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Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Today Writing with God's Hope blog welcomes Christian author, Rebecca DeMarino. I loved interviewing her, and I think you'll enjoy learning more about her and about her new release. This could be one you don't want to miss.
Rebecca, welcome to our blog today.
First, where did you get the idea for your book?
While the original idea for the Southold Chronicles series came after I journeyed with my mother in 1999 to Long Island in search of the lighthouse named after our ancestor Barnabas Horton, the idea for To Follow Her Heart, book three in the series, developed as I wrote the end of the first book. In my original research I became aware that Joshua Hobart would eventually replace Reverend Youngs as minister of Southold. And as I imagined the three books, each set about ten years apart, I thought of Patience Terry—a young (fictitious) woman who came across from England on The Swallow with the Hortons in my debut, A Place in His Heart. And I imagined a romance between Patience and Joshua. Things do get complicated when you mix fiction with history and timing is everything, lol. But complication is a good thing in fiction!
How did you find your publisher?
It was my agent that submitted my proposal to Revell, but I had met my agent and editor previously at the Mount Hermon Writers Conference. I highly recommend conferences to anyone who is writing and would like to be published someday. It’s a place to learn and network and there are so many to choose from--smaller, local conferences to national level like the American Christian Fiction Writers Conference.
Are you working on any other projects that you can tell us about?
I just completed my fourth manuscript—can’t really say too much about it except that it is historical romance set in the late 1700’s/early 1800’s. I love the story and am very excited about the project!
What has your writing journey been like so far?
Well, I’d say amazing for certain. I began my writing career rather late in life, and I feel blessed that I’ve had this opportunity to share my stories.
Where is your favorite place to vacation?
Would it surprise you if I said England? I first traveled there in 1997 with my parents and two of my daughters. It is so beautiful! And I’m returning in September on a trip to Mowsley, where Barnabas and Mary Horton wed. I’ll be speaking at the 13th century St. Nicholas Episcopal Church in Mowsley and also traveling up to Swanwick, in Derbyshire, to sign copies of To Follow Her Heart at Christian Resources Together (CRT) which is very much ICRS here in the United States. Of course, Long Island is a favorite vacation spot for me too, and I’ll be returning there in September as well for a book signing at Burton’s Book Store in Greenport.
Tell me a fun fact about yourself.
I was born in my parent’s car, still at the curb in front of our house. My sisters remember the babysitter bringing them to the picture window and my dad held me up so they could see. When we got to the hospital I got to room in with my mother, unheard of in those days!
If you could be a song, what would it be?
Hmmm, I guess perhaps “I’m Walking On Sunshine” Haven’t thought of that song in years, but that’s what popped into my head!
For more information and a free prologue to The Southold Chronicles, please visit me at www.RebeccaDeMarino.com and please say hello at www.facebook.com/AuthorRebeccaDeMarino and www.twitter.com/RebeccaDeMarino (@RebeccaDeMarino) I’d love to meet you!
To Follow Her Heart
Duty and love are powerful forces. Only one has the power to make her life complete.
In 1664 Patience Terry is devastated to learn that Captain Jeremy Horton’s ship has been shipwrecked off the coast of Barbados. There were no survivors. She had hoped that Jeremy would someday give up the sea and settle down with her in Southold, Long Island.
Unaware his memorial service is being planned, Jeremy sails aboard a British warship with secret orders to attack New Amsterdam and claim it for the British Crown. When he makes his surprise return to Southold—and to an overjoyed Patience—it’s not quite the happily-ever-after his beloved had hoped for.
With a finely tuned sense for authentic historical characters and settings, Rebecca DeMarino plunges you into a world of tall ships, daring journeys, and yearning hearts.
REBECCA DEMARINO inherited her love of baking and gardening from her mother; a love of horses, reading, and writing from her dad—and the wanderlust gene from both parents. Her new novel, To Follow Her Heart releases this month from Revell. She is the author of A Place in His Heart and To Capture Her Heart, books one and two of The Southold Chronicles. A free prologue to The Southold Chronicles series available here: www.RebeccaDeMarino.com And visit Rebecca here: www.facebook.com/AuthorRebeccaDeMarino
Thank you, Rebecca. I personally loved learning something about you. Before this interview, you were just a name I'd heard on the ACFW loop. The book sounds wonderful. I think I've been missing out.
Any questions or comments out there for Rebecca?