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Monday, December 5, 2011

Roseanna White and Love Finds You in Annapolis, Maryland!

PhotobucketIn 1784 peace has been declared, but war still rages in the heart of Lark Benton.

Before we chat with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Jody Hedlund's novel, The Doctor's Lady, is:

lanehillhouse@ . . .

Congratulations! I'll contact you today for your snail mail address, and we'll get your book to you right away. I encourage readers to keep commenting and/or subscribe at right (above my list of books) in order to participate in future book give-aways!

Now let's meet novelist Roseanna White, author of Love Finds You in Annapolis, Maryland (Summerside Press, December 2011).

PhotobucketRoseanna M. White grew up in the mountains of West Virginia, the beauty of which inspired her to begin writing as soon as she learned to pair subjects with verbs. She spent her middle and high school days penning novels in class, and her love of books took her to a school renowned for them. After graduating from St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland, she and her husband moved back to the Maryland side of the same mountains they equate with home.

Roseanna is the author of two biblical novels, A Stray Drop of Blood and Jewel of Persia, both from WhiteFire Publishing and Love Finds You in Annapolis, Maryland from Summerside Press. She is the senior reviewer at the Christian Review of Books, which she and her husband founded, the senior editor at WhiteFire Publishing, and a member of ACFW, HisWriters, and Colonial American Christian Writers.

Please tell us five random things we might not know about you.

--I’m an absolutely terrible housekeeper—I proved I was capable after college and before kids, but these days I’m lucky to get dishes put away, let alone break out that vacuum.

--I’m addicted to email. Which might not be a secret if you’ve ever emailed me.

--Though the books I write tend to delve into deep issues and are never “typical” in their romances, it’s rare I read a book that isn’t just straight-up romance. I’m such a sucker for a good, mushy love story!

--Um . . . I’m considering getting my kids a kitten for Christmas (shhhh, don’t tell!) but have a fear of trying to litter-box-train one. I’ve only had outside-cats, I don’t know what I’m doing! LOL.

--And, last but not least, though I rarely indulge it, I have a fashionista tendency. If only I had a fashionista budget!

Yeah, those outdoor cats will spoil you. All the best with that! 

And don't feel bad about the housekeeping. I defy anyone to find a mom who can use the words "kids" and "vacuum" in the same sentence without saying exactly what you said.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Love Finds You in Annapolis, Maryland.

Never did Lark think she’d want to escape Emerson Fielding, the man she’s loved all her life. But when he betrays her, she flees to Annapolis, Maryland, the country’s capital. There Lark throws herself into a new circle of friends who force her to examine all she believes.

Emerson follows, determined to reclaim his betrothed. Surprised when she refuses to return with him, he realizes that in this new country he has come to call his own, duty is no longer enough. He must learn to open his heart and soul to something greater … before he loses all he should have been fighting to hold.

What is it about Lark that will make your readers care about her?

Lark is a young lady who has always done what is expected of her . . . and who has had enough of that when it gets her only a broken heart. Growing up, she was always eclipsed by the beauty of her sister and cousin, so she has no idea that she has come into her own. Instead, she thinks her face will never compare to Violet’s . . . that her spirit will never live up to her friend Sena’s . . . that her courage could never equal Alice’s . . . . Through the course of the book, she must discover who Lark is, and accept that without comparing herself to the other young ladies around her.

If you were the casting director for the film version of your novel, who would play your lead roles?

PhotobucketMy hero would be the yummy John Gidding, who is as close to Emerson as I could imagine—though he’d have to grow his hair. We need shoulder-length hair, tied back at the nape, thank you very much.

Mercy. I've never seen this particular young man. We can kind of pretend he has long hair in this shot, pulled back as ordered.

PhotobucketI originally modeled Lark on Dakota Fanning, with her neither-brown-nor-blond hair, but the cover model overrode my description.  So I’m now saying Nikki Reed is the best match, though when I picked her I didn’t realize her eyes were the wrong color. She needs dark blue eyes, but otherwise she’s a fair match.

Many authors—including multi-published authors—have started taking their out-of-print books and even original books straight to e-books, which they’ve essentially self-published. What are your thoughts about the idea? Have you done it, or are you likely to?

I won’t do it personally, no—given that my hubby owns WhiteFire Publishing, if I were to do anything with out-of-print books, I’d do it through WFP. That way it would still have the backing and distribution that WhiteFire’s working hard to achieve. But in general, I can respect the trend, especially for out-of-print books.

