Tuesday, April 19, 2011

with Vickie McDonough

Welcome to the Barn Door Book Loft, Vickie!
What distracts you from writing the easiest?

The ding of an email, somebody in the house making noise, the phone. I prefer total quiet while I’m writing. It helps me hear the voices in my head better. :)

What kind of books do you enjoy reading?
My passion is historical romance with a western setting, late 1800s. I just finished reading a great historical in an earlier setting though. Surrender the Night by Marylu Tundall is an enthralling tale about a forbidden romance of a Baltimore farm woman and a British Naval officer during the War of 1812.

Which character in your new release most interested you while you wrote?
That would be the heroine, Jacqueline Davis Hamilton aka Jack. Jack is spunky and determined, a combination that has her reacting before she thinks. She gets into all kinds interesting of predicaments. And truth be told, she’s a lot like me. I was a tomboy and pretty daring in my younger days.

What is your strangest habit?
When I travel, I take my king size pillow and a fan in my suitcase. They take up more space than my clothes, but at least I’m comfortable when I sleep. I also take a pillow case for a body pillow, because I always sleep with one. I stuff it full with those little wimpy hotel pillows. I often travel with fellow writer, Margaret Daley, and she jokes about me making my “nest” to sleep in.

Are there things you put off doing because you dread them?
Yes. Writing is one of them. When I get to a hard-to-write scene, I tend to procrastinate and play computer games or clean something. Putting it off doesn’t help but sometimes it does give me time to think the scene through better.

What's your favorite meal with family and friends?
Steak, baked potatoes, salad, and a veggie.

Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?
Yes, forgiveness is one I often write about. I also like to show people that no matter how bad their situation is, God is always ready to help them if they’ll just call on Him. Another theