Greetings from Sarah Sundin in California! Today I have the privilege of interviewing Marcia Gruver, a multi-published author of historical fiction set in “The Old South.” Her latest novel, Hunter’s Prize, was published this month by Barbour.
I taught children’s church for many years. Unhappy with our curriculum, I began to experiment with writing my own. This exercise in creativity became my proving ground. After my last little chicken flew away to college, I nestled into my empty nest to whip out the “Great American Novel.” With the guidance of the Holy Spirit, this venture into writing became an inspirational novel, one of six so far.
What are a few of your latest titles?
Hunter’s Prize released July 1, 2012. It followed Raider’s Heart and Bandit’s Hope in the Backwoods Brides series. My first series is titled Texas Treasures and consists of Diamond Duo, Chasing Charity, and Emmy’s Equal.
At the 2007 American Christian Fiction Writers Conference in Dallas, Barbour Publishing editor Rebecca Germany stood to announce the recipient of their first-ever three-book contract. Steeped in a foggy cloud of yearning, it took a second to realize she’d just called my name. Years later, I still get a thrill recalling this life-changing experience.
I love these types of stories!! Marcia, what has helped you promote your books the most?
My husband’s job requires that we travel extensively. Often we stay for extended periods in small, rural towns. This is such a boon for a writer, providing wonderful opportunities for exploring new settings and discovering new characters. Using the towns as settings and mentioning the local legends has afforded me whole communities of people who are excited about my work before the books ever hit the shelves.