Author Interview: Lynne Tagawa

Lynne B. Tagawa is married and the mother of four sons. She attended the University of Hawaii where she met her husband and obtained a degree in secondary education. The Tagawas live in Texas where she teaches part-time.
She writes fiction, educational materials, and Christian devotionals; she is especially inspired by the lives of great men and women of faith.

It is a pleasure to have author Lynne Basham Tagawa on the blog today! Welcome Lynne. I hope you feel at home here on The Reading Daisy!

If you have been following my blog you have probably gathered by now that my favorite genre to read is historical fiction. Ms. Lynne has written a book that fits like a glove in the historical niche of the Christian fiction world. She graciously allowed me to read her story and I fell in love! Her book is The Shenandoah Road set in the 18th century. We will go more in depth with her book a little later. For now, let’s get into Ms. Lynne’s interview.

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TRD: If you could read only one. Fiction book for the rest of your life what would it be?

Ms. Lynne: Hard question! I can tell you the book that has already gone through the most re reads: To Kill A Mockingbird. Classic, classic story. So many layers there.

TRD: What is your least favorite part of getting a book from research to sitting on a shelf?

Ms. Lynne: I would have to say the final phase of editing. Much of the editing work is done by the author, with the help of friends in writers’ groups. By the time you get to the polishing stage, looking for rough edges and typos, you get bleary-eyed. Half of your mind wanders into the next writing project, which sounds so interesting compared to what you’re doing.

TRD: What is your favorite part of that same process?

Ms. Lynne: Why, the Writing! Of course, there are moments when I sit staring at a blank page on the computer screen. I don’t always know exactly how the next screen will unfold; All I know is the general story. But then there are times when I start writing, and it flows, and then something neat pops out that I hadn’t planned ahead of time. Sometimes whole events are unplanned, like the scene where Abigail faints from heat exhaustion. But, it was August in the story, and all of a sudden, I had the idea.

TRD: Your book The Shenandoah Road is set in the 18th century. If you could choose anything from one of your character’s closet, shoebox, or jewelry box, what would it be?

Ms. Lynne: Maybe Benjamin Franklin’s printing of Isaac Watts’ hymns mentioned in the story. Or a Pennsylvania long rifle- hard to decide! Or, if Abigail could spare an entire outfit, I could dress appropriately for a book signing.

TRD: What can we expect from you in the upcoming year in the Cristian fiction world? I know your fans want to know, including me. ๐Ÿ™‚

Ms. Lynne: The audiobook version of The Shenandoah Road is now in production! I am so enthused about this. I have partnered with a narrator familiar with the Shenandoah Valley and he’s excited to bring these characters to life. Meanwhile, I’m working on a sequel, set about ten years later. But that’s a long process- no publication date yet. For more updates and discounts, folks can go to my website, http://www.lynnetagawa.com and sign up for newsletters there.

Wow! I love your in depth answers, Ms. Lynne! Thank you for being my guest. Below is the blurb from the back of The Shenandoah Road book and also my five star review. โญโญโญโญโญ

“Lynne Tagawa transports readers into the faith and hope, and sorrows and fears of 18th century colonial America. While other books feature the raw grit of frontier colonial life, this book goes deeper and reveals the heart.” – Douglas Bond
John Russell’s heart aches from the loss of his wife, but the Shenandoah Valley frontiersman needs to marry again for his daughter’s sake. At first he believes he has found the right young woman, despite their differences, but his faith falters when time reveals she isn’t quite what she seemed. Can he truly love her?
Unlike her disgraced sister, Abigail Williams obeys the Commandments. At least, she thinks herself a Christian until a buckskin-clad newcomer courts her. He treats her kindly but also introduces her to a sermon by the controversial preacher, George Whitefield. Her self-righteousness is shattered, and she wonders about their relationship. If she confesses her lack of faith, will John continue to love her?

