Happy May! I have the joy of welcoming back author, Amanda Cabot. I had the pleasure of reading her new book so I know you are in for a treat. :)
Hello, Amanda! How did you develop a 'love of story'?
I can’t remember a time when I didn’t love reading. My parents were avid readers, and I suspect I either inherited that or learned it from them. They’d read me stories at nap and bedtime, and I’d see them reading grown-up books at other times of the day. Since I wanted to be like the grown-ups, it’s hardly a surprise that I tried to reach myself to read. And, once I learned to read, books became my almost constant companions.
Chuckle. I know what you mean about not remembering a time of not loving reading. :) When did you realize you wanted to become a writer?
I was seven when I decided I was going to become a writer. The question was, what kind of writer. For a while I wrote short stories, then transitioned to classroom and neighborhood newspapers, then plays, but eventually I settled on novels. When I think about those original very short stories, I’m amazed, because I now have trouble telling a story in less than 100K words.
It sounds like we have a number of similarities, Amanda. :) Although the longest tale I've written is 95K. LOL. Tell us about your new book.
Imagine leaving your home and traveling thousands of miles to be reunited with your fiancé only to discover that he’s disappeared, leaving behind a pregnant wife. Yes, a wife! Imagine discovering that the town that’s become your new home dislikes Yankees, and you’re a Yankee. What would you do? Would you trust the handsome sheriff? What about the town’s matriarch, a woman who’s a forceful as a whirlwind? This is the dilemma that Lydia, the heroine of A Stolen Heart, faces.
If you haven't read Amanda's book yet, you'll definitely want to pick up a copy. It was one I thoroughly enjoyed and hated to see come to an end. Lots of exciting scenarios here. What is your most difficult writing challenge?
Getting through the first draft. I describe them as skeletons, and like the Halloween skeletons, they’re not pretty, but once they’re done, I have the foundation I need. The second draft, where I flesh out the story, is fun, but the first draft … hard, hard work.
LOL. For me that's the fun part, the first draft. What do you want readers to come away with after reading your books?
I begin each day by praying that my stories will touch readers’ hearts and deepen their faith.
As a reader I can tell you that those prayers shine through your work, Amanda. What else would you like to share with us?
The future she dreamed of is gone. But perhaps a better one awaits . . .
From afar, Cimarron Creek seems like an idyllic town tucked in the Texas Hill Country. But when former schoolteacher Lydia Crawford steps onto its dusty streets in 1880, she finds a town with a deep-seated resentment of Northerners—like her. Lydia won’t let that get her down, though. All will be well when she’s reunited with her fiancé.
But when she discovers he has disappeared—and that he left behind a pregnant wife—Lydia is at a loss about what to do next. The handsome sheriff urges her to trust him, but can she trust anyone in this town where secrets are as prevalent as bluebonnets in spring?
Bestselling author Amanda Cabot invites you into Texas’s storied past to experience adventure, mystery—and love.
Amanda Cabot is the bestselling author of more than thirty novels including the Texas Dreams trilogy, the Westward Winds series, the Texas Crossroad trilogy, and Christmas Roses. A former director of Information Technology, she has written everything from technical books and articles for IT professionals to mysteries for teenagers and romances for all ages. Amanda is delighted to now be a fulltime writer of Christian romances, living happily ever after with her husband in Wyoming.
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I pray the Lord richly blesses your writing, Amanda. Thank you for being here today.