Archive | November 2014

Jamie Langston Turner Does It Her Way!

Jamie Turner Jamie Langston Turner, a master weaver of stories, is a well-known and respected Christian author. She was raised in Mississippi and Kentucky and lives in South Carolina. A true Southern lady.  We are delighted to have her with us today. Jamie, we made Mint Tea for you. It’s a sunny day here and we thought this would be the perfect drink to enjoy.

Mint Tea

Ingredients: 4 cups water, 3 tablespoons sugar, 4  green tea bags, 1 (2-in) piece orange peel, 8 sprigs fresh mint.

Bring the water to boil, then add sugar and stir until dissolved. Turn off the heat. Drop the tea bags and the orange peel  into a teapot.  Rip the mint leaves and drop them in too. Pour the water into the teapot, put the lid on and allow to steep for 10 minutes. When ready pour into glass through a tea strainer. This recipe is by Aarti Sequeira.  She says it is delicious served over ice.  To see more visit Read more at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/aarti-sequeira/mint-tea-recipe.html

 

to see moonYour latest book release was To See the Moon Again. That’s your eighth book. Tell us  about it.

It’s about Julia Rich, who every day of her life lives with the memory of a horrible accident she caused long ago. In the years since, she has tried to hide her guilt in the quiet routine of teaching at a small South Carolina college, avoiding close relationships with family and would-be friends. But one day a phone call from Carmen, a niece she has never met, disrupts her carefully controlled world.

Carmen is a study in contrasts—comical yet wise, sunny yet contemplative, soft yet assertive. As she sets about gently drawing Julia from her self-imposed solitude into a place of hope, she also seeks her own peace for past mistakes.

Together, the two women embark on a journey that takes Julia far from the familiar comfort of home and gives Carmen the courage to open her heart. Together, their sightseeing trip turns into a discovery of truth, grace, redemption, and, finally, love…

I read the book, and I have to tell you, I did not want it to end. Your books have garnered some impressive awards.  Your book  A Garden to Keep won a Christy Award. Tell us about that one. 

a_garden_to_keep-210 It’s about Elizabeth Landis. Her story is like that of a garden left untended for too long, with weeds as bounteous as blossoms and stone walkways buried beneath tangled vines and daffodils. Beauty to be found, though amidst much neglect. When betrayal strikes at the heart of her very existence, she retraces the path of her life and marriage, discovering along the way memories both painful and joyful.   Pruning the garden of her life requires an honesty new to her, but it offers the promise of mercy and perhaps grace.

Publishers Weekly named your book Winter Birds, “One of the hundred best books” of 2006 and it also won a Christy award.

winter_birds-210  This one is about Sophia Hess, plain and dutiful, who lived most of her life without ever knowing genuine love. Her professor husband had married her for the convenience of having a typist for his scholarly papers. The discovery of a dark secret opens her eyes to the truth about her marriage and her husband.

Eventually nephew Patrick and his wife, Rachel, take Sophia into their home, and she observes from a careful distance their earnest faith and the simple gifts of kindness they generously bestow upon her and others-this in spite of an unthinkable tragedy they’ve suffered. Will she unlock the door behind which she conceals her broken heart? It’s an insightful and moving portrayal of the transforming power of love.

You’ve also written Sometimes a Light Surprises, Suncatchers, By the Light of a Thousand Stars, No Dark Valley, and Some Wildflower in My Heart. Excellent books. No wonder your books win awards.

Irene Cover 8620211  Southern Writers magazine just did an article on you in their September/October issue. One comment you made really stood out for me. You said, “All of my novels illustrate to some extent the truth that a single faithful believer can have a positive, profound impact on those around him. This is a theme to which I keep returning”. That statement really brought home the impact authors can have with their words. I hope people will get the magazine and read your article. It is wonderful how you give some great behind-the-scenes insight about your writing.

Thank you.

I want to suggest to readers they sign up for your newsletter. I just read your article about you and your husband going to Asheville, North Carolina, to see the beautiful fall flowers at the Biltmore Estate. It brought back wonderful memories when I took my mother and sister there about twenty years ago. The gardens were breathtaking. Just reading it, took me back there. 