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My Review

Ms. Lynne is a new to me author. I didn’t know what to expect in her writing style, character development, etc. I read the first page, and I knew…..I loved this book! It seemed to grow gradually from the beginning to the end. This story was like walking down the most beautiful pathway beside a rushing river with flowers to see and birds to hear. It was like coming home…that familiar, comfortable feeling. I thoroughly enjoyed this telling of a time long ago, when people worked hard and God extended grace, just as He does today.

(I cried unto the Lord with my voice, and He heard me out of His holy hill. Selah. Psalm 3:4)

I hope you enjoyed today’s blog post. Maybe you discovered a new to you author as I did. May our Savior cover you with His Grace.

Blessings Y’all,

Mandy ๐ŸŒผ

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National Book Lover’s Day

Happy National Book Lover’s Day!

Do you consider yourself a book lover? I definitely consider myself a book lover! My love affair with books began before I could read. I was fascinated with all books, at that time I just enjoyed the beautiful pictures or artwork between the front and back covers of the books I chose. I got downright giddy when my parents would get a Little Golden Book down off my shelf and read to me!

Then I learned to read for myself. Oh, what a joy! I was able to read a book and hide the story in my heart. I could visit amazing places I had never heard of before, and meet people who I may have never had the opportunity to meet. When I was around 12 years old my Aunt Becky gave me the whole set of Little House On The Prairie books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. That day was a happy day for me! I had seen the Little House shows on TV, but hadn’t read the books. Those books made reading one of my favorite things to do! I devoured them. I am now 41 years old and I still reread those books from time to time. Yep, they are still THAT good!

In high school I felt like we actually had a great library in our school. I feel like my friend, Livy, and I checked out every book in that place. She loved reading as much as me, and still does. There was one book in particular that she and I took turns checking out. One of us was reading it constantly. That book was Say Goodnight Gracie by Julie Reece Deaver.

Fast forward to the present. I read more now than ever before. I have many health problems and I’m sometimes housebound for days at a time. I truly believe that God put a love for books and storytelling deep in my heart because He knew I would need books to keep me company later on in life. For that, I am, and always will be, grateful. So, yes, I do consider myself a book lover. I love slipping between the pages of a novel, falling deep into the story, and not coming up for air until the author has exhausted her imagination.

Let me know in the comments if you are a Book Lover. I may do a giveaway next week!

There are many good things coming up on the blog. My reading goal for the rest of this month is to finish up The Healing Jar by Wanda Brunstetter and read The Prairie Sky series by Cynthia Roemer. Maybe you would like to read along with me. I hope you’ll continue to visit my cyber home. It does my heart good to know you’re reading!

Blessings Y’all!

Mandy

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Was The Book Better Than The Movie?

“…writing was not just a dream, nor was it a remarkable commodity of words – it was a ministry for a world hungry for the knowledge of the God Who loves them.”

-Janette Oke

We have all heard it, and probably said it…..”The book was better than the movie.” I think we say this because it is almost always true. A screenwriter takes a story they have read in a 12 hour book and tries to cram all the information they can into an hour and a half movie. Something is always left out, or even worse, they change the story! That makes me cringe. If the story in the book was so good it’s made into a movie why change it? Don’t mess with a good thing.

If you are a Christian Fiction reader you have either read the book Love Comes Softly or you have heard about it. That book alone (not the whole series) has sold well over one million copies! I’d say that was definitely a success! The author is Jeanette Oke and she writes this prairie story so well because she has experienced what she writes. Her parents were actual pioneers on the Canadian prairie. She was born in a log cabin on her family’s farm in 1935 near Champion, Alberta. It wasn’t until her children were in their teen years that she began her writing career. She wanted to be a sort of missionary through her books and she told God she would give her writing to Him. In 1979 her first book, Love Comes Softly, was published by Bethany Fellowship, now Bethany House. It was their first time publishing a fiction book.

