I’m thrilled to have friend and fellow author Kate Breslin as my guest today. I was introduced to Kate via her novel, Not by Sight, which remains one of my favorite historical romance novels. I also had the priviledge of meeting her at the 2016 ACFW Conference in Nashville.
Her fourth novel, Far Side of the Sea, has just released, and she has graciously offered to GIVE AWAY a PRINT Copy! So be sure to stick around to enter! Welcome, Kate!
Cynthia, I really appreciate being a guest on your blog today, thank you!
It’s great to have you, Kate. You’ve chosen to focus your novels during World War I and II. What intrigues you about this time period/setting?
Good question! I was never a war-history buff, but fell into the time period/setting years ago when I wrote my debut novel, For Such A Time. Then while looking for the next story idea and being a huge fan of Masterpiece Theater’s Downton Abbey series, I watched a poignant scene from the first world war and was inspired to write my second novel, Not By Sight. After that I found the early 1900s and WWI so fascinating that I couldn’t leave it alone. I find I am also much inspired reading about the way people cope with the adversities of war; ordinary people who rise up in a crisis to do the extraordinary. This era has stayed with me into my third and fourth novels and I have plans for more.
I agree. Individuals of that era are so inspiring. Tell us one of the first books or authors to inspire you and why.
Actually, years ago I read two novels by author Linda Nichols, who wrote for Bethany House at the time. I loved Linda’s stories and characters, and her faith message came through naturally, without feeling preachy or added in. I was finally won over to writing inspirational fiction however, after a weekend of binge reading Francine River’s Mark of the Lion trilogy. That series still has a place of honor on my bookshelf!
I’ve heard great things about Francine River’s writing. Her books are on my TBR list. What would you consider your favorite part of the writing process?
Well, I have more than one. I love doing the research and losing myself in history as I plot a new story; and being in the zone writing scenes, while that little camera is rolling in my head. God moments, when He gives me a great story idea or helps me to unknot my plot when I’m stuck and to keep going.
Yes! All wonderful parts of writing. How have you sensed the Lord’s hand on your writing journey?
In so many ways, Cynthia! I was writing for the general romance market years ago and got close to publishing a few times, but never actually sold a manuscript. When I finally listened to the Holy Spirit and began writing inspirational fiction, my faith grew exponentially and all doors began to open. God continues to partner with me in each of my novels and I feel so blessed that He led me on the path that was just right for me.
Ah! There’s nothing like being in the Lord’s will. His timing and ways are perfect. Do you have a favorite character in your novel(s)? If so, why?
Oh, that is not an easy choice. I think I love all of my characters, especially while I’m writing a particular story. I will say that I hold a special affection for Lieutenant Colin Mabry in my upcoming March release, Far Side of the Sea. This might sound strange coming from the author, but there is a genuineness about his character that immediately drew me to him as I wrote the story. To me, he is a hero in every respect. I hope my readers will love him just as much!
He sounds like my kind of hero!! What can we expect to see from you in the future?
Thanks for asking, Cynthia! Right now, I’d like to write two more WWI-era stories: the first, featuring Alex Baird, Scots pilot friend to Simon Forrester from High As The Heavens and after that, I hope to take Captain Marcus Weatherford on his own romantic adventure in my sixth novel. It’s early yet, but we’ll see what happens!
Sounds wonderful, Kate! Thanks for sharing!
Cynthia, thank you so much for allowing me to share time with your readers. I wish you all Easter blessings and a happy spring!
Former bookseller-turned-author Kate Breslin enjoys life in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and family. When she’s not writing inspirational fiction, Kate enjoys reading or taking long walks in Washington’s beautiful woodlands. She also likes traveling to new places, both within the U.S. and abroad, having toured Greece, Rome, and much of Western Europe. New destinations make for fresh story ideas. Connect with Kate on:
Read how God works in the lives of Cynthia Roemer’s characters in her Inspirational, Historical Romance (Prairie Sky) Series.
Now for the GIVEAWAY of a PRINT COPY of Kate’s new release: FAR SIDE OF THE SEA! (US Addresses only)
In spring of 1918, Lieutenant Colin Mabry, a British soldier working with MI8 after suffering injuries at the front, receives an unexpected message–an urgent summons from Jewel Reyer, the woman he once loved and believed to be dead.
Colin is stunned when he arrives in Paris to discover the message came not from Jewel, but from a stranger who claims to be her half sister, Johanna. With spies everywhere, Colin is at first skeptical of Johanna, but as they travel across France and Spain, a tentative trust begins to grow between them. When their pursuit leads them straight into the midst of a treacherous plot, however, that trust is at stake, as danger and deception turn their search for answers into a battle for their lives.
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