Jamie’s Newsletter is:

http://www.jamielangstonturner.net/newsletter.htm

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  Be sure and contact Jamie and let her know how much you enjoy her books. She loves to hear from readers. Thank you, Jamie, for visiting today. Be sure and let us know when your next book will release. I don’t want to miss it.

Thank you for having me, Susan, I enjoyed it.

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Gail Gaymer Martin Answers the Age Old Question!

 

Meet Gail Gaymer Martin,  a multi-award-winning author of over fifty-five novels and 4 million books sold all over the world. We are so glad you are visiting us today Gail.

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Since the weather has turned a little damp and chilly, I thought we would enjoy some Chocolate Almond Coffee

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Chocolate Almond Coffee

¼ cup ground MAXWELL HOUSE Coffee, 2 Tbsp. sugar, ¼ tsp. almond extract, 2  1/cups of cold water, 2 oz.  BAKER’S Semi-Sweet Chocolate, chopped, 1

cup half-and-half, ½ cup  thawed COOL WHIP Whipped Topping. Put the coffee in the filter in brew basket of coffee maker. Place sugar and extract in empty coffee pot. Add cold water to coffee maker; brew. Microwave chocolate and half-and-half in medium microwaveable bowl on high 1 to 1-1/2 min. or until chocolate is completely melted, stirring after 1 min. Add to coffee; stir until blended. Serve topped with COOL WHIP. (Visit http://www.kraftrecipes.com/ for this recipe and more.)

Gail I know you love to share  with writers about the age question.

Yes, I’ve been asked if a person doesn’t start to write until they are 40 or 50 years old is it too late. My answer: Absolutely not. I worked at other careers before I started writing anything. I first sold hundreds of articles to Christian magazines that dealt with parenting and teen issues that stemmed from my counseling background. I had the credentials and experience to use that knowledge to help others, and I enjoyed it. I wrote short stories for adults and children that I sold to Christian periodicals and Sunday school materials, as well as devotionals and even some poetry. After selling most everything I wrote, I realized the Lord was telling me to reach out for my dream which was, as a child, to write books. I began writing fiction in 1997 and sold in 1998. I sold another novel in 1999 and the same year received a contract from New York with Steeple Hill Love Inspired. My career had taken off.  I’ve been blessed, and I am very grateful.

Some writers/authors/readers may not know this, but you were a co-founder of American Christian Fiction Writers.

Originally it was planned by six of us who were romance writers as the christian version of Romance Writers of America and we incorporated as american Christian Romance Writers in 2000.  Within four years, we had many Christian novelists who wrote other genres and reincorporated to include all Christian fiction genre by becoming American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW). Today the organization has approximately 2600 members from around the world and is the major organization and premiere annual conference for all Christian fiction.

That’s amazing Gail. I know it is a wonderful organization and has so many avenues for writers. Tell me about your kindle release this month of Finding Christmas.

finding chris 2h_0373811233Three years ago, Joanna’s three-year-old daughter, Mandy, died in the icy waters of a Michigan lake, along with Greg, Joanna’s husband-or so she was told. But her daughter’s body was never found. Now, Joanna is receiving mysterious phone calls and email messages, reawakening her doubts. These messages she is getting may give her false hope or could it be someone is trying to reunite her with her daughter she thought was dead?

Okay, that’s the perfect stocking stuffer. It is a must get for me. I wanted to talk a little about what you did before becoming a writer.

I taught English, journalism and public speaking in a high school setting until I obtained my master’s degree in counseling, and though I loved teaching, I moved into that career. When I had enough years to retire, I was asked to teach English and public speaking as an adjunct instructor at a university. I stayed there for five years but when my fiction writing took off so quickly, I left the university to spend my time writing Christian fiction fulltime. My writing career opened doors to become an inspirational speaker for woman at churches, businesses and civic events and  teach writing fiction across the country. I’ve had the privilege of teaching in London, England as well. I was also pleased to be the author of the Writer’s Digest book, Writing the Christian Romance.

You are an incredible talented writer. I know you believe in honing your craft.