Fast forward to the year 2004. Michael Landon, Jr. directs the movie Love Comes Softly for the Hallmark Channel. It was an instant success! Soon to follow would be 7 more movies with titles matching the books. And two more movies that were spin offs from the books – not based on a specific book. Janette Oke has been described as “almost legendary.” What do you think?

Now the question is, Was the book(s) better than the movie(s)?

Yes!!! Of course the books were better than the movies! However, I must say that the first movie, named for the book, Love Comes Softly, was the most accurate portrayal of a book that I have ever seen on screen. The book had so many more details and tid bits of information that truly make a difference. But, for the most part, the movie was spot on. I highly recommend it!

What about the other movies in the series? Well, they were great movies, they really were. But, they should have never bore the names of Ms. Oke’s beloved books. They did not represent the books at all. They were amazing family movies that I enjoyed. I even own them on DVD. They just should have had other names since the story line strayed completely off of what came from Janette Oke’s heart and mind.

I fell in love with the Love Comes Softly book series, along with the four book spin of series. Writing this post makes me want to read all 12 books again. In case you would like to read them I will list all the books and DVDs in order below. Happy Reading and watching!

Blessings Y’all,

Mandy

Love Comes Softly Book Series

1. Love Comes Softly

2. Love’s Enduring Promise

3. Love’s Long Journey

4. Love’s Abiding Joy

5. Love’s Unending Legacy

6. Love’s Unfolding Dream

7. Love Takes Wing

8. Love Finds A Home

Prairie Legacy Book Series

(spin off)

1. The Tender Years

2. A Searching Heart

3. A Quiet Strength

4. Like Gold Refined

Love Comes Softly Movie Series

(with two spin off movies)

1. Love Comes Softly

2. Love’s Enduring Promise

3. Love’s Long Journey

4. Love’s Abiding Joy

5. Love’s Unending Legacy

6. Love’s Unfolding Dream

7. Love Takes Wing

8. Love Finds A Home

9. Love Begins

10. Love’s Christmas Journey

Janette Oke has written more than 75 books in her career and they have sold over 30 million copies.

My Kentucky Vacation Meets Books

Summertime arrives, you have saved money to take a fun vacation, you map out your trip, and head out…..most of the time to another state. Maybe even another country! My husband and I decided to stay closer to home this year. We realized that, although we live here in the beautiful state of Kentucky, we had largely never taken advantage of the wonderful things it has to offer. That’s what we did and it was the best vacation we have had in 18 years of marriage! Since we arrived back home from our getaway one week ago I wanted to incorporate some of the awesome things we saw on our trip into this blog. I will pair up an item we saw while visiting various places on our trip and match it up with a book or books that has that item within its pages. I hope you will enjoy this new take on a blog post. Hopefully, it will not get too lengthy for you. I pray you will feel the touch of our Savior this weekend.

Blessings Y’all!

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18th Century Surveying Chain

A Moonbow Night

By: Laura Frantz

In a Moonbow Night the hero, Sion Morgan, is a surveyor for the state of Virginia. This job takes him into the wilderness that is now Kentucky and he passes the Cumberland Falls. I had never seen an 18th century surveying chain until we were browsing the displays inside Fort Boonesborough. There it was! It made clear a very “muddy” item in this novel for me.

A Nail Found On The Original Fort Boonesborough Site

The King’s Mercy

By: Lori Benton

In this historic novel Alex MacKinnon is sent to the Colonies (America) from Scotland instead of being thrown in a jail and left to die. When he arrives in North Carolina he finds himself working for a plantation owner. He is being trained to learn the blacksmith trade. In the beginning of his training he is taught to make nails, just like the one pictured above. A couple of times in the book I remember he grumbles about all the nails he must make.

Handmade Replicas Of

18th Century Guns

So Pure A Heart

By: Amber Lynn Perry

Ms. Amber pens a novel of intrigue, action, and love during the Revolution. It was a trying time in the Colonies that would soon be America. The hero in the pages of this novel is trying to protect the woman he loves. He follows her to help her spy for the Patriots. To conceal his reasoning for being there he tells the British soldiers he is there to make gun barrels, just as the gunsmith we spoke with did when he made his guns.

