Welcome to 3 Questions Wednesday! Today Inspired Prompt welcomes author and publisher, Denise Weimer! Thanks for taking the time to join us.
Who is your favorite author?
Denise: I have to admit, I struggle with favorites. I do better with types. I adore the writing of authors who are able to place me in edge-of-my-seat awe. I want to admire the characters even as I relate to them. I want to feel as they do. I want to see and smell and hear as they do. I want to hold my breath as they encounter places and challenges outside their comfort zones.
Because of this, I also admit to a penchant for frontier historical romance. It can be any frontier in any time period—just take me with your characters to the edge of what’s known and nudge me beyond. Meanwhile, making the page crackle with attraction between the hero and heroine. When there are almost insurmountable obstacles, it’s all the sweeter when the two at last come together. I’ve particularly enjoyed the novels of Laura Frantz, Francine Rivers, Michelle Griep, and Shannon McNear.
Love it, I’m on the edge with the anticipation you’ve described. Next question…
If you could write about anyone or anything fiction/nonfiction who or what would you write about?
Denise: I’ve written about most of the things I originally wanted to write about as a starry-eyed twenty-year-old. My first desire was to pen a sweeping saga set in North Georgia during the mid-1800s, and I did that with my Georgia Gold Series. I incorporated deep spiritual truths time-slip-style into The Restoration Trilogy. And the urge I’d had to explore the Revolutionary War Battle of Kettle Creek in Georgia was captured in Across Three Autumns of The Backcountry Brides Collection. I’ve ventured into contemporary romance and romantic suspense with Fall Flip and my two spring 2020 releases, Traces and Spring Splash—in which I even got to encapsulate experience from my years as a swim mom. I’ve also delved into the rich Cherokee history of my state which has always held a fascination for me with The Witness Tree and a novel currently looking for a publishing home. Now I wait for whatever God prompts me to write or something for which He opens a door. In everything, my goal is to write whatever story He lays on my heart.
Wow, sounds like you’ve stayed focused on your goals for writing about different times in history. Last question: If you could spend time with a character from your book or another book whom would it be? And what would you do during that day?
Denise: I would walk the streets of Old Salem, North Carolina, with Clarissa Vogler Kliest, my heroine in The Witness Tree. I’d love to hear from her personally about life in that Williamsburg-like town in 1805, life as a Moravian lady who entered into a marriage of convenience arranged by the lot. Curious about what the lot was? You can guess where to begin Clarissa’s story?
I’m intrigued. There are many times I want to crawl inside the book and fully experience the setting, and get to know the characters as friends. Thanks for stopping by.
Denise Weimer is offering to give away a book! Comment on this post that you would like to be included in the drawing and any other comment. We will draw a name on Wednesday, November 13th.
The tragic death of Shelby Dodson’s husband—her partner in a successful Home Network house flipping business—stole love, status, and career. Now a bungalow redesign thrusts Shelby into the company of a new contractor. Scott Matthews remembers high-and-mighty Shelby from high school, and her prissy, contemporary style goes against his down-to-earth grain. When the house reveals a mystery, will its dark secrets—and their own mistakes—cost a second chance at love?
The Witness Tree:
Past betrayal has turned John Kliest’s passion to his work as a builder and surveyor in the Moravian town of Salem, North Carolina. Now, to satisfy the elders’ edict and fulfill his mission in Cherokee Territory, he needs a bride. But the one woman qualified to record the Cherokee language longs for a future with his younger brother.
Clarissa Vogler’s dream of a life with Daniel Kliest is shattered when she is chosen by lot to marry his older brother and venture into the uncharted frontier. Can she learn to love this stoic man who is now her husband? Her survival hinges on being able to trust him—but they both harbor secrets.
Denise Weimer writes historical and contemporary romance and romantic suspense set in her home state of Georgia. She’s authored over nine novels and a number of novellas. As a managing editor at Smitten Historical Romance and Heritage Beacon Fiction, Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, she also helps others reach their publishing dreams. A wife and mother of two daughters, Denise always pauses for coffee, chocolate, and old houses.