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Now let's meet novelist Lauraine Snelling, author of A Heart for Home (Bethany House, March 2011).
Lauraine Snelling’s dream to write began with her love for storytelling, especially stories for young girls involving horses. She was born loving horses and was given her first pony, Polly, of stubborn Shetland lineage, when she was five and various horses have peopled her life since. Her Norwegian heritage spurred her to craft An Untamed Land, volume one of the Red River Bjorklund family saga. Due to reader demand for more stories about her fictional family, she spun off three more series.
Writing about real issues within a compelling story is a hallmark of Lauraine’s style, shown also in her contemporary romances and women’s fiction, which has probed the issues of forgiveness, loss, domestic violence and cancer. With over 60 books published, her work has been translated into Norwegian, Danish and German.
When not writing, Lauraine can be found with paintbrush in hand happily creating flowers, barns and landscapes or in her garden, coaxing spectacular blooms from seeds, bulbs or corms. She and her husband Wayne live in the Tehachapi Mountains, along with their Bassett Hound named Chewy. A dedicated animal lover, Lauraine has rescued two and a half Bassets, plans to bring home a rescued/retired Thoroughbred one of these days, maybe two, and dreams of owning cows again, a pig or two and chickens, if her husband will ever agree. Yes, farming is in her blood. But her love of travel keeps her on the road so much that taking care of the menagerie would be difficult. Years ago, Lauraine was the swine superintendent at the county fair for several years, back when her boys were in FFA.
Please tell us a bit more about the plot of A Heart for Home.
Readers have fallen in love with Blessing and the Bjorklunds, the founding family of this fictional North Dakota town. Astrid is Ingeborg, the matriarch of the Red River series, only daughter. Astrid has followed in her mother’s footsteps of healing, only gone beyond the natural remedies and studied medicine to become a licensed physician.
Strong-willed, Astrid struggles with many of the same things we all do, how do I know for certain what God wants me to do and can I trust Him to take care of me and my life.
Why will readers enjoy your novel?
I think readers will enjoy A Heart for Home because those who have been following the series want to know which of the three men in her life, Astrid will truly fall in love with. Will the hospital they dream of really happen and what all is going on in Blessing with all the other characters they have come to love. New readers will be caught up in the drama of this dynamic character saving lives, grieving losses, building dreams and growing in faith.
If you were the casting director for the film version of your novel, who would play your lead roles?
Were any of the books in this series to be made into a movie, I see Meryl Streep playing Ingeborg
and ??? in the part of Astrid.
How about Kate Winslet? She looks quite a lot like your cover girl.
How do you restart the creative juices when you feel a block coming on?
I hate to use the word writer’s block, but I sure understand it and more often, writer’s slow down. A friend reminded me that I so often go dig in the dirt. Getting my fingers in the soil, planting or weeding, frees my mind to go play with the story again. I know others say cleaning house, argh, washing the car, my mother would say scrubbing the floors on her hands and knees. What it boils down to is physical action that doesn’t take a lot of mind concentration. I mean how much thinking does it take to pull weeds, wash windows? When the body is busy this way, the mind can relax and let the ideas flow again. Extreme tiredness is another writer killer. Get some rest, sleep yes, but rest too. I spent time watching the ocean recently. Ah, what a mind free-er.
I've always been amazed by the way the ocean brings on calmness. I completely agree.
What is the last book you read that you would recommend?
I recently finished DiAnn Mills’, Fire in Ember, the sequel, sort of, to A Woman Called Sage. I heartily recommend all of her books, she keeps getting better and better. I just started The Lace Reader for fiction and Boenhoffer for non fiction. I am also reading The Alchemy of Mind by Diane Ackerman and read my first Joan Hess mystery. I usually have a book on writing and a business book going too. Also a devotional, this time, Babes with Beattitude. And yes, I now have a Kindle which makes having a lot of books along on my travels.
Ah, a woman after my own heart. I always have numerous books going at once, too.
What are you working on now?
Right now I am working on the publicity for A Heart for Home and my April release, On Hummingbird Wings. I am rewriting A Valley of Dreams, a new historical series with Cassie Lockwood, a trick rider/shooter who leaves her life in a wild west show to travel to South Dakota to find her father’s dream valley. I start writing Reunion, my next contemporary after the end of Valley. Crazy life, I know, and I love it.
Where else can readers find you online?
Readers can always find me at my websites, www.laurainesnelling.com and www.BlessingND.com; FaceBook where I used my own name and Twitter at laurainesnellin. I do enjoy FaceBook and try to respond to all the messages. I read all my email but my assistant Cecile answers many of them for me.
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Finally, what question would you like to ask my readers?
If I could bring a huge group of my readers together and ask them questions usually they are asking me, I’d love to hear their responses to “What makes a perfect book to you?” I do love to talk books with people; what do you like to read? being one of my favorite questions.
Thank you, Lauraine, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Lauraine has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, March 14. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Lauraine's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.
Be sure to check out my interview with Jill Eileen Smith, and leave a comment at the bottom of the post to enter the drawing for her novel.
And see my post about Delight Yourself in the Lord . . . Even on Bad Hair Days below, and leave an appropriate comment under the post to be entered in a drawing for three signed copies of the devotional.
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