Amish Buggy

The Prayer Jars Series

By: Wanda Brunstetter

I always joke and say I can find the Amish wherever I go. I respect and admire their way of life. And their love for God is like a burning fire. As we were driving through Berea, Ky we saw a store that sells Amish made items, such as canned food and crafts. I thought it was clever to use an authentic Amish buggy as a store sign. That will get everyone’s attention! I chose Wanda Brunstetter’s Prayer Jars series because the final book in that three book series will release on August 1st. It is pictured above. The series needs to be read in order. It is more enjoyable that way.

Abraham and Mary Lincoln’s

White House China

With This Pledge

By: Tamera Alexander

We visited the childhood home of Mary Todd Lincoln on our getaway. It was an experience I won’t soon forget. President Lincoln and his children, and of course, Mary walked those halls, had dinner at the dining room table, and held the same handrail as I when they went upstairs. I felt honored to walk in their footsteps. With This Pledge is a book I will always hold in my heart. I can hear the cries of the wounded men as they lay on the floors of the Carnton Plantation house after the Battle at Franklin, Tennessee. I can see life draining from their bodies. I can hear the laughter at Christmas as the soldiers lay on their cots and listen to a reading of A Christmas Carol. The picture above is of some China pieces owned by the Lincolns. Everything on the top two shelves were theirs. The plate adorned with an eagle was the Presidential China as they occupied the White House. President Lincoln was a part of the Civil War, just as the men who fought in the battle of Franklin. This true story touched me in a way no other book has.

Anvil And Tools

To Win Her Heart

By: Karen Witemeyer

The top photo above is, of course, an anvil and tools that a blacksmith needs to set to work crafting the needful things of the fort. The smithy, or forge was set up inside Fort Boonesborough, and was essential in keeping the fort running. The hero in the novel To Win Her Heart is a blacksmith. He is a big guy, and he is soft spoken with a lisp, while being humble. His name is Levi, and he is the picture of my sweet husband. I love all of Ms. Karen’s books, but I always go back to Levi, my own personal hero.

A Cabin At Fort Boonesborough

Little House In The Big Woods

By: Laura Ingalls Wilder

The cozy cabins we saw at the fort reminded me of Laura Ingalls in her little cabin in the woods. This book is the first in a series of nine volumes that hold the adventures of Laura’s life as she and her family move out West. I could almost hear Pa playing his fiddle before bedtime as we peeked inside the cabin. What a peaceful and content thought!

The Blockhouse Tavern

The Colonel’s Lady

We were told before we went in that this blockhouse would have been the tavern. Single men would have lived on the second floor. Below on the first floor where the tavern was housed was “the” place to go. This was the hub of information for the people in the fort and for visitors from outside the fort. Remember, this is the 18th century. There were no cell phones, no internet, no television, no mass media giving the news every hour on the hour. If you wanted to know what was happening in your neck of the woods you had to talk to someone. And the tavern was the place to do that. Laura Frantz lives near Fort Boonesborough and has done significant research there. Her writing reflects the depth of her research and knowledge. I posted photos of our vacation on Instagram and Facebook and the picture above caught her eye. She told me that this very blockhouse was the inspiration for The Colonel’s Lady! When I was home from our trip I told my friend (who loves Ms. Laura’s books) that being in Fort Boonesborough was like walking through a Laura Frantz novel. I didn’t know when I was there, but that was exactly what I was doing. It thrills my heart that I was able to roam the tavern Cassius McLinn could have roamed before me.

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All of the books mentioned on the blog today are available on

http://www.amazon.com

If you have hung in there until the end I am truly grateful. I normally would not write a post this lengthy, but this is a special occasion. If you would like to leave a comment all you have to do is create a username and password for WordPress. It’s easy peasy! Keep an eye out next week for a giveaway on Instagram. It’s going to be fun! http://www.instagram.com/thereadingdaisyblog

Think of this as you go about your weekend:

We NEED God, but He doesn’t need us. He WANTS us!

