Meet author Mary Davis

Bestselling, award-winning novelist Mary Davis has over thirty historical and contemporary titles. She’s an ACFW member and has led critique groups for over two decades. Mary lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband of thirty-seven years and one cat. She has three adult children and three adorable grandchildren. She enjoys playing board and card games, rain, and cats. She loves a variety of crafts like quilting, porcelain doll making, paper crafting, crocheting, and knitting.

Tell us about your newest book, Mrs. Witherspoon Goes to War.

Margaret “Peggy” Witherspoon is a thirty-four-year-old widow, mother of two, flying for the WASP. When her new supervisor, Army Air Corp Major Howie Berg, gives her an order she can’t follow, sparks fly. In the course of her duties, Peggy learns of US soldiers being held captive in Cuba. She undertakes a daring rescue mission. She will need all her WASP skills to succeed and come out of this alive while trying not to ignite an international incident.

What inspired you to write Mrs. Witherspoon Goes to War?

My agent asked if I had a WWII story idea that might fit in with Barbour’s Heroines of WWII series. I had to tell her I didn’t. I knew women had done some military flying but didn’t know the details, so I jump into some quick research. An idea started forming with a WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilots). I wrote a brief one-page outline of my rough idea. I knew I couldn’t take too much time away from my contracted project to write a whole proposal if I was going to be told the publisher already had a story in the series about a WASP, which I assumed they had. Because who wouldn’t want to write about lady pilots?  I wrote a proposal, and well…as they say, the rest is history.

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

A WWII WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilots) embarks on an unsanctioned mission to rescue three US soldiers held captive in Cuba.

What genre do you focus on?

Historical Romance. I do like writing contemporary romance and other sub-genres of romance. I was writing both historical and contemporary romances when my agent at the time told me to pick one or the other. It was hard. I had recently won an award for a historical, had a couple of historical proposals floating around, and was contracted for a short historical series, so I chose historical romance. That was years ago. But that doesn’t mean I haven’t dabbled in various arenas. I currently have some contemporary ideas I’m exploring.

Why do you write?

I write because I believe the Lord has called me to write. Often, but not always, my characters drive me. The only way I can get them to stop pestering me, is to write their stories. They can be quite demanding.

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

Margaret “Peggy” Witherspoon is a 34-year-old widow with two young daughters who flies for the Women Airforce Service Pilots during WWII. Sometimes there is a lot of attention and intention that goes into naming a character and it can take a long time to find just the right name. Not so with Peggy. I was pressed for time as I was under a quickly approaching deadline, and I need to shoot off a potential idea to my agent to see if the editor liked my premise. Peggy is a name that is appropriate for the era. Peggy is a nickname for Margaret. Then she needed a last name, and Witherspoon popped into my head. And I never looked back or contemplated any changes to her name.

What is your work schedule like when you’re writing a book?

What is this schedule thing you speak of? I’m a bit free-wheeling when it comes to my schedule. I have always had to write in between interruptions. If I had a ridged time I had to write when my children were young, I would have been too stressed and frustrated. Now that they are all grown up, it still works for when Hubby wants to do something.

What is the hardest part of being an author?

Marketing. My brain isn’t wired for marketing, but it is a necessary evil these days. I can spend all day frolicking with my characters and be energized. But it takes less than an hour of marketing to drain me of all my energy and wipe out all my creativity for the rest of the day or more.

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

Having so many friends who live in my head. I’m never alone, and I can manage the expectations they have of me. If I don’t like what one character is saying to me, I can visit with another.

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

I’m a slooooooow reader. Reading has always been a challenge for me because I’m dyslexic. So what in the world am I doing being a writer? I guess God has a sense of humor. He wants me to depend on Him. I can’t do this writing thing in my own strength. He is strong in my weakness.

How have you changed or grown as a writer?

Have I? I guess I’m better at English and some spelling. Pretty much, I can’t spell my way out of wet paper bag to save my life. I’m more confident in my writing. I know some of the things that work and why.

What is your favorite pastime?

