3 Questions Wednesday with Terri Wangard

 

Terri Wangard

Terri Wangard

Welcome to another edition of 3Q Wednesday. This morning we’re talking with author Terri Wangard.

Hi, Terri. Here’s your first question.

Can you describe yourself in three words?

Curious, imaginative, introvert

Curious and imaginative introverts make great writers. 🙂 Next question…

Someone offers you a fully-paid writing research trip to any place you desire to go. Where would it be and why?

France. I’d love to see the trenches of WWI, the battlefield monuments, the museums, and the battlefields. I’m getting ready to start a WWI novel, mostly set in Milwaukee, but also in France. I’d like to see where the ruined villages were. I would hope to visualize what the American doughboys saw one hundred years ago. And to see the land now at rest.

Sounds like fun!

If someone made a movie of your life, what would be the theme song?

“Climb Every Mountain” I recently watched The Sound of Music and can identify with the scene where the Mother Superior sang “Climb Every Mountain” to Maria. I can use prompting like that when I’m about to undertake a new challenge.

Love it. Everyone has a dream and every dream takes time. Keep looking!

Readers, Terri is giving you a choice between a print first-edition copy of her debut Friends & Enemies (US addresses), or a Kindle copy of Wheresoever They May Be. 

Click to Tweet: “I can use prompting like that when I’m about to undertake a new challenge.” ~ Terri Wangard @Inspired Prompt https://wp.me/p2YFil-3o9  #Interview #giveaway


Friends & Enemies

Friends and Enemies

Friends and Enemies

Frank Swanson has plans. He has good job prospects, maybe even broadcasting in Hollywood. He has a beautiful wife. The war is an interruption to a good life he’s eager to get back to.

Lily Swanson longs to be a mother. Soon Frank should be home for good and they can furnish a nursery. Maybe even find a bigger house.

Joe Gallagher grew up in a small house with plenty of siblings. He loves the solitude of flying, but the war has dragged on for so long. He’s ready to go home.

Susan Talbot has a bad attitude. She’s estranged from her family and she doesn’t attract friends. But war can bring out the best in people and Susan’s surprised to realize she’s happy.

They all do their part in striving for victory in World War II. Sometimes, though, the danger can be hard to identify.

Wheresoever They May Be

Wheresoever They May Be

Widowed seamstress Heidi Wetzel finds new meaning in life by caring for evacuated children on a farm in war-torn western Germany. Never a supporter of National Socialism, she takes pleasure in passive resistance, but must exercise caution around neighbors who delight in reporting to the Gestapo. Having lived in the United States, she wonders about her friend Rachel.

Flying cadet Paul Braedel’s wife dies while he trains for the U.S. Army Air Corps. Following bereavement leave, he joins a navigation class. He’s lost his zest for life and heads to England, not caring if he lives or dies.

When he and his crew are shot down over Germany, he evades capture and, for the first time since Rachel’s death, hears the voice of God whisper guidance. “Find Heidi.”

Heidi meets a man she recognizes from her high school days in America. Aiding a downed airman is punishable by execution, but she agrees to help.

She takes him to the farm to pose as a convalescing German soldier. Through her brother’s underground contacts, Paul acquires German ID papers. Before he can journey along an escape route, they’re betrayed and the Gestapo comes calling. Together, Paul and Heidi flee across Germany in a desperate journey for Allied lines.


Terri Wangard

Terri Wangard

Terri Wangard grew up in Green Bay, Wisconsin, during the Lombardi Glory Years. Her first Girl Scout badge was the Writer. These days she is writing historical fiction, and won the 2013 Writers on the Storm contest and 2013 First Impressions, as well as being a 2012 Genesis finalist. Holder of a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in library science, she lives in Wisconsin. Her research included going for a ride in a WWII B-17 Flying Fortress bomber. Classic Boating Magazine, a family business since 1984, keeps her busy as an associate editor.

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3 Questions Wednesday with Bethany Morehead

Bethany Morehead

Happy Wednesday!

This morning we welcome award-winning writer and Jr. Agent of Cyle Young at Hartline Literary Agency, Bethany Morehead. Readers, be sure to leave Bethany a comment for a chance to win a $25 gift card from Amazon. Woo Hoo!

Bethany, here’s your first question.

 Can you describe yourself in three words?

