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Hello, Carole! Thank you so much for having me here!
Hi, Penny, it's so good to have you here this week!
How long have you known that you were a writer?
I was bitten by the writing bug at age seven when I began writing Bible stories in my own words. (I suppose you could call it grade-school commentary!) My second grade teacher, Mrs. Vernon, encouraged me to continue writing about Jesus. In fourth grade, I began to write fiction stories about a dog named Muffie and her adventures, as well as, other short stories neatly composed in homemade wallpaper-covered cardboard books.
Years later, my inspiration continues to come from the Lord and I pray daily that the path I have chosen in life will glorify Him. I get ideas from the Scriptures often and I build my book around certain biblical themes, such as, forgiveness and redemption. My Christian characters pray and seek God for direction. And as a writer I am in constant prayer for wisdom, guidance, and that my books would be life-changing – that they would bring others to the Lord or closer to the Lord. Writing is my ministry, and I have chosen Psalm 19:14 as my life verse: “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.”
What is the genre you write in?
I have written historical Christian fiction romance, contemporary Christian fiction romance, children’s fiction, and general nonfiction. My favorite to write and to read is the historical fiction, but I love all four types.
Tell us about your new book. What is the spiritual message in it? What can readers expect to get from reading it?
McKenzie and is the first in my Montana Skies Series. It is a Christian historical romance and was released September 1, 2010 by Whitaker House. My hope is that readers will find in McKenzie the power of God’s love, redemption, hope, and forgiveness. Readers will get a glimpse inside McKenzie’s life and see that God can and does change hearts.
Below is a short blurb:
Desperation also prompted Zachary Sawyer to post the ad for a bride, and he eagerly awaits the woman God has chosen for his wife.
When they meet, McKenzie tries to keep her distance, but she can't help feeling attracted to Zach and his selfless ways. What will become of her plan to annul the marriage when she finds her sister?
Isn't it marvelous how God uses our trials for good? Do you ever feel like giving up? Most people don’t understand the stress, the work, and the joy of being a writer. How tenuous becoming a writer is. Do you care to share how it feels, what discouraging/encouraging times you’ve gone through?
Who has inspired you the most?
Now, that you’re published, can you sit back and relax from the success you’ve experienced? *grins*
No, I have found that the hardest and most consuming part of being an author comes after the book is published!
I'd say you're right about that. What are some of your hobbies and interests? Where would you most like to visit? Where would you like to travel if you could?
I love spending time with my family and friends and camping, hiking, canoeing, volleyball, and gardening. Some of the places I would love to travel to include Hilton Head Island, Alaska, and Glacier National Park.
Alaska's on my to-be-traveled-to list. Where can readers find your books?
All of my books are available everywhere books are sold. The specific links for McKenzie include:
For the first time in years, Kaydie Worthington Kraemer can breathe easily. Although she is still haunted by memories of her abusive husband, Darius, she takes comfort in knowing the man is dead. Staying with her sister McKenzie and brother-in-law, Zach Sawyer, at their ranch, Kaydie is still wary of men, especially now that she has another life inside of her to protect. As she looks forward to her baby's birth, she builds a protective wall around herself that won't be easy to tear down.
Ranch hand Jonah Dickenson views his boss, Zach, like a brother. He does not, however, envy Zach's new role as a husband. Deserted by his mother at a young age and forever despised and rejected by his own father, Jonah has few close relationships. But there's something about Kaydie that draws him to her and makes him question his decision to remain a bachelor.
When Cedric Van Aulst, an old friend of Kaydie's, comes to town, an unforeseen prospect of marriage arises. Cedric is someone Kaydie trusts. Will she settle for a safe union with him, or can she trust God to guard her heart and her life in the arms of Jonah?
I am currently working on the third book in my Montana Skies Series and just completed book one in another historical romance series set in the Civil War era.
Where can fans find you on the internet?
I love to connect with my readers at:
- my website-- http://www.pennyzeller.com/,
- my humor blog--A Day in the Life of a Wife, Mom, and Author: http://www.pennyzeller.wordpress.com/
- on Twitter at http://twitter.com/pennyzeller
- on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Penny-A-Zeller/96391560959?ref=ts
And I've enjoyed having you, Penny! Best wishes!
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