Everyone has weak spots in their writing and the more we study, practice, and polish, the better we will write.

Tell me about your hobbies.

upon a midnight clearth_0373871236 Music is my biggest hobby and then traveling. I have been a singer all my life. I studied piano as a child and later as a young woman. Though I was never great, I know music and am a member of our JuBellation Ringers at church where my husband is the director of our handbell ensemble. My music background also is helpful when I work on my solos or chorale music. I sing with my church choir and I’m also a member of a well-known Christian chorale in the metro-Detroit area which represents excellence in music. I have had music elements in a few of my novels. One that stands out in my mind is my first Love Inspired novel, Upon A Midnight Clear, which was a national award winner. I’m surprised I haven’t used music more than I do.

dreaming of castlesth_1577485556Traveling happens to be another of my hobbies. Readers can find a novel and a few novellas set in places such as: Germany, Italy and England. I love being given the opportunity to use my travel experiences to create special stories. Some of these have come to life again through my reissued copyrights, and I was able to self-publish them. One of my favorite novels is, Dreaming of Castles, filled with humorous situations and exciting adventures in the wonderful backdrop of Heidelberg and Rotenberg ob der Tauber, Germany.

I thought our readers might like to know your take on coincidence. Does it sometimes play a role in your books?

Coincidence isn’t a conscious element in my books. Usually I think of it as God’s leading. I have had characters say something in dialogue or thought, and when it happens I pause in surprise as I wonder where that came from. It wasn’t a line I can remember typing, but as I study the words, I realize the dialogue foreshadows something that could happen later or it opens a door that hadn’t entered my mind. Those moments are always gifts as I see how they can deepen my purpose or the message within the novel. Each novel is like a modern-day parable that helps answer a question or concern most people have asked sometime in their lives as Christians. Even to know that we are not alone is an amazing finding for some who feel lost and empty.

Irene Cover 8620211You were showcased in the September/October Southern Writers Magazine where you talked about honing your craft and being a late boomer.

I was a late bloomer and didn’t begin writing fiction for publication until in my fifties. When I was in the third grade, my teacher wrote a prophetic message on my report card, ‘Gail is an excellent writer.’ Today I realize she recognized a talent that took me fifty years to recognize. Beginning writing at a later age has allowed me to encourage others to never give up their dream. (To read Gail’s interview go to www.southernwritersmagazine.com/subscribe.html and get this issue.)

A love for safe keepingYour book, A Love for Safe Keeping,  is about Jane Conroy’s  being stalked.

Yes she is a feisty schoolteacher more angered than frightened by her shadowy adversary’s pranks. Thanks to him, she reluctantly found herself under the watchful deep blue gaze of a handsome lawman bent on keeping her safe — and restoring her lost faith….will she fall for Kyle Manning? He’s the preacher’s son and police officer. Jane makes it clear she doesn’t trust cops or religion — and that she could take care of herself. But Kyle wasn’t just determined to guard her life…he was hoping to share it!

BettertoSeeYou2 Your newest release is Better to See You. Tell us about this one.

Visiting her ailing grandmother in the fairytale-like German town, Lucy Blair plans to be a caregiver during her grandma’s illness and attend the world-renowned theater production of the Passion of Christ. What Lucy did not plan was to run into her old college boyfriend, Ron Woodson, who is in Germany to learn woodcarving for his furniture making business. She also didn’t plan to get caught up in a mystery involving her grandmother. Will Lucy and Ron find the answer to her grandmother’s predicament? Will Lucy’s meeting with Ron rekindle the old flame or will the past smother the new spark?  

Gail, thank you so much for visiting with us today. By the way, I was visiting your website, and saw your recipe tab. Have to tell you, I tried your Oatmeal-Banana cookies. They were delicious. Over the weekend I am going to try your Zucchini Parmesan Crisps.

Thank you Susan for having me, I’ve enjoyed. I’m glad you liked the cookies, let me know how you like the Zucchini.

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Amanda Kyle Williams-

 

 

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Amanda Kyle Williams is a contemporary American crime writer best known for her Keye Street series of novels.

Welcome Amanda, we are delighted to have you here today and since it is cold outside we’ve made a delicious hot flavored coffee for you.