Crafting. I love doing stuff with my hands and creating things. My crafting interests include sewing, quilting, clothes making, porcelain doll making, crocheting, knitting, paper crafting, and more.

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

I have been published for over 22 years. https://www.amazon.com/Mary-Davis/e/B00JKRBJKE/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1513048567&sr=1-1

What are you working on now?

I’m currently editing book 5 in my Quilting Circle series. I’m also editing/rewriting a novel a family member wrote in the 1990s. She has passed away, and her sister gave me the novel to do with whatever I want. I plan to self-publish it once I’m done with it. I’m also planning to get back to a contemporary Christmas novella I’ve been wanting to finish.

Website: https://www.amazon.com/Mary-Davis/e/B00JKRBJKE/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1513048567&sr=1-1

Link to book:

https://www.amazon.com/Mrs-Witherspoon-Goes-Heroines-WWII-ebook/dp/B09FP8Y3G8/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1642528465&sr=1-1

Social media links:

Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/dekl_5

FB Reader Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/132969074007619/

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Mary-Davis/e/B00JKRBJKE/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1513048567&sr=1-1

GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8126829.Mary_Davis

BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/mary-davis

Blog: https://marydavis1.blogspot.com/

 

 

 

 

 

Meet author Jen Turano

Named One of the Funniest Voices in Inspirational Romance by Booklist, Jen Turano is a USA Today Best-Selling Author, known for penning quirky historical romances set in the Gilded Age. Her books have earned Publisher Weekly and Booklist starred reviews, top picks from Romantic Times, and praise from Library Journal. Readers may find her at www.jenturano.comhttps://www.facebook.com/jenturanoauthor/  https://www.instagram.com/jenturanoauthor/

Tell us about your newest book.

To Disguise the Truth is the third and final book in the Bleecker Street Inquiry Agency series, but it may be read as a standalone. It revolves around Eunice Holbrooke, a mysterious lady who hides beneath widow’s weeks, and has secrets from her past she isn’t keen to divulge – until Mr. Arthur Livingston shows up out of the blue, wanting to hire her agency to find a missing heiress. Que the start of some very interesting chaos.

What inspired you to write To Disguise the Truth?

I always turn in a book proposal to my editing team before I begin writing a new series. I wasn’t exactly certain where this last book was going to go, but once Eunice showed up in book one, “To Steal a Heart,” I realized she was going to have to have a fairly interesting backstory. She is the owner of the Holbrooke Boardinghouse, and it’s the ladies in that house who form the Bleecker Street Inquiry Agency. Eunice is the character who flits through the first two books, and as she did that flitting, her story kept changing. Thankfully, by the time I began writing her story, I knew I wanted to write a book about forgiveness, as well as embracing your truth, and that’s what inspired a good portion of the entire book. I mean, it’s a Jen Turano book so there’s a lot of mayhem to get to those truths, but that’s what made it a fun book to write.

What genre do you focus on?

I write historical romantic comedies set in the Gilded Age, and I write these because I have a very odd sense of humor, which comes in handy since I write comedy, and the Gilded Age has provided me with mountains of fodder for stories.

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

Eunice Holbrooke is the heroine of my latest book. I chose her name because everyone has this preconceived notion about who a Eunice should be and…I like to twist preconceived notions around and give readers a name that is at complete opposites for who my character actually is.

What is your work schedule like when you’re writing a book?

I usually write for at least eight hours a day, Monday through Friday. This changes to eighteen hours or more when I’m on a tight deadline or finishing up a first draft. That’s the only time I work on the weekends, but when I get to that point in a story, I just have to finish because the entire ending of the book is unfolding in my head and I won’t be able to sleep until it’s down on the page.

What is the hardest part of being an author?

The hardest part for me is simply juggling everything. Unlike when I was writing for fun, contracts come with obligations. I have deadlines, but while I’m writing a first draft for a new story, I’ll have edits come in for a previous story, sometimes more than one story. Then I always have a release mixed in there as well, so it was difficult for me at first to not allow the writing part of my life to take over everything. I’ve recently cut back from releasing two books a year to releasing one every nine months, and for now, I have time to breathe. With that said, I’ve gotten a little bored, so I might rethink my schedule again.

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

I know this sounds cliché, but the readers are really the best part. I love interacting with them and hearing their stories. I’ve really missed being able to go to reader retreats during this horrible pandemic.

One unusual thing about me?

Hmmm….I have so many. I’m a bit of a weirdo, and contrary to what most people think about authors, I’m not an introvert – more on the lines of a social butterfly.

How have you changed or grown as a writer?

I think most authors grow as they spend more time in the business. Working with an editing team has allowed me to pick up on some of my bad habits – you know, too much backstory or history dumps (okay, I still do this, but the Gilded Age is fascinating.) Also, with every story, I tweak my writing style because I always want to produce a book that’s fresh and not like my previous books.

What is your favorite pastime?

Walking on the trail. I used to jog, but I’m getting old, so power-walking it is, unless my dog spots a deer, then it’s a downright run.

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

I have a lot of books published through Bethany House. Here’s the list:

Ladies of Distinction Series

Gentleman of Her Dreams (an e-novella)

A Change of Fortune

A Most Peculiar Circumstance

A Match of Wits

A Class of Their Own Series

After a Fashion

In Good Company

Playing the Part

Apart From the Crowd Series

At Your Request (an e-novella)

Behind the Scenes

Out of the Ordinary

Caught by Surprise

Grand Encounters (featured in the Serving Up Love novella collection)

American Heiresses Series

Flights of Fancy

Diamond in the Rough

Storing Up Trouble

The Bleecker Street Inquiry Agency

To Steal a Heart

To Write a Wrong

To Disguise the Truth

What are you working on now?

I’m working on the second book in a new series – The Matchmakers. The first book is tentatively titled “A Match in the Making” and this second book is tentatively titled “To Spark a Match.”

Social media:

Website:  www.jenturano.com

Link to book:  To Disguise the Truth | Baker Publishing Group

Social media links: @jenturanoauthor  – Instagram

www.facebook.com/jenturanoauthor – Facebook

 

 

 

 

 

Meet author Margie Wood

A long time Colorado resident, Margie Wood loves Victorian mansions and the rich history of the State. Margie’s happy places are sipping tea with good friends while dressed in Victorian fashions, and writing retreats in the majestic mountains.

Tell us about your newest book.

Escaping the Tunnel is the second book of the Rose Haven Journals series

What inspired you to write this book?

Escaping the Tunnel came from a desire to write about people that suffer from PTSD. In Book 1 Amelia Richardson suffered great trauma and I wanted the readers to understand her “real life” repercussions.

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

There’s no doubt in Amelia Richardson’s mind that she loves Matthew Chandler and wants to spend her life with him. But how can she heal from the trauma of the past? And does she blame Matthew?

What genre do you focus on?

Inspirational Suspense with a hint of romance.

Why do you write?

I love creating characters and putting them in real life situations. I ask God for inspiration and creative ideas and I believe they come out in my stories. It’s my great desire for my readers to experience God’s freedom and truth.

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

Amelia Richardson – to fit with the historical thread of the story, I wanted a fairly “old fashioned” name. Amelia seemed to work perfectly. For last names I looked through a genealogy book that belonged to my dad’s Kansas family and liked the way Amelia Richardson sounded.

What is your work schedule like when you’re writing a book?

I write three to four days a week. Mornings seem to work best for me.

What is the hardest part of being an author?

Time management is a huge challenge for me. Like many authors I also work a part-time job and I’m a caregiver for my elderly mother.

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

It was so exciting to hold the print version of my first book The Second Story Window in my hands. It was a dream come true.

What’s one unusual fact about you?

For many years I’ve dreamed of writing and publishing a novel. It finally came to life when I was 65 years old. Don’t ever give up on your dream. I’m a living testimony that it’s never too late!

How have you changed or grown as a writer?

Oh my goodness…I’m definitely more confident and bold. I’ve been working on this with the Lord for a few years and He’s answered my prayers in some amazing ways!

What is your favorite pastime?

Jigsaw puzzles, reading historical fiction, walking while listening to podcasts about writing

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

The Second Story Window Book 1 of the Rose Haven Journals released in Nov 2019.

What are you working on now?

Escaping the Tunnel (book 2) will release Early 2022

Website: Margiewoodwrites.com

Link to book:

https://www.amazon.com/Second-Story-Window-Haven-Journals/dp/1733180214/ref=sr_1_1?crid=32OLG80OJRA8&keywords=The+second+story+window+margie+wood&qid=1645662620&sprefix=the+second+story+window+margie+woo%2Caps%2C340&sr=8-1 media links:

 

 

 

 

 

Meet author Grace Fox

Grace Fox is the award-winning author of eleven books, a regular contributor to Guideposts’ Mornings with Jesusannual devotional, a member of the First five writing team (P31 Ministries), and co-host of the “Your Daily Bible Verse” podcast. She’s a popular Bible teacher at women’s events internationally and the co-director of International Messengers Canada, a missionary sending agency with staff in twenty-nine countries.

Tell us about your newest book.

Keeping Hope Alive: Devotions for Strength in the Storm contains ninety brief meditations written for readers whose minds are on overload. Each devotion uses stories and biblical teaching, prayers, and relevant quotes to encourage readers to remember that God is present, faithful, sovereign, and good. Full-color pages add visual appeal and make this a beautiful gift book, too.

What inspired you to write Keeping Hope Alive: Devotions for Strength in the Storm?

I’ve faced several significant crises and experienced their strain on my mental, emotional, and physical capacity. Encouragement from God’s Word carried me through those seasons, but I couldn’t focus on long passages. I needed easy-to-remember tidbits. I wrote Keeping Hope Alive for others in a similar position. I wanted to provide a resource that would literally keep hope alive amidst life’s wind and waves.

What genre do you focus on?

I mostly write devotions and Bible studies because God has led that direction but also because I believe His Word is vital to our well-being. But there’s more: we need to know how to apply the Word. That’s how transformation takes place in our lives. My writing helps readers connect the dots between faith and real life.

Why do you write?

I write because God has called me to it, and I want to honor Him by being a wise steward of the gifts He’s given me. But I also write because I believe in the life-changing power of His Word. It brings great joy knowing my devotions bring encouragement to someone who’s hurting.

What is your work schedule like when you’re writing a book?

I get up at 4:30 to enjoy a good cup of coffee and quiet time with God. After that, I work out and, if the weather’s nice, I’ll take a walk. I generally sit down at my computer around 8:00. I’ll answer emails for a couple of hours and then start working on my book by 10:00. I generally write until 5:00ish with a couple breaks to grab a snack or take a short walk. Some of my author friends write well into the night, but I’ve never been able to do that.

What is the hardest part of being an author?

Marketing and social media. The learning curve never ends, and I always feel like I’m not doing enough.

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

Hearing stories about how God is using my books to change readers’ lives. I recently heard about a Muslim woman who buys a cup of coffee at the end of her work day and then sits in her car to read a devotion from Finding Hope in Crisis. She says it’s the highlight of her day. Stories like this humble and thrill me.

What’s one unusual fact about you?

I do my writing on a sailboat. My husband and I have lived aboard a 48’ vessel since 2018.

What is your favorite pastime?

Spending time with my family. I have three married kids and 11 grandkids ages nine months to 14 years. My youngest daughter moved to a city an hour’s drive away last fall, and I’ve spent one day per week with her and her two little ones since then. Tea parties with my two-year-old granddaughter make my heart smile!

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

I have several women’s devotional books – Peaceful Moments to Begin Your Day, Morning Moments with Jesus, and Finding Hope in Crisis: Devotions for Calm in Chaos. The latter won the Golden Scroll Award for Devotional Book of 2021. Check out Moving from Fear to Freedom: A Woman’s Guide to Peace in Every Situation, too. That one addresses common fears women face and includes personal growth questions and Scripture-based prayers for each chapter.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on a proposal for a Bible study and always writing scripts for the “Your Daily Bible Verse” podcast.