Blessings Y’all!

Mandy

Mail-Order Mishaps

I just returned from vacation yesterday. I haven’t been very active on social media, and that was a good thing for my heart and soul. But, now I’m ready to get back at it for the Christian Fiction world. I thoroughly enjoy reading, reviewing, and promoting the books I love. And the authors who work so hard to bring good, clean, Christian fiction into our lives. The population before us did not have the same privilege. Christian fiction is a somewhat “new” genre of books. I’m glad I’m here to enjoy it! How about you?

I just finished a fun and heartfelt book titled “Mail-Order Mishaps” from Barbour Books. It’s a book filled with four novellas by four different authors. Those authors are: Susan Page Davis, Linda Ford, Vickie McDonough, and Erica Vetsch. I was familiar with all of these ladies before this book and had enjoyed stories by each of them. For me, it was a no brainer to choose this compilation. I cannot read enough mail-order bride stories. These were spot on! I hope y’all will enjoy my review of this treasure below.

Review

I’m a sucker for a good mail order bride story. For me, they never get old as long as they are well written. Mail Order Mishaps is definitely well written! There are four stories in this book and each one held an aspect that I fell in love with. I did NOT feel as if I was reading the same story over and over. All four of these storytellers bring something fun and interesting to the table. The historic details were characters within themselves. Give this fun book a read and add it to your keeper shelf!

We had a fun e-book giveaway from author Davalynn Spencer last week for anyone who left a comment. That winner is Julie Baldridge! Congratulations, Julie! Thank you, Ms. Davalynn for the e-book!

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Be sure to come back next week for something very unique. Do you want a hint? It involves my vacation and……books! I’m looking forward to it and I hope you are too!

Blessings Y’all,

Mandy

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Author Interview: Davalynn Spencer

Ms. Davalynn Spencer is an author I “discovered” when I read a post about one of her books on a Facebook page where authors and readers connect. She was asking if anyone would like to read and review her first book in the Front Range Brides series, An Improper Proposal. I agreed, and I was instantly in love with her writing! Currently this book has been reviewed 103 times and has a 4 1/2 star rating on Amazon. I call that a success! As I fell in love with ALL of Ms. Davalynn’s books, I fell in love with her as a person. She is sweet and thoughtful and giving. She has also done the impossible…she talked me into reading a contemporary book, and I truly enjoyed it! Lol! You may not know what a huge deal that is so you’ll just have to trust me on that. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I normally read historical or Amish stories, but because of Ms. Davalynn I have branched out a bit. The book she persuaded me to read is The Miracle Tree. Yep, it was swoon-worthy! If you haven’t read a book by this awesome author you must give her a read! You’ll be happy you did!

Ms. Davalynn has graciously offered to giveaway one of her e-books to one blessed reader who leaves a comment on this post! So comment away and good luck!

The winner from last week’s post is Dusty Charles! Congratulations!

Here goes the interview!

TRD:If you could read only one fiction book for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Ms. Davalynn: Ooh, thatโ€™s a tough question because I love fiction and the power of story. But if I had to choose today, my answer would be Joanne Bischofโ€™s The Lady and the Lionheart. Something about that book grabbed a piece of my heart and wouldnโ€™t let go โ€“ and I read it two years ago!

TRD: What is your least favorite part of getting a book from research to sitting on a shelf?

Ms. Davalynn: My least-favorite part of the writing process is that last step prior to the shelf: climbing the marketing and promotions ladder so I can reach the shelf and slide my book into position.

TRD: What is your favorite part of the same process?

Ms. Davalynn: Favorite part? Ah, yes, the story. The discovery as I write, watching the tale unfold like a movie on the screen. Getting to know my characters and being surprised by them. After all, itโ€™s really not my story. Itโ€™s theirs.

