Can you believe it's the last day in May already? Today my oldest granddaughter celebrates her fifth birthday and I can't but wonder where has the time flown? Whew! If you're like me, the month has flown by.
Today we have the pleasure of getting to know Cynthia Roemer. Welcome. Tell us a little about yourself.
~ In short, I’m a farmer’s wife, mother to two college-age boys who loves the Lord and loves to write! When I’m not tapping out scenes at the computer, you’ll find me enjoying God’s creation on walks with my hubby, or on an occasional bike or motorcycle ride. I also enjoy gardening, and identifying new birds in the timber out back of our house. In winter I enjoy warming the house by baking Amish Friendship bread, cookies, or some other taste-tempting food, and of course reading.
It sounds like you have a number of things you enjoy. What genre do you write?
~A couple of years ago, I would have said I write historical, but what I hadn’t yet realized is how strong the romantic thread is in my debut novel, Under This Same Sky. It took some convincing on the part of my critique partners to get me to admit it, but I’ve come to realize what I write is indeed historical romance—but the pure, old-fashioned “slow-burner” type as one of my critique partners described it. LOL! However, the romance is secondary to my heroine’s rekindled love relationship with the Lord.
I'm guessing your critique partners know you pretty well. :) What is your favorite Bible verse and why?
~It would have to be Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a future and a hope.” It holds such promise and is saturated with God’s love. It’s also the theme verse for Under This Same Sky. I also love the book of James and all the practical wisdom it holds.
That's one of my favorite verses too. How does your faith and spirituality work in with your writing?
~My faith is at the very crux of my writing. All my life I’ve witnessed people trying to blame God for tragedy and loss. What I seek to accomplish most with Under This Same Sky is to assure readers that God can take our deepest hurts and bring about blessing if we allow them to draw us closer to Him.
Great spiritual truth. Do you have a favorite scene in your newest release?
~Hmm. That’s a toughy. I have one scene that makes me cry every time I read it. Silly I know, but I have a soft spot for children and this scene is one where my main character, Becky Hollister sees the fruit of her labor when she helps reunite a young girl with her little brother after months of separation. Gets me every time. I also love the scenes involving the growing admiration between Becky and my hero, Matthew Brody, especially the final scene. But you’ll have to read the novel to get a glimpse of that! LOL!
:) What qualities do you look for in a hero and heroine?
~I like to create main characters that are strong-willed and yet have a hidden vulnerability which surfaces within the novel. My heroes and heroines love the Lord, but struggle in their faith and with real-life issues that hopefully readers can identify with. It’s my prayer that readers will learn and grow right along with my characters.
I can relate. What do you plan to work on next?
~I’m currently working on Book Two in my Prairie Sky Series, Under Prairie Skies, which is set to release sometime in 2018. It starts just days after Under This Same Sky ends and is the story of Charlotte Stanton, a spoiled red-head who finds her match in cattleman, Chad Avery. I’ll be giving snippets about it in my upcoming Author Newsletters. To sign up, visit either my website or my FB Author Page at the links provided.
You are keeping busy. :) What is one thing you hope your reader will take away from your story?
~That no matter what they are going through in life, the Lord is there with them, cheering them on and offering strength and comfort. God is bigger than our hardships.
Could you include a blurb and a way for readers to contact you?
Under This Same Sky Book Blurb:
~ She thought she’d lost everything ~ Instead she found what she needed most. ~
Illinois ~ 1854
Becky Hollister wants nothing more than to live out her days on the prairie, building a life for herself alongside her future husband. But when a tornado rips through her parents’ farm, killing her mother and sister, she must leave the only home she’s ever known and the man she’s begun to love to accompany her injured father to St. Louis.
Catapulted into a world of unknowns, Becky finds solace in corresponding with Matthew Brody, the handsome pastor back home. But when word comes that he is all but engaged to someone else, she must call upon her faith to decipher her future.
Purchase Link: https://www.amazon.com/Under-This-Same-Cynthia-Roemer-ebook/dp/B06XZNPSRR/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1492640140&sr=8-1&keywords=under+this+same+sky
Thank you for stopping by today. May God bless your writing.