Quirky, Childlike, and Genuine.

Quirkiness shows originality. I like that! 🙂  Next question…

Someone offers you a fully-paid writing research trip to any place you desire to go. Where would it be and why?

The Highlands of Scotland. There is an area called Farr, Scotland—which is my maiden name. It would not only be fantastic to see a piece of ancestry, but to be able to write about it as well would be a dream.

Scotland would make the perfect setting for a book. Now…

If someone made a movie of your life, what would be the theme song?

“Que Sera Sera; Whatever Will Be, Will Be” by Doris Day. This question was one of the hardest for me to answer. After listening to close to every song on Spotify, I keep coming back to this classic by one of my favorite actresses. In a world where there is so much worry about what the future holds, it reminds us that the future is not written by us. I feel it would be a great theme song to my life, being as my life hasn’t panned out to “my perfect plan,” but I’m not writing my story, am I? The Author holds the pen, and I trust Him with it. So, whatever will be, will be.

I’m a fan of Doris Day and the song! Yes, God holds the pen in His hand and it is His story. Bethany, thank you for joining us on Inspired Prompts. It was a pleasure to meet you.

Readers–don’t forget to leave a comment for a chance to win the $25 Amazon gift card!

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Bethany Morehead is a young, enthusiastic, award-winning writer and Jr. Agent of Cyle Young at Hartline Literary Agency. She fell in love with writing at a young age, even plotting out stories on napkins and the corners of her notebooks in school. She enjoys both writing and reading fiction books, especially romance. Bethany, a child at heart who enjoys working with children, also has a heart for children’s literature and a soft spot for fairytales. She manages her own blog on www.bethanymorehead.com, where she discusses life in ministry, inspires women, and shines light on the struggles of infertility. She also co-manages a dating and marriage vlog with her husband.

3 Questions Wednesday with Sara L. Foust

Happy Wednesday! Sara Foust is filling our last interview of the year and we are excited to introduce her debut novel, Callum’s Compass. Her novel won second place in Deep River Books’ 2017 Writer’s Contest…

So, without further ado, Sara, here’s your first question:

What inspires you?

Sara:  My faith. My family. Nature.

A good trio to pull inspiration from. 🙂

You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?

Sara:  Evergreen. It reminds me of the greenery on the mountains of East TN. And it is steady, a strong color. I hope I am strong too.

A great choice! Just the name evokes a strong foundation lasting into eternity. Last question: 

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Sara:   I went through a lot of careers. I think the first was a veterinarian. But by second grade, I wanted to be an author. I drifted from being an author as I grew because it seemed so impossibly hard and scary. I am very thankful that God has allowed me to return to my truest passion.

That’s wonderful! God knows the desires of our heart. Thanks so much for dropping by, Sara.

Click to tweet:  Check out Sara L. Foust and her debut novel, Callum’s Compass. @InspiredPrompt #Tennessee #fiction

Sara is graciously offering a giveaway of her book, Callum’s Compass. E-book or paperback. (Paperback available only to residents within the U.S.) Make sure to leave a comment to be entered to win…


Callum’s Compass

 KAT WILLIAMS’S brother died in a gruesome accident in the mountains of East Tennessee. She blames herself.

RYAN JENKINS’S fiancée was murdered. He couldn’t protect her.

With the death of her brother, Kat believes she is unworthy of love from anyone—even God. When a good friend elicits a promise that she will stop living in the past and then leaves her clues to a real-life treasure hunt, Kat embarks on an adventure chock-full of danger. To find the treasure, Kat will have to survive wild animals—and even wilder men. Can she rely on Ryan, the handsome wildlife officer assigned to protect her . . . without falling in love?

Ryan swore off love when his fiancée was murdered, but feelings long-buried rise to the surface around Kat. He volunteers to help with her treasure hunt, vowing to keep her safe. Together they venture deep into caves and tunnels . . . and even deeper into the depths of their unplumbed hearts.


Sara L. Foust writes Inspirational Romantic Suspense from a mini-farm in East Tennessee, where she lives with her husband and their five homeschooled children. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee and is a member of ACFW and Tennessee Mountain Writers. Callum’s Compass won second place in Deep River Books’ 2017 Writer’s Contest.

