Catherine is an ardent receiver of Christ’s rejuvenating love, an award-winning author as well as a hopeless romantic and patriot. She skillfully intertwines these elements into her writing as the author of The Wind of Destiny, an inspirational historical romance, and Images of America, The Lapeer Area. Her most recent history book is Images of America, Eastern Lapeer County. Catherine, was a former staff writer for Michigan Traveler Magazine, and freelanced for numerous publications.
Her short stories have been published in Guidepost Books; Extraordinary Answers to Prayers,Unexpected Answers and Desires of Your Heart; Baker Books, Revell, The Dog Next Door, and The Horse of my Heart; CrossRiver Publishing, The Benefit Package, and Abba’s Promise; and Bethany House, Jesus talked to me Today.
Catherine enjoys horseback riding, swimming, camping, and traveling the byroads across America. She lives in Michigan with her husband, Edward, of forty years and her Arabian horses. Her children grown and married, she and Edward are the blessed recipients of two handsome grandsons and a lovely granddaughter.
We welcome Catherine to AuthorsVisits today.
Tell us about your newest book, Destiny’s Whirlwind, which is the second book in your Destiny Series.
Collina McConnell is thrust from adolescence to adulthood as she promises her dying father she will manage their estate, but her father dies before disclosing the mystery behind his legacy for Shushan. Dashing Rough Rider Franklin Long offers his help, and suddenly Collina’s heart has a will of its own. Does he feel the same for her? War is declared, and he leaves for the Cuban shoreline. He holds the key to her heart, but will he return? A disgruntled in-law and a vindictive lawyer place the McConnell clan in the clutches of life’s tangled web of deception and greed. As Collina fights to keep her promise to her father, the words of Esther 8:6 ring in her thoughts. “How can I endure to see the evil that will come to my people?”
This is the second part of a four-part series, right?
In Destiny’s Whirlwind the events within the novel, which is a historical romance, take place just before the Spanish-American war and span through 1898.
The struggles which the McConnell family faces throughout the Destiny series mirror the struggles and perseverance which have been shown by past generations of American leaders, like former U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt.
History, and historical romances, are really about the past shaping our future. I think that is what my Destiny series portrays.
The series begins in the Antebellum era in the 1850s and it’s going to carry us all the way through . . . after World War II. It shows us that each generation peppers (its) wisdom upon the next generation. The people who lived in the past, they helped (transform) this nation into what it’s become. Those American leaders throughout our history (demonstrate) courage and wisdom … It really shows us how we survived, despite all odds.
I read an article that Elise Shire of The Oxford leader wrote about you. In it you said “I hope my novel, Destiny’s Whirlwind, a faith-based fiction will help inspire readers to face life’s challenges with similar fortitude. We’re sinners, but we’re willing to repent. Life may knock us down but, like the McConnells, we never quit. Our nation was founded by Christians. As long as we keep praying, God’s going to keep helping us through our ordeals.”
We thank you for visiting with us today, and we are looking forward to your next release in your Destiny’s series. Please keep us posted.
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