My opinion on the original books is a little more complex. I think authors have to be careful about protecting their reputation and name, and sometimes there are reasons their never-published titles have remained in their unpubbed folder. Not always, mind you—I would never say that. But it has to be a very careful, prayerful decision.

Very good point. That's the one danger I've considered as well. I think the market (or lack thereof) is going to dictate the success of many books that are released before their time!

What is the last book you read that you would recommend?

I’ve been reading soooooo slowlllllyyyyy lately. Right now I’m in the middle of Laurie Alice Eakes’ A Necessary Deception, which thus far is fabulous, and I’m sure it will end as well as it began. But if we’re talking books I’ve actually finished (ahem), I have to say that everyone should rush out to pre-order Love's Sacred Song by Mesu Andrews. This is a biblical novel based on the Song of Solomon, and it’s just phenomenal. I can’t remember the last time I read a heroine so compelling!

Good to hear! I had the pleasure of meeting Mesu this year at the American Christian Fiction Writers conference, but I haven't had the chance to read any of her writing yet (I don't get through my reading fast enough, either). I'm so glad to hear her latest is that good.

What are you working on now?

Well at the moment I’m about a third of the way through a historical romance set in 1861 Savannah, about a whimsical heroine determined to write her own love story, and a disillusioned hero not so sure anymore that he’s up to the role she wants him to fill. This one is under contract but the release date hasn’t been finalized yet.  Next to come out, however, will be a Revolutionary War spy romance set against Loyalist New York of 1780. That one’s scheduled to release in January 2013.

Where else can readers find you online?


The book is available at fine book stores and for online purchase via the following buttons:

363130: Love Finds You in Annapolis, Maryland

Finally, what question would you like to ask my readers?

PhotobucketWell, I’m in the middle of planning a Colonial Christmas party for my book launch, so I’m in the spirit, 18th century style. My question, in that theme, is this: if you could receive one handmade gift this year, what would it be? (We’ll assume the giver to be talented in whatever craft the gift requires.)

Readers, if you click on the above link, you'll be taken to Roseanna's Great Annapolis Giveaway. But be sure to answer her question to enter her book giveaway here before you go!

Thank you, Roseanna, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Roseanna has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, December 12. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Roseanna'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 post about the raffle for Sandi Rog and my interview with Margaret Daley, below. Leave an appropriate comment at the bottom of Margaret's post to enter the drawing for signed copy of her book.

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Roseanna White said...

Thanks for having me, Trish!

CarlybirdK said...

That is such a wonderful question! I think since I am such a book lover, I would love a handmade book or perhaps a handmade journal with pretty paper. Or, something carved from wood, like an animal figurine, maybe. There are so many possibilities. Thank you for the interview and the giveaway. God bless.

Diane said...

I love silhouette pillows. They are simple but classy for any room. The book sounds wonderful. Congrats!

estrella8888 at roadrunner dot com

wfnren said...

I would love a handmade quilt for my queen size bed. My Mom used to quilt but is no longer with us.

wfnren at aol dot com

Roseanna White said...

What great answers! I would love a homemade book too, I must say. =)

I have some lovely home-quilted items my great-grandmother has done--she's made pillows, quilts, table scarf thingies . . . all so very treasured!

Lisa E. said...

With temperatures dipping below freezing at night here in the Northwest, a nice big handmade quilt sounds wonderful right about now!

This book sounds like a wonderful read, and with a such beautiful cover!


Marianne said...

Just another comment on the cleaning. Haven't you heard that cleaning while the kids are growing is like shoveling the sidewalk while it's still snowing?
What i'd like for Christmas - my friend is working on making a handmade recipebook with her own recipes - handmade paper, too. i would love one of those! Thanks for the giveaway, Trish and Roseanna

Lane Hill House said...

I would like a quilt!
And! Thank you so much for Jody Hedlund's autographed copy of The Doctor's Lady. I look forward to reading it. I love historical fiction. Jody: my husband and I moved from Madison two summers ago. Perhaps we were still there when you got your Masters.

Roseanna White said...

Marianne, I happily accept your excuse for being totally unable to keep my house clean. ;-) See, I'm just surrounded by a neat-freak sister and best friend who put me to shame--sigh.

That handmade recipe book sounds awesome!!

We have a lot of quilt-wishers. The quilting bee had better get busy . . . =)

Sylvia said...

