ABOUT AUTHOR: Laura Frantz she is a Christy Award Finalist. Laura was born and raised in
Kentucky. She attended college at Denison University in Ohio and also in England, living in a manor/castle and studying the American Revolution from the British perspective. Shakespeare and 18th-century literature form the backbone of her English degree. She is the author of several novels, including The Colonel’s Lady and Love’s Reckoning. She lives in the misty woods of Northwest Washington with her husband and two sons.
What was your favorite scene in Love’s Awakening? Which was the most fun to write?
My very favorite scene is the wedding scene. It’s truly like wedding cake after the hero and heroine take some emotional and life-threatening twists and turns. I enjoyed dressing my heroine up in her mother’s heirloom gown and veil and having an amusing moment during the ceremony itself. Weddings are among my favorite things! I've even created a Pinterest board http://www.pinterest.com/laurafrantz/boards/ called BRIDES and love spending time there.
Here’s who you’ll meet and get to know in my new book Love’s Awakening:
JACK is known as Gentleman Jack around
, something of a misnomer as he is anything but! I needed someone rugged and un-genteel, more an outdoorsman, and this photo seemed to fit. Allegheny County
ANSEL is a true gentleman, a musician, and a faithful brother to his sister, Ellie. He is also an abolitionist, helping with the Underground Railroad despite great personal risk. His secret life lands him in a bit of trouble. Well, more than a bit!
CHOLE shuns social custom and makes her own way in the world, often with humorous but calamitous results. I didn’t plan on having Chloe in the book but she came onstage and took over. Her love for Jack changes both her world and his.
Can you tell my of two “Wow” moments you've had in your writing career? What made it wow for you?
The “Wow” moments would be having Love’s Reckoning chosen as a finalist for the Christy Award this year. Since I've always loved Catherine Marshall’s books, especially her novel, Christy, this meant so much. Plus, I received word I was a finalist on my birthday!
The other “Wow” moment occurs every time I hear from readers, especially when they say a book of mine strikes a chord with them and makes them ponder or walk more closely with Christ.
Nora: Great birthday present Laura! Congrats!
Did you have a say in choosing the cover for this book? How did the process work? What made it a wow for you?
I’m so blessed to have Revell’s inspired art team behind my covers. For the Ballantyne Legacy series Brandon Hill was the photographer and he captured the cover shoot beautifully here – http://brandonhillphotos.com/loves-awakening/ If you click on the link you’ll see the cover that didn't make the cut and then the final one as well as details about the dress and more. I love Ellie’s genteel, ladylike look, so true of her and the time period in which she lived (1822). Loved, too, how her hair is blowing in the wind and the rural setting.
Nora: Fun! Your book covers have been strikingly beautiful, an eye catcher for sure! Link to this cover shot process http://brandonhillphotos.com/loves-awakening/
This novel is essentially a story about the Underground Railroad and helping fugitive slaves find freedom. I didn't intend for that to emerge as a theme but it fit well with the Ballantyne’s history so I went with it. Lots of historical fireworks occur when you have a secretive and dangerous element like this in a story. I hope readers find it as fascinating to read about as I did researching it.
Can you share your testimony with us?
I was raised in a Christian family and baptized at age 12. But I didn't truly come to know Christ in my heart and not just my head till my 30’s. Interestingly enough, the Lord convicted me through books, biographies of famous historical figures. I view writing as a gift and ministry. It’s a joy to share God’s word through fiction!
Nora: Thanks for sharing your testimony Laura!
FUN QUESTIONS I JUST HAD TO ASK
What two jobs have you had that would surprise people? Do tell!
My first job was at a very busy Baskin Robbins in
I scooped lots of ice cream and made lots of sundaes and shakes – and gained a few pounds in the process. I also had a very short marketing career at a bank but was so terrible at it I quit before they could fire me! Lexington, KY.
If money and time weren't an issue where would you like to go and do?
I would buy a Georgian/18th-century townhouse in
, furnish it with antiques, and live there half the year – or more! Edinburgh, Scotland
Out of all the sounds in the world which are your favorite?
My favorite is the sound of the wind. We live in the woods and are surrounded by trees. Often we have storms where the wind rushes through the trees and sounds so mysterious and lovely and powerful. The wind has always reminded me of the Holy Spirit.
There are so many types of weather which is your favorite? Which to you try to avoid?
Since I’m a southern girl I dislike extreme cold. I’ll gladly withstand extreme heat but don’t like to shiver!
We all live busy lives and all of us are in different seasons of life; that as a given what part of your day requires the most patience from you to get through? Causes you to pray the most?
I always thought I had a lot of patience – until I had children! I love mine to death but writing and managing a very active household is a challenge. Being the only female in a household of men has some interesting moments. Prayer and a daily quiet time first thing in the morning settles my spirit and helps me deal with whatever comes up. I couldn’t do it without the Lord’s guidance and grace.
LAURA, ANY FINAL COMMENTS FOR READERS?
Just that I’m very thankful for readers taking time out of their busy schedules to be here today and talk books. I wish each of you a very blessed Christmas! I love to hear from readers here is my website http://laurafrantz.net/
THANKS for stopping by Laura! It's great to know you and your books better. I'm thrilled about the Giveaway Opportunity Revell Publishers has at TBCN Starting December 20th. There will be a 5 book giveaway and discussion. You've come up with three fun questions to ask readers. I'll be interested in that discussion.
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