Friday, November 30, 2012

A Visit with the Huz: The Inside Scoop on Gina Welborn


Today I'd like to welcome Jeremy Welborn, husband of author Gina Welborn.

Gina Welborn is the author of Highland Blessings and Cascade Christmas. She is a regular contributor at Inkwell Inspirations. You may visit her website at GinaWelborn.com.


Welcome to Writing to Distraction, Jeremy!

Where did you meet Gina and how love have you been married? 

I met Gina at the Baptist Student Union at Cameron University the year after we both graduated from Cameron. We have been married for 19 years. Our 20th Anniversary will be on July 9, 2013!

Who lives at home with you (children, pets, other)?


We have five children: Matt is 18 and started college this year. Jerah is 15. Jadan is 13. Rhyinn is 9.  Niley is 5. We have a dog named D.O.G. (pronounced dee-ohh-gee) and a rabbit named Hobbit.
 
Did you know Gina was a writer before you were married?  

No, Gina didn't express any interest in writing until she was pregnant with our third child.

What is your occupation and how long have you been working at that vocation? 


I am currently working with my dad at Welborn Insurance Agency and started selling insurance with him in March of this year. I also serve as Interim Worship Pastor at First Baptist Church in Fletcher, Oklahoma.  Until last year, I had been in full-time vocational ministry for 23 years.

What are a few of your favorite books and authors? (Not including your wife's.)  


My favorite book is the Bible.  I read it more than anything else.  I also read John Eldridge, Andy Stanley, David Platt, and Francis Chan.

Have you ever read any of your wife's books?


If so, do you have a favorite? No, I haven’t read one of her books yet.

Where does Gina write?  


Until we moved, she wrote in her home office. Now, she writes in her makeshift office in our bedroom but I hope to put an office in upstairs for her in the next year.
What does she wear when writing?


Whatever she put on before she started writing!
Is there anything unusual that she ever asks you to do relating to her writing?

Not really.

What activities do the two of you enjoy doing together as a couple? 


Going out to eat, watching movies, activities with the children.

Now, from Gina:


Does your husband write? If so, please tells us about it. 

No, he isn't a writer. A couple months back in one of my writing groups, we were talking about how writers see things differently than non-writers. So as Jeremy and I were driving down to Laredo to help Laurie Alice Eakes and her husband move, I thought I'd put our writer-mindset-theory to the test. "Jeremy, when you look at that tree over there, what do you think?" "It's a tree, unless it's a cool-looking one. Then I'd think it's a cool-looking tree." Suspense writers think who was hung on it. Romance writers think who had their first kiss there. Fantasy writers think how can I bring that tree to life.
As an author, what is something exceptional that you appreciate about your husband relating to his support of your career.

Emotional support is utterly valuable, but the practical part of me says the financial support can make or break whether one keeps writing or not. I wrote for eleven years before I received my first contract. That time included years of membership in RWA, FHL chapter, and ACFW, six conferences, and 20+ contest-entering fees. That's a lot of money to spend with no guarantee of a return in the form of book contracts. There is a joy in seeing Jeremy give selflessly to financially support a dream, a hobby, that could have not had any success. So I utterly appreciate his emotional support, but also the financial one.


Thank you for visiting with us, Jeremy and Gina!

For more Huz Interview Go HERE>>

Monday, November 26, 2012

Meet Me Down Under

G'day! Meet me down under at my friend Dorothy Adamek's blog, Ink Dots. Dotti is a writer from Australia and she loves history and introducing her fellow Aussie's to her novelist friends. I'm talking about Colonial Courtships and answering some of her fun questions. There's a book giveaway, too!

Ink Dots Interview

Friday, November 23, 2012

A Visit with the Huz: the inside scoop on Kelly Long




Today we welcome Scott Long, husband of author Kelly Long.

Kelly Long is the author of A Marriage of the Heart and An Amish Kitchen.  You may visit her at FB FANS OF KELLY LONG.

Welcome Scott!

Where did you meet Kelly and how long have you been married?

