3 Questions Wednesday with Candace West

Welcome to 3 Questions Wednesday! Today Inspired Prompt welcomes author, Candace West! Thanks for taking the time to join us.

First question:
Who is your favorite author?

Candace: I can never decide between Janette Oke and Lucy Maud Montgomery. Their stories inspired me to write my own. Lucy Maud Montgomery’s characters and descriptions are rich with detail, carrying me to that place and time. Janette Oke weaves the Gospel message throughout her engaging stories. I’ve never been disappointed with one of her books! Her words always inspire hope!

Reading a good story of hope and inspiration makes it hard to put down!  Next question…
If you could write about anyone or anything fiction/nonfiction who or what would you write about?

Candace:  The first person who comes to mind is General Thomas (Stonewall) Jackson. Civil War history fascinates me, especially the struggles of conscience on both sides. I love the journey of General Jackson’s personal faith. I would dive into a project highlighting his beliefs and his walk with God.

Sounds like you may have a new historical story idea brewing.  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?

Candace:  As strange as it sounds, I would spend the day with Earl Steen. After his conversion, of course! Why would I want to spend the day with this prodigal? There’s quite a bit of depth to him. As I worked on the sequel Valley of Shadows, Earl revealed more about his personality than I dreamed. I would love to spend the day listening to him play classical pieces on his violin and talking to him about his family history.

Sounds interesting. Thanks for stopping by.

Click to tweet: Lucy Maud Montgomery’s characters and descriptions are rich with detail, carrying me to that place and time. Janette Oke weaves the Gospel message throughout her engaging stories. I’ve never been disappointed with one of her books! Her words always inspire hope!

Connect with Candace:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/inspirationalnovel
Online: www.candaceweststoryteller.com
Twitter: www.twitter.com/candacewest111
Instagram: www.instagram.com/candace.west.posey.10


Lane Steen blurb:

How can Lane let go of the past when she is forced to confront it?

Kidnapped by her father at two years old, Lane Steen never imagines she is living a lie until a new schoolteacher, Edith Wallace, comes to Valley Creek. Yet Edith is more than a schoolteacher. She is part of the past—a past hidden in a mysterious dream that has haunted Lane since childhood.

At sixteen, Lane yearns to escape from her embittered father’s hatred that engulfs her home. The schoolhouse is Lane’s only escape. Carefully, Edith works to earn Lane’s friendship, but love and trust doesn’t come easy for a heart plagued by hate. But then the truth shatters Lane’s world.

The truth sends Lane on a turbulent search into the past. Leaving Valley Creek behind, Lane reunites with a family she cannot remember—a family that surpasses her wildest dreams.

Despite her newfound joy, her hatred for her father only deepens. Although she desires to experience the faith of her family, Lane can’t cast away one thing she holds closely: the hatred that helped her survive.

Digging into her father’s unbelievable past, she confronts the story behind her father’s ruin. Will she always be bound by hate?

Yet something even stronger binds her. Something stronger than her family, something stronger than her will. She is bound to Valley Creek, the place of her stormy childhood, the place of the man she loves, but more importantly, the place of God’s calling. Ironically, she finds love, purpose, grace, and forgiveness in a place she’d sought all her life to escape.

Purchase on Amazon: Kindle or paperback.


Meet Candace West:

Candace West was born in the Mississippi delta to a young minister and his wife. She grew up in small-town Arkansas and is a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Monticello. When she was twelve years old, she wrote her first story, “Following Prairie River.” Since then, she has dreamed of writing Christian fiction. Over the years, she has published short stories as well as poems in various magazines. Since her teenage years, she has written many church plays. In 2018, she published her first novel Lane Steen, book one of the Valley Creek Redemption series. By weaving entertaining, page-turning stories, Candace hopes to share the Gospel and encourage her readers. She currently lives in her beloved Arkansas with her husband Aaron and their son Matthew along with two dogs and three cats.

Valley of Shadows, book two of the Valley Creek Redemption series, is scheduled for release in March 2020.

 

3 Questions Wednesday with Sheri Poe-Pape

Welcome to 3 Questions Wednesday! Today Inspired Prompt welcomes Sheri Poe-Pape! Thanks for taking the time to join us.

First question:
Who is your favorite author?

Sheri: Hans Christian Anderson, because a lot of his stories are my favorites.  My favorite from him is The Snow Queen.

