Interview with Author Christina Rich

Can you believe it is almost September? Only a couple interviews left on the Summer Spotlight Series. Today I have Christina Rich.

A mother of four, Christina Rich is a Love Inspired Historical author as well as a 10422306_806633796050161_9151897696459019585_nForget Me Not Romance author. When she was younger, Christina tried to dig herself to China, loved Three Billy Goats Gruff, and had an obsession with maps. She gave up her dig to China but still jumps at the chance to travel, even if it’s just down the road. She loves watching modern takes on fairy tales and mythologies on the big screen and still has a huge obsession with maps. The older the better.

Her newest novel was released at the beginning of August and is available on Amazon here.

Deputy Quinn McCall has spent the last two years waiting for his wayward wife to return Quinn McCallhome, and when he discovers the real reason she left him, he wonders how she’ll ever forgive him for placing a bounty on her head.

Sadie McCall didn’t think she’d ever return to Drover’s Pass, but she can’t deny her father’s dying wish to be buried at the home he’d built with his own two hands, even if it means she’ll end up behind bars before she can tell her husband her biggest secret of all.

 

When did you know you wanted to be a writer? As a child I loved to read and make up my own stories, and most of my elective classes in high school were writing classes, but it wasn’t until 2006 that I really knew that I could be a writer, if that makes sense at all. I didn’t have a degree and I was a stay at home mom with four children. Who knew someone like me could publish a book?

What is your favorite thing about being an author? One of my favorite things is watching the story unfold. I’m a seat of the pants writer, which means I usually have a glimmer of an idea and then I write. My story rarely ends how I intended it when I first put pen to paper. And the other favorite thing: I love tormenting my characters. Least favorite thing? Once, I would have said my least favorite thing was putting my story out there for everyone to read. Now, I’d say it is the uncertainty of the market. Just because you publish once, twice, or even ten times, doesn’t mean you’ll get a next.

Do you have a favorite Bible verse? If so, what is it? Yes. Psalm 37:4 Delight thyself also in the Lord and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

Do you have a favorite line or scene from your most recent novel? There are so many favorite lines that it’s hard to choose just one. However, this one stands out because when I first began this story, I had a slight idea of what I wanted to do but I had no idea of this little secret until my hero and heroine met face-to-face.

“About time you came home, darling.”

Thank you, Christina, for being my guest today and sharing! I am a mom of five, and I love getting to know other moms with big families! Congratulations on your newest book.

To learn more about Christina, please visit her on Amazon or at www.ThreeFoldStrand.com. I’ll see you all next week with author Gail Kittleson.

 

 

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Interview with Author Julie Arduini

This week’s guest is author Julie Arduini. Thank you, Julie, for stopping by today!

Julie Arduini loves to encourage readers to surrender the good, the bad, and —maybe one day—the chocolate. She’s the author of ENTRUSTED: Surrendering the Present, Julie Arduini headshotENTANGLED: Surrendering the Past, and ENGAGED: Surrendering the Future. FINDING FREEDOM THROUGH SURRENDER is her 30 day devotional using the surrender themes and characters from the series. She also shares her story in the infertility devotional, A WALK IN THE VALLEY. She blogs every other Wednesday for Christians Read, and also is a blogger for Inspy Romance. She resides in Ohio with her husband and two children. Learn more by visiting her at http://juliearduini.com, where she invites readers to subscribe to her monthly newsletter full of resources and giveaway opportunities.

Julie’s third book in the Surrendering Time Series is Engaged. It is available on Amazon now!

Trish Maxwell’s back in Speculator Falls with egg on her face and a lot of apologies to make. She left the mountain town for her dream job in New York City, only to come back Engaged Cover Imageunemployed. With no prospects, she works at her mom’s department store and makes amends as she finds a new passion creating window displays for Adirondack businesses. She works hard and tries to convince the people of Speculator Falls she’s changed for the better.