Twenty Seven years in January…met as children and grew up together. Homecoming Queen and Captain of the football team—a long time ago…for the football I mean.

Who lives at home with you (children, pets, other)?

Grant age 14, Gracie age 11, and Sophie…our cavachon (King Charles Spaniel and Bichon Mix)—Kelly secretly LOVES her.

Did you know Kelly was a writer before you were married?

I knew in school as she wrote for the school paper, yearbook and local newspaper. She’s the smartest most creative person I know and always has been.

What is your occupation and how long have you been working at that vocation?

I am Supervisor of Power Supply for Allegheny Electric Cooperative in Harrisburg, Penn. I’ve been doing this FOREVER…

What are a few of your favorite books and authors? (Not including your wife's.)

Catch 22; Gone with the Wind (Scarlet is a strongly drawn character); The World According to Garp; My daughter’s novel in process…Eyelet.


Have you ever read any of your wife's books?  If so, do you have a favorite?

My favorite is her first…Hart’s Truth. It’s an e-book about a young doctor in the 1920’s. It’s also about the small town where we met and grew up together.

Where does Kelly write?

In our bed….it’s true!


What does she wear when writing?

I could be very interesting here but I’ll just say whatever she’s wearing at the time.

Is there anything unusual that she ever asks you to do relating to her writing?

Let her alone and spell things.

What activities do the two of you enjoy doing together as a couple?

Escaping the children, hiking, swimming, bicycling…



Now, from Kelly:

Does your husband write? If so, please tells us about it. 

Scott is a magnificent poet. He once wrote me a love poem entitled “The Sea Lives Mostly in Her Hair.”

As an author, what is something exceptional that you appreciate about your husband relating to his support of your career.
He reads all of my work faithfully. I love him for that.

Thank you for visiting, Scott and Kelly!


For more Huz Interviews Go HERE>>

Friday, November 16, 2012

A Visit with the Huz: the inside scoop on Susan Page Davis




Today I'd like to welcome James Davis, husband of author Susan Page Davis.

Susan Page Davis is the author of Captive Trail and A Lady in the Making.  She is also my writing mentor. You may visit her website at www.susanpagedavis.com.




Jim, thank you for stopping by!

Where did you meet Susan, and how long have you been married?

At her home in Belgrade, Maine. Married 36 years.  

Any children, grandchildren, or pets in the family? Who lives at home?

Son, 19, daughter, 18, one cat, two horses. We also have four older children and eight grandchildren.

Did you know Susan was a writer before you were married?

No, she was not an author before we were married.What is your occupation and how long have you been working at that vocation?


News copy editor, 21 years, retired. (Other occupations before that.)

What are a few of your favorite books and authors? (Not including your wife's.)

Sherlock Holmes, Doyle; Dickens; Leatherstocking series, Cooper; Mrs. Polifax, Dorothy Gilman;
Ivanhoe, Scott; Bug man books, Tim Downs; 

Have you ever read any of your wife's books?  If so, do you have a favorite?

I’ve read all of them. Frasier Island is a favorite, and some early ones that have not been published.

Where does Susan write?

At home, in her study.

What does she wear when writing?

Casual clothes


Is there anything unusual that she ever asks you to do relating to her writing?

Not unusual. Some research, get the mail, be a walking encyclopedia.

What activities do the two of you enjoy doing together as a couple?

Travel to visit our grown children, watch certain select TV shows or old movies.



Now, from Susan:

Does your husband write? If so, please tells us about it. 

Jim is a former news reporter, columnist, and editor. He also wrote some magazine articles. He’s had a lot of input in my books.

As an author, what is something exceptional that you appreciate about your husband relating to his support of your career.

Since Jim retired three years ago, he’s taken over a lot of mundane chores I used to do. That gives me a lot more time to write, and it makes me feel pampered.

Thank you, Jim and Susan, for visiting with us!

  

For more Huz Interview Go HERE>>


Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Taking Time for Tea, and for Me!


Every once and a while a busy author needs to take a little time for tea. My plate has been full while promoting my new release with my blog tour and book signings for, Colonial Courtships. I've also written a new book proposal, studying my craft, and researching. Oh, and actually writing. I try to fit that in when I can!