Good choice for a favorite in author and story! Next question…
 If you could write about anyone or anything fiction/nonfiction who or what would you write about?

Sheri:  I would write a new book about the band, The Monkees. I loved their hit, Daydream Believer.

A fun band from the early 1970s. Their tunes were catchy! Who didn’t love Davy Jones?  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?

Sheri: I would like to spend it with the character Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz, just following her through her adventures in Oz.

Yes, she did go on quite the adventure; one that taught all of us a little something. Thanks so much for dropping by!

Click to tweet: I would like to spend a day with a character from a book it would be Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz, just following her through her adventures in Oz.

Sheri Poe-Pape 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 Sunday, October 13th.


Cassie’s Marvelous Music Lessons
In this delightful story, Cassie is welcomed to a new home filled with music, but when Mrs. Applebaum doesn’t seem to understand what Cassie is saying, or how talented she is, the happy little dog becomes an unhappy little dog. Fortunately, with a good ear and a kind heart, Mrs. Applebaum finds the perfect solution to Cassie’s problem, proving once again that music is the universal language.

Cassie Pup Takes the Cake??
Cassie has a new home, and a new owner with a bakery, who quickly signs her up for a cupcake bake-off with national cupcake champion, Cordelia Cat. Sparks fly from the beginning between the two, along with crazy fun and unexpected endings. Who do you think will win?

Sheri’s books are available on her website, www.SheriPoe-Pape.com, and Amazon.


Though Sheri Poe-Pape has written many internet articles about people in the arts and in history, “Cassie’s Marvelous Music Lessons” and “Cassie Pup Takes the Cake??” are the author’s first two children’s books. She has also been Director/Educator of the Pape Conservatory of Music for the past thirty-nine years. Each day, she warms up on the piano, and for fifteen of those years, a small dog has been her constant companion.

In recent years, little Cassie has stood on the right side of the keyboard and brushed the author’s hands off the piano keys and helped also to be a ‘baker’s helper’ – habits that inspired these stories! The author is a graduate of Northern Illinois University where she studied music, English and creative writing.  She lives with her family in Northern Illinois, where she continues to write and to teach music-alongside Cassie.

3 Questions Wednesday with Jennifer Slattery

Welcome to 3 Questions Wednesday! Today Inspired Prompt welcomes romance author, Jennifer Slattery! Thanks for taking the time to join us.

First question:
Who is your favorite author?

Jennifer: Um, whomever I’m reading at the time? I love Lysa Terkeurst and Max Lucado. Love Inspired suspense author Jodie Bailey is brilliant. Shannon Taylor Vannatter’s sweet cowboy romances are pretty great too. I love the sense of family Jennifer Hallmark presents in her southern fiction. Then there’s Francine Rivers and Deborah Raney and … So many books, so little time!

I agree, there are so many great authors with outstanding books for us to read! Next question…
If you could write about anyone or anything fiction/nonfiction who or what would you write about?

Jennifer: Grace and the freedom of living in it. But more than just write on it, I would so love to find ways to help others really grasp the depth, reality, healing, and transformation available through His grace. He’s given us so much through His death and resurrection and longs to teach us, in ever-deepening degrees, how to experience the filled to overflowing life He promised, and we experience that life through grace.

You are so right, believers have abundant freedom in the grace of Christ, as writers, sometimes we feel so limited by our words to share this good news. Keep using your talent for Christ, and His spirit will come through.  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?

Jennifer: I think I’d spend an afternoon with Mrs. Tappin, Hometown Healing’s hero’s grandmother. (That felt like a mouthful. Whew!) First, she’s adorable. Second, she can cook and bake. Third, she always sees the best in others and helps call out that best. And fourth, did I mention she can bake? She was a constant source of love and support for Paige, my heroine. As to what we’d spend the day doing—baking and eating, followed by more eating. We might even invent a recipe or two (which she does in the book).

Ok, now I’m hungry and ready to read Hometown Healing. Thanks for stopping by.

Click to tweet: Grace and the freedom of living in it. But more than just write on it, I would so love to find ways to help others really grasp the depth, reality, healing, and transformation available through His grace.

Jennifer Stattery 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, October 9th.


