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.

3 Questions Wednesday with Tanya Eavenson

Happy Wednesday! Today the Inspired Prompt welcomes inspirational romance author, Tanya Eavenson. We’re so happy you could join us. First question:

Who is your favorite author?

Tanya: I’m not sure I have a favorite … although I can list a few authors I read often. Let’s see, Karen Witemeyer, Robin Hatcher, Laura Frantz, and Elizabeth Camden. However, reading, for me, started with Lori Wick’s series, The English Garden. I love the biblical aspects of her stories and how the characters feel like family. After reading the series, I knew the Lord was calling me to write. What an impact she has had on my life–God using her writing to take this non-writer to published author.

Wonderful authors! We will keep a lookout for Lori’s books.  Next question…

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

Tanya: If I had to write about anyone or anything, I’m not sure I would change from what I’m doing now. I love watching my characters come to life on the page and putting them in situations where they need to cling to the Lord, just like us. It’s where fiction and non-fiction collide, with the realization that we all need a Savior. When my characters point to Jesus, and a reader needs to hear those words at that moment, it’s all the more reason to continue the journey the Lord has set before me.

Great answer. 🙂 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?

Tanya: Ooh, I’d enjoy spending time with Trent, the hero from my new release, The RESCUE, and his cowhands, Matthew, Blake, and Pete. They can poke fun at each other but are extremely loyal and willing to risk it all to protect one another, and those they love.

What would I be doing? Hanging out at the ranch, of course! 😊

Sounds like a fun and rewarding day. Thanks so much for dropping by!

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Tanya Eavenson is giving away an ebook of The Rescue.  Leave a comment below to be entered in the drawing…


The Rescue

Sometimes the path to freedom is found in an unexpected future.

Upon the death of her mother, Rosalind Standford’s life shatters, the pieces scattering to the wind when she is forced into a betrothal to a cunning banker. But when a telegram arrives announcing the man who captured her heart is on a train to Boston, Rosalind must hide her true feelings before the thin cord of her existence unravels the deadly secrets she keeps.

Cowboy Trent Easton returns to his roots in Boston society to find his childhood friend, the love of his heart. Instead, he finds a broken woman engaged to a man close to her father’s age. Though she once rejected him, when Trent learns she’s in danger, he determines to do whatever it takes to keep her safe—even taking her to the altar in the black of night. But will his name and the remote wilds of his Texas ranch be enough to protect her? Or will freedom cost them their lives?

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Tanya Eavenson is an international bestselling and award-winning inspirational romance author. She enjoys spending time with her husband and their three children. Her favorite pastime is grabbing a cup of coffee, eating chocolate, and reading a good book. You can find her at her website http://www.tanyaeavenson.com/

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3 Questions Wednesday with Katie Clark

My friend, author Katie Clark, is our guest today. She has a brand new book releasing called Securing the Handyman’s Heart.

With great pleasure, we welcome her to 3 Questions Wednesday!

First question–

What inspires you?

Katie: Life! Adventure, love, humor, pain…life. When I see something that evokes passion in others, it automatically gets my mind to moving with inspiration.

Love that thought. 🙂 Now…

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

Katie: Wow! That is a toughie! I think, though, playing off my last answer, that maybe I’d be a deep shade of red called Passion. Too cliché? *shrugs*

I agree. Life could definitely be colored red. Last question…

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

Katie: All. The. Things. Haha 😊. I wanted to be a writer (yep, I was writing stories even in grade school), a business woman (I always wanted to wear smart suits with my hair in an up-do), a secretary (I’m not sure why, that just always seemed glamorous to my child-brain)…the list goes on. But I guess, looking back, it means I was always a dreamer. Through books I can be all these things and more!

I haven’t thought of it that way. Great answer! Thanks so much for stopping in today!

Katie is graciously offering a Kindle copy of her book, Securing the Handyman’s Heart to one person who leaves a comment. It could be you!


Securing the Handyman’s Heart

Local cupcake queen Kayla Dobbs is feeling the heat—just as her bakery is finally taking off, her retired parents start pressuring her to move to Florida. Determined to prove her success, she takes on extra work at the bakery and fibs a little about the depth of her love life. When her mother announces an upcoming visit to meet the lucky guy, Kayla makes a pact with her friends to get a proposal from George Marks, town handyman extraordinaire. The problem is, George seems totally indifferent.

George Marks has enough on his plate with running his business, taking care of an ailing but feisty grandmother, and the possibility of a new business venture on the horizon. But when bumping into Kayla becomes a strangely routine thing, he’s surprised to realize it has also become the highlight of his days. As business spirals out of control and Granny takes a turn for the worse, he’s sure he made one too many commitments. 

With a dash of matchmaking granny and a pinch of secret cupcake recipe, Kayla and George find themselves in one messy kitchen. But will they find themselves in love?


KATIE CLARK started reading fantastical stories in grade school and her love for books never died. Today she reads in all genres; her only requirement is an awesome story! She writes inspirational romance for adults as well as young adult speculative fiction, including her YA supernatural novel, Shadowed Eden, and The Enslaved Series. You can connect with her at her website, on Facebook, or on Twitter.