Proverbs 27:17 (KJV) Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.
Okay guys and girls and dogs and cats……anyone who will listen…..I have found a new to me author that is worth proclaiming about!!! Cynthia Roemer, folks! She fits my criteria for a top notch author and I am thrilled to have her on The Reading Daisy today! Thank you, Ms. Cynthia for joining us.
Cynthia Roemer is an inspirational historical romance author who enjoys planting seeds of hope into the hearts of readers. Raised in the cornfields of rural Illinois, Cynthia enjoys spinning tales set in the backdrop of the 1800’s prairie. Her love of God’s creation reveals itself in her writing and in her lifestyle as a farmer’s wife. She writes from her family farm where she resides with her husband and two college-aged sons.
Cynthia feels truly blessed that the Lord has fulfilled her life-long dream of being a published novelist. It’s her prayer that her stories will encourage readers in their faith. Her debut Amazon Best-Selling novel, Under This Same Sky (Book One in her Prairie Sky Series) released in April of 2017. Book Two, Under Prairie Skies, released April 10th, 2018, Book Three in the series, Under Moonlit Skies, releases September 10th, 2019.
I have read book one in the Prairie Sky Series, Under This Same Sky, and book two, Under Prairie Skies. The covers of both these books are beautiful and inviting. Each book is set on the Illinois prairie in the 1850’s. When I began page one of book one I wasn’t just settling into a good book, I was dragged kicking and screaming and not remembering how I got on this ride, but oh so glad I was on it! I LOVED that about this book! I had read for a couple hours before I realized where I was and that I had been reading for a couple hours. Lol! It only took seconds for me to be invested in the very real lives of the characters. I loved them, I felt bad for them, I even wanted to pray for them. I know, I’m a little on the crazy side, but that’s what great stories do to me. These characters used God and His Word to work through life and the decisions that go along with it.
Book two was even better writing! I could not stand one of the characters and I loved others. That’s good writing, folks! I saw an evolution in this story and it didn’t have a thing to do with apes! Ha! It had to do with the love of God and His people. I felt as if I grew Spiritually alongside these characters. I found myself turning to my Bible to reassure myself of the answers they sought. Proverbs 27:17 was the foundation of this book. Of course I had heard this verse many times, but now it is sealed Upon my heart forever. I’m thankful for authors like Ms. Cynthia who are not afraid of being “too preachy” when they write their stories. It shows me the love they hold for our Heavenly Father.
Ms. Cynthia has a brand new book, Under Moonlit Skies, releasing on Tuesday September 10th and I could not be more excited! It will be book three in the series. The hero in book 3 was briefly mentioned in book two. I can’t wait to find out more about him and his love interest, who is a sister to the heroine in book two. I’ll add the pictures of each book in order so no one gets confused. These stories definitely need to be read in order.
Keep reading for an interview with Ms. Cynthia Roemer!
Interview with Cynthia Roemer
TRD: If you could read only one fiction book for the rest of your life, what would it be?
CR: Oh wow! That’s a challenging question. There are so many great novels out there. The first one that comes to mind is the one that helped launch me along my writing journey: Laura Frantz’s The Frontiersman’s Daughter. It left such an impression on me as a reader and a writer.
TRD: What is your least favorite part of getting a book from research to sitting on a shelf?
CR: My least favorite part would probably be the busy work of making certain every mistake is corrected prior to publication. Although, I enjoy editing to an extent, having to read through my novel numerous times in a short period of time looking for errors can be daunting. Marketing is also not on my favorite’s list.
TRD: What is your favorite part of that same process?
CR: I love researching and also the writing process. It’s so fun to watch the characters develop and see what God has in store for them. I usually start with a theme message or verse and a vague outline of the story, then pray for guidance on where the Lord wants to take it. Reaching The End is always a thrill too, as well as release day! =)
TRD: Your books are set in the 19th century. If you could choose anything from one of your character’s closet, shoebox, or jewelry box, what would it be?
CR: Hmm. Well, they didn’t have closets back then, at least not on the prairie. LOL! So I would say Becky Hollister’s treasured leather boots. In Book One in my Prairie Sky Series: Under This Same Sky, Becky Hollister’s boots are worn and ragged. Her blind friend, Jimmy Bodine, scrimps and saves to buy her a coveted pair of new leather boots in a true display of friendship.
Then there is also her mother’s wedding band which Becky’s father gives to her for safe keeping after her mother dies. It was Becky’s tie to home while she was away from the prairie.
TRD: What can we expect from you in the upcoming year in the Christian fiction world? I know your fans want to know!
CR: In just a few days, Book Three in the series: Under Moonlit Skies will be releasing. I’m excited to share Esther and Stew’s story with readers and pray they’ll be blessed in reading it. After that, I plan to write a standalone novel set during and after the Civil War about a wounded Union soldier who is nursed back to health by a southern belle. Later when he seeks her out, she has disappeared and the more he searches, the more her life seems shrouded in mystery. It’s very vague at this point. I’m still praying for what message the Lord intends for the story.
Hope y’all enjoyed that interview. I sure did! Ms. Cynthia, I too love Laura Frantz books!!! She is a fellow Kentuckian. I can see how her book inspired you. I’m glad you took the leap! I also love the time period your books are set in. AND, you’re going to write a Civil War novel?!!! You’re my kind of girl! Thank you again for being gracious enough to be a guest on The Reading Daisy.
From Ms. Cynthia…..
I would love for you to attend my Launch Party on Sept. 10th if you’re able as well! https://www.facebook.com/events/368406794085786/
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