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Vanilla-Ginger Café Latte.

2 teaspoons finely chopped candied ginger or ginger syrup, 4 ounces espresso, 2 tablespoons Vanilla Flavor NESTLE COFFEE-MATE NATURAL BLISS All-Natural Coffee Creamer, 1 cup steamed low-fat milk. Place 1 teaspoon of ginger in each large mug or tall heatproof glass. Brew 2 ounces of espresso over ginger in each cup; stir well. Stir in 1 tablespoon of Coffee-mate in each cup; top with ½ cup steamed low-fat milk in each cup. Serves 2. (go to https://www.coffee-mate.com website for this recipe.

Thanks for having me.

I have to tell you I like your book covers. Even if I didn’t know you as an author, I would grab your books. Now, I understand that you took some courses to prepare yourself for writing in this particular genre.

Well, I knew I wanted to create a character with some layers, a past, some wrong turns, a trained criminal investigative analyst now working in the private sector. I needed to understand how a behavioral analyst might approach a crime scene and how they might work with law enforcement. A year before I started the series in earnest, I found criminal profiler and forensic analyst Brent Turvey, who was teaching basic criminal profiling courses geared to law enforcement. I took his course and it was incredibly helpful, and, I thought, fascinating. I then took a course called Practical Homicide Investigation from a seasoned cop named Vernon Gerberth. I wanted a foundation in procedure, a sense of how local homicide investigations work. I also worked with a PI firm here in Atlanta, and I was a licensed process-server. All of that informed my writing in a real way.

Wow, no wonder your writing is so good in this genre and so believable. I noticed on your website, http://www.amandakylewilliams.com that you actually have a page that gives your readers Keye Street’s complete bio. That is truly one of the reasons I think she seems so real to your readers. It is for me.

What was the one thing that stood out in your mind about this field?

About writing? It’s harder than I thought it would be. I’m usually the one rolling my eyes when I hear someone who has the privilege of writing full-time say something like that. Who was it that said, “It’s not the writing, it’s the thinking”? It’s also the discipline and the focus, and if you want to produce, it’s about silencing that internal editor. I have one of those on my shoulder every day. I’m that writer who obsesses on a page for three days. I don’t think I realized there are all these internal psychological battles waged just to sit down and write, or paint, or whatever you do. I remember reading a little book called The War of Art that talks about all the ways your flesh and your mind will rise up against you when you begin to create—you’re hungry, you’re thirsty, you’re thinking about that spot on the window, whatever. I’m getting better at being still. And I’m getting better at pushing through to the next scene and promising that little editor on my shoulder we can go back to it later.

I know you spend a great deal of time writing and researching, but what do you do for fun?

I spend time with my animals. They’re always good for a laugh. If I can scare myself enough when I’m writing that I have to get up and walk my dogs, I’m doing my job. My 3 rescued mutts and 5 cats enjoy having a writer at home. And I cook. It’s therapy. Unfortunately, I have a talent for baking, which is catching up with me. I’m going to need to walk the dogs a lot faster.

I know you are passionate about animals and have been active in the humane community for a long time and also  one of the founding directors at Lifeline Animal Project, a nonprofit, no-kill animal welfare organization. (To learn more about this organization go to http://lifelineanimal.org/.)

Yes, Lifeline Animal Project is an Atlanta-based non-profit organization working on collaborative solutions to end pet overpopulation and stop the euthanasia of healthy and treatable dogs and cats in shelters. Lifeline’s focus is to promote the adoption of homeless pets and to initiate and support effective spay and neuter programs.

I know you are a supporter also of The Fugees Family.  Fugees Family, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization devoted to working with child survivors of war.   (For more information visit  http://www.fugeesfamily.org/.) It’s great when authors take their time and talents to help organizations who help others and animals.

Don't Talk to StrangersYour book that released this year, Don’t Talk To Strangers is really a grab you and put you on the edge of your seat book. Just reading the description makes you want to find ou more.  Tell us a little about it.

