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Monday, February 20, 2012

Donna Crow and Free Books!

PhotobucketFelicity and Antony are on separate paths, but murder charts a far more labyrinthine course.

Before we talk with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Heart of Gold, by Robin Lee Hatcher, is:

hewkoa@ . . .

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 revisit novelist Donna Fletcher Crow, author of A Darkly Hidden Truth (The Monastery Murders 2, Monarch Books, September 2011).

PhotobucketDonna Fletcher Crow is the author of 38 books, mostly novels dealing with British history. The award-winning GLASTONBURY, an Arthurian grail search epic covering 15 centuries of English history, is her best-known work.

Donna and her husband live in Boise, Idaho. They have 4 adult children and 11 grandchildren. She is an enthusiastic gardener.

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

--I am a former rodeo queen and runner-up for Miss Rodeo Idaho.

--I was also a drama teacher, playwright and actress.

--Some of the wildest things I’ve done for research are snorkeling over a coral reef, hot air ballooning, rappelling into a lava cave and walking 126 miles from London to Walsingham.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of A Darkly Hidden Truth.

PhotobucketAntony needs Felicity’s help to find a valuable stolen icon. But Felicity is off to become a nun. Then her impossible mother turns up unannounced. And a dear friend turns up murdered. Felicity and Antony are off on another adventure that takes them from remote Yorkshire to London to the soggy marshes of the Norfolk Broads.

Felicity learns the wisdom of holy women from today and ages past and Antony explores the arcane rites of the Knights Hospitaller but what good will any of that do them if Felicity can’t save Antony’s life?

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

Felicity Howard is a young American woman who has gone off on an impulse to study in a theological college run by monks in remote Yorkshire. But then, Felicity does most things on impulse. She is headstrong, brilliant, loyal and intrepid— exactly the qualities that Father Antony fear will get her killed.

I see much of the fun of this series as growing Felicity up. At the end of the first book she says, “I thought I knew everything. Now I realize I don’t know anything.”

“A very good place to start,” Antony replies.

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

PhotobucketSandra Bullock in The Blind Side would be perfect as Felicity if she were about 15 years younger. Photobucket

So we'll picture her in the younger, black and white photo with the blond hair from The Blind Side!

PhotobucketFor Antony I can’t decide between Rupert Penrey-Jones

Photobucketand Matthew MacFadden, two of my favorite young English actors. Either one would have to dye his hair black but they would both be stunning in a clerical collar!

Definitely two of my favorites, too.

Recently a friend gave me a book that provides links to online music meant to accompany the story at specific points in the plot. I thought that was an interesting idea. If you were to choose a song to be played somewhere within your story, what song would it be?

Oh, dear, I hope this doesn’t sound too macabre or even sacrilegious, but because much of my story is set against the background of Holy Week and Easter worship the triumphant Easter hymn “Up From the Grave He Arose” makes me think of the scene early in the book when a driving rain washes back the soil from a shallow grave, giving Antony the sensation that the body is rising.

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

I just finished P. D. James’ Death Comes to Pemberley. I highly recommend this book, although some reviewers disagree, I believe it exactly captures the spirit of Pride and Prejudice while not attempting to sound like Jane Austen. It was so much fun to see these beloved characters six years into their marriages and find them behaving with exactly the common sense and concern for one another that I believe the “real” Elizabeth and Darcy and Jane and Bingley would have done. It was also delightful that James gives us glimpses into the further events of characters from Emma and Persuasion. It happened that the evening after I finished reading the novel my husband and I sat down to watch the Elizabeth Garvie/David Rintoul BBC production of Pride and Prejudice and I could so perfectly place those characters in the James story.

That sounds like a fun book. I'll have to look into it! What are you working on now?

I have almost finished the rough draft of An Unholy Communion, The Monastery Murders 3, in which Felicity and Antony lead a group of teenagers on a pilgrimage through Wales and encounter satanic evil. I am also researching to write book 4 in the Lord Danvers Victorian true-crime mysteries and planning book 3 in the Elizabeth & Richard Mysteries which will have Jane Austen as my background literary figure.

Where else can readers find you online?

I would love to have your readers visit my website at www.DonnaFletcherCrow.com. I have trailers for both of the Monastery Murders books on my home page, pictures from my research trips, information about all my books, and a glimpse of my garden.

The book can be found in fine bookstores and can be purchased online via these buttons:

210503: A Darkly Hidden Truth, Volume #2, The Monastery Murders Series

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

What author has influenced you most and why? I hope we get lots of replies to this because I love discussing authors and books with readers!

Thank you, Donna, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Donna has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, February 27. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Donna'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 Mary Ellis, below. Leave an appropriate comment at the bottom of her post to enter the drawing for a signed copy of her book.

