Saturday, December 13, 2014

Author Interview with Davalyn Spencer

A hearty Texas welcome today to Davalyn Spencer. I'm so excited about the opportunity to get better acquainted. Davalyn is releasing her debut novella, so obviously, I had questions for her.
  1. Tell us a little about yourself.

I’ve written since I was in the sixth grade. Not that anyone read what I wrote, thank the Lord! Six years later, I fell in love with a cowboy and we rode off into the sunrise together. Sometimes that morning glare has me squinting, but that’s okay.

2.     Did you ever feel like giving up on your writing?  And how did you press through this?

I once heard a cowboy preacher say about his faith in God, “My ‘knower’ knows.” That pretty much sums up writing for me. My ‘knower’ knows that I’m supposed to write—even if no one else ever reads it. It’s something I have to do, and I love doing it.

3.     What gave you the idea for this book?

The Snowbound Bride started out as a contemporary Christmas story I was writing just for myself—sort of a therapy approach. You know—self-medicating with words. When my agent asked if I had anything that would fit a Barbour historical Christmas collection, I rewrote that story.

4.     How do you feel this book will encourage readers, or did you have
something in mind like this when you wrote it?

Things don’t work out as my heroine plans. (Now there’s a surprise.) But seriously, do plans ever work out the way we want? In The Snowbound Bride, circumstances land Era Taube in a situation that turns out to be much better than anything she could have come up with. God even uses her blunder and turns it into something good. I’m hoping the story will remind readers that the Lord does the same thing for us.

5.     How did you find your publisher?

My agent, Linda Glaz of Hartline Literary Agency, connects me with my publishers.

6.     What are the pluses & minuses about doing a novella? Would you do it again?

Novellas leave no room for subplots and secondary-character development. However, they clip right along and I enjoy writing them. They are great for spinning off another book, and that’s what happened with The Snowbound Bride. A follow-up is releasing in June, The Columbine Bride, based on a secondary character in Snowbound.

7.       If you were a song, what would it be?

I’d want to be “Shout to the Lord.”

8.  Anything else you’d like to tell us.

Thanks for having me today. I count it an honor to talk about my favorite activity – writing stories that stir people’s hearts with faith and fresh hope.

Davalynn Spencer writes cowboy romance, a skill she’s honed since marrying a professional rodeo bullfighter and raising another. Her most recent title is “The Snowbound Bride,” one of twelve historical novellas in Barbour’s collection, The 12 Brides of Christmas. She is represented by Linda S. Glaz of Hartline Literary Agency and makes her home on Colorado’s Front Range with her handsome cowboy and their Queensland heeler, Blue. Connect with Davalynn on her website, Facebook page, Goodreads, and Twitter.

Tell us about The Snowbound Bride.

On the run from a heartless uncle, Arabella Taube hides in Nate Horne’s farm wagon just as a harsh winter storm sweeps into Colorado. Despite Ara’s mysterious background, Nate’s mother thinks she is the answer to a prayer and the hope for his future.

I love the story line. Sounds like a good book to settle in with on a wintry day.

Thank you so much for visiting the Writing with God's hope blog. I enjoyed the interview and look forward to reading the book. Anyone have any other comments or questions for Davalyn?



Davalyn Spencer said...

Thanks for hosting me Janet. I enjoyed our visit.

Unknown said...

I did, too, Davalyn. God bless.

Patti Shene said...

Great interview, ladies. I love cowboys, even though I didn't marry one. LOL! I still enjoy reruns of my favorite old western, Gunsmoke.

I love that you "need to write, even if no one reads it," Davalynn, but I'm sure you have plenty of readers!

Davalyn Spencer said...

Patti - thanks so much. Yup, there's just something about a cowboy.

Unknown said...

I'm with you, Patti. Gotta love a cowboy.