It’s about two bodies found tin he woods of Whisper, Georgia. One recently dead, the other decayed from a decade of exposure to the elements. The sheriff is going to need help to track down an experienced predator—one who abducts girls and holds them for months before ending their lives. Enter ex–FBI profiler and private investigator Keye Street. Though reluctant to head out into the country, Keye agrees to assist Sheriff Ken Meltzer. Once in Whisper, where the locals have no love for outsiders, Keye starts to piece together a psychological profile: The killer is someone who stalks and plans and waits. But why does the sociopath hold the victims for so long, and what horrible things must they endure? When a third girl goes missing, Keye races against time to connect the scant bits of evidence. All the while, she cannot shake the chilling feeling: Something dark and disturbing lives in these woods—and it is watching her every move.

It’s amazing how you can write words that grab your reader and take them into the world you are writing about and feel the emotions of the people in the story.  Your other two books with Keye Street are just as explosive. Strangers in the Room and The Stranger You Seek.

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I know your research is  intensive. Tell us about it and also what  is the scariest research you’ve ever done?

Preparing to write the series took some focus and work. Not having a background in law enforcement or in criminal profiling, I had to make sure I could reach down into that world and pull out something authentic.  But this is where my interests lie, so I enjoy that kind of research. For the individual books, it’s really specific. For example, I needed to know if tear fluids would fluoresce while I was working on one of the Keye Street novels. I was having a tough time finding an answer. I reached out to the GBI’s Coastal Regional Medical Examiner, Dr. Jamie Downs and to criminologist, Brent Turvey who always reminds me that nothing is certain that circumstances—humidity, light, temperature—are different in every case, at every crime scene. If you’re interested, the right answer was it’s possible for tear fluids to fluoresce with an alternate light source under the right circumstances. Truth is, most fiction writers don’t use a 10th of their research. We’re not writing technical manuals. But understanding a subject gives you the confidence you need to put believable language in your character’s mouth and the self-assurance to place that character in whatever environment you choose.

What frightened me most during the research process? Studying real cases, violent serial offenders—the crime scene reconstruction, blood spatter, wound analysis, the criminal analyst’s interpretation based on the physical evidence, interviews with offenders. That’s when I began to get a sense of what it’s like in those terrifying, chaotic moments for a victim. Real life monsters, the ones that have no capacity for empathy, that remain unmoved regardless of victim suffering. That’s what scares me. And, oddly, it’s what draws me to crime fiction. Maybe there’s power in writing what frightens you.

Name a few fun facts you learned while researching some of your books.

Since my research tends to run on the dark side, there’s not a lot of laugh out loud moments, but my books are peppered with them. Keye Street has a deeply irreverent (and sometimes inappropriate) sense of humor. And I love the idea of a very dark thriller having those light moments. It’s a tightrope for a writer. You never want to slow the pace in crime fiction. I remember when my Random House editor read my revision of the first book, The Stranger You Seek, she commented on these transitions in the book from light to dark. She thought it worked. I was thrilled. I absolutely love the idea of pulling a big laugh out of someone, then wiping that smile off their face in the very next scene. Is that wrong?

Not at all, and you do it so well!

Some of your readers would love to know what you did before becoming a writer.

I was a house painter, a property manager, a sales rep, a commercial embroiderer, a courier, a VP of manufacturing at a North Georgia textile mill, and owned Latch Key Pets, a pet sitting and dog walking business. I also worked with a PI firm in Atlanta on surveillance operations, and became a court-appointed process-server. I contributed to short story collections, wrote small press novels and worked as  freelance writer for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. We do what we have to do to keep the lights on while we’re waiting for that big break.  Working as a process-server and with PI and courier firms in Atlanta was wonderful preparation for developing the Keye Street character.  It takes time and work to find that unique voice as a writer, and for that voice to reach pitch.  And more time to then develop a character that’s the perfect vehicle for that voice.

Tell us about developing Keye Street. 

She’s slightly damaged, seriously flawed; a sober alcoholic with a mighty Krispy Kreme doughnut addiction.  She makes jokes to avoid intimacy.  She’s more afraid of heartbreak than she is of whipping out her ten millimeter Glock.  She feels real to me.

