Happy Wednesday! Today the Inspired Prompt welcomes Love Inspired author, Laurel Blount. We’re so happy you could join us. First question:
Can you describe yourself in three words?
Laurel: I think I’d go with curious, humorous and friendly! I am fascinated by so many things—and I absolutely love to learn. I also love to laugh—I so appreciate people and books that make me laugh out loud. And finally—I’m mutt-puppy friendly—I truly enjoy getting to know new people.
I agree. I loved getting to know you at the Blue Lake Christian Writer’s Retreat! Now about travel…
Someone offers you a fully-paid writing research trip to any place you desire to go. Where would it be and why?
Laurel: That’s such a great question. I was born in Georgia, and I’ve lived all my life here. If I could have a fully funded writing research trip, I’d want to buy an RV and spend a year traveling around the USA, lingering in various towns to soak up the local atmosphere so that I’d have memories and experiences to draw on in order to write authentically about other parts of our wonderful country.
What a great idea! Last question:
If someone made a movie of your life, what would be the theme song?
Laurel: Oooh. That’s a hard one! I think if I had to choose, it would be Brave by Nichole Nordeman. That song was one I listened to over and over again during one of the biggest changes in our life—the adoption of our youngest daughter from China. Adoption was a brand new idea for us—now there are five adopted children in our own and in our extended family–but at the time—we were definitely stepping out of our comfort zone. The lyrics really spoke to me: “ So long status quo, I think I just let go! You make me want to be brave. The way it always was is no longer good enough. You make me want to be brave.” That adoption—and our second one of our then 7 year old son, also from China—were amazing adventures with God—and convinced me that some of the most wonderful experiences of our lives are found when we follow Him out of our comfort zones.
I love that song. And adoption is a big but rewarding step. Thanks so much for dropping by!
Laurel: I’d love to provide the choice of either a paperback copy or a digital copy of A Baby for the Minister as a giveaway for a winner residing in the U.S. –or a digital copy for a winner residing elsewhere!
A Baby for the Minister
and a pregnant bride with no groom!
Jilted at the altar, Natalie Davis has no one she can turn to—until Jacob Stone steps in. The single minister’s drawn to the beautiful mommy-to-be and wants to help…even if it goes against his congregation’s wishes and could cost him his job. But when she refuses to accept charity, can he convince her she’s more than a ministry project?
Laurel Blount lives on a small farm in middle Georgia with her husband, their four children, a milk cow, dairy goats, assorted chickens and ducks, three spoiled cats and one extremely bossy goose with boundary issues. She divides her time between farm chores, homeschooling and writing. She’s busy, but she’s never bored!Her debut novel A FAMILY FOR THE FARMER was the recipient of the 2017 Maggie Award for Excellence in the Romance with Religious or Spiritual Elements category and was a finalist in the 2017 Carol Awards. Her newest release A BABY FOR THE MINISTER is available now!
Whenever she’s not working, you can find Laurel with a cup of tea at her elbow, a cat in her lap, and a good book in her hand.