TRD: Most of your books are set in the 19th century. If you could choose anything from one of your characterโ€™s closet, shoebox, or jewelry box, what would it be?

Ms. Davalynn: Great question, Mandy. If I could choose a keepsake from one of my characters, it would be Betsy Parkerโ€™s journal that she keeps hidden in a secret compartment of her steamer trunk. Oh, the secrets it holds! (An Unexpected Redemption)

TRD: What can we expect from you in the upcoming year in the Christian fiction world? I know your fans want to know, including me.

Ms. Davalynn: My contribution to this yearโ€™s Thanksgiving Books & Blessings collection, Mail-Order Misfire, releases September 3. I love this story about an adorable little girl who writes for a mail-order โ€œhelperโ€ for her daddy. Such childlike faith and love and promise. Trouble is, she doesnโ€™t tell her daddy the lady is coming until itโ€™s too late. But what could go wrong?

And in November, I have a delightful Colorado Christmas novella for the holiday season. More on that later!

Thank you, Ms. Davalynn! Everyone give her a round of applause! I’m looking forward to her new novella, how about you?

Don’t forget to enter the contest to win one of Davalynn Spencer’s e-books! Simply leave a comment by signing up on http://www.wordpress.com with your email address and a password. Then come back to http://www.thereadingdaisy.home.blog and leave a comment on this post. It’s easy! The winner will be announced here on the blog next week on the new post.

Some of Davalynn Spencer’s Books…

The Canon Street Chronicles

Book 1 Loving The Horseman

Book 2 Straight To My Heart

Book 3 Romancing The Widow

The Front Range Series

Book 1 An Improper Proposal

Book 2 An Unexpected Redemption

Mail-Order Misfire novella, and prequel to The Front Range series.

The Miracle Tree (contemporary/standalone)

The Snowbound Bride (novella)

Snow Angel (novella)

Blessings Y’all,

Mandy

Author Interview: Wanda Brunstetter

My First Christian Fiction Book

Approximately 15 years ago I was reading secular books. The stories were not very good, to be honest, and it seemed every book I chose was farther away from God than the last one. I loved to read, as I do now, but couldn’t find any books that suited my way of life. One day I was talking to my aunt. She asked if I had been reading. I explained my dilemma. She asked, “Have you read any of the Amish books?”. I said no and she gave me some names of authors. I went straight to a bookstore and bought The Storekeeper’s Daughter by Wanda Brunstetter. Ahhhhhh! My very first Christian fiction book! It was like someone was singing the Hallelujah Chorus. I was caught…hook, line, and sinker. My life changed that day, and I will always be thankful for that.

I’m doing a giveaway today! I’m giving away one copy of Wanda’s latest release. Details about the giveaway will be at the end of the interview.

Wanda, thank you so much for being my guest today on The Reading Daisy. You are the best, and I am grateful. Let’s get started!

TRD: If you could read only one fiction book for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Ms. Wanda: It would probably be one of Janette Oke’s wonderful historical novels. She is one of the authors whose books inspired me to write fiction.

TRD: What is your least favorite part of getting a book from research to sitting on a shelf?

Ms. Wanda: There isn’t much about writing that I dislike, but I suppose my least favorite part might be spending the time needed to outline each chapter before I begin writing the book. However, there’s a good side to this, too, and that is: outlining chapters ahead can help stave off writer’s block because I always have something to work with in the outline. Although I do try to outline ahead, sometimes my characters have minds of their own, and they can veer off in another direction than I’d originally planned for them.

TRD: What is your favorite part of that same process?

Ms. Wanda: My favorite part of the writing process is spending time with my Amish friends, which is the best kind of research possible. I want my stories to accurately portray their way of life, and that comes about by spending time with them.

TRD: Most of your books are written about the Amish. If you decided to live as part of an Amish community which aspect of their lives would be the most difficult to live with?

Ms. Wanda: The most difficult part would be learning the Pennsylvania Dutch language and being able to speak it fluently. I know a few words, but not enough to feel comfortable carrying on a conversation with the Amish in their native language.

