Author Interviews

4 Questions with Award Winning Author Carrie Turanksy

(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!)

One of the best parts of my job is getting to work and connect with authors. It’s seriously the best and Carrie Turansky is one such author. She’s so fun y’all and she has a book coming out later this month! I hope you enjoy the interview as much as I did!

Carrie Turansky is an award-winning author of more than a dozen novels and novellas. She has been the winner of the ACFW Carol Award, the Crystal Globe Award, and the International Digital Award, and a finalist for the Inspirational Readers Choice Award and the Maggie Award of Excellence. A prolific writer of contemporary and historical romance, women’s fiction, short stories, articles, and devotionals, Carrie lives in central New Jersey with her husband Scott. They have five adult children and four grandchildren.

4 Questions

1. What’s something about your life right now that you would never have imagined 5 years ago?
Five years ago I attended a librarian’s conference in Philadelphia where I spotted an fiction editor I’d met before. I bolstered my courage, said hello, and I asked her what kind of book she’d like to see come across her desk. She said she loved Downton Abbey, and she’d like to see a novel set in the Edwardian Era with a governess as a heroine and a brooding hero, a bit like Jane Eyre. I thanked her, but I wasn’t sure I was the one to write that story. I knew next to nothing about the life in England one hundred years ago, and I’d only seen one episode of Downton. But after an encouraging conversation with an author friend, I decided to watch the first two seasons and jump into the research. It was fascinating, and I fell in love with the era. I developed a proposal for the Edwardian Brides Series and took a research trip to England. Before I returned, I had more than one offer! My writing career took a wonderful turn, and I’ve never looked back!

2. What is one thing you would go back and do differently if you could?
I think I would be more patient through those five years I was learning to write fiction and waiting for my first publishing contract. It takes time to develop your skills and perseverance to keep writing when you receive rejections, but I’m grateful for all those who encouraged me to keep writing!

3. What is one of the happiest moments of your life?
This past Christmas all five of our adult children, their spouses, and our grandchildren were with us for a few days. We haven’t all been together at Christmas for twelve years because one son is in the Marines, one daughter spends a lot of time in Africa with her job, and another son and his family have been living in California, and we’re in New Jersey. Having them all here and seeing them all talking and enjoying each other was such a treat for me. Attending church together on Christmas Eve and lighting our candles warmed my heart in a very special way.

4. What’s one thing you want the next generation to know?
Faith is the anchor that will hold you fast in the storms of life. Nothing gives me more hope or peace than my faith in God and His love for me, which He has shown me through sending his son Jesus. Faith is not old fashioned. It can be as new and fresh as a spring morning. Hold on to your faith, let it grow and develop as you bring it into every area of your life and you will find great strength and wisdom.

Thank you so so much for joining in Carrie – I was so encouraged by what you shared! I hope you readers enjoyed it as well!

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4 Questions with Ruth Logan Herne | Author Interview

(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!)

Y’all. Where do I even start? I meet Ruthy in Nashville this year at the CFRR and ACFW and 5 seconds in, I knew working with her was going to be THE BEST. She cracks me up, is so so sweet and we bonded over tacos, so really what more is needed? I hope y’all are encouraged by her today and be sure to check out her latest release (also, you can win on too!)

Ruth Logan Herne has more than a million books in print, including eighteen Love Inspired contemporary novels and Back in the Saddle, Book 1 in the Double S Ranch series. Ruth is a founding member of Seekerville, a popular writing collective blog. A country girl who loves the big city, Ruth and her husband live on a farm in upstate New York.

1. What is something about your life right now that you would have never imagined 5 years ago?
Well, this question is easy-peasy! Five years ago I was delighted to see my first books hit bookshelves across the country… and it was thrilling! I was in shock… good shock!! I was a published author! I’d always believed it would happen, but the thrill of seeing my work on shelves was over-the-moon… And pure joy and thanks to God, absolutely. (Imagine me singing the “Hallelujah” chorus right now). As the next few years passed, my amazing agent began locking in more contracts. More books. More stories! I have been blessed to work with some of the best editors in the business, and it is amazing to me that I’ve got novels and novellas out with multiple publishers… But a huge thing for me, and something that would have been deemed “unbelievable” is my “Double S” series with Waterbrook Press… The chance to write these beautiful stories set in the hills of Central Washington… to have traveled out there to see the Kittitas Valley… and to set things right for the Stafford family, a group of men with wounded souls, each one too stubborn to see their own path clearly. Time, faith, hope and love helped heal those wounds, and bring each man home again.

