ABOUT AUTHOR: Rebecca DeMarino was born in Pensacola, Florida, the daughter of a Navy pilot. Her mother made a home for the family of six all over the map, before her parents put down anchor on a ranch in Oregon.

Rebecca writes love, legends and lore as a historical romance author and lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. She inherited her love of baking and gardening from her mother, a love of horses, reading and writing from her dad, and the wanderlust gene from both parents. Her travels have taken her from Alaska to Nebraska and Florida, from Long Island to England and Italy, and from Washington DC to Texas, California and Guam. Learn more at  

How did you come up with the idea for To Capture Her Heart?

While researching the first book in the series, A Place In His Heart, I uncovered what was like a gold nugget of information about Quashawam—some call her Heather Flower—the daughter of the Montaukett grand sachem. She was kidnapped on her wedding day and her groom killed by a fierce rival tribe, and tradition has it an Englishman, Lion Gardiner, paid her ransom. The story was too good to ignore!

What do you hope readers take away from To Capture Her Heart?

I hope my readers find unique entertainment in my stories. I love writing historical romance because there is something for the romantic, something for the history fan, something for those who just enjoy a great read. One of the spiritual themes that emerged for me as I wrote the story is we are all loved by God and even with all of our blunders—well-intentioned or otherwise—His love is steadfast.

What was your favorite scene in To Capture Her Heart? Which was the most fun to write? Which was the hardest? Why?

I can’t tell you my favorite scene because I would give away a pivotal part of the story! But I loved writing it. I think readers will know when they come to that scene! The hardest scenes to write were the ones about the Native Americans who died because of the disease brought by the European settlers. In the first book of the series, I introduced Winnie, a Corchaug woman and her husband, Winheytem, who become good friends of my main characters, the Hortons. I knew I couldn’t write a series in that setting without losing some of the beloved native people. Early in the book Winheytem dies and I felt the tragedy of his loss.

Can you tell me of two “Wow” moments you’ve had in your writing career? What made it a wow for you?

The first was when my agent, Barbara Scott, offered to represent me. And the second was when I received an eight page fan letter from a gentleman named John. He did not sign his last name or provide any contact information. He sent it to my publisher, Revell, and they forwarded it to me. He compared the impact of my story to the stories of Grace Livingston Hill, books his sweet wife had given him to read. And he told me of the scene in my book that drove him to tears and said, “Yes, men do weep.” To know that my book had so deeply touched someone beyond my target market was overwhelming. That was a wow moment for me.

What keeps you sane in the middle of craziness? Hope in the middle of stress and Life’s storms?
It is my time in the morning spent at God’s feet in prayer and meditation. It is a time to soak up His word, to ask Him to hold my hand during the day and be with me through the night. I am comforted by seeing a pink sunrise on the mountain, the hummingbird at his feeder, or the rains that I know will not last forever.

Why write Christian Fiction? What’s the draw for you?

I think there is a need and a longing for great stories and pure entertainment written from a Christian worldview. And I love it because those are the stories I love to write!

Can you give us a sneak peek into what you are working on now? When will it be out?

I just turned in the manuscript for the third book in The Southold Chronicles series. It moves forward another decade to 1664, an eventful year. I found it intriguing that Long Island for much of the 1600’s was divided right down the middle. The Dutch inhabited the west end and the English the east end. But in 1664 the English sent warships up the sound and took New Amsterdam. Of course, in the midst all of the political ballyhoo, you will find romance in the story!

How much research do you put into your historicals? Did you discover some fascinating tales that made it in your book? Some that didn’t?

I do extensive research. I thought that with a series, the research would not be as intense with the second and third books, but I was wrong. So much was changing decade to decade in New England and the rest of the world. Not a bad thing, because I love the research. My personal library of books on the history of the Great Migration, Southold, Long Island, New Netherlands and Connecticut is huge.

I do online searches as well, but the numerous trips I’ve made to Long Island, Plimoth Plantation, the Wampanoag Village and the Mayflower II are my favorite way to conduct research. One of the fun and fascinating accounts I read online concerned the son of Southold’s first minister, Reverend John Youngs. His name was John Jr., so for story purposes I called him Johnny. He was captain of his own bark (ship) and was a bit of a rabble rouser. He spent some time sailing from Long Island to Connecticut trying to convince many of the small towns to join him in his determination to roust the Dutch from New Amsterdam. 

At one point he was arrested by the Dutch authorities for privateering and while the New Haven courts were arranging to pay his ransom, he escaped! I found court records that substantiated the story and that bit worked well in my story-line.

Let’s say you have rhythm and all the dance moves came easy for you; they ask you to be on “Dancing With the Stars” Who would you pick as your partner? Why?

My husband, most definitely! We found each other later in life and married in 2006. He is beauty and grace on the dance floor. Me, not so much. We took dancing lessons at Arthur Murray’s so that I could learn to dance with him at our wedding. We danced to Keith Urban’s Making Memories of Us. We still dance to it whenever we hear it, and he still takes my breath away!


Out of all the Superhero movies out is there one you like most? Why?

Man of Steel. For two reasons: Superman takes me back to my childhood and Henry Cavill (who played Superman in that movie) was the face of Barnabas Horton for me in my debut novel A Place In His Heart

Out of all the high tech gadgets out today; Name three that have really impacted your life? How has it impacted you?

My smart phone. I just switched to a plus size – almost a notepad. I’m trying to train myself to jot notes on it throughout the day instead of the bazillion sticky notes that I find all over the place, and never the right one. And I’m learning to use its great camera to keep in touch with FB. That is fun!

My color printer/scanner. I never realized how much I had to do until I had one. Could not research, write, or communicate without it!
I still love my Ipad even though I have my gigantic phone. The ability to have a research book at my fingertips is fantastic – although I prefer a book in hand and will usually still order the print version. But Kindle gives a chance to preview it and also to search for the information I’m looking for immediately. To me that is huge. And I like being able to occasionally pull up a movie. James Scott Bell teaches plot and structure with fantastic movie examples, and now I find I look for his points as I watch.   

What was the best advice your parents or someone special to you gave?

My dad was a Navy pilot, but we always had a horse or two. He was stationed at Oak Harbor, WA, and he and my mom thought he would retire there. I was twelve and horse crazy so they bought me the horse of my dreams, a black and white pinto with a star on her forehead. She was a wild horse from eastern Washington and green broke. And I loved her and rode her. And she threw me and I broke my collarbone. It took all summer to heal And when I was ready to ride again, did my dad say she was too much horse for me? No, he had me get back up and ride. 

And he said, “You need to learn to fall. Tuck and roll.” And I learned how to fall while Star and I learned together how to ride without me falling. I concentrated that day on tuck and roll, but I’ve carried his words with me throughout life, and they have been invaluable in so many circumstances. And you know, that is what our Heavenly Father teaches us, too. He doesn’t promise us we won’t fall, but we have His Word to help us up when we do.  

What would a perfect day look like to you?

Ooooh, I can picture so many – a walk on the Long Island or Oregon beaches, snowshoeing in the Wallowa Mountains, a day with my grandchildren anywhere.


Thank you so much for spending time with me today!

It was great fun to see you at the ICRS in Orlando a few weeks ago. What a wonderful surprise. 

Thanks for stopping by and helping us get to know you and your books. Thanks for all the wonderful pictures too!

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Nora :o)

Nora St.Laurent
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