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Marianne said...

You do go to a lot of work to research your novels. i could handle the 126 mile walk, maybe, but not the snorkling, hot air balloon ride and for sure not the cave part. So, thank you for doing that so you can take me along for the ride without my actual participation. i have read some of your novels, Donna, but not for a long time, so am looking forward to this one. Thanks for the opportunity to win


mitzi underscore wanham at yahoo dot com

Lisa E. said...

Great question! I would say that C.S. Lewis has had the most influence on me personally, especially his Chronicles of Narnia. Though I was a believer when I read them, they helped me understand Jesus in a fuller and richer way and made me want to walk more closely with Him.

I've heard really good things about Donna's work from Liz Curtis Higgs (a favorite author of mine), so I'd love to win! ~Lisa


Donna Fletcher Crow said...

Thank you, Marianne and Lisa. Well, Marianne, i was loving the snorkeling until I got a coral scrape. Ditto with the caving until my claustrophobia clicked in--so, of course, my heroines had to have those parts of the experiences, too.

Ah, Lisa, Lewis is a great choice. have you read his PERELANDRA series? PERERLANDRA is such a beautiful picture of an unfallen world it makes you ache and THIS HIDEOUS STRENGTH brings in the Arthurian legends. And love to Liz Curtis Higgs, too!

Abigail Richmond said...

I'd say Karen Witemeyer, can't really say why.

Lisa E. said...

Donna, thanks for reminding me about the Perelandra series! I have read the first two books and I need to get cracking on that last one. I couldn't agree with you more that Perelandra makes the reader long for an unfallen world. Lewis has such a beautiful way of using allegory to tap into our emotional connection to our Creator.

Carol N Wong said...

I love Karen Witemeyer's book and going backwards some, I loved Charles Dickens. He put poverty in books when other authors of the time didn't.


karenk said...

there are so many wonderful authors...i don't think that i can choose just one.

thanks for the chance to read this fabulous novel

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

*~Virginia~* said...

I guess I would have to say for the moment, Erwin W. Lutzer in his book When A nation Forgets God. It really spoke to me and was a great read.

Thank you for this opportunity to win a book! :)


apple blossom said...

I guess if there was one author that influenced me I'd say it was
Shari Braendel with her book
Good Girls don't have to Dress Bad and fashion tips

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Sheila Deeth said...

I love that Easter hymn. Thank you Donna for giving me such great words and music to turn in with tonight.

An author that's influenced me a lot is Jane Kirkpatrick. I "won" an hour of her time just after we moved to Oregon and she's been so incredibly encouraging to me in my quest to become a writer. I love her books too and the way they've introduced me to my new Oregon home, its scenery, history, people and culture.

sheiladeeth at gmail dot com

squiresj said...

So many authors have influed me. Christine Rimmer, Trish Perry, Lauraine Snelling, Margaret Daley, Virginia Smith, and so many more. Why? Because I either won books on their blogs like Trish here or because of their blogs we met and I got a chance to review their books and post them for others to read. Also I pass every book I read on so someone learns of a new author. I wouldn't know your name except for it being here today on Trish's blog.
jrs362 at hotmail dot com

Donna Fletcher Crow said...

What a great list of authors who have influenced! Can't wait to see who else readers come up with. Thank you all for commenting.

Jennifer said...

I'd have to say Walter Farley because I love horses! The Black Stallion was my favorite series! I used to barrel race when I was little. You sound like you've had an amazing adventure in your own life. Wow!

misskallie2000 said...

Julie Lessman, Sarah Sudin, Kathy Macias, and more. I discovered Christian authors about 2 yrs ago and I love their books because I don't have to skip parts of the book because of language or sex scenes. I have been reading over 60yrs and to be able to read a great book without curse words, etc is so great. Thanks to all these wonderful authors.

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

A good interview Trish, and Donna, looks like you have had a busy life. Rodeo Queen, Actress, Drama teacher wrighter, oh my! I'm not sure about the book that has influenced me most. Since I've started Amish books, is hard to pick just one, for I have so many for friends now. But, since was introduced to these books by Beverly Lewis, guess will say her. I love the peaceful feeling the books give you. So many life lessons to make life more simple. Maxie Anderson ( mac262@me.com )

Anonymous said...

A good interview Trish, and Donna, looks like you have had a busy life. Rodeo Queen, Actress, Drama teacher wrighter, oh my! I'm not sure about the book that has influenced me most. Since I've started Amish books, is hard to pick just one, for I have so many for friends now. But, since was introduced to these books by Beverly Lewis, guess will say her. I love the peaceful feeling the books give you. So many life lessons to make life more simple. Maxie Anderson ( mac262@me.com )



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