been rehearsing in her mind. A chill shivered up her spine as she searched the wooden sidewalks and fog-shrouded buildings lining the cobblestone intersection. To her left, tidy store fronts bore crowded window displays and closed doors—not yet open for the day’s business. To her right, a rough-looking haberdashery was flanked by windowless buildings with faded lettering. She squinted at the sign just beyond the men’s clothing shop. Melodeon? She stepped away. Not another person in sight.
Who had screamed? The sound had been distant. Could she have mistaken a cat’s cry for a scream?
The woman who owned the boarding house Margaret had checked into yesterday had said to turn south at the milliner’s shop with a large, glass display window. No such building met her gaze. She kicked at a loose pebble and started back the way she’d come. Knowing your lessons won’t matter at all if you’re late and—
Another scream spun Margaret toward the windowless buildings. Through the haze, she spotted a small figure chased by a larger one. Her heart squeezed. That child was in danger. The pair disappeared into the mist beyond the melodeon.
Margaret dashed after them.
Human-like shadows flickered in and out of view as she ran through the gloom. Down alleys and up streets, she followed their echoing footsteps. A stitch formed in her side, but she pressed on. That child needed her help.
I’m hooked. How can readers find you on the Internet?
Kathleen’s Readers’ Club: http://bit.ly/KRCMemberSignUp
Facebook Author Page: http://www.facebook.com/KathleenDenly.author
Facebook Reader Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ArmchairAdventureKrew/
BookBub Author Profile: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/Kathleen-Denly
Amazon Author Page: http://amazon.com/author/kathleendenly
Thank you, Kathleen, for sharing this new book with us. I’m eager to read it.
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