Meet author Catherine Brakefield

Catherine is an ardent lover of Christ as well as a hopeless romantic and patriot. She is the award-winning author of Wilted Dandelions, Swept into Destiny, Destiny’s Whirlwind, Destiny of Heart, Waltz with Destiny, and Love’s Final Sunrise. Catherine and her husband of fifty years have two adult children, four grandchildren, four Arabian horses, two dogs, five cats, seven chickens, and five bunnies (that number keeps climbing).

Tell us about your newest book.

Love’s Final Sunrise is an Amish futuristic novel. Ruth Jessup is editor-in-chief for the CassellHerald in Michigan. She is spending the weekend in Owenson, MI, deep in Amish country, her foxhunting club. Her grandmother died a week earlier, and Ruth is trying to cope with the loss. Since her grandmother’s death, she’s had a recurring nightmare that wakes her up from a deep slumber in a cold sweat.

What inspired you to write Love’s Final Sunrise?

I felt it imperative to tell people that though we are facing often catastrophic problems in our lives, God’s got this—we must remember that and not forget to call on Him in these worrisome days and not panic.

How would you describe this book to someone in a 30-second blurb?

Ruth loves the sport of foxhunting. Suddenly, her world is turned upside down and she finds herself literally running for her life—with nowhere to go and no knowledge of who she is. If not for the Amish man, Joshua, she would have died. Then the United States electrical grid is compromised by EMP attack. A New World Order emerges with a debonair leader who promises utopia to the world—but only when everyone accepts his deity.

What genre do you focus on?

I have always loved history, in fact, history was my favorite subject in school. So, it was an easy fit for me to want to do historical romance. Though my newest book is set in a contemporary-futuristic backdrop, because it is an Amish book, I feel right at home writing Love’s Final Sunrise.

Why do you write?

On my business cards I have written, “Writing America’s Story One Truth at a Time.” That is what motivates me to write. I don’t like seeing our history books changing because of this new WOKE culture emerging. In fact, I have to use old history books to really capture the moment and feel close to the historical personages that I include in my novels. I enjoy spicing up my historical novels with real facts about historical figures. I want my readers to see the real people who helped forge the United States. Though American’s track record is not perfect, we know through experience that history often repeats itself. I think it is important to get all the facts before my readers so they can determine the truth for themselves.

Who is your main character, and how did you choose that name?

Ruth kind of named herself. Like the Ruth in the Bible who needed a strong spiritual leader, Ruth had her grandmother as the Ruth in the Bible had Naomi. When hardships arise, Joshua shows up, just as Boaz did.

What is the hardest part of being an author?

The hardest part for me is to show and not tell. Also, I love Scripture and want to quote it continuously. Love’s Final Sunrise has more scripture than my other books because I felt it important to show the scriptural message of what Christ expects His elect should be in the latter days. The years I have lived has taught me much. After all, I watched television on a very small black and white set. Learned to type on a manual typewriter, and my parents wouldn’t allow me to date until my sixteenth birthday.

What’s the best part of your author’s life?

The absolute best part of being an author is when the book is complete! And then I hear from my readers, through their reviews, how they liked the book. Writers live very solitary lives. We write, write, write, making up imaginary people we hope to bring to life through the written word. Only when we hear from our readers, do we know if we have succeeded in making our characters and story real enough for our readers to immerse themselves in every page and feel the “magic” of believing these characters are real!

What’s one thing your readers should know about you?

I never planned to be a writer. I loved to read. But I disliked sitting at a desk when the outside was a Kodak moment. I loved to horseback ride, swim, and played just about every sport. I never enjoyed sitting around or playing board games when the bright outside, or even a foggy day, beckoned me outdoors.

Do you have other books? We’d love to know.

I have five other books:

Wilted Dandelions

Swept into Destiny

Destiny’s Whirlwind

Destiny of Heart

Waltz with Destiny

What are you working on now?

I am excited to have finished Love’s Final Sunrise! I can’t wait to see how my readers like it. My next project, after I’ve gotten Love’s Final Sunrise off and running, is to write the sequel to Wilted Dandelions.  


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