I’m happy to have fellow inspirational historical author Tamera Lynn Kraft with us this week sharing about her writing journey. Stick around until the end for a chance to win an e-book copy of her latest novel, Lost in the Storm!

What is your favorite part of the writing process, Tamera?

My favorite part is the research. I love to research history, and I find my stories as I learn more about it. My biggest problem is I’m so methodical in my research, it sometimes slows down my writing.

I totally get that! I’m much the same when it comes to historical research! How have you sensed the Lord’s hand on your writing journey?

Too many times to count. Sometimes, I only realize the spiritual theme of a novel and how God has brought the pieces together after I’ve finished it.

I love how the Lord weaves messages into the story as I write! That’s what it’s all about! Besides writing, what other hobbies do you enjoy?

I love researching my ancestry. So far I’ve gotten back to Viking Kings in 135 AD. To think that some of those the disciples mentored, like Polycarp, were alive at the time. I also enjoy classic movies and, of course, reading.

Oh, wow! How fascinating! How similar would you say you are to your heroines?

Every one of my heroines is different, yet every single one is a piece of me. For instance, America in Red Sky Over America was determined and courageous but was afraid of disappointing her family. This was so true of me when I was in my twenties. Lavena in Lost in the Storm is stubborn, independent, and opinionated and will fight to the death when it’s important. She also wants to help those who are ignored by society. She also is a part of me. I tend to be very stubborn when attacked about something I passionately believe in.

Is there a theme verse that holds this latest story together?

The theme in Lost in the Storm is God’s mercy and forgiveness. At the beginning of the story, we meet Captain Cage who needs God’s mercy and Lavena who needs to learn to forgive. Later, it becomes obvious we all need God’s mercy and forgiveness.

Amen to that! What can we expect to see from you in the future?

In October, my next novel, Forks in the Road, will be released. This novel is a bit different than my others. It is a Western Young Adult with only a smidgen of romance and tells the story of Jed Jackson and his brothers after the war. Jed was a secondary character in my latest novel, Lost in the Storm. Then, I plan to write The Aftermath, Book 3 in the Ladies of Oberlin Series. The Aftermath is about Betsy and Nate’s problems after the war. These characters were also introduced in Lost in the Storm.

Sounds great! Thanks for sharing!

Award Winning Author Tamera Lynn Kraft has always loved adventures and writes Christian historical fiction set in America because there are so many adventures in American history. She is married to the love of her life, has two grown children, and lives in Akron, Ohio.

Tamera is the leader of a ministry called Revival Fire For Kids where she mentors other children’s leaders, teaches workshops, and is a children’s ministry consultant and children’s evangelist. She has curriculum published and is a recipient of the 2007 National Children’s Leaders Association Shepherd’s Cup for lifetime achievement in children’s ministry.

Website: http://tameralynnkraft.net

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Will war bring them love or will they be Lost in the Storm?

Lavena, a journalist during the Civil War, wants to become a war correspondent. She finally gets her chance, but there’s a catch. She has to get an interview from a war hero who has refused to tell his story to every other journalist, and she has to accomplish this impossible task in a month or she’ll lose her job.

Captain Cage, the war hero, has a secret that will destroy his military career and reputation. Now, a new journalist is trying to get him to tell what he’s been hiding. He wants to ignore her, but from the moment she came into camp, he can’t get her out of his mind.

Leading up to the turbulent Battles for the city of Chattanooga, will Lavena and Cage find the courage to love and forgive, or will they be swept away by their past mistakes that don’t want to stay buried?


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