2. What is one thing that you would go back and do differently if you could?
This is a conundrum. There are several things I’d change, and most of them involve working long hours and not being home more with my kids during their junior high/teen years. We’d fallen on some tough times and it was all hands on deck… it worked out all right, and I didn’t mind the work aspect (in fact several of my restaurant customers were big encouragers, knowing I wanted to be a writer. One couple actually donated their daughter’s Brother Word Processor to me when she went off to college so that I could start writing. There are so many good people in this world!) But… If I could have changed that situation so that I was home in the evenings, I would do it.

3. What is one of the happiest moments of your life?
This is back to being easy: Having my children. They are my cheerleaders, my joys, my first gifts from God, you know? And they’re all so excited for me… And I love that! And I have fourteen grandkids now, which is amazingly wonderful. And they all love me! 🙂 Of course, I bribe them with cookies and chocolate milk because who doesn’t love cookies and chocolate milk, Jamie??? (Editor note: #truth)

4. What is one thing you want the next generation to know?
Being smart is a wonderful thing, but brains without a good work ethic generally get you nowhere. Never be afraid to work hard and well. Do your best with each and every job, no matter how insignificant it might seem at the time. I had so many hairnet and nametag jobs that it’s almost funny… but each one helped prepare me for using those jobs, businesses, and situations in later stories. So I got paid to research. BONUS!!!! 🙂 I encourage kids to work hard, love God and stay focused… and to build a solid platform of goodness, day by day. If you make being good a habit, it’s a whole lot easier to stay that way when temptations come your way.

You are the so great and thank you so much for sharing!! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I told you readers, isn’t she the best?! 

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Ponderings

5 Things 34 Year Old Jamie Would Tell College Jamie

First off, I need to say I totally stole this idea from Wesley. You can read her’s here, but it was so fun to read!

This past month has been all about graduations (naturally) and it’s so fun to see these kids graduate high school and college. While it’s been a few (or more – high five for Class of 2003!) since I’ve walked across a stage, I remember those years so clearly and the fun I had at college.

Oh the things I worried about and the things I thought I knew! I wonder what I’ll tell myself 10, 20 and 30 years from now? I can’t wait!

Walking up with no clue what was coming next. Whoop!

Alright, here’s five things 34 year old Jamie (well, in a month) would tell college Jamie:

1. Can we talk about what you were wearing? I kid! But trust me, you’ll have some laughs at all your fashion decisions. But every time you laugh at those pics, you’ll usually be with your friends you met during those bad fashion years and it’s always awesome. Those people you met during that first year…you’ll still be hanging out 16 years later. Plus, you’re still b/f/fs with your friend from 5th grade and you write each other all the time in college, like letters that go in the mail and require a stamp. Also, this email thing really takes off and that first email address? Totally not cool (lapdogghizzy@apu.edu? Jamie…..). But FOR REAL. The Lord really blesses you on the friendship train.

2. Even though you didn’t study abroad (you’ll have a teeny bit of regret on that), you’ll still get to travel quite a bit and it will be so much fun. You’ll travel with your friends, your family and even by yourself. But just know there’s lots of adventures to come, so don’t worry that those trips in college were it.

It’s official when you walk across that stage!

3. You won’t be married by the time you graduate. OH THE HORROR. And by that I mean, you have several years ahead of you where you’ll make mistakes, learn more about yourself and God’s goodness and trust in the journey and path the Lord has you on. It’s really fun and awesome.

4. You’ll still be a nerd. You just become more hardcore when you hit your 30s and won’t care what people think. Also, why didn’t you discover Tolkien earlier? #Rude

5. There’s this thing called social media that will blow up and you’ll daily THANK SWEET BABY JESUS it did not exist when you were in your education years. Like truly, “praise Jesus with both hands high up in the air” kind of thankfulness. I know you can’t imagine things called “blogs” and “social media,” but it will change the world. Also, it gives you a chance to write and you know you love that (remember the sports column you wrote as editor? Lap’s Low Down? See…you were a trendsetter). It might take you a few years/decade to really *get* what you want to do, but trust me 20-year-old Jamie, it will be awesome and through it all, you’ll learn so much!

I call this REALLY HAPPY JAMIE and my pretty Mama!

How about y’all? What would you tell your college age self?

Love and Faith, Ponderings

The Days of Being a Hot Mess

So true story, I’ve never had just one job. After college, I got a “big girl” job at my church (the 8-5 type) and then built up my photography business on the side. Early on, I also worked for a large photography company on the weekends.