Hometown Healing:
She’s home again, but not for long…
Unless this cowboy recaptures her heart


Returning home with a baby in tow, Paige Cordell’s determined her stay is only temporary. But to earn enough money to leave, she needs a job—and her only option is working at her first love’s dinner theater. With attraction once again unfurling between her and Jed Gilbertson, can the man who once broke her heart convince her to stay for good?

Hometown Healing is available on Amazon, click here to purchase.


Jennifer Slattery is a writer and international speaker who has addressed women’s groups, church groups, Bible studies, and other writers across the nation. She maintains a devotional blog found at Jennifer Slattery Lives Out Loud and on Crosswalk. She has a passion for helping women discover, embrace, and live out who they are in Christ. As the founder of Wholly Love Ministries, she and her team partner with churches to facilitate events designed to help women rest in their true worth and live with maximum impact. Connect with her on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. When not writing, reading, or editing, Jennifer loves going on mall dates with her adult daughter and coffee dates with her hilariously fun husband. Contact her HERE to book her for your next women’s event.

3 Questions Wednesday with June Foster

Welcome to 3 Questions Wednesday! Today Inspired Prompt welcomes June Foster. Thanks for taking the time to join us.

First question:
Who is your favorite author? 

June: What a difficult question! I guess I’ll have to say Jerry B. Jenkins who wrote The Left Behind Series.

Jerry Jenkins is a great author, and the Left Behind series really made us all think! Next question…

 If you could write about anyone or anything fiction/nonfiction who or what would you write about?

June: My husband and I recently spent a month in southwestern Colorado and explored the Mesa Verde Indian Pueblo ruins. A small ruin sits at the top of a hill adjacent to the Canyon of the Ancients Visitor Center about twenty miles away. The partially excavated pueblo is called the Escalante Ruins, named after its Spanish explorer. We explored the area more than once, and I imagined a tale about a young Indian woman who might’ve lived there. I would love to write a story about a maiden who hungers to know a God who created all things but is misunderstood by the chief, her father.

Traveling to new areas and exploring new cultures is a great way to cultivate stories.  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?

June: I would love to spend time with Mary Louise from Dreams Deferred. The story is the fictionalized tale of my great grandfather who became a Catholic priest then met my great grandmother. I’d like to ask Mary Louise what it was like falling in love with a man she thought she could never have. We’d go to lunch in San Antonio at one of the famous hotels and walk the River Walk, all the while talking about Matt Hall, the man she loves.

What a day that would be! Thanks for stopping by. It’s good to get to know you better.


Click to tweet: We explored the area more than once, and I imagined a tale about a young Indian woman who might’ve lived there. I would love to write a story about a maiden who hungers to know a God who created all things but is misunderstood by the chief, her father.

June Foster is offering a free e-book! Download your copy of Dreams Deferred today! Click here.


Dreams Deferred

Frances Matthew Hall is obedient to family tradition: all firstborn sons will serve as a priest. Now Matt officiates at St. Aloysius Catholic Church in San Antonio, Texas. But when on Easter Sunday, he notices a beautiful young woman who takes his breath away, he must fight against his attraction to her or leave the priesthood and alienate his entire family.

Mary Louise Graham is a middle school teacher and devout catholic. Yet no amount of service to the community can ease the heavy load of guilt she carries. God can never forgive her unspeakable mistake. But when Father Matt tells her about a forgiving God through His son Jesus Christ, she’s free. Only thing, the Godly priest now means more to her than he should.

Can two people find their way to each other amidst insurmountable obstacles? Dreams Deferred is inspired by the author’s great grandfather and great grandmother’s story.


About June Foster

June Foster is an award-winning author who began her writing career in an RV roaming around the USA with her husband, Joe. She brags about visiting a location before it becomes the setting in her next contemporary romance or romantic suspense. June’s characters find themselves in precarious circumstances where only God can offer redemption and ultimately freedom. To date June has seen publication of 20 novels and 1 devotional. Find June at junefoster.com.

 

3 Questions Wednesday with Ann Gabhart

Welcome to 3 Questions Wednesday! Today the Inspired Prompt welcomes best-selling author, Ann Gabhart! Thanks for taking time to join us.

First question:
Who is your favorite author?

