Let me introduce my friend…
Laura Frantz and I met briefly last year at a conference (American Christian Fiction Writers), and her sweet spirit immediately drew me in. She sort of “oozes” Jesus. Do you know people like that? Anyway…
A few months later, four of us Revell authors, (Bonnie Leon, Ann Shorey, Laura Frantz, and myself) all living in the Pacific Northwest, decided to do a group book-signing. LifeWay Christian fiction buyer, Rachel McRae helped get the ball rolling, and we had a marvelous time, meeting folks at two Life-Way stores in May.
Bonnie had some family obligations, but Ann and Laura were able to stay overnight at my house. Laura had recently received the cover art for Love’s Reckoning, so she shared a sneak preview of it with Ann and me. We squealed and giggled like little girls at a slumber party. Isn’t it beautiful?
Sharing Laura’s Heart With You…
As you follow Wednesday’s blog posts, I hope to share secrets with you–inside information about what’s new in my current writing projects and in the world of Christian fiction.
For the first Wednesday blog post on my new website, I wanted you to catch a glimpse of Laura’s heart. It shines like pure gold…
Laura Frantz is the author of The Frontiersman’s Daughter, Courting Morrow Little, The Colonel’s Lady, and Love’s Reckoning: The Ballantyne Legacy. A two-time Carol Award Finalist, she is a Kentuckian living in the misty woods of Washington with her husband and two sons.
Mesu: Tell us about your publishing journey.
Laura: I seem to have come in the back door of the publishing world as I had no agent, no online presence, no publishing contacts, no contest or conference experience, etc. I just quietly submitted sample chapters to the Writer’s Edge and then in a few months heard from Revell and my present editor. They asked to see The Frontiersman’s Daughter. My brother dared me to do it, actually, and so I followed through, sure nothing would ever come of it. I’d been writing 40 years just for the joy of it and never dreamed anything would ever see print. Surprise! 😀
Mesu: What personal life experience made the plot of this book especially poignant for you?
Laura: I think the most enduring books are drawn from our own struggles and heartache. Like my Eden, the heroine in Love’s Reckoning, I came to a place as a young woman where circumstances left me in a pit of despair that I couldn’t dig myself out of. My life was over, wrecked, or so I thought, and I couldn’t see how the Lord would redeem those circumstances or renew me.
And then a complete stranger gave me a life-changing Scripture, “And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten…and ye shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord your God, that hath dealt wondrously with you: and my people shall never be ashamed.” Joel 2:25-26
The struggles Eden faces in the novel were my own. They were hard to write about but I felt the Lord leading me to do it even though I hadn’t intended to include them when I began the novel. Because they’re so painful, some readers might struggle with the material. But I have to be true to the vision the Lord gave me for the story. I’m not a risk taker in real life but I seem to be in my writing. I sense the Lord leading me to write outside the box and reach readers who might never be reached otherwise.
Mesu: What spiritual lessons did you apply to your own life while you researched/wrote this manuscript?
Laura: My stories and characters are always teaching me. Sometimes I don’t really understand the theme of a book until I’m done. Readers often write and tell me what the story meant to them on a spiritual level which is a huge blessing. As for Love’s Reckoning, I became very aware of the power of our choices and how they simply must be godly ones, both for our good and for the good our children. The legacy we leave truly lasts for generations, good or ill. I pray my legacy is one of blessing, in print and real life.
Mesu: What spiritual impact do you hope this story will have on your readers?
Laura: My hope is that readers will experience for themselves the depths of the Lord’s forgiveness and restoration power. He not only heals our hurting hearts and wrong turns but restores those lost years in ways we cannot imagine. No sin or circumstance is beyond His power.
Mesu: Where can readers find out more about you and your writing?
NOW! For the Book Giveaway Details:
- ANYONE can comment/answer questions; however, only those in US or Canada will be entered in the random drawing for the free book.
- Deadline for the comment entries is September 5, 2012; Be sure you leave your email address in the comment so I can contact you if you win!
- Winner has 3 days to send me your mailing address; if no response, I’ll choose another random winner.
Answer ONE of the following questions to be entered in the BOOK GIVEAWAY drawing:
- If you have read one of Laura’s previous releases, which is your favorite and why?
- Was there a question or response in the interview that stirred a thought, an emotion, or a concept you’d like to share?
- Why would you like to win Laura’s new release, Love’s Reckoning?