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Monday, February 13, 2012

Robin Lee Hatcher and Free Books!

PhotobucketSuddenly living in Idaho Territory, Shannon longs for her southern roots in Virginia. And she’s determined not to lose her heart to the rough and tumble Wells Fargo driver, Matthew. But love stakes its claim. Will her heart survive?

Before we talk with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of False Report, by Veronica Heley, is:

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Now let's revisit novelist Robin Lee Hatcher, author of Heart of Gold (Women of Faith Fiction, Thomas Nelson, February 2012).

PhotobucketBest-selling novelist Robin Lee Hatcher is known for her heartwarming and emotionally charged stories of faith, courage, and love. She discovered her vocation after many years of reading everything she could put her hands on, including the backs of cereal boxes and ketchup bottles.

The winner of the Idahope Writer of the Year Award, the Christy Award for Excellence in Christian Fiction, two RITA Awards, two RT Career Achievement Awards, the Carol Award, and the RWA Lifetime Achievement Award, Robin is the author of over 60 novels.

She enjoys being with her family, spending time in the beautiful Idaho outdoors, reading books that make her cry, and watching romantic movies. Her main hobby (when time allows) is knitting, and she has a special love for making prayer shawls.

Robin and her husband make their home on the outskirts of Boise, sharing it with Poppet, the high-maintenance Papillon, and Princess Pinky, the DC (demon cat).

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

--I love playing word games on my iPhone.

--My favorite colors are teal and pink.

--Wearing shoes makes my brain hurt.

--Knowing the end of a book or movie in advance doesn't spoil the experience for me.

--I love power naps.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Heart of Gold.

PhotobucketLife in Grand Coeur, Idaho, is so different! Back in her beloved Virginia, Shannon Adair loved nursing injured soldiers back to health. But in this rough-and-tumble place where her father has been called to lead the church, she’s not sure where she fits in. Then a critically ill woman arrives, and Shannon knows her place at last: to care for this dear woman and ease her pain.

Matthew Dubois is a stagecoach driver through and through. But his widowed sister is dying and he’s about to inherit his young nephew. So he takes a job at the Wells, Fargo express office in Grand Coeur until he can find the one thing he needs to get back on the stage: a wife!

What neither of them knows is that someone is at work behind the scenes. Someone who cares for them both, and knows exactly what these two need: each other!

What is it about Shannon and Matthew that will make your readers care about them?

Shannon Adair lived a sheltered and spoiled life in Virginia before the war began. But beneath it all, she cares about people, and little by little, her prejudices and misconceptions fall away in her new home in Idaho Territory. As for Matthew, he loves his sister and nephew and is trying to do what is best for them at the same time he longs to be back driving a coach.

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

PhotobucketA young George Strait would play Matthew.

Hmm. The photo I used as inspiration for Shannon doesn't remind me of any actress. I will have to leave this answer blank.

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?

With George Strait as my inspiration for the hero, I think I'll go with "I Cross My Heart" by George Strait, from the movie, Pure Country. That song always makes me cry.

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

The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt. This YA novel made me laugh and laugh even while it broke my heart in places. I have raved and raved about it to anyone who will listen, and everyone who has then read it has done the same. Set during the 1967-1968 school year, the story took me back to my own youth time and again. Don't miss it!

What are you working on now?

I am currently writing the third and final book in the Where the Heart Lives series. It will release in the summer of 2013.

Where else can readers find you online?

Website: www.robinleehatcher.com
Blog: blog.robinleehatcher.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/robinleehatcher
Twitter: @robinleehatcher

544889: Heart of Gold, Women of Faith Series

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

Would you ever want someone to write the story of your life if it meant you would become rich and famous at the same time all your secrets would be revealed?

Thank you, Robin, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Robin has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, February 20. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Robin'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 Sandra Robbins, 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...

Robin...no i would not want my story to be told, even if i got rich and famous, even if i have no secrets to tell. Please stick with fiction!

Lizzy @My Mind..My Life said...