As Trish pitches in with community events, she meets paramedic Wayne Peterson, the one man who doesn’t seem to judge her. She even makes friends with Jenna Regan, who helps Trish when people demand to know what’s next in Trish’s life. Living in New York City has been her goal, but the more she’s around Wayne and the Adirondack area, the more she’s drawn to revising her plans. Just when Trish thinks the plan for her life’s coming together, a second chance comes her way that could give her every career goal she’s ever wanted, but threaten to tear her and Wayne apart. Can Trish surrender fears about her future and discover God’s plan for her?

I asked Julie a few questions. If you have any for her, feel free to leave them in the comments section below.

Who is your favorite fictional character? And why?

 

 

From my own writing, Jenna Anderson Regan. She was my first character and I can relate to her. She’s confident, but she has insecurities as well. She’s got some sass, and I have that as well. Other than that, I love Ashley Stockingdale from Kristin Billerbeck’s Whats a Girl Wants. She’s sassy, she’s a mess, and she just wins your heart from page one. Ashley gave me the confidence that I could write a sassy character and make her shine.

 

Where did the idea for Engaged come from?

 

When I was pitching the first book, Entrusted, they asked if I had a series in mind. I thought about Jenna’s sister, Meg, but she didn’t really have a complete story to tell. Before I even had book 2 in mind, I realized the mean girl, Trish Maxwell, had a great story to tell. She’s lost her job and dream life in New York City. Most of the residents in her hometown are angry with her. Her high school boyfriend didn’t wait around for her, and now he’s engaged to the person who took over directing the senior center when Trish abandoned it. It was too soon to use Trish for the heroine in book 2, but for book 3, I couldn’t wait to write that story. And that’s Engaged.

 

What is your life like outside of writing?

 

Busy and full! I am married to Tom, and he travels a lot for work, so I try to keep things humming along at home. We have a son that is a college sophomore, and a daughter who is in the eighth grade. She has some health issues that put her in a special needs category. I am a step mom to two adult children who live out of state, and they are both married with new sons, so I am a grandma! Our family is back in Upstate NY, so we try to travel back there, too. I volunteer with the youth ministry at our church and we have a sub ministry for teen girls that has the ladies of the church meeting with the teens to encourage, love them, pray, and just be their friend. That’s so important to me. I also believe in the power of prayer, so there are times behind the scenes I am mentoring women and praying for and with them. It is an honor and amazing to watch God at work.

If you could say you learned one important life lesson from one of your novels, what would that be?

 

 

My writing is all about finding freedom in Christ through surrender. The Surrendering Time series is about letting go of fear, loss and change (Entrusted,) regret (Entangled,) and failed dreams in exchange for God’s best plan (Engaged.) During this series there was so much transition that I have had to really battle fear. That was Ben’s issue in Entrusted, and his way was to shut it down, literally. He was so hurt by loss and change that he decided the senior center should be shut down for good. When it was re-opened, he vowed never to step inside. I’ve wanted to do the same, but I’ve taken it to Jesus every time I feel the fear. I can picture myself dropping it at His feet so He can have it. And there is an exchange. There truly is His freedom in surrender, and I have His peace. There is nothing better.

I completely agree, Julie. I know God has plans for me, yet sometimes I still fear. It is amazing when I am able to surrender just how wonderful He handles everything. It always works out in big, amazing ways! It really is, as you said, an honor to watch God at work in our lives. Thank you for visiting me this week!

Next week I plan to have Christina Rich’s interview. Please stop back by and check it out!

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Interview with Author Kristen Terrette

Only a few weeks of Summer left….sad! But I am looking forward to the fall, and the release of my first novel, Callum’s Compass! Today’s guest for the Summer Spotlight Series is author Kristen Terrette.

Kristen has been an elementary school teacher, real estate agent, stay-at-home mom, and a small business owner, proving she has eclectic tastes even in her career choices. But her latest day job has nestled inside her heart and won’t let go. She has been typing the Kristen Headshot #2(small size) 2016stories that play out in her head for a couple years now. The idea these stories are a ministry God can use is still new to her, though the typical ministry life is not. She has a Master’s degree in Theological Studies and was on staff at her church for over five years (yet another career), but her staff and leadership responsibilities did not stop there. She currently serves on the Ladies Leadership team and Prayer team, and she has been lucky enough to mentor many youth over the past ten years. With the support of her husband and two children, she currently stays at home and sits at her computer making up fantasy places and characters, allowing God to take the story where He needs it to go. This is her favorite creative outlet, though she does enjoy pinning thousands of things on Pinterest she’ll never get around to actually doing.

