It's been quite a while since we've had an author interview, so I thought it was time to have one again. With that in mind, please welcome Kathleen L. Maher.
Thank you so much for hosting me for an author interview on your lovely blog! I had a lot of fun answering your interesting questions. With two stories coming out this fall, I’m super excited to have this chance to share with your readers. For most of your questions I will give a short answer for each story.
Sounds great. Where did you get the inspiration for your latest book?
In Victorian Christmas Brides, I wrote a novella called “Love Brick by Brick” about a place in my hometown that was pretty famous back in the 1800’s. It was a health resort called Gleason’s Water Cure, where many well-to-do people such as Vice President Schuyler Colfax, suffragette Elizabeth Cady Stanton came to take the mineral waters which were believed to have curative properties. I found in my research that many of the practices of “hydrotherapy” were ahead of their time, and would still be considered good medicine today, such as exercise, drinking more water, practicing good hygiene, avoiding alcohol and caffeine, and taking naps! Out of that background, a story grew about a wealthy young Englishman newly come to the United States to seek a cure for his mother’s ailing heart, and finds a cure for his own, through a young lady doctor-in-training.
In my historical romance novel The Abolitionist’s Daughter, again, my hometown history called to me. Though far from any battlefield, Elmira, NY played a key role in the Civil War as a recruitment and training center for Union soldiers, as well as an infamous prisoner of war camp where thousands of Confederates died. Juxtaposed to this human drama, Elmira also hosted a revolutionary college for women—the first to offer a baccalaureate degree equal to that offered to men. My Union soldier hero, his Confederate twin brother, and my crusading heroine all find themselves in this climactic setting in their darkest hour. Could this unlikely place prove to be their haven?
That's interesting. There was a hotel not too far where I live that had a sulfur springs. Many came because of the health benefits. Do you have a favorite scene in your newest release?
In “Love Brick by Brick”, I would have to say one of the most tender scenes is between my
heroine SarahAnne, a lady-doctor’s apprentice who grew up in an orphanage, and Nellie, a sickly orphan girl living at the county poor house. In this scene they both dream about what it would be like to have a home of their own and someone to love them. Nellie dreams for a king and a queen to adopt her for Christmas and living in a castle happily ever after. SarahAnne secretly wishes for the same, except her prince looks a lot like the handsome Brit who visits his mum at the Watercure and who is building a “castle” nearby, relocated from their estate back in Salisbury….
In The Abolitionist’s Daughter, my favorite scene is between the hero and his twin brother. Without giving too much away, the story is as much their “bro-mance” as it is a true romance between hero and heroine. But when Ethan falls in love with Marietta, it spells trouble for his very tight bond with Devon. The kind of trouble that leads them to fight on opposing sides of the war, possibly never to speak again. I must be sentimental, but I always cry rereading the last chapter. I will leave you to wonder whether they are tears of joy or sadness. 😉
Chuckle. They both sound like fun stories. :) Where can readers connect with you?
I write a post on the group history blog heroes, heroines and history on the 8th of each month. https://www.hhhistory.com/
my author page on facebook https://www.facebook.com/KLMaherAuthor/
my author page on amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Kathleen-L.-Maher/e/B00D8EXO80
And if anyone is a Pinterest lover/addict like me, I’d love to connect there: https://www.pinterest.com/kathleenlmaher/
Sounds good. What do you plan to work on next?
I have several projects simmering on the back burner of my mind, but most likely I will work on the second book in the Sons of the Shenandoah Series. The Whitewash Bride features the twins’ older brother Gideon, an artillery captain, injured at the Second Battle of Bull Run, who meets an army chaplain’s daughter working as an army laundress. Ellen White is summoned in the middle of the night to care for casualties arriving in from Manassas. The field surgeon tasks her with the captain’s care, and sparks fly when she accompanies him back to the Shenandoah Valley at his busy father’s request. Gideon wants nothing to do with a pretty, young lady attending to him, since his wife died in childbirth a year before. Will Ellen White’s ministry break through the walls he has built around his heart, or just rub salt in his wounds?
And since writing this post, I have been contracted for a novella in Barbour’s upcoming school teacher collection, so that’s also exciting.
Ooh, those both sound like something I'd enjoy.
Thanks so much once again for having me today, Jodie. I look forward to interacting with your readers, and today I am giving away a copy of The Abolitionist’s Daughter to one lucky commenter, to be drawn by random.org. Winner’s choice of format, whether print or ebook. To enter, please answer the following question: Do you like to give and/or receive books for Christmas? Share this post for additional entries, and be sure to leave your email so I can contact you when I draw the winner.
In addition, I am hosting a rafflecopter to be drawn at the conclusion of my blog tour just before Thanksgiving, with several prizes, including a $50 Ammy gift card, one of each of my books, and a Christmas goodie basket. This is the last stop before the drawing. Good luck! (US residents only.)
Link to rafflecopter: http://gvwy.io/48sxkxc
That's very generous of you! Thank you! Is there anything else you'd like to share with us?
Book Blurb for The Abolitionist’s Daughter
The Abolitionist’s Daughter by Kathleen L. Maher
1860-1864 Shenandoah Valley, and Elmira, NY
The crusading daughter of a Washington politician comes between twin brothers as the country plunges toward Civil War. Horsemen from Virginia, the twins would defend their livelihood from her meddling kind. When love ignites, friends become enemies. Can the very girl who divided bosom brothers unite them again?
Purchase link: https://www.amazon.com/Abolitionists-Daughter-Kathleen-L-Maher/dp/1718026242
The Abolitionist’s Daughter book trailer link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Brp28ZTOWHo
Book blurb for “Love Brick by Brick” in the Victorian Christmas Brides collection
Love Brick by Brick by Kathleen L. Maher
1857 Elmira, New York
SarahAnn Winnifred overcomes orphanhood apprenticing with pioneering doctors. Rufus Sedgwick, relocating his English estate, seeks help for his ailing Mum. Christmas reveals the secret wish of both hearts—for love.
Purchase link: https://www.amazon.com/Victorian-Christmas-Brides-Collection-Christmases/dp/1683227190
Pinterest board: https://www.pinterest.com/kathleenlmaher/victorian-christmas-brides-collection/
Kathleen L. Maher has had an infatuation with books and fictional heroes ever since her preschool crush, Peter Rabbit. She has a novella releasing with BARBOUR in the 2018 Victorian Christmas Brides collection, featuring her hometown of Elmira, New York. Her debut historical, Bachelor Buttons, blends her Irish heritage and love of the American Civil War. She won the 2012 ACFW Genesis contest for her Civil War story, releasing this summer under a new title The Abolitionist’s Daughter. Kathleen shares an old farmhouse in upstate New York with her husband, children, and a small zoo of rescued animals.
Thanks again for being here, and readers, don't forget to answer Kathleen's question and follow the link for the Rafflecopter giveaway.