Tuesday, July 31, 2012
August's Author of the Month: Laura Frantz
It was a real treat to feature Regina and Keli last month. Didn't you love it?! I hope you enjoyed their books, and getting to know them as much as I did. They are wonderful ladies!
This month I’m tickled to be spotlighting a fellow Washington state resident! Laura Frantz is a magnificent author. When I started reading HCR’s last year, hers were some of the very first I feasted upon. And what a feast they were! Her writing is beautiful, the stories compelling, and the characters real. Laura has three published titles and I’m so excited that her fourth book, LOVE’S RECKONING will be released next month on September 1st!! You’ve pre-ordered it, right?!?! Good.
Her published titles are: THE COLONEL’S LADY, COURTING MORROW LITTLE and THE FRONTIERSMAN’S DAUGHTER…in no particular order. *wink * Haven't read them?! Shame, shame, shame… *just teasing * You will really love them!! I have reviews for all of her books, so just click on the title to read the review. (If you have a hankerin' for some serious male-deliciousness, Frantz's books will never disappoint! Her leading men are out of this world!)
I’ve had a wonderful time communicating with Laura. It’s very clear that she has a strong love for the Savior, and she believes that He has called her to share her gift with the world—and I’m so glad that she has!
As with the other authors, I’ve asked Laura a few questions, so here are her answers!
First, tell us about yourself!
I'm a Kentuckian living in the woods of Washington State with my husband, Randy, and our two sons, Wyatt and Paul. I've written stories since age 7 but never thought much about publishing them. My brother, a pastor/missionary living in Spain, convinced me . He believes each of us have gifts that are meant to be shared. So my books are the result. When I'm not writing, I love to read, take walks, bike, garden, cook and write snail mail letters. Oh, and I've just learned to knit!
Where did you get the inspiration for your story Love's Reckoning?
Most of my story inspiration comes from real history like letters and newspapers, diaries and biographies. For Love's Reckoning, I came across a bit of research concerning Kentucky gunsmiths. The apprentices back then often married into the master gunsmith's family, sort of a custom or tradition. I found this very intriguing and wondered... What if there wasn't only one daughter but two? What if both those sisters fell in love with the apprentice and wanted to marry him? So this new story was born. I think it might be my most heart-tugging yet!
What is your "go-to" Historical Christian Romance book?
There are many fine authors in both the CBA and general market. But my absolute "go-to" for historical romance is Liz Curtis Higgs, partly because she writes in my favorite time period, the 18th-century, and partly because she writes so beautifully and richly. I can't read anything for days after devouring one of her books. They're that remarkable. My favorites are her latest duo, Here Burns My Candle and Mine is the Night. I'm going to Scotland with her soon on a tour and can't wait!
What is your favorite scripture or scriptures and why!?
I've always loved Psalm 139 which my mom memorized with me when I was a child. But my favorite verse at the moment (I change favorites often!) is Colossians 3:23:
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.
I love this verse because it applies to anything you do - not only writing but being a wife and mother and so many other things. If we do it out of love for Jesus then it's a beautiful thing.
Is anyone interested in WINNING her new book in this month's give-away?! I figured you were! If you would like to be entered to win LOVE'S RECKONING, please comment on this post, and tell us if you are a long-standing fan of Laura's (and which of her book's is your favorite!) or if you are just getting familiar with her and which book of hers you are planning on reading first! Laura says the actual copy of the book won't be available until the end of the month, so if you win you will have to wait a few weeks to get it...just FYI. But who cares, right?! The drawing will be one week from today--August 8th!! Yay!!
Thank you, Laura for sharing your gift with us! It's a joy to get to know you better!
God bless you!!