Today's interview is an excellent author, Laura Frantz the author of several books, and she has offered her book for a giveaway. Here is the book she is talking about today The Colonel’s Lady. I love that book and here is my review http://thelifeandtimesofwanda.blogspot.com/2011/08/colonels-lady-by-laura-franza-review.html
Tell us about The Colonel's Lady, the featured book.
In 1779, a search for her father brings Roxanna to the Kentucky frontier – but she discovers instead a young colonel, a dark secret…and a compelling reason to stay.
Can you tell us how many books you have in print in the Christian market?
Three so far (The Frontiersman’s Daughter, Courting Morrow Little, and The Colonel’s Lady) with 4 more to come in my next series.
Is there a particular book among those you've written that you would especially recommend to our readers? If so, why?
My latest release, The Colonel’s Lady, is probably the one I’d tell readers to start with as it contains romance, intrigue, danger, and more. The plot was very carefully woven and the characters, or so readers tell me, are the most vivid yet.
The Christian fiction field has rapidly expanded over the past few years. What would you like to see happen in this field in the years to come?
I’d like to see attention given to more books with settings outside the 19th-century. Since books in this time period sell best, there are so many of them, but it would be so interesting to see more colonial and medieval novels, etc. I’d also like to see books expand beyond America’s borders to settings in other countries.
How can readers and fans encourage you as you pursue what is sometimes a challenging and solitary job?
If readers enjoy a book, telling friends and family about it is a huge help! Drop a note or email to an author. Oftentimes, authors keep these notes in a “sunshine” folder for encouragement. We really do write our stories with readers in mind!
Many writers are also avid readers. Do you have any favorite authors? If so, could you name a few?
My favorite historical writer in the CBA is Liz Curtis Higgs who writes with a rare depth and beauty. Her latest novel Mine is the Night is the story of Ruth, Naomi, and Boaz and takes place in 18th-century Scotland (the prequel is Here Burns My Candle). It took my breath away! Other writers I enjoy are Siri Mitchell (Love’s Pursuit) and Susan Meissner (The Shape of Mercy). I read mostly outside the CBA and my favorite historical writer in the general market is James Alexander Thom.
If you could only take five books with you on a journey of ten years, which ones would you take?
Excellent – and easy – question! My Bible, Matthew Henry’s Commentary, Jane Eyre, Christy by Catherine Marshall, and George Whitefield’s Journals.
If you had 48 hours to hang out with any TWO people (besides Jesus), alive or dead in the history of the world who would you hang out with and what would you do?
I’d love to have an 18th-century dinner party and dance with George Whitefield, the famous evangelist, and my hero, Daniel Boone. The only problem is that Whitefield abhorred dancing and Boone would rather have been out hunting and exploring.
What three things are you most thankful for in your life?
My Lord and Savior, my family, and my health.
What is the most fun thing you have ever done?
Two things tie as the most fun - attending college in an English castle and the recent tour I took of historic Philadelphia this past July on a research trip. Both were the experiences of a lifetime!
What are you writing now?
I’ve begun a 4 book series tentatively titled, The Ballantyne Legacy, about a Scottish apprentice and 2 sisters in 18th-century Pennsylvania. It’s a mail-order groom, rags to riches type story. I hope you and readers fall in love with the setting and characters.
How can readers find you on the Internet?
I love hearing from readers over at my website/blog - LauraFrantz.net - or Facebook.
The giveaway today is The Colonel’s Lady.
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Thank you so much Laura. I'm really looking forward to your new series. I know it will be fantastic!