Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Kimberly Woodhouse's Welcome Home


We're very excited to have Kimberly Woodhouse with us today talking about her book, Welcome Home: Our Family's Journey to Extreme Joy.

Click on the photo of the book to be taken to the CBD website to read more about it and to purchase. To learn more about Kimberly and her journey to publication, read on.

Title: Welcome Home: Our Family’s Journey to Extreme Joy

1) How did this story come to you?
This is my story. The ups and downs of life with my daughter Kayla’s diagnosis, her rare condition, brain surgery, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition experience, and the joy of the Lord.

2) Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.
As a fiction writer first, I never thought about writing non-fiction until millions of people saw the EMHE episode on TV and the requests started rolling in. When I was approached to write our story so that we could encourage others, I was humbled and thrilled to write it.

3) Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
-I read really fast, and finish a book pretty much every other day. This surprises most people because my life is so busy—but I love to read, so I squeeze in as much as possible. 
-When I was a child, I never dreamed of being a writer. I studied music all my life, all the way through college.
- I once fell almost 500 feet while climbing a mountain in Switzerland. Hmmm, maybe I’ll write a book about that one day 

4) What are you working on now and what's next for you?
-Kayla and I are writing three suspense books for B&H Publishers. They are set in Alaska. Kayla will be the youngest published novelist! The first releases in March of 2011, the second in February 2012, and the third in August of 2012.
And I’m also working on a Parenting Book.
In April, we’ll be traveling back to Alaska for a research trip with my incredible editor, Karen Ball. We are so excited and privileged to be working with B&H.

4) Parting comments?
Thank you so much for having me here!

5) Where can fans find you on the internet?
http://www.kimberleywoodhouse.com/
www.twitter.com/kimwoodhouse
www.facebook.com/kimberley.woodhouse
www.kimberleyandkaylawoodhouse.com

Monday, March 15, 2010

Darlene Franklin's Beacon of Love


We're happy to have Darlene Franklin with us today talking about her book, "Beacon of Love."

To learn more about Darlene, please read on.

Your title: Beacon of Love
1) How did this story come to you?
I often research actual historical events to come up with ideas for stories. When I learned that a hurricane destroyed a Rhode Island lighthouse in 1816, I knew I had the setting for Beacon of Love!
2) Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.
Tamela Hancock Murray, Lynette Sowell and I put together a proposal for three books set in historical Rhode Island for Heartsong Presents (Barbour Publishing). Heartsong has (or will) publish 3 contemporary and 3 historical romances for all fifty states! The editor chose our proposal to represent Rhode Island. (And by the way, I’m also writing three books set in historical Vermont, starting with Prodigal Patriot this July.)
3) Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
I graduated from high school in Augusta, Maine.
I studied church music in college.
I have had almost 200 devotions accepted for publication.
4) What are you working on now and what's next for you?
I’m currently working on my second Vermont historical romance (to be followed by book #3): Bridge to Love and Love’s Raid. At the moment, I have books lined up for publication through 2012. God is good!
This summer, look for the repack of our Rhode Island stories under the title Seaside Romance.
5) Where can fans find you on the internet?
Look for me on Facebook and at darlenefranklinwrites.blogspot.com. I’m also a regular contributor to http://thebookdoctorbd.blogspot.com/. You can get a free critique at the Book Doctor blog—check it out.