There's a crispness to the air and I'm loving it. It won't be long before frost dusted the lawn each morning, which means it's getting closer to my favorite time of year - winter. :)
Today I'd like to introduce you to another new-to-me author, Hope Dougherty. It's great having you here today, Hope. How did you develop a 'love of story'?
To begin with, I was read to as a child. One story goes that as my grandmother read to me, she began to become drowsy. She said to herself, “I’m so sleepy.” I’d been repeating every word she read, so I said, “I’m so sleepy.” Hearing those words startled her enough to wake up and finish the story. I’ve loved books and stories since before I could read.
As a Southerner, I’m surrounded by story tellers. Southerners give you all the details, whether you need them or want them or not. My mother called after a bad storm to report my aunt’s tree had fallen down. My cousin had seen it fall just as he was beginning to eat supper. After the call, I told my husband. He asked, “What was he eating?” I replied, “Pork chops, mashed potatoes, and green beans.” My husband, who is not a Southerner, burst out laughing. I immediately knew why. The menu had nothing to do with the fallen tree, but he knew I’d know it. Southerners love to tell stories.
Chuckle. I'm a Northerner, so I find that funny as well. :) What do you want readers to come away with after reading your books?
I want them to remember God is big and strong. If He hung the stars and calls them by name (which He did), then He can handle any problem we face. Some of my characters struggle with fear and with what other people think. I hope they see that, although we struggle, Christians can live a joy-filled life with God. I want them to know that living in His will is the best place to be. I also hope readers will miss the characters a little after The End.
I think all authors hope for that one. :) Who are your favorite authors?
In the CBA, my favorite authors are Becky Wade, Shirlee McCoy, Dani Pettrey, and LauraFrantz. In the ABA, my favorite authors are Liane Moriarty, Anne Tyler, and Kaye Gibbons.
I recognize a couple of those names. Tell us about your new book.
Rescued Hearts is a Romantic Suspense book. Set in North Carolina, it tells the story of Mary Wade Kimball who innocently stumbles into a criminal hideout when she’s riding her bike one afternoon. She stops to untangle a kitten and is dragged inside an abandoned house. Brett Daniels is the undercover deputy who jeopardizes his mission to rescue her. Their lives become tangled when the criminals pursue them.
That sounds like an interesting set-up. What is your most difficult writing challenge?
Fear is a huge hurdle, so getting started is difficult sometimes. Then, I have a very strong internal editor. It’s hard to ignore him when I’m trying to write the first draft. Finally, I wish I had a fairy godmother to wave her wand and do my marketing for me.
Chuckle. I can relate. How does faith play a part in your writing?
First, I pray before I write, and I write the stories that come to me. Rescued Hearts surprised me because I never expected to write a Romantic Suspense.
Second, I’m a Christian and write from a Christian worldview. That means along with the love story and the characters’ stories in a novel, a third element is the faith story. I don’t like to read preachy stories, so I try not to write them. I want the faith element to fit naturally, like an old pair of gardening gloves.
Well said. It's been a pleasure having you here today. I pray the Lord blesses your writing.