Hmmm. No. I don't think I would want to get rich and famous from a story about my life if all my secrets would be revealed. The story would be incredibly boring, and my secrets, though not many, would keep me from enjoying the money and fame.

squiresj said...

no- I do not want the story of my life told. They could tell about the angel wings that wrapped about when my car was wrecked. They can tell about God healing me of Vaginal Cancer in two weeks time. They can tell how God brought me through a wreck that bruised me completely and broke my ankle and how God was with me through that. But no - there are parts of my story that I prefer to keep private - my family is most precious to me.
Congratulations prayer partner here
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Brenda said...

No. If someone is going to write my life story it will be me and I don't plan on writing it.

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

Patsy said...

No, I don't think I would want anyone to write my life story. I don't care about getting rich but just don't want my story told by anyone but me. Although a book about my life would be pretty boring-nothing "over the top" as they say.

By the way, I love all of Robin's books!


Anonymous said...

No, not at all would I like that. Fame seems overrated to me and there are other people who would be hurt if everything was written about me.


Merry said...

No, my life has been pretty wonderful but I am just too private. I'd love to be entered for Robin's newest book.
Worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

Kristie said...

I suppose that I wouldn't mind if all my secrets were revealed. My life isn't THAT interesting and shocking. Well, compared to some people I know. My life is pretty boring. I don't know that I'd like to be famous either because I think I look horrible in pictures. Sigh. kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

Donna said...

I would not want my life story told reavealing secrets cause it would injure people I care about ,any secrets I have are those about others,I wtell mt testimonies of Gods love and healings often.

Anonymous said...

No I would not. Would love to win a book.

Mary N. said...

Actually, my life has been interesting and I think would make a great tale, although a cautionary one... and a testimony to God's great love.

Abigail Richmond said...

That would be cool.

by Pegg Thomas said...

My life is so bone-numbingly boring that a book about me would simply put people to sleep. Wait! Maybe that's my claim to fame! I'll write the next best thing to a sleeping pill!

Always good to "meet" another knitter too. :)

twinwillowsfarm at gmail dot com

Jackie S. said...

No, I would not.....would rather read Robin's great fiction! Thanks for the chance!

Pam K. said...

No! I have no desire at all to be rich and famous. I value my privacy and just being an "ordinary" person.
It would be fun to win Robin's book though.


apple blossom said...

no I don't care to have my life as an open book thanks

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Lisa E. said...

No, I wouldn't want to be rich and famous. Even if you had no dark secrets in your past the media would invent some. I feel sorry for celebrities who can't want out of their own houses without being hounded, and never know who they can trust. That isn't the life I want.


kalea_kane said...

I most definitely would not want the story of my life told. I am not ashamed of my life, God brought me through some things that would make heads spin, and I am grateful for it. I have no need for fame or riches plus, I'd have to really think of my family more than anything else.


Lane Hill House said...

Yes, George Strait at any age would be a family model; for his love of his wife, supporter of his son, and accident loss of their daughter. He stands for right.
I like your no shoes comment. I am thankful the Lord has already written my life story and I am redeemed!

Nancee said...

Robin, I love your books. I'd love an opportunity to win this one. Thank you for offering it.

Anonymous said...

I enjoyed the interview with Robin and would love this new book. And, no Robin I would not care to write my life story to get rich. I am an ordinary person from a great family. I love it that way. Thanks to Trish for this post. Maxie Anderson ( mac262@me.com )

Judy said...

No amount of money could ever entice me to have someone write a story of my life and reveal all the secrets of my past. Actually, I don't have any secrets in my past but I do have past sins that I wouldn't want exposed. God has forgiven me of those sins...I wouldn't want them out in the open for the world to judge me.


Randi said...

Absolutely not! Like others have said, my life isn't really all that interesting, and there aren't that many secrets. However, I am a private person and have no desire to share everything with everybody. I will share my life and story with others on an individual basis, when I think it may help them through a hurt or struggle, but that's it. Fame and fortune just aren't that important. Actually, they would probably just complicate things even more!




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