I decided to close out on wedding photography a few years after my move to Texas and then I started book blogging while working full time. And that’s where I am today; two blogs, a Shoppe and podcast. Working a job to pay the bills (although I have to say I love my coworkers – That makes such a difference!), but also writing, blogging, entrepreneuring (having no idea what I’m doing most of the time) after hours and most weekends.

All that to say I don’t get “being bored.” I think the last time I was truly “bored” was maybe at the age of 12 during a long road trip. This was pre all-the-technology and I could never read (and still can’t) in a car because if I did for more than 3 minutes, the driver better be prepared to pull over and let me almost die.

And I’m not claiming this is a good or bad quality, but it’s mine. I don’t know how to not be working on some project or new idea. Blessing or curse, just depends on the day. I guess there’s so many things I want to try and places I want to go, so my brain doesn’t slow down. Also I am my father’s daughter. (He’s amazing. He’s retired and does so much with ministries, being Gramps and changing the world. I’m seriously so inspired everyday by him and my Mom)

And in case I haven’t mentioned I feel like I have no idea if I’m moving in the right direction and feel like I’m a hot mess most of the time. Do I love writing and blogging? 100%! I’m not going anywhere, but I’d being lying if I didn’t admit I question if I’m doing what I need to be.

I think this was brought on by this current very busy season I’m in (both work and personal), but I ask “Am I doing the right things? Is this what God truly wants me to be doing, or am I fighting for something I shouldn’t be?”

HOW WILL I KNOW IF I’M DOING THIS LIFE THING RIGHT?!

Have I mentioned being an adult does not come with the confidence I remember my parents and other “old” folks had when I was 10? Because IT DOESN’T.

I know all the Jesus answers and I believe in them with all my heart, but y’all it’s still hard. Am I chasing a dying dream? Yet, the other side of it would be to only work my “real job” and the thought of that is terrifying. I love writing, photography and everything I do around the internets. But will this be forever ever? Will I be working two jobs for all of my days? Will I one day be able to focus on what brings my heart so much joy?

“When the time is right, I, the Lord, will make it happen.” Isaiah 60:22

Recently my church did a sermon on the Sabbath and I was reminded that everything is only a season. The good, the crazy, the bad, the awesome, the mix, the in-between. Let me tell ya, I grabbed on to that drop of wisdom like nothing else. Do I 100% know if I’m doing exactly what I should be? Let’s just say “not really,” but God is faithful and provides my heart with peace when I need it most and reminds me sometimes trusting in Him doesn’t mean we get to see where He’s leading, but we can trust the Guide.

And more than that, I’m thankful that each and every season of life the Lord uses to draw me closer to Him and maybe even use my life to draw people closer to Him as well.

How do you get through the busy and uncertain seasons?

Author Interviews

4 Questions with Evangeline Denmark | Author Interview

(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!)

Happy Tuesday everyone. Today I have the pleasure of hosting author Evangeline Denmark! She recently released her YA novel, Curio (I’ll be posting a review later this week as well!). Anyway, I absolutely love these interviews (I admit I’m a tad bit biased) and hope you enjoy another addition to 4 Questions and of course the giveaway at the end :).

Evangeline Denmark cannot sing. The tragic discovery of this truth led to bouts of angst-ridden poetry writing in her teens, several ill-advised relationships with literary characters, and the compulsive creation of her own fictional worlds. Having found her true voice, Evangeline now writes fiction with hints of whimsy, glimmers of fantasy, and strokes of the supernatural.

Her debut novel, Curio, a young adult steampunk fantasy, releases January 2016. She has also co-authored two children’s books, The Dragon and the Turtle and The Dragon and the Turtle Go on Safari (Waterbrook Press.)

Evangeline lives in Colorado in a house stuffed full of animals and creative people that would surely go to ruin were it not for the watchful eye of a cattle dog named Willie.

1. What is something about your life right now that you would have never imagined 5 years ago?
I never could have anticipated the depth of friendship I’ve found through writing. I have met and grown to love some amazing writers over the course of my journey and now not a day goes by that we don’t have contact. We have never ending conversations about life and story, and I know, no matter what, they will be there to support me like I’ll be there to support them.

2. What is one thing that you would go back and do differently if you could?
I would make the decision to write bravely sooner. For a long time I thought I had to fit into a certain box. When I finally let go of those imaginary expectations, I found a more authentic voice and my writing went to deeper places.

