Greetings from Colorado. Davalynn Spencer, here, with author Kathleen Rouser.
So happy to visit with you today, Kathleen. Tell us about your latest book, Secrets and Wishes.
When their sons collide in a fist fight, Maggie Galloway and Thomas Harper also collide with words. Both widowed and rearing rambunctious children, they have more in common than they like to admit. From Maggie nursing Thomas back to health to confronting a dangerous charlatan together, their children see they’re a match. Uncertain of their future, Maggie plans on returning to her hometown. Thomas can’t fight his feelings for her any longer. Is it too late to declare his love for Maggie?
Why did you write this book?
When I wrote my novel, Rumors and Promises, Maggie Galloway was a secondary character as the older sister of the hero, Reverend Ian McCormick. Maggie is feisty but kind, and I enjoyed writing her conversations with Ian, who liked to tease her. Besides, she was kind and accepting to Sophie when she needed a friend. I grew to really like Maggie and thought she needed her own story. That was probably the biggest reason I wrote Secrets and Wishes. Read More →
October greetings from Marti Pieper in lovely Mount Dora, Florida, where fall is in the air—not because our temperatures have dropped significantly but because of the growing number of pumpkin spice products available at local stores and coffee shops. I’m not quite sure what season it is where today’s interview guest, Peggy Cunningham, lives, and you’ll see why in just a few moments. I first met Peggy at the Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Conference and am delighted to have her join us on the CAN blog today.
Welcome, Peggy. Please tell us about your new book, Dancing Like Bees: 31 Steps to De-Stress, Delight and Dance Like Bees.
The book idea began with bees buzzing near me. I’d been walking our mission property early mornings––frustrated and exhausted. My husband suffered from a bout of shingles that left him in constant pain with no relief from the nerve damage it caused. At the onset, not even morphine helped. And it was almost two years since it all began. Where was God? Didn’t He see us here in the middle of a foreign country with no help?
As I sat by a flowerbed filled with daisies, the buzz of bees drew my attention. They flew peacefully from flower to flower doing the job God created them to do, even as a storm approached. If bees could be joyful and peaceful in all circumstances, surely I could find a way to do the same.
Through 31 devotions, my book examines what I learned about God’s creation of the honeybee and how it speaks direction into our need for living a peaceful, productive life while overcoming stress and achieving joy. Read More →
Greetings from Sarah Sundin in California! Today I have the joy of interviewing novelist Sydney Avey. I had the pleasure of getting to know Sydney through the American Christian Fiction Writers San Francisco Bay Area chapter. I think you’ll enjoy getting to know her too!
Sydney, please tell us about your novel The Sheep Walker’s Daughter.
When Dee loses hope of ever knowing her heritage, a series of puzzling discoveries cause her to reconsider. Why did her mother send money every month to the Basque Relief Agency? And what does the Anglican priest who shows up at her door know that he isn’t telling?
Sydney Avey, Author
What inspired you to write this book?
At the end of her life, my mother confessed that she had concealed her heritage. Her father was a Polish Jew. I wanted to understand what motivates people to hide their heritage and what we lose when we don’t know our family history. Read More →
Greetings from Marti Pieper in post-Irma Florida! Where I live in the central part of the state, we are still dealing with various residual effects, some minor and others not. But overall, we remain grateful to God for his watchcare over us and his obvious sovereign hand.
Edie Melson lives several hours away in beautiful South Carolina, but I have had the privilege of seeing her every February for the past few years at the Florida Christian Writers Conference. We have many mutual writing friends, and I respect her as a wonderful writer, social media expert and woman of God. I’m delighted to share her with our CAN readers today.
Welcome, Edie! Please tell us about your featured book, While My Child is Away: Prayers for When We’re Apart.
Parents and children are separated for many reasons, for many lengths of time. These prayers give voice to all that you are hoping for your child when you can’t be the one to meet their needs. Knowing that God is there for your child makes all the difference. Read More →
Greetings from Colorado. Davalynn Spencer, here, excited to introduce this week’s author, Buck Storm.
Welcome, Buck. Tell us about your book, Truck Stop Jesus.
An eccentric, damaged actress and a washed-up ball player collide in an epic road-trip story. Throw in a couple oddball bounty hunters, a forgotten movie-star boat captain, a cowboy priest, and a dashboard Jesus that’s more than meets the eye. It’s a quirky, heartfelt ride!
With a setup like that, I can’t wait to read it. What inspired you to write this book?
The story basically came to me in full on a road trip from Idaho to Seattle. The characters that showed up entertained me immediately. It was a fun book to write start to finish. And, I hope, encouraging and meaningful. While I never set out to write a sermon or grand lesson disguised as a novel, I pray my relationship with Jesus comes through and speaks naturally and gently. Read More →