I know it takes time to develop a character and how important it is to make your protagonist likable yet flawed without turning anyone off. You have done a great job in creating her. She is very likeable, and says what we would love to say sometimes yet she feels so human because of her flaws. Thank you for perfecting your craft and writing these thrillers. Look forward to the next one.

Irene Cover 8620211You were just in Southern Writers Magazine, the September/October issue. I wrote the interview piece. I really enjoyed writing that interview. In there you went into discussion on Find The Right Voice. If you readers want to read that interview just go to this site to get a copy of that issue www.southernwritersmagazine.com/subscribe.html.

I want to thank you for visiting today. I’ve enjoyed it.

Me Too!

And for our readers, we are so glad you joined us today. Be sure and email Amanda when you read her books. She is always glad to hear from you and if you have questions, be sure and ask them. Check out her website to learn more about her upcoming books for next year.

Follow her on her  website, Facebook, twitter. If you are in a book club, go to her website www.amandakylewilliams.com and click on book clubs.

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Robin Lee Hatcher “That Savvy Author”

 

Today “Best-selling novelist ” Robin Lee Hatcher is visiting with me today. She is known for her heartwarming and emotionally charged stories of faith, courage, and love is visiting with me today. Robin is a Christy award winner, RITA award,  Carol award, Inspirational reader’s Choice, and other awards. Robin and her husband make their home in Idaho.

robin lee hatcher photoRobin is also a recipient of the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award from both Romance Writers of America (2001) and American Christian Fiction Writers (2014). Author of over 70 novels. 

After fifteen years writing for the general fiction market and a change in her own heart, Robin began to write stories that included her Christian faith and values. Her ability to introduce her characters in her stories and the characters become real people to her readers is uncanny.

To welcome her and make her feel at home, I have prepared a Creamy Mocha drink for us today. If you would like to join us, the recipe is below.

creamy mocha Sugar substitute equivalent to 6 tablespoons sugar, 2 tablespoons baking cocoa, 2 tablespoons instant coffee granules, 1 cup boiling water, 1 cup 2% milk, 1/4 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract, 1-1/2 cups no-sugar-added reduced-fat vanilla ice cream, 4 tablespoons whipped topping, 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon. In a small bowl, combine the sugar substitute, cocoa and coffee. Add boiling water; stir until coffee and cocoa are dissolved. Stir in milk and vanilla. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Place the coffee mixture in a blender; add ice cream. Cover and process until smooth. Pour into mugs or glasses; garnish with whipped topping and cinnamon. Yield: 4 servings. (recipe and picture from http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/creamy-mocha-drink, be sure and check out their website.)

Hi Robin, we are so delighted to have you visit with us on Authors Visits.

Thank you for having me.

I know you spend a lot of time researching. I was curious if you had some interesting stories about that.

Yes, every book requires lots of research, whether it’s an historical or a contemporary setting. For the first book in the Kings Meadow Romance series, Love Without End (November 2014), my favorite research was the history and development of the American Quarter Horse. For the second book in the series, Whenever You Come Around (May 2015), the research wasn’t as much fun. Fractured bones were at the top of my list. But the most fun I’ve had for research was for a Year of Weddings novella that is also set in Kings Meadow, I Hope You Dance (July 2015). In this story, my heroine is a dance instructor and my hero is a student with two left feet. I cranked up the country tunes (for a waltz and a two-step, specifically) and danced around my office, picturing those scenes in my mind.

Love-Without-End  (Love Without End  quarter horse  softpedia.com  Whenever You Come Around Whenever You Come Around   I Hope You DanceI Hope You Dance

They all sound great. Your 15  is all planned out. Which means your readers are going to be happy fans.

I’ve wondered if coincidence sometimes plays a role in your books?

I try to avoid using coincidence in my books. Truth is often stranger than fiction. People may believe something coincidental in real life, but they probably won’t believe it in a novel.

On the other hand, I am a woman of faith. Because I believe God has a plan for me and is directing me, there isn’t any room in my life for coincidence. Only for “God-cidence.” So I try to pay attention to the unexpected things that happen in my life because they may be important for eternity.