3. What is one of the happiest moments of your life?
A couple summers ago our family vacationed in South Carolina and I remember the four of us playing on the beach, the waves rushing in and the coquina clams digging into the sand. Family trips can be stressful, but in that moment we had such peace. I might’ve even stopped worrying about sharks for a whole minute!

4. What is one thing you want the next generation to know?
Creativity is the best addiction you can have. You’re going to face hard things in your life and it’s natural to want to escape that, to muffle the pain with anything and everything that might take the edge off. But creating something—a poem, a drawing, a sculpture, a song—allows you to make something beautiful out of something painful. Other addictions destroy you, but creativity makes you more YOU. Embrace it.

Thank you so much Evangeline!! So happy to host you on the blog!

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4 Questions with Award Winning Author Mary Weber | Interview

(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!)

Guess what?! Today I get to host one of the most awesome and friendliest people on the planet! She also writes fabulous books. I absolutely love her Storm Siren series and cannot wait to read the final book! Enjoy y’all and stick around for a giveaway I’m hosting. Internet high fives all around!

Mary Weber is a youth pastor and Christy, Carol, and INSPY award winning author of the bestselling young adult Storm Siren Trilogy. In her spare time she sings 80’s hairband songs to her three muggle children and ogles her husband who looks strikingly like Wolverine. They live in California which is perfect for stalking tacos, Joss Whedon, and the ocean. You can get nerdy with her on Facebook (Mary Weber, Author), Web (maryweber.com), or Instagram (MaryWeberAuthor).

1. What is something about your life right now that you would have never imagined 5 years ago?
Oh man…can I say everything? Is that allowed? *laughs* Let’s see, five years ago I was busily racking up 87 agent rejections on a book that has never been published and wondering what on earth God was doing in me. As far as values, family time, and my youth work – those have grown and blossomed, and yet, at the core they’ve also stayed much the same. But regarding the book career…I never imagined I’d be writing teen fiction for Harper, or getting to speak with teens at high schools, or that the books would have met the enormously kind audience they have. It’s something I’m grateful for every single day.

2. What is one thing that you would go back and do differently if you could?
This is a hard one because I firmly believe every mistake and heartbreak and weird decision leads us to become the people we are and to the future we have. So while I regret so many things, I also know I grew (albeit painfully, gah!) and life wouldn’t be the same without them (if that makes sense?). I guess, though, if I could do one thing differently, I think it would be to worry less. To understand that all things are used for good and growth and we can trust our Father that there’s a far bigger purpose than what we see.

3. What is one of the happiest moments of your life?
Honestly? Every night when I curl up in bed beside my husband and hear my kids in the other room as we tell them for the umpteenth time to go to sleep. :0)

4. What is one thing you want the next generation to know?
I have a tattoo on my arm that says, “You were once wild here don’t let them tame you.” It’s what I tell the teens I work with all the time and it’s what I tell myself – that we were created to be more passionate, wildly brave, powerful souls than we even know. That what we see, and what culture and society says, and even sometimes what religions and opinions and peers think we should do and be are tame compared to what our Creator has in store for us. We were created with purpose. For a purpose. So chase after that. Chase after hope and adventure and kindness – always kindness. And don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. ❤

 

Thank you so so so much Mary for joining in the blog! I’m so inspired by words, what truth and encouragement.

Hope y’all enjoyed this as well and be sure to connect with Mary around the web!

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4 Questions with Award Winning Sarah Loudin Thomas | Author Interview

(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!)

I truly am so thankful for this little corner of space of the internet, where I can chat with y’all about books and bookish things – like author interviews. It seriously is so fun and I love that so many authors are willing to share so much of their lives with us readers! And how fun is it when it is one of my favorite authors – like today?!

If you’ve been around the blog, you know I’m a fan of Sarah’s books and so excited she joined in 4 Questions!

Sarah Loudin Thomas grew up on a 100-acre farm in French Creek, WV, the seventh generation to live there. Her Christian fiction is set in West Virginia and celebrates the people, the land, and the heritage of Appalachia. Her first novel, Miracle in a Dry Season, released August 2014 through Bethany House and won both the Selah and the INSPY Award for best debut novel. Book #2–Until the Harvest–released May 2015 with a third set to release in August 2016. Sarah and her husband Jim live in the mountains of Western North Carolina where Sarah is active in her local church and enjoys cooking and–you guessed it–reading.

