Turner is a freelance writer published in Chicken Soup and Kernels of Hope
anthologies, former newspaper columnist on health and fitness, an avid blogger
and published novelist of the Word Guild semi-finalist Anna’s Secret. However,
she has found her home in the writing of historical fiction. The power of love
and romance is authentically woven into the Shenandoah Bride Series about five
sisters and their love stories. She and her husband, David, have two grown
children and live in beautiful British Columbia,
Welcome, Blossom. Tell
us how much of yourself you write into your characters.
In this last book
of the Shenandoah Brides series, Jeanette’s Gift
, I would have to say
I wrote myself into the book more than any of the others. This book in particular
is near and dear to my heart because it deals with the age-old problem of
feeling inadequate and struggling with low self-worth. So many women battle to
feel good about themselves, as I did. I pray through the character of Jeanette
that God’s message on how to overcome in this area will shine bright and resonate
with the reader, for His truth is ever timeless.
What is the quirkiest
thing you have ever done? Hmm, let me think. I’ve jumped out of a plane skydiving
tandem with a guy who said, “good thing I’m not feeling suicidal today” just
before we jumped. Is that quirky or just crazy?
Maybe a little of
both. When did you first discover that you were a writer? I have always
enjoyed journaling, playing with poetry, and working with the wonder of words,
but I did not discover the adventure of writing and the depth of my imagination
until I was slowed down by sickness in my forties. Out of sheer boredom my
writing career sprouted wings and took flight.
Actually, I started
writing books in my 40s, too. Tell us the range of the kinds of books you enjoy
reading. I enjoy the Bible and reading commentaries on the history and profound
multi-faceted meanings found within its pages.
I love clean romance with the same kind of spice the Song of Solomon exemplifies.
A good mystery with a splash of romance is always enjoyed.
Chicken Soup short stories
June Cotner’s anthologies of quotable quotes.
And anything that makes me laugh. Phil Callaway tickles my
How do you keep your
sanity in our run, run, run world? Spending time with Jesus grounds me. I
notice on the days I think I’m too busy for my devotions how scattered my day
goes. I have this little reminder I tell myself. “Spending time with Jesus,
saves scattered, schizo, stormy moments of self-inflicted chaos.”
How do you choose
your characters’ names? For my historical romance I often go on-line and read
documents written during that time period to find the names most readily used.
But my hero and heroine must have names I absolutely love regardless of the
What is the
accomplishment that you are most proud of? Loving my family well.
If you were an
animal, which one would you be, and why?
I would be a dog. They are fun-loving, always up for a walk,
and get to sleep lots.
What is your favorite
food? Bread…all types with fresh butter.
I love bread fresh
out of the oven when the butter melts quickly. What is the problem with writing
that was your greatest roadblock, and how did you overcome it? Finding time
is the greatest roadblock. I had to quit a well-paying job to make the time to
Tell us about the
The theme of the featured book, Jeanette’s Gift
, is near
and dear to my heart. I write each book with a message of hope. My desire is to
share an authentic walk with Christ through the characters of my book, all the
while maintaining an entertaining read. This fifth in the Shenandoah Valley
Series is special because the struggle of having good self-worth seems to be an
area in which Satan attacks women on a large scale. No matter how beautiful they
are on the inside, the outside seems to trump the narrative. It took me many years
and traveling a very hard road to come to the place where I see myself the way
Christ does…fearfully and wonderfully made. I pray this message through the enjoyment
of a love story will speak into the hearts of women and they will find the
beauty that lies within them.
Please give us the
first page of the book.
Spring 1881 Shenandoah Valley
Jeanette Williams’s body wilted and sagged, pulling her thin
shoulders forward. Twenty-nine felt like ninety-nine. Until this birthday, Jeanette
had held a smidgeon of optimism that she would someday marry and have a family
of her own. All hope was gone. God had somehow forgotten her. The cheery
frosted cake that sat on the table seemed to mock her dreary existence.
“Auntie Jeanette?” Her four-year-old niece, Geena, pulled on
her hand. “Can I help you blow out the candles?”
The child could extinguish them all for all Jeanette cared.
At her nod, Geena jumped up and down and smiled, the mirror image of her
raven-haired, blue-eyed mama, Katherine. Seemed everyone from the youngest to
the oldest was attractive—except Jeanette.
“Not until it’s time, Geena,” Colby said. “So quit bothering
Jeanette glanced at the child’s father before she lifted
Geena into her arms. “You’re not a bother, are you pumpkin?”
Geena wrapped her chubby arms around Jeanette’s neck and
pressed in a hug. An ache rose within. Oh, how she wanted one of these little
ones of her own.
She gazed around Katherine’s parlour at those trying their best
to give her a birthday celebration and forced a smile. Tears bit behind her
lids, and she pushed her glasses higher on her nose glad she could hide behind
Geena to conceal the watery flow. Present were Pa, Katherine and Colby and
their brood of kids, Lucinda and Joseph with their family, and Gracie and
Matthew visiting from Richmond
with their four-month-old baby. Despite being surrounded by those she loved
most, Jeanette’s throat constricted to an impossible ache, and acute loneliness
crushed in. She stooped down to let the squirming Geena go and stood with her
shoulders squared. She best get used to spinster‐ hood. She had a lot of living
yet to do. Didn’t she?
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to discuss any topic that is important to them.
Thank you, Blossom,
for sharing Jeanette’s story with my blog readers and me.
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