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Heather Blanton–Lady in Defiance

Heather Blanton ph    Heather Blanton––Lady in Defiance

Heather said, “I believe Christian fiction should be messy and gritty, because the human condition is … and God loves us anyway.” –

A former journalist, and avid researcher you skillfully weave truth in among fictional story lines. I understand you love to explore the American West.

Yes, especially ghost towns and museums. I’ve walked parts of the Oregon Trail, ridden horses through the Rockies, climbed to the top of Independence Rock, and even held an outlaw’s note in my hand.

No wonder your books bring our western culture to life.

You write Christian Westerns. Besides your love of the west is there another reason?

I get to write about strong pioneer women and men who struggle to find God and then live out their faith in real ways. Romance is always a strong element in my stories because it is such a beautiful gift from God, and a perfect reflection of how he loves His children: sacrificially and lavishly.

You have been able to write Christian Westerns without being preachy or cheesy.

Like good old-fashioned Westerns, there is always justice, a moral message, American values, and lots of high adventure, unexpected plot twists, and more than a touch of suspense. I think readers find my stories heart-warming, realistic, illuminating and glorifying to God.

Where do you think this love for the west stems from?

I think it’s because I grew up on a steady diet of Bonanza, Gunsmoke, and John Wayne movies. My fondest childhood memory is of sitting next to my father, munching on popcorn, and watching Lucas McCain unload that Winchester!

I can relate to your love for the old west. I loved the western movies growing up. Every Saturday afternoon was movies and then home to recreate those Roy Rogers and Gene Autry movies. We loved that era.

You are the bestselling independent author of several Christian Westerns, including the Romance in the Rockies series.

This  series, Intrigued by the concept of three good sisters stranded in a lawless Colorado mining town, caused a few notable Hollywood producers to request the script for my first book in that series.

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You’ve been called “A Lady in Defiance” and your writing is gritty and realistic. In fact, your books have been compared to AMC’s Hell on Wheels series, as well as the legendary Francine Rivers book, Redeeming Love. You just released Romance in the Rockies Books 1, 2, & 3 Plus The Lost Chapters.

Readers now can get all three of the bestselling Defiance books in ONE collection, along with a BONUS, never-before-published prequel novella, The Lost Chapters.

Heather, we wish you continuing success in your writing. We enjoy reading your work so we can’t wait to read this one.

Thank you for visiting with us today.

 

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Renee Rosen–Weaves Historical Novels With A Twist

ReneeRosen0997b   I am excited to have you here today Renee. You’ve authored What the Lady Wants and Dollface along with a YA novel, Every Crooked Pot. Now, your latest is White Collar due out November of this year.

What were your thoughts after publishing Dollface and What the Lady Wants?

white-collar-girl_brown_Page_1-copyThese were two historical novels set in Chicago and I wondered if I’d run out of material for a third book set in the Windy City. I fretted over it for sometime before I realized there was a fascinating story right under my nose. The Chicago Tribune during the 1950s was the perfect backdrop for a novel filled with real-life scandals, intrigue and the role of women rising up in the workplace. We pitched White Collar Girl as Mad Men meets House of Cards and with my publisher’s support I was off and writing about a young ambitious reporter struggling to make a name for herself in the man dominated newspaper world. Incidentally, the title, White Collar Girl came from an actual Tribune column by the same name that appeared in the 1940s and 1950s. It was geared toward career women whom in those days were mostly secretaries, nurses and schoolteachers.

Wow. That alone would make me want to read the book. Plus I loved the clothes they wore in the 1040’s and 1050’s.  Women and Men both  dressed.

Did you ever work for a newspaper or even go in one?

I’ve never stepped foot inside a newspaper before. I knew next to nothing about journalism. I had my work cut out for me. I met with numerous reporters and learned about some of the biggest, juiciest scandals that rocked Chicago and the nation back in the 1950s. I always knew Chicago had a reputation for political corruption and voter fraud, but I had no idea just how outlandish Daley’s political machine really was. I think readers will be surprised by the author’s note I’ve included in the back of the book, which specifies all the factual scandals that appear in the novel.

With that research as my foundation, the story took over and I became merely a vehicle. Right away I sensed that there was something different in the writing, in the development of the characters and in the arc of the story. I had no idea where the book was going, but my characters sure did and I stepped aside and let them lead me in a way that I’d never experienced before. As a writer, I felt that I truly grew in my craft with this book and I truly hope that people will enjoy reading White Collar Girl as much as I enjoyed writing it.

Sounds like there will be many people wanting to read the book. It sounds intriguing.

I was looking over your website, http://reneerosen.com/about-renee/ and read about in your former life as an advertising copywriter. You said you always had a novel in your desk drawer.

Yes, I did, and when the opportunity presented itself, I jumped from writing ad copy to writing fiction. You see, I love history, all things old, all things written and I love Chicago.

cover-what-the-lady-wants-430x647Tell me about your book What the Lady Wants.

In late 19th century Chicago, Marshal Field, who was a visionary retail tycoon made his fortune wooing women customers with his famous motto: “Give the lady what she wants.”  He began an affair with Delia Spencer. After the Great Fire Marshall Field led the way in rebuilding. He transformed his dry goods store into a glamorous palace of a department store. Behind the opulence, their private lives are riddled with scandal and heartbreak. Delia and Marshall first turn to each other out of loneliness, but as their love deepens, they will stand together despite disgrace and ostracism, through an age of devastation and opportunity, when an adolescent Chicago is transformed into the gleaming White City of the Chicago’s World’s Fair of 1893.

dollfacesThe Gilded Age always captured my imagination and interest and the fact that the book is an historical novel will make it that much more interesting to readers. So if people haven’t read this one, I suggest they get it. It is wonderful.

Your book DollFace is also a great read.

Thank you. I set this in the 1920’s when America was alive with jazz, speakeasies and a new kind of woman—the flapper.

Vera Abramowitz is determined to leave her gritty childhood and live an exciting life.  Bobbing her hair and showing her knees, the lipsticked beauty dazzles, doing the Charleston in nightclubs and earning the nickname “Dollface.”

She’s the ultimate flapper and captures the attention of two high rollers, a nightclub owner and a sexy gambler. On their arms, she gains entree into a world filled with bootlegged bourbon, wailing jazz and money to burn. She thinks her biggest problem is choosing between them, until the truth comes out. Her two lovers are really mobsters from rival gangs during Chicago’s infamous Beer Wars, a battle Al Capone refuses to lose.

The life she’s living is an illusion resting on a bedrock of crime and violence unlike anything the country has ever seen before. When the good times end, Vera becomes entangled in everything from bootlegging to murder. And as men from both gangs fall around her, she must put together the pieces of her shattered life, as Chicago hurtles towards one of the most infamous days in its history, the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre.

You have a knack in being able to weave the story in with history.

01 Cover - Sept 2015 (1)In September, Southern Writers Magazine showcased your new book. I know readers will be looking forward to November to get your book.

I want to thank you for dropping by and telling us about your books.

Be sure and visit Renee http://reneerosen.com/book/white-collar-girl/

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