1. What is something about your life right now that you would have never imagined 5 years ago?
I DID imagine being a published author (although the imaginings might have been a bit more grandiose!), so that’s not it. Honestly, what I never imagined was needing to help take care of my dad while he’s still in his mid-70s. He’s back home in WV and has Parkinson’s. He’s in an assisted living home and the staff takes really good care of him (some even read my books!). But there are a lot of details to take care of—bills, property maintenance, doctor’s appointments—all the things I assumed he’d be more than capable of handling for a long time yet. My dad and his stories are a big part of the inspiration for my novels so this shift in his health has really made me aware of how important it is to ask him questions and encourage him to retell those favorite stories. You just never know how long someone you love will be around.

2. What is one thing that you would go back and do differently if you could?
Wear sunscreen. There are a lot of things I can look back on and recognize as less than stellar decisions, but I figure those have played a significant role in shaping the person I am, so I’ll go with sunscreen. Having better skin probably wouldn’t change who I am today!

3. What is one of the happiest moments of your life?
My wedding was the happiest moment for years—I’m grinning madly in all the pictures. But more recently it was the launch for my first book. We had it at my church and SO many friends and my family came out that afternoon. We had a bean supper with square dancing following a reading from Miracle in a Dry Season in the sanctuary. My husband introduced me with such love, admiration, and dare I even say adoration, that it made me cry and filled my heart as full as it would go!

4. What is one thing you want the next generation to know?
You should wear sunscreen EVERY DAY. Also, most of what seems so achingly important to you right now won’t mean doodly-squat in twenty years. Only two things matter: loving God and loving other people. In that order. I try to write books that honor God and whisper, “I love you just the way you are,” to readers. If you can find work that lets you worship God while loving people, you’ll have it made. Let all the other stuff go.

Thank you so so much Sarah for joining in! I 100% second the sunscreen advice. I hope y’all enjoyed hearing from Sarah!

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4 Questions with Award Winning Author Becky Wade | Interview

(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!)

I don’t even know how it’s been well over two months since my last 4 Questions! I dropped the ball, but good news is I’m back and sooooo excited to have Becky Wade joining us! If you enjoy contemporary fiction and love, then be sure to check out her books! Meant to Be Mine (you can check out my full review here) is a recent favorite contemporary read for me and I’m truly excited to share this 4 Questions with y’all!

During her childhood in California, Becky frequently produced homemade plays starring her sisters, friends, and cousins. These plays almost always featured a heroine, a prince, and a love story with a happy ending. She’s been a fan of all things romantic ever since.

Becky and her husband lived overseas in the Caribbean and Australia before settling in Dallas, Texas. It was during her years abroad that Becky’s passion for reading turned into a passion for writing. She published three historical romances for the general market, put her career on hold for many years to care for her kids, and eventually returned to writing sheerly for the love of it. She’s delighted to be penning warm, wry, and heartwarming contemporary romances for the Christian market. She’s the Carol Award, INSPY Award, and Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award winning author of My Stubborn Heart, Undeniably Yours, Meant to Be Mine, and A Love Like Ours.

These days Becky can be found failing but trying to keep up with her housework, sweating at the gym, carting her kids around town, playing tennis, hunched over her computer, eating chocolate, or collapsed on the sofa watching TV with her husband.

1. What is something about your life right now that you would have never imagined 5 years ago?
Life as I now know it as a writer and a mom of school-aged kids! Five years ago, I’d been a stay at home mom for a decade and was busy juggling nap schedules and playdates for my youngest, who was one at the time. I’d written an inspirational romance manuscript and my agent had sent it off, and right around this time of year we received an offer on that manuscript, which became My Stubborn Heart.

That offer started a domino effect of exciting, challenging, wonderful changes!

2. What is one thing that you would go back and do differently if you could?
If I could go back, I would start my career writing inspirational romances instead of the general market romances I penned before I had kids. It boggles my mind to think about how my whole path might have been different. I could have written so many books by this stage of my life if I’d been writing continuously since I was in my early twenties!

Thing is… if I’d had deadlines to worry about when my babies were tiny I may not have cherished those years as much as I did. So, in the end, I trust that things happened in a way that God can use for my good and His glory, despite my missteps.

3. What is one of the happiest moments of your life?
The moments right after my husband proposed to me. I was in love and full of hope and amazement. I can remember absolutely marveling at my engagement ring and thinking over and over in this dazedly goofy way, ‘We’re engaged! We’re going to get married!”