Ann: Picking a favorite author for me is as hard as picking a favorite book. I have many favorites. I might once have said James Michener when I was devouring his long history filled novels. At a different time, I would have said Chaim Potok for the way his characters came so to life in his books The Promise and The Chosen that I hoped to somehow make my own characters leap off the page in the same way. But now, I would say all the wonderful Christian authors I’ve met since I began publishing Christian fiction. This is not only because of their lovely stories but because through the bond of Christian faith and fiction, we’ve become friends.

You’re correct, so many great authors to choose from, but we’re always glad to support those who are brothers and sisters in Christ.  Next question…

 If you could write about anyone or anything fiction/nonfiction who or what would you write about?

Ann: I do feel as though I’ve already written about what I want to write about. Not once but several times. At one time in my writing life, I went through a long stretch of rejections. I was writing but my stories weren’t finding any loving editors. I tried this idea and then another. Finally, I decided not to worry about potential markets or agreeable editors and instead write the story I wanted to write. That story turned out to be Scent of Lilacs, and it did find a loving editor and even better brought me into the world of Christian fiction. I’ve been here ever since writing what I most want to write about each time I put my fingers on my keyboard and type Chapter One. That’s not to say the writing is always easy, but most of the stories have been exactly those stories I wanted to write. For the future, I do have a few glimmering ideas that I hope someday to develop into novels. I’d like to write another book about my Rosey Corner characters and I’d like to write one more Hidden Springs mystery.

Sounds great. 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?

Ann: An interesting question. It’s making me think. I’ve created so many different characters. I might say Jocie from Hollyhill, but I do spend time with her when I let her write posts for her Heart of Hollyhill blog. Or I could say Kate from the Rosey Corner books since I modeled her attitude and personality after how I thought my mother would have been at the age of fourteen. But the question says book, not books. So I’m guessing you mean which character from my most recent release, The Refuge. The character I would choose from that book might surprise you. I’d choose Eldress Maria, the Shaker in the book who did her best to convince my main character, Darcie, to commit to the Shaker way. I would like to listen to her reasons for being a lifelong Shaker and hear stories of her life there. I can only imagine how nice it would to be taken on a tour by a true Shaker of her village in the 1800’s when the village was at its peak of membership and interest. I’d be able to tour the houses and workshops where the Shakers would be industriously following their saying of “Hands to Work and Hearts to God.” I could sit in on their worship service and hear their songs and the sound of their feet in the meeting house as they “exercised” their dances. They’d invite me to dinner and I could enjoy their delicious fare. At the end of the day, I would leave still thinking they were wrong in much of what they believed, but I would be glad to have had the chance to see in person the Shaker way for that one day.

It would be fun to be transported back in time to truly experience our characters’ lives. Thanks so much for dropping by!

Click to tweet: At one time in my writing life, I went through a long stretch of rejections. I was writing but my stories weren’t finding any loving editors. I tried this idea and then another. Finally, I decided not to worry about potential markets or agreeable editors and instead write the story I wanted to write.

Ann Gabhart 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 Sunday, September 22nd. 


The Refuge
Can the power of love and the bond of family triumph in a community that cannot accept either? With the threat of a cholera epidemic at their heels, Darcie and Walter Goodwin join the Shakers whose villages seem immune to the disease. It’s meant to be temporary, but when Walter is killed in a riverboat accident, destitute Darcie has little choice but to stay with the Shakers. To complicate matters, she is expecting a baby conceived before she and her husband came to the Shaker village. Marital relationships are considered sinful in this celibate community, putting Darcie in a unique—and lonely—position. Can the arrival of widower Flynn Keller and his headstrong daughter offer Darcie the hope of happiness?

Ann’s books are available on her website, www.AnnHGabhart.com, Barnes and Noble Booksellers, and Amazon


Ann H. Gabhart is the bestselling author of more than thirty-five novels, including River to Redemption, the 2019 Selah Historical Book of Year. For her latest release, The Refuge, she returns to her fictional Shaker village of Harmony Hill where all her popular Shaker novels have been set. She also writes about family life, love and mystery in small towns like the Kentucky town, Lawrenceburg, where she grew up. Her Hidden Springs mysteries are published under the author name, A. H. Gabhart. She and her husband have three children and nine grandchildren and still enjoy country life on a farm near that small town. To find out more about Ann’s books or to read her blog, visit www.annhgabhart.com. You can also join the conversation on her Facebook page,  www.facebook.com/anngabhart.