I truly believe God has plans for us too Robin. Our magazine, Southern Writers is proof of that. I try hard to pay attention to that too.

I know our readers would be interested in knowing about your hobbies.

I love my pets. Do they count as a hobby or are they simply members of the family? The latter, I suppose.

Mine seemed to always wind up as members of our family. It’s one of those things that happens.

I guess Susan, I would have to say knitting is my favorite hobby, especially knitting prayer shawls to send to those who need comfort. However, a problem with my neck has made it difficult to knit (I’m a knitter, who has to watch what I’m doing which means looking down as I knit) so I haven’t picked up my needles in a while.

I tried to learn how to knit but it didn’t turn out pretty. So I stuck with cross-stitching.

Tell me, what area of the country are most of your books set in?

My books are mostly set in Idaho, which means I don’t do much traveling for research purposes.

Although I love to travel,  I don’t do a lot of it. I have some Bucket List locations I need to get to before it’s too late.

Have you visited any unusual places?

The most unusual place I’ve visited was Okinawa by way of Tokyo. My oldest grandson was born there, and I visited twice during the first year of his life. I had some unique experiences on those trips, but none that I’ve put into books.

What did you do before becoming a writer?

Before I became a writer, I was (first and foremost) a mom to my two young daughters. My eight to five job was as an office manager and bookkeeper. I continued working full-time and writing part-time until the month my ninth novel was released. Then I gave my notice and started writing full-time. That was sixty-four books and twenty-three years ago.

That’s a lot of writing Robin. But I for one am glad you wrote them. I really enjoy reading your work, I like the style you use.

Love-Without-EndWhat was your inspiration for writing your latest release, Love Without End, I understand it releases this month?

My inspiration was the readers and reviewers who read my book A Promise Kept. They fell in love with that book’s setting, Kings Meadow, Idaho. I had fallen in love with it, too, and so was eager to return and stay for a while. In addition, readers loved Chet Leonard, and I put him through an emotional ringer in A Promise Kept. I wanted a chance to give him a happily ever after of his own. Who better to be the hero of one of my romances than a handsome, rugged, Idaho cowboy?A Promise Kept

Well, I’ think most women would  agree with you on him being handsome.

Robin Lee Hatcher book Your book, The Heart’s Pursuit, that released in May of this year. Tell us a little about this. I read the book and you took your readers on a chase through several states  froth with danger, and set in another era where we could experience the hardships they encountered.

It’s about a  jilted bride desperate to save her family from ruin. A bounty hunter seeking vengeance for a ravaged past. An Arduous trek toward justice…or redemption. Silver Matlock and Jared Newman know traveling together is a bad idea. Bad for Silver’s already tarnished reputation in her small Colorado town. Bad for bounty hunter Jared’s secret, single-minded mission for revenge. But Silver is determined to track down the rogue who left her at the altar and stole the last remnant of her father’s fortune. And Jared’s in a hurry to hunt down the murderer who destroyed his family–even if Silver is too distracting beautiful for comfort.

I liked the book and I like it set in another era.  A time of stage coaches, horseback riding to get from place to place. Of taking bed rolls and bunking under the stars at night, eating on dusty trails with slim pickings for food. You can’t help but feel you’re there the way you write. In fact, I didn’t want it to end.

 Irene Cover 8620211 You were just in our  Southern Writers Magazine’s September/October 2014 issue where you were interviewed by Annette Cole Mastron. I enjoyed the interview. Some authors may not know what a genuine and giving author you are; you’re always willing to help other writers achieve their successes. In the interview you graciously shared your “Social Media Savvy”, and how you achieved it. I wanted to thank you for also sharing those important Ten Things you’ve learned in all your years of writing.

If our visitors would like to read the article just click on the front of this magazine and it will take you where you can get a copy of the issue. 

Robin, thank you so much for visiting with us today and sharing the information on your upcoming releases for 2015.

I want to thank you so much Robin  for stopping by today and visiting with me. It makes reading an author’s books so much more enjoyable when you know the author.

Thank you for having me, I’ve enjoyed being here and especially enjoyed the delicious Cream Mocha. Thanks for the recipe too!

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Until Next Time, Happy Reading.