4. What is one thing you want the next generation to know?
I want the next generation to know that neither fame nor money nor achievement nor marriage nor motherhood is the thing. The thing that will bring you the most meaning and satisfaction is living life in partnership with God. So let Him use you however He sees fit. Listen to Him, be humble, and live very generously with the understanding that everything you have comes from Him. It’s a wonderful journey if you spend the journey allowing Him accomplish His will through you.

Thank you so so much Becky! I always love reading what people share with these answers and I was truly encouraged! I hope y’all were too. Be sure to connect with Becky around the internet!

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4 Questions with Award Winning Author Sarah Sundin | Interview

(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!)

If you at all enjoy historical romances set in WWII, then Sarah Sundin’s books are for you. Rich with historical details her books take you back to an era that truly was led by the greatest generation. I hope you enjoy her 4 Questions as much as I did!

Sarah Sundin is the author of seven historical novels, including Through Waters Deep (Revell, August 2015). Her novel On Distant Shores was a double finalist for the 2014 Golden Scroll Awards. A mother of three, Sarah lives in California, works on-call as a hospital pharmacist, and teaches Sunday school. http://www.sarahsundin.com.

4 Questions

1. What is something about your life right now that you would have never imagined 5 years ago?
If you’d told me in 2010 that in July 2015 my daughter would marry one of her brother’s best friends, the one who had a crush on her since she was in fourth grade, the one she wrote off as too nerdy, I would have burst out laughing. Happy laughter, though. Her brand-new husband was my favorite Sunday school kid. It was so much fun watching her fall in love.

2. What is one thing that you would go back and do differently if you could?
I don’t think I would. My most painful moments taught me compassion. My biggest failures built perseverance. And my greatest sins stripped me of self-righteousness and brought me to God in pure humility.

3. What is one of the happiest moments of your life?
Since our nest is emptying rapidly—our youngest will be a senior this year!—my happiest moments are when all three kids are home. Oops! Four kids now! Listening to them joke and tease and simply enjoy each other is my biggest delight. It makes up for the “He looked at me!”/”She’s breathing on me!” years.

4. What is one thing you want the next generation to know?
Proverbs 3:5-6: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”

Thank you so much for sharing your heart with us Sarah and congrats on your daughter’s wedding and gaining a son-in-law! It’s been a pleasure hosting you on the blog.

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4 Questions with Brandy Vallance | Author Interview

(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!)

I seriously love the book world. Getting a chance to read amazing books is awesome enough, but these days it’s extra awesome with the opportunities to connect with authors (and of course fellow readers and bloggers). It’s seriously the best and just one reason I enjoy the 4 Questions series so much. I had the chance to read Brandy’s debut a few months ago, so it’s a pleasure to have her on the blog!

Brandy Vallance fell in love with the Victorian time period at a young age, loving the customs, manners, and especially the intricate rules of love. Since time travel is theoretically impossible, she lives in the nineteenth century vicariously through her novels. Unaccountable amounts of black tea have fueled this ambition. Brandy’s love of tea can only be paralleled by her love of Masterpiece Theater Classics, deep conversations, and a good book. Brandy is the 2013 Operation First Novel winner and the 2012 winner of the ACFW Genesis Contest for historical romance. Her critically acclaimed novel, The Covered Deep, has been featured in USA TODAY and Writer’s Digest.

4 Questions

1. What is something about your life right now that you would have never imagined 5 years ago?
I am working on my third book and mapping out my fourth. That’s hard for me to believe! I focused so long on getting The Covered Deep published that I never really considered all the books that would come after.

2. What is one thing that you would go back and do differently if you could?
This question stumped me. Of course some things come to mind. However, if just one of those things were altered, I wouldn’t be who I am today. As humans we want to live a pain free life, but there is value in sorrow and grief, especially if you are a writer.

3. What is one of the happiest moments of your life?
One of the happiest moments of my life was holding The Covered Deep in my hands. When the box came to my house I was afraid to open it. Then, when I opened the box, my entire body started shaking. When I held that first book, my entire body went weak. It was a fourteen-year journey to be able to hold that first book. I keep that first copy on my desk. Sometimes I pick it up and smell the pages. Sometimes I flip through it and read scenes at random.

4. What is one thing you want the next generation to know?
The road to achieving your dreams hardly ever looks like what you imagine, but that’s okay. No experience is wasted, especially in the Kingdom of God. Don’t wish away the length of your journey because that is often just as important as the goal itself. The friends I made along the path to publication are forever friends. I wouldn’t trade that for anything.

Thank you so much Brandy for sharing!

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