Sara also has a story, “Leap of Faith,” in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Step Outside Your Comfort Zone. Gain access to a FREE digital scrapbook detailing some real-life places from Callum’s Compass by signing up for her newsletter: www.saralfoust.com.


3 Questions Wednesday with Suzy Parish

Welcome to 3 Questions Wednesday!

Suzy Parish discovered her love of books as a child in Richmond, Virginia when she took refuge from the summer heat in the local Bookmobile. She believes in the power of literacy to improve the lives of individuals and stewards a Little Free Library in a local park. Way to go, Suzy! So, with that in mind, let’s see how she answers our 3 questions.

Question: What inspires you?

Suzy:  Reading stories of hope and triumph over life’s trials. That inspired the tagline “Hope blooms in unexpected places.” True heroes inspire the heroes in my fiction.

Hope and heroes just go together somehow 🙂

Just for fun–You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?

Suzy:  Forest Green. It’s been my favorite color since I was a little girl. I love nature, and the color green reminds me of life and resurrection.

Good choice. Green is definitely a color of life and rebirth.

Final Question–As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Suzy: I was full of questions as a child. That untamed curiosity led me to investigate a wide range of professions, including a veterinarian, Bible translator, writer, and artist. I believe that character trait helped me become a better researcher. But I never really had a single occupation in mind. If asked, I would have said all of them.

Curiosity is a must in a writer. Thank you, Suzy,  for visiting 3 Questions Wednesday.

Readers, here’s more about Suzy and her books–


Suzy Parish is an author at Pelican Book Group. Suzy wrote as a Community Columnist for the Huntsville Times. She is currently a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW).

Her novel, Flowers from Afghanistan was a semi-finalist in the Genesis contest for 2013. Suzy discovered her love of books as a child in Richmond, Virginia when she took refuge from the summer heat in the local Bookmobile. She believes in the power of literacy to improve the lives of individuals and stewards a Little Free Library in a local park. Suzy currently resides in Huntsville, Alabama with her husband, Chet. Her tennis-ball addicted dog Charlie keeps her life filled with daily mayhem.

Suzy’s debut novel, Flowers from Afghanistan will be released in 2018.

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 Flowers From Afghanistan

Weighed down by guilt following the death of his two-year-old son, Mac McCann accepts a year-long position training police officers in Afghanistan. Leaving his wife Sophie to grieve alone, he hopes the life-or-death distractions of his self-imposed exile will build a wall between him and his pain.

As camaraderie builds between Mac and the men on base—including a local barber and his precocious little boy—Mac’s heart becomes invested in stories beyond his own tragedy and he learns he is not the only one running from loss. But when the hour of attack arrives, will he be able to see past his guilt to believe there’s still something—and someone—worth living for?

With touching details based on true events, Flowers from Afghanistan is a redemptive journey of healing, a chronicle of hope in crisis, and a testament to the faithfulness of God through it all. Save

Grand Prize Winners of Our Once Upon a Christmas Giveaway III


Wow. Christmas is truly just around the corner. I still have shopping to do, blog posts to write, and cookies to bake. Not to mention parties to attend and family get-togethers, well, to get together. But let’s take a moment to pause and let y’all know who won our Once Upon A Christmas Giveaway III.

 

Once Upon a Christmas Giveaway

We offered three sets of prizes for our grand prize winners.

First giveaway prize package – $25 Barnes and Noble gift card, Books:  Adored: 365 Devotions for Young Women (hardback) and The Reason by William Sirls (paperback)

Second giveaway prize package– $25 Starbucks gift card, Books:  The Tilting Leaves of Autumn by Robin E. Mason (signed paperback) and Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Dating Game (paperback)

Third giveaway prize package – $25 Subway gift card, jewelry, Books:  A Perfect Fit by Karen Jurgens (ebook) and The Whisper of the Palms by Harriet E. Michael (paperback)

Now the moment you are all waiting for:

drum rollWe are happy to announce three big winners:

(1)First giveaway- Laura Zimmerman

(2)Second giveaway-Sonnetta Jones

(3)Third giveaway-Sum Dietzel

Congratulations to all our winners! We’ll be getting in touch with you soon so we can send those gifts to you. A big thank you to everyone that entered. It was by far our best contest yet…

Stay tuned to all the big changes ahead in 2018…And don’t forget our weekly 3 Questions Wednesday interviews.

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