TRD: What can we expect from you in the upcoming year in the Cristian fiction world? I know your fans want to know, including me. ๐Ÿ™‚

Ms. Wanda: I have several new books coming out in the next year. The next one in line is The Healing Jar, which is Book 3 in my Prayer Jars series. It releases in August of this year. I also am taking part in a compilation of 18 fiction stories, based on everyday life in Amish communities. That book comes out in November 2019. In addition to my 10 stories, Jean and Richelle each wrote 4 stories in the collection. In March 2020, I have a new series beginning, which is actually a spin-off from my Prayer Jars series, only this series has a bit of a mystery to it.

It’s time for a giveaway! I have a copy of The Brides Of The Big Valley to give away to one blessed reader. All you have to do is leave a comment on this post! To leave a comment you must sign up on http://www.wordpress.com. Directions for what to do once you get there are below. Then come back to my page and leave a comment.

Good luck everyone! The winner will be announced next Friday on the blog.

There are three stories in this book about a very unique Amish community. The three stories are written by Wanda Brunstetter, her daughter in law Jean, and Wanda’s granddaughter Rachelle. I truly enjoyed all three stories and I gave the book a five star review!

Blessings Y’all,

Mandy

Author Interview: Christy Award Winning, Laura Frantz

“Lael lass, if I kiss you…just once…I fear I canna stop.” -Ian Justus

The Frontiersman’s Daughter

Ten years ago I found myself wanting more in my reading life. It seemed as though I was reading the same stories over and over, although I wasn’t. I’m a Kentuckian, and I love reading about my home state. I especially enjoy Kentucky history. I went to Amazon and typed in the search bar, “Christian Kentucky historical fiction”. The first book I saw was “The Frontiersman’s Daughter” by Laura Frantz. I rarely spend full price on books, especially by an author I’ve never heard of. But, this book’s description was so amazing I just had to take a chance on it. I ordered the book. Oh, how glad I am that I did! It started a fire in my heart for Laura Frantz books. The Frontiersman’s Daughter was Laura’s first novel. We are now anticipating her 11th novel in January 2020, An Uncommon Woman. The Cover for that book will be revealed at the end of this interview for those of you who haven’t seen it. Now, on with the interview!

TRD: If you could read only one fiction book for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Ms. Laura: Probably Christy by Catherine Marshall, a whole world into itself and so true of my Appalachia. It revolutionized the Christian publishing industry and I’m so grateful. There is even a Christy Award now devoted to the author and story. Julie, the sequel, is also excellent though lesser known.

TRD: You know that Christy award she is talking about? Ms. Laura actually won that award for her 2018 novel, The Lacemaker! Congratulations!

TRD: What is your least favorite part of getting a book from research to sitting on a shelf?

Ms. Laura: Probably the page proofs which is the last time I see the book before it goes to print. My imagination is still in overdrive and I spy all sorts of things I wish I could have expanded upon, changed, or even deleted! It’s a very hard read for me personally, probably because I’m a perfectionist. At this stage, you can only make the barest, most essential changes. What readers don’t realize is that if you make too many changes at this stage you pay for them. Thankfully by the page proof stage the book is pretty much the one you’ll soon see in print and on the shelf. I remind myself as I see the flaws in my own work that there is only one perfect book, the Bible.

TRD: What is your favorite part of that same process?

Ms. Laura: I am so smitten with the first draft. I liken it to falling in love, getting to know your characters both good and bad, settling in for that roller coaster ride of not knowing where they’ll take you as I don’t map anything out. Truly seat-of-the-pants writing. ๐Ÿ™‚ On the flip side, the first draft is really rough and truly terrible. Many inconsistencies, and rabbit trails and typos. Just a huge gush of imagination that needs a whole lot of cleaning up!

TRD: Most of your books are set in the 18th century. If you could choose anything from one of your character’s closet, shoebox, or jewelry box, what would it be?