On Saturday, my Mom treated me and her best friend, Denise, to a tea party to celebrate both of our November birthdays (mine's coming up on Friday). We took a scenic drive to the quaint western Maine town of Limerick and arrived at The Clipper Merchant Tea House, an 1830 Gothic Victorian home on the register of national historical places. The Clipper Merchant is one of the country's top ten tea houses, and number one in New England. It's been featured in many magazines and our visit told us why. 





To my delight we were greeted with a colonial 13 star flag hanging from the front door, a tribute to this colonial era town that was founded in 1775.



As we entered, everything was "tea". The waitresses were bustling around
donned in Victorian English riding hats.

 


Each room has a theme, and we were seated in the "Hawthorne Room", named for 19th century author Nathaniel Hawthorne.






We began with a refreshing cup of lavendar lemonade.
 
 
And then there was tea.
We were each served our selected tea in our own personal pot.


 

 Of course, I couldn't resist the "Jane Austen Blend" tea. The tea was the perfect blend of black tea with oils of pomegranate and vanilla. And if you know me, I adore everything vanilla.
 
 
We ordered the "Tower of London",
three delightful tiers of petite sandwiches, fresh fruit, scones, and sweets.

 
 My favorite treat was a pumpkin scone with Devon cream and lemon curd.

 
While enjoying one another's company Mom and Denise surprised me with a few birthday gifts including an aqua colored butterfly print sweatshirt that is so pretty and warm. And a gift basket with with some nice stationery things and an adorable cat book. I gifted Denise with a copy of Colonial Courtships which she had been looking forward to reading.
 
Alongside some books on ettiquette displayed on the sideboard, I was pleased to discover some colonial books. I own volume one and two of Men, Women, & Manners in Colonial Times, but was delighted to find Women of Colonial and Revolutionary Times by Dolly Madison.
 
 
 

It was fun looking around the Clipper Merchant Tea House. And it will be even more fun returning when we can have our tea in one of the other rooms. Like the Custom House Room that had a gorgeous Victorian wedding gown on display. Or the China Room, so-named for the owner's adopted daughter, whom we met that day.

Or perhaps the Scottish Thistle Room, alternatively called the Library.
  (This room makes me think of my literary agent, Chip MacGregor
who wears a kilt to the annual ACFW conference!)


 
We all agreed that making this a birthday tradition would be a great idea. But why stop there? November comes but once a year. So, our next visit shall be in the spring when they are open again for the season. Although I was most pleased that my first occasion at The Clipper Merchant was on such a beautiful and brisk fall day.
 
 
But when we return there will be more exploring to do in the village. Like the lovely mansion that we visited and the Customs House antique store where I bought my mother an early Christmas gift, a painting she fell in love with. I've now learned that there is a living history museum in the area, too!

 
 
Sometimes it is hard to break away from the bustle of life and pause a little while, but this time of refreshment was long over due. I enjoyed every moment of our beautiful day. Thank you for letting me share my trip with you, that was part of the fun!

What do you like to do to get refreshed?

Friday, November 9, 2012

A Visit with the Huz: The Inside Scoop on Julie Lessman


To continue my Friday Huz Interview series:



Today we have the privilege of meeting Keith Lessman, husband of Julie Lessman.

Julie Lessman is the author of The Daughters of Boston series (A Passion Most Pure, A Passion Redeemed and A Passion Denied) and the Winds of Change series (A Hope Undaunted, A Heart Revealed and her latest release, A Love Surrendered). Julie also has a Christmas e-book releasing November 9 called A Light in the Window: An Irish Christmas Love Story, for which she has a Kindle Fire Contest going on, so check it out at http://www.julielessman.com/contest/. You may contact Julie through her website at www.julielessman.com.



Keith, thank you for joining us!

Where did you meet Julie and how long have you been married?
Met Julie at my workplace about 35 years ago and we’ve been married 34 years.

Any children, grandchildren, or pets in the family? Who lives at home?