The second book in her Moanna Island series, Time and Tide, is available on Amazon now.

Addictions destroy lives. Chad Cusher’s own dependencies change everything he thought he knew about his future.
Time_and_Tide-Kristen_Terrette-500x800After almost killing himself and someone else, Chad’s legal problems, addiction recovery therapy, and physical therapy if he ever wants to walk normally again, are a part of his everyday life. He believes there is no chance at true happiness, certainly not love, and only hopes to become a better man than he was, to find redemption somehow.

Chad moves to Moanna Island, a small island close to Savannah off the Atlantic coast, to begin a job with his family’s real estate empire, a job he was supposed to have taken years ago.

Free-spirited Ryan Mason is a Moanna local girl from a blue-collar family. She’s dropped her own dreams to help her father care for her schizophrenic brother.

Their paths first cross at a Rehabilitation Center where Chad attends therapy and Ryan’s brother lives. Chad can’t believe his luck when he finds her on Moanna Island, forty-five minutes away from the Center, only days later.

Chad is drawn to Ryan’s joy, even through the pain and grief life tries to throw her way. His lonely void begins to dissipate with every island adventure spent with her. He soon finds out what her secret is. But is it possible to start over and be restored? Even so, can Ryan accept Chad’s horrible, even criminal past? Can their crazy worlds ever fit together once she finds out he is the sole heir to the Cusher Empire?

 

Tell us a bit about your books please!

The books I have out now are the first two in my Moanna Island series. Though the previous characters make appearances in each book, the setting in the book is what remains the same and makes it a series. Moanna island a fictional location resembling Hilton Head Island off the coast of South Carolina. It’s smaller but, like Hilton Head, is known as a low country island because of the large trees that expand over the roads and homes which are draped with Spanish moss. The beach has extreme high and low tides, which fishermen love. It is a perfect example of the beauty in God’s creation.

The characters in my series have all made mistakes or are living a fractured and painful life stemming from their past tragedies or heartbreaks. Some have already found Jesus as the One who saves them from their brokenness, and those characters serve as God’s instruments to help Him bring about healing and change.           

Do you have a favorite author you like to read? Or a favorite book of all time? If so, who or what or both?

I love any of Susan May Warren or Becky Wade’s stories- so I’d have to say they are my favorite authors. But my favorite book… man, that’s tough! I will always love Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers and Hidden Places by Lynn Austin- which is truly astonishing because I am mostly drawn to contemporary romance stories, not historicals, but those both have stuck with me over the years and are major reasons I began reading Christian and inspirational fiction.

If you could tell your readers one thing about you they don’t already know, what would it be?

I have a hard time living a clutter-free life. When I was working in ministry and had office hours, my desk was usually horrendous. Of course, I always knew where everything was (that’s what we all say). I had hopes when I transitioned to writing from my home office, I’d have a clean desk. It would have color-coordinated notebooks, a desktop calendar, and a coffee mug next to my computer- free of all the stacks of papers, books, and who knows what else. But I failed miserably. I barely have room for my computer some days! Parts of my house are like this too even though I feel like I am always trying to remove the clutter from my life. I have heard creative people are known to be clutter-y, so…I’m hoping it makes me a better writer. J

 What’s next for you writing-wise?

I’m a third of the way through the book three in my Moanna Island series. It’s about a woman who recently signed a deal for a reality TV show focusing on her restoration of old homes. She only has one shot to make the show a success and knows she needs an incredible house to make it happen. She sets her sights on one of the first homes built on Moanna. They start the renovation and the very first day she meets the boy next door, who happens to be a Coast Guard rescue swimmer. He’s on leave because of a family tragedy that he can’t shake free from. Can they both break free from their fears and move forward? Maybe find love even though they aren’t looking for it?

I am also querying a young adult historical manuscript that I’m very excited about. I am hoping it will get into readers’ hands one day!