Ms. Laura: Oh, what a wonderful question! I would definitely covet or borrow that beautiful blue gown in Lady Elisabeth’s wardrobe which is on the cover of The Lacemaker. It’s an actual 18th-century gown in a museum collection. And such a heavenly blue. ‘Celestial blue’ is another name for it back then. Of course, I would require extra-tight stays! This KY girl likes her cornbread…

TRD: What can we expect from you in the upcoming year in the Christian fiction world? I know your fans want to know, including me. ๐Ÿ™‚

Ms. Laura: I’m currently working on and almost finished with a novel set in Jamestown or James Towne as it was called then in Virginia. I step back a century to 1634. That’s next after An Uncommon Woman releasing January 2020. Then it’s another frontier novel. But no spoilers for you!

TRD: I sincerely want to thank Laura Frantz for taking time out of her truly busy schedule to do this interview. Now, here’s the peek at that gorgeous cover I promised all you Laura fans!

Blessings Y’all,

Mandy

Author Interview: Amber Lynn Perry

I am very excited to introduce our guest author this week…Mrs. Amber Lynn Perry! What an honor that Ms. Amber was gracious enough to do an interview for The Reading Daisy. Not only does she lead a busy life of writing, editing, promoting, and being a wife and homeschooling mom she is also due to have a brand new baby girl just any time. I think we should call her Super Woman from now on! Ms. Amber makes her home in Washington State.

Let’s begin the interview.

TRD: If you could read only one fiction book for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Ms. Amber: Such a great question! And I’m glad you specified “fiction” because that makes the process of deciding a tad easier, lol! I love nonfiction books so much as well. I would have to say my go-to fiction book–the book I could read over and over again is Captain From Castile. Written in the 1940’s, this epic historical romance has everything I ever want in a story.

TRD: Your books are set in the 18th Century, around the Revolutionary War. If you could choose anything from one of your character’s closet, shoe box, or jewelry box, what would it be?

Ms. Amber: Oh my goodness! How can I choose?! Well, if I were going to pick anything that I might wear on a regular basis–I might pick either the hats or the shoes. They are so beautiful and remarkably comfortable, not to mention versatile. They can be dressed up or down which is always a bonus ;). Plus, they just add that perfect statement to any outfit.

TRD: What is your least favorite part of getting a book from research to sitting on a shelf?

Ms. Amber: There are a lot of difficult/painful things about any art/craft, but I believe that editing is my least favorite. It can be long and tedious, and sometimes I know there’s a problem or hole in the story, but I don’t know how to fix it! I will admit I have shed many a tear through the editing process, but it’s so worth it. Editing is a necessary part of the art of writing and I’m learning to deal with it better the more I write. LOL!

TRD: What is your favorite part of that same process?

Ms. Amber: I absolutely LOVE bringing the characters to life. It is always such a thrilling experience to have what lives in my head finally be put into words. I have had stories living in my heart and mind for years and seeing them finally have their own full story out in the world for others to enjoy is positively wonderful.

I want to thank Ms. Amber for being with us today. I am one of her biggest fans! She brings her characters to life in an amazing way. I always say I fall into her books and don’t want to climb back out even when I reach the end. If you are a fan of historical fiction you MUST add Amber Lynn Perry’s books to your to be read list/pile. When I was listing all of this author’s titles I forgot to mention that she not only writes to-die-for books, she is also the model on each of her book’s covers! Yep, she is definitely a Super Woman!

Besides many others, Amber Lynn Perry has released a novel and novella into the Christian fiction world in the last seven months! Check them out! They both received five star reviews from me and many more reviewers. Her books are listed below in order, as they are all part of The Daughters of His Kingdom series.

1) So Fair A Lady

2) So True A Love

3) So Rare A Gift

4) So Pure A Heart

Novella: If Not For Thee

5) So Bright A Hope

Novella: Upon My Heart Forever

Blessings Y’all!

Mandy