We have one daughter who lives at home, Amy, who is 24 and just passed the bar exam. We have one beautiful grandchild, Aurora Grace (Rory), who is the daughter of my 29-year-old son Matt and daughter-in-law Katie. No pets since we lost our wonderful golden retriever, Bunker, three years ago because he would be too hard to replace.

Did you know Julie was a writer before you were married?


Yes, she was an associate writer/producer at the company where we worked, but I never dreamed she’d become an author, although she often eluded to it. It just seemed like she never had the time as a young mom.

What is your occupation and how long have you been working at that vocation?

I am self-employed as a 3-D modeler/designer, working at home with Julie 24/7, which at times can be rather challenging (smile here).

What are a few of your favorite books and authors? (Not including your wife's.)

I am really not much of a reader, but more of a visual person. However, if I must read, my favorite author just happens to be my wife. I’ve read every one of her books twice or more, but the problem arises that sometimes I become more of a critic than I care to be, which can be dangerous.

Have you ever read any of your wife's books?  If so, do you have a favorite?

As mentioned above, yes, I’ve read all of her books and my favorite is her upcoming e-book release, A Light in the Window, because it has a warm innocence that I wish she’d incorporate more in her books. As a husband/critique partner, my personal opinion is I’d like to see her romantic passion portrayed in a less graphic manner.

Where does Julie write?

Julie has three offices. Her winter office is in the hearth room where she has a remote-controlled fireplace and lots of ambiance (critical to her mindset) with candles lit, lights low, hazelnut coffee or mint tea and lip gloss. Her summer office is on our lower deck facing the woods with feet up on our outdoor furniture, hazelnut coffee or peach iced tea, and her animal friends—our Cooper hawk family that returns each year, deer, turkeys, lizards, chipmunks and squirrels. Third office is at a desk in my office where we once worked back-to-back until we realized it would be detrimental to our marriage.

What does she wear when writing?

Jeans and casual top, flip-flops and lip gloss in the summer and jeans, fleece, flip-flops and lip gloss in winter.

Is there anything unusual that she ever asks you to do relating to her writing?

Constantly! She asks me to create ads, newsletters, bookmarks, posters, crazy photos for her Seeker blog and most recently, her e-book cover that features my daughter as the model.



What activities do the two of you enjoy doing together as a couple?

Dining out, movies, dinner with friends and bike riding.

Now, from Julie:

Does your husband write? If so, please tells us about it.  

Write? Are you kidding—the man is a right-brain artist—he can barely spell! ;) In fact, his printing/penmanship is SO unreadable, I always joke he should have been a doctor. ;)

As an author, what is something exceptional that you appreciate about your husband relating to his support of your career.  He is hands-down the kindest, most accommodating and supportive husband I could ever have and makes me feel like I am living in my own personal romance novel … which, for a romance author, is HUGE!! What can I say—the man’s a saint!Thank you so much for stopping by to visit us Keith and Julie!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

The Road, Winter, N. Currier, 1843
I'd like to invite you to join me at Author Memories where I'm sharing some vignettes from winters past in my guest post:  Romancing the Snow. Come see how some of my New England ancestors endured the snow in times gone by.


Monday, November 5, 2012

Announcing an Historial Serial Story!




I'd like to invite you to visit Colonial Quills each Monday throughout November and December to read a FREE online anthology. Each in installment will continue the Colonial American holiday tale. Part one begins Nov. 5th. Look for my contribution to the anthology on Nov. 19th when some of my characters from my novella "Carving a Future" in Colonial Courtships will make their appearance.

A Forted Frontier Holiday:
A Colonial American Fiction Anthology
While harvesting, the German settlement near New Market, Virginia, receives warning of an impending attack by French and Indian war parties. They flee to a quickly cobbled refuge, Fort Providence—for they will surely need to rely on God’s Provision. The forted colonials long to celebrate the holidays and await the arrival of visitors. 




Friday, November 2, 2012

Did Women Vote in Colonial Times?

The first Friday of each month you'll find me posting over at Colonial Quills. Today I'm talking about Women Voters in Colonial America. You might be surprised at what you learn.