Website: http://www.gracefox.com

Link to book: https://www.christianbook.com/keeping-hope-alive-devotions-strength-storm/9781649380517/pd/380517

Social media links:

https://www.fb.com/gracefox.author

https://www.instagram.com/graceloewenfox/

 

 

 

 

Meet author Sandi Rebert

Sandi Rebert and her pastor husband, Brian, have ministered in rural Maine for over forty years. She has written over twenty Christian plays, cantatas, and musicals. These programs have been presented by churches, Christian schools, and homeschool groups across the US and on foreign mission fields. Sandi has also written articles for several national Christian magazines. When COVID-19 closed down everything, including plays, she started turning her most popular dramas into novels.

Tell us about your newest book.

Sixteen-year-old Jason bar Micaiah is chased through the streets of Jerusalem by two Roman soldiers. His father, an insurrectionist, has been killed; his mother is missing. Jason escapes the soldiers only to take shelter during a storm inside an archway of a house belonging to one of the soldiers – a centurion. Without giving any spoilers, Jason accepts an offer that delivers him from the possibility of slavery or death and starts him on an exciting but dangerous journey. His journey leads him to the discovery that Jesus, who claims to be the Messiah, has not come to set his people free from tyranny but from sin.

What inspired you to write Redemption’s Promise?

This story began years ago as an Easter play for our church. I wanted to incorporate Old Testament prophecies about the Messiah and their fulfillment in Christ. That, plus the power and intrigue of the Roman empire, provided an engaging backdrop for an exciting fictional story.

What genre do you focus on?

I write Christian historical fiction. I love the Lord, creating fictional stories, and exploring history. The three work together in a beautiful blend of creativity.

Why do you write?

My motivation for writing is simple; to edify believers and bring the lost to Christ. I believe the Lord has placed gifts in our hands to be used for His glory. Through writing, my witness for Christ can outlive me.

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

The main character is Jason bar Micaiah. I chose his name from a biblical character, of whom little is known, found in Acts 17:5-9. I hope to write a sequel that will include this incident when Jason is accused of harboring Paul in his house.

What is your work schedule like when you’re writing a book?

Since I’m a pastor’s wife, homeschooling grandmother, and private music teacher, I don’t have a writing schedule but work it in whenever possible—sometimes in the middle of the night.

What is the hardest part of being an author?

Editing. Although an absolute necessity, I enjoy the creative aspect of writing—developing the storyline and characters. However, I love the outcome of editing; my writing consistently improves from the original. I use others to edit my work as well as two editing software programs.

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

Through writing, I can multiply my witness for Christ. I’m able to travel back in time or go anywhere in the world through my imagination. I enjoy developing my characters; they are very real to me. I love creativity and the joy of a completed project. It blesses me when my words touch someone else’s heart for good.

What’s one unusual fact about you?

I homeschooled my three wonderful gifts from God from preschool through high school. I am now homeschooling three of my five beautiful grandchildren. Yes—I love homeschooling.

What is your favorite pastime?

Other than writing, I love music. I teach private music lessons and play about a dozen instruments—piano and flute being the main ones.

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

Yes, In Due Season: A Story of Colonial Williamsburg and A Heart to Forgive: A Tale of Trial and Triumph in Old Philadelphia.

What are you working on now?

I’m editing Redemption’s Promise. After it’s published, I plan on finishing my western entitled The Innocent for the Guilty.

Website: https://www.christianmusicanddrama.com

Link to book: (Redemption’s Promise link is not available yet) Here are the links to my other books:

In Due Season – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08M127B83  and A Heart to Forgive -https://www.amazon.com/Heart-Forgive-Trial-Triumph-Philadelphia/dp/B09K1HRJNG

Social media links: https://www.facebook.com/Dramatic-Difference-Publications-235581739842058

 

 

 

 

 

Meet author Rachelle Paige Campbell

Rachelle Paige Campbell writes contemporary romance filled with heart and hope. No matter the location—big city, small town, or European kingdom—her feel-good stories always end with a happily ever after. She’s grateful for the support of her family, her robot floor cleaner, and her reluctant writing partner (her dog).

