(This interview is part of my 4 Questions Project, where I get the chance to chat with authors and tell stories of people, life, and adventure. Be sure to check out previous interviews here!)
There’s some people you come across (even if only in the online world) and you know right off the bat they’re genuine. In my interactions with Laura Frantz, that’s definitely the case! Not only that, but her writing is captivating, passionate and worth reading (so get on that if you haven’t yet!). I’m not the only who thinks so either, she’s award winning! All that to say, I’m so so glad she took time to join the blog and 4 Questions! So thank you Laura!
Award-winning historical novelist, Laura Frantz, was born into a family who followed the legendary frontiersman, Daniel Boone, to Kentucky during the turbulent 18th-century and still resides there today. Passionate about all things historical, she writes her manuscripts in longhand first. According to Publishers Weekly, “Frantz has done her historical homework.” She is known for the depth of her characterization and research. I agree completely! Be sure to connect with Laura on her Facebook page or website!
And now the 4 Questions!
1. What is something about your life right now that you would never imagined 5 years ago?
Five years ago was when my first book was contracted by my publisher, Revell. For the next couple of years I felt like I was walking on air and living a dream! I had no idea, of course, what publishing a book meant or the people it would bring into my life. I have such wonderful readers and friends as a result. They’ve enriched my life in so many ways and are a continual blessing! And I count you among them, Jamie.
2. What is one thing that you would go back and do differently if you could?
I would never have left Kentucky, my home state. Growing up there was a gift which infuses my writing in so many ways. I wish I’d attended a college in the south, too, like William and Mary or the University of North Carolina. I would have loved living near Colonial Williamsburg and perhaps becoming a re-enactor there, something which fuels my love of history. Still, I believe I’ve taken the path the Lord crafted for me. He’s a very personal God who uses our mistakes and poor choices for our benefit and His glory. That gives me comfort and keeps me from regretting the past or becoming sinfully sentimental.
3. What is one of the happiest moments of your life?
Being baptized at age 12, holding my newborn sons for the first time, getting married, writing books, traveling. Too many to count! You said one, right, lol? I could keep going… Actually, the moment my relationship with Christ turned from mere religion to relationship has been the biggest and best. All the other blessings I’ve named flow from Him and Him alone and I’m so thankful.
4. What is one thing you want the next generation to know?
That there is nothing worth pursuing more than Jesus. People, jobs, earthly treasure comes and go. Only the Lord and His Kingdom and what we do in His name lasts. I meet so many people who do great things but don’t know Him. I think of how much richer their lives would be and the lives of those they touch would be if they would come to know Him and know Him deeply. I have 2 teenage sons who are Christians and pray the same for them. They’re a part of that next generation that is so technically savvy but often so far from the Lord and what truly matters.