Oh, this books sounds great! A handmade gift. Well, I think it would be one of those wooden portable, lap writing desks. You know the ones that lift up to store your paper, pen and ink? I have a quill pen and need to get the ink re-filled. Most of the time I would use my good trusty Zebra, black ink, fine-tip pen to write letters, but it's fun to break out the quill pen.

apple blossom said...

i love quilts so I'd say a beautiful quilt

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Nora St. Laurent said...

Fun to learn more about you and we've always had an inside cat. It's the one that goes in and out you have to worry about because they bring in fleas etc. If they stay inside all the time your pet stays cleaner!

They have so many cleaver things for kitty litter now a days it's easy! I have two cats! Now keeping the cats out of your Christmas tree and decorations when they are young is another story. Can't help you there!! Grin!

I adore quilts. The best homemade gift for me would be a quilt any size. I also hang them up in my house as pictures (the small ones! Love quilts.

Nora St.Laurent
norafindinghope (at) gmail.com

noseinanovel said...

Great interview, with such unique questions! Hmm...if I could have any homemade gift, I'd really like a pair of delicately crocheted earrings. I've seen some on Etsy that are just gorgeous.

Again, thanks for the interview and the chance to win Roseanna's new book :)


karenk said...

roseanna...loved this posting :)

if i can receive one handmade gift this year...i agree w/ the other posters...i would love a quilt...any size and pattern.

thanks for the chance to read your latest masterpiece.

trish...thanks for hosting roseanna

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Roseanna White said...

Sylvia, that would be an AWESOME gift! =) I have a couple quills and pots of ink, but I sadly haven't mastered the art. Pout, pout. Love the one with the calligraphy tip in my big giveaway though. Not that I've used it, but it's so PRETTY! ;-)

Nora, don't think I haven't had the dread of "Oh, no, what are these little kittens going to do to my tree???" LOL. I think overall they'll be lots of fun though. =)

We've got a lot of quilt lovers! Apple Blossom, Nora, Karen . . . you know, I spent the months before my wedding piecing a quilt--and then never attached the backing. Ack! Ten years later . . .

Kathryn, those sound like really neat earrings!

Trish Perry said...

This doggoned Blogger keeps NOT saving my comments. I apologize if that's happened to any of you, readers.

If I could have anything handmade as a gift, I'd love a handcrafted writing desk. I researched furniture building for my most recent book, and I saw some beautiful handmade furniture. Some antiques and some more modern. But all with lovely details. That would be a terrific gift!

Marissa said...

Looks like a wonderful book! Can't wait to read it! :)


Faye said...

Wonderful interview :) Loved the 5 random things :)
If I got to choose something homemade for a gift for myself, I think I would go with a book of tried and true recipes, or something to eat :)

crazi.swans at gmail dot com

Merry said...

I would love a lovely knitted throw in soft, textured cobalt blue yarn with a fringe just for fun. :)
worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

Roseanna White said...

Trish, order me up one of those too! And maybe a new house to put it in--I wonder if that counts as a handmade gift, LOL. I shall say yes, as I'm the one making the rules. ;-)

Faye, edible gifts are the best! One Christmas that's what I gave everyone--baskets of homemade bread, bagels, muffins, and cookies. Went over pretty well, but it also took me a month of baking daily. And a freezer, LOL.

Good to see you Marissa!

Merry, that sounds lovely! I'll take one in blur or green cashmere. ;-)

misskallie2000 said...

I would love a soft crochet shawl in white with fringe. Sometimes you just need a little something across your shoulders and not your arms and I love shawls and scarves.
I would love to win your book Roseanna. I love LFY books as they take place in actual places with history.

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

Roseanna White said...

Oh, that sounds lovely, Miss Kallie! I have a couple of those passed down from the grandmother, and they're a lifesaver in a dressy situation. =)

Kristie said...

One handmade gift, huh? Interesting thought. I think I would like a nice knitted scarf and gloves and mittens. Can you tell that it's winter in Ohio? I HATE cold. Grr... Anyway, thanks for the giveaway. Merry Christmas. kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

Jo said...

Since I am looking for a new comforter for my bed, I would definitely have to say a handmade quilt for our queen size bed. This book sounds so good.


sugarpeach said...

Roseanna, you make a good point about taking a careful, prayerful decision when doing self-publishing. There are quite a number of risks in self-publishing and the stakes can be high sometimes.

Please don't enter me to this giveaway as I don't have a US mailing address.



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