 Book three sounds fun and exciting too! I hope you all will check out Kristen’s books on Amazon! You can also find her here:

https://www.facebook.com/authorkristenterrette/

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16252020.Kristen_Terrette

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Interview with Author Carol McClain

My guest this week on the Summer Spotlight Series is author Carol McClain. Thanks, Carol, for being here!

Versatile.

Others say weird.

In truth, McClain’s wacky and wonderful.87489044F054

As a youth, she believed herself an odd-ball, craved being like others. She even practiced writing in clichés because her classmates did, and if they thought the phrases were cool, they had to be.

Fortunately, that phase passed, and she now celebrates her own diversity. She plays bassoon, creates stained glass, enjoys high ropes, loves to run and, of course, she writes.

For thirty years she attempted to teach teenagers the joys of the English language. Judging from the prevalence of confusion with their, they’re and there–not to mention your and you’re and the rest, she hasn’t succeeded much. She’s now on a quest to make magic with her own words.

McClain writes women’s fiction and has three novels published with Desert Breeze Publishing: DWF: Divorced White Female, Waters of Separation and The Poison We Drink.

She’s a member of ACFW and active in the arts community in her adopted hometown of Jacksboro, Tennessee.

In her spare time she mentors recovering addicts, teaches children’s Sunday school, boats, and hikes the Smoky Mountains. During festival season, she and her husband, Neil, sell their work at the art fairs.

You can find her at www.carolmcclain.com.

Her books are available online wherever books are sold. And easy-to-find listing of the three can be found at here.

Her most recent novel is The Poison We Drink.

Summer is too short to labor over ponderous tomes. This novel will sweep you up in its drama and keep those pages zipping. You’ll not want to leave the beach until the last page has been read.

5x7How do you forgive the unforgivable? Torie Sullivan wrecks her car in a drunken fury and is rescued by a man she used to bully in middle school. Their worlds collide when Adam Benedict, now a paramedic, discovers Torie is homeless. He provides living accommodations for Torie with his girlfriend, Maya Vitale. The three unlikely friends must conquer their pasts to have a future. But some wrongs are too hard to overcome.

This novel sweeps you up in its tale of love, hatred and redemption. Readers say it is a 10/10–a must read.

Carol was kind to answer some of my questions.

Which of your characters have you most related to and why?

I most related to Anna Haas in Waters of Separation. First, I’m a firm believer in Fair Trade. Our overseas trade agreements hide the fact that we don’t pay foreign workers a living wage—thus the labor’s cheap.

Slavery is hidden in the production of goods, as well. We need to become cognizant of that.

However, on a deeper level, I have to learn to trust God more, just as Anna did. Her key Scripture in Waters is John 8:32, “You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.” Only by faith in God’s Word will we truly be free to be all we were meant to be.

Can you tell readers one thing they may not know about you?

I’m a kidney donor. About fifteen years ago, my youngest brother started the quest for a new kidney. The doctor said the testing was to have things in place for some time in the future. That future showed up about four months later.

It’s probably the best thing I’ve ever done and have had no complications because of it.

If you know someone who needs a kidney, pray about it and consider being a living donor. A kidney from a live donor has a better chance of taking and functioning well. Also, a transplant before dialysis begins is more effective.

What do you have planned next in your writing future?

I’m currently writing a book located in Stinking Creek, Tennessee. It’s time travel without leaving the current century. A New York artist suddenly finds herself living in Stinking Creek. Her best friend is as conservative as she is liberal—and they won’t recognize they’re best friends, and in reality the same type of woman until that dark moment.

It’s funny and dramatic and wonderful.

What is the take-home message you want readers to discover in your latest novel, The Poison We Drink?

Forgiveness has nothing to do with the perpetrator of the wrong. Forgiveness sets the wounded one free. Torie Sullivan, the protagonist, faced horrors no person should have to face. It left her lost and bitter with a ruined life. Friendship and faith intertwine themselves in a deeply moving and satisfying tale of redemption.

I have learned so much about you, Carol! Thanks for sharing, and I love your cover for The Poison We Drink. The color scheme is beautiful! Best of luck in your writing career!

Stay tuned in to the Summer Spotlight Series here on saralfoust.com. Up next week, Author Kristen Terrette.