Friday, January 7, 2011

with April Gardner

A guest spotlight by Jennifer Slattery.

April Gardner, author of Wounded Spirits, has crafted a rich, engaging story of forgiveness and hope. Today she's here to tell us more about her book, her writing and herself.

April: Hello all! I’m so thrilled Wounded Spirits is featured on The Book Loft today!

Me: We're glad to have you, April. Your storyline fascinated me. Where did you get the idea for Wounded Spirits?

April: Much of the plot for Wounded Spirits was taken straight from history. The romance was my invention, but the massacre and its effects on the McGirth family are very much fact.

Me: You had one of the best opening hooks I've read. How difficult was it for you to write your first chapter?

April: Why, thank you! That means a lot considering my opening changed about a half a dozen times. Lol! It being my first novel, I was clueless about how to create a good hook. It took me years of tinkering and finally a good editor to help me realize that no one (besides myself, apparently!) wants a history lesson in the first pages of a novel. I settled for romance and impending war instead.

Me: What is the main message you hope your readers will take away from your book?

April: I hope my readers see that through the inevitable trials of life God’s abiding presence is real and redemptive.

Me: Honestly, I felt for all your characters. Which character did you most relate to and why?

April: I’ve always been a rule-follower (rigidly so, at times!), so I probably relate most to Adela, who just wants to do the right thing. The trick is to find out what the right thing is!

Me: The details and descriptions sprinkled throughout the book enabled me to visualize each setting. It was obvious you spent a great deal of time researching the time period. Did anything surprise you during your research?

April: Fun question! Quite a few things did surprise me, one of them being that the Creek were a matrilineal society, meaning the bloodline runs through the mother, not the father. The women owned the homes, and a man’s children might have lived with him, but they were disciplined and trained by their maternal uncle. It was a difficult concept for me to grasp at first. Still is, really!

This is why my hero, Totka, is so attached to his sister’s children, why he feels such a responsibility toward their safety.

Me: What are Adela’s greatest strengths and weaknesses?

April: Her greatest strength is standing firm in the face of adversity. Her unwavering faith is a testimony to those around her who do not know Christ. Her weakness is indecision. Is she really sensing God leading, or is that her own heart’s desire?

Me: What are you working on now?

April: Warring Spirits, the sequel. I can’t wait to find out what’s going to happen!! Grin.

Thanks for having me today! It’s an honor to be named among the great authors who have graced these Book Loft webpages. I love to hear from readers! You can contact me at aprilgardnerwrites (at) gmail (dot) com.

April, it was great chatting with you, and we are looking forward to book two in your series.

You can also visit her website at

April Gardner has been a military brat, missionary's kid, and military spouse. After 21 years in various countries overseas, April happily resides in Georgia with her USAF husband. In her free time, April enjoys reading, gardening, and DIY. In no particular order, she dreams of owning a horse, visiting all the national parks, and speaking Italian.Librarian, reviewer, and avid reader, April adores anything books. She writes a column for the joint blog, Reflections in Hindsight, and is the founder and senior editor of the website, Clash of the Titles.

Best-selling Wounded Spirits, is her first novel.

Visit Amazon to get your copy of
Wounded Spirits and visit April's website to find out more about her and her writing.April is giving away a copy of Wounded Spirit. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.

A guest spotlight by Jennifer Slattery.


Marianne said...

Thanks for the interview with April. Would love to win this book, and write a review! Thanks for the chance to win.

cjajsmommy said...

I would be pleased to win a copy of this book.

karenk said...

a wonderful posting/interview...thanks for sharing :)

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

I'd love to win this book!

Rita's Random Ramblings said...

Would love to read this one!!

diana said...

I'm confused if I left my comment to win April's book in the wrong place b/c I don't see it on here.

diana said...

I am also a subscriber via email!

Anonymous said...

I would love to win this book.

Anonymous said...

I would love to win this book.

Joanne Sher said...

Oooh - enter me in this one please :D

lgm52 said...

I'd love to win!
I follow via gfc

lgm52 said...

I joined your fb page

lgm52 said...

I follow on networked blogs

Mary / Touch of Heaven said...

Would love to win this book! atouchofheaven2010(at)gmail(dot)com
Mary B.

Maureen said...

I really would love to read this. Thanks for the chance!


Amanda Stephan said...

Thank you for the chance to win this book!

kjv1611as at gmail dot com

Meredith said...

Thank you for the giveaway!

meredithfl at gmail dot com

Christy said...

I enjoyed the interview and wounded spirits sounds like a great book would love to be entered in the contest

diana said...

I am also a friend to barn door book loft on FB and also April on FB!

Meredith said...

Great interview!I'd love to read this book!

meredithfl at gmail dot com

windycindy said...

Sounds like a delightful first book in a fabulous series of books!
Merci, Cindi

Charity U said...

Would love to win!

Charity U said...

I'm subscribed by email.

diana said...

BTW Carman sent me!

Tressa said...

Great interview! It's on my TBR list.
tressa dot sherman at hotmail dot com

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