Tell us about your newest book.

Amy Parker returns to her hometown for a two-week visit before moving on to take a job she really doesn’t want. But when the historic mansion that sparked her passion for history hits the market, she thinks she’s finally found a way to stay for good. With the help and support of family and friends, Amy sets out to make her lifelong dreams come true. The tenth anniversary of the tragic death of Jake Grant’s best friend is fast approaching, and all he wants to do is create a charity to honor him. Too bad Jake has no idea what he’s doing. To make matters worse, the woman he holds responsible for his friend’s death is back in town, and she doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon.

What inspired you to write Her Hometown Dream?

In my personal life, I was dealing with a lot of grief and channeled that into this book and the series. Grief is a complicated emotion with no time limit. Sorting through the aftermath of a tragedy a decade later—and struggling with forgiveness—inspired me.

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

Her Hometown Dream is a story of second chances. Amy and Jake have the chance to be honest with each other about their feelings. The truth isn’t always easy but together they find an unexpected path forward.

What genre do you focus on?

I focus on contemporary romance because I am interested in telling stories set in our society. I write a lot of sweet romance but found including a faith element only strengthened the core story. I hope readers agree!

Why do you write?

I have loved to write my entire life. Being a published author was my childhood dream. I am encouraged to keep going because I want my kids to see me working hard for my dreams so they are inspired to do the same.

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

My main character is Amy Parker, and I chose the name based on looking up popular names during the year she was born on the Social Security website. In this book, I do have a character with the last name Kidwell who was the class clown. That is the closest I’ve ever gotten to naming someone based on their personality like Charles Dickens did.

What is your work schedule like when you’re writing a book?

I aim for consistency during a first draft. I will spend time building an outline and scene by scene breakdown so I know exactly what needs to happen in the story (but the how can change and that’s a lot of fun). But once I start, I have to write every day until it is complete (so I always double check the calendar for any days I can’t work).

What is the hardest part of being an author?

Making time to write and respecting the hours I’ve set aside. I had to learn how to structure my day because I felt like my writing bled into family time and vice versa.

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

I share an office with my husband, and I love that he’s nearby. He’s worked from home for years. We had an adjustment period when I officially moved into the same space but now it’s lovely.

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

I moved overseas for grad school and lived in a boarding house run by nuns. They were the most wonderful group of women and I don’t think I could have survived the year without them.

How have you changed or grown as a writer? 

The magic comes during edits. When I first started, I hated edits. Now, it’s my favorite part. After I write a first draft, I write the synopsis. I get so much clarity from telling myself what happened! Sometimes, I will fix a few issues right away. Most of the time, however, I take a couple weeks off. I might start plotting a new book or editing another. While I’m distracted, I’ll be thinking about the book the entire time. I love getting feedback from my agent, critique partners, and editors, too. Each round makes the book shine.

What is your favorite pastime?

I love to travel and garden. I live in the Midwest so gardening is on hold at the moment. I’ve started knitting and am really having fun as I learn.

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

I do! Her Hometown Dream is my first Christian romance. I have several other books in the sweet contemporary romance genre, including my Finding New Hope trilogy. Lights, Cameras, Holidays, the third book, just published in December from The Wild Rose Press.

What are you working on now? 

I am editing the sequel to Her Hometown Dream, due this spring from Anaiah Press, and I’m working on a brand-new sweet, cowboy series.

Website:  https://rachellepaigecampbell.com/

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09N2QFYK7

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/her-hometown-dream-rachelle-paige-campbell/1140636515?ean=2940165652233

Apple iBooks: https://books.apple.com/us/book/her-hometown-dream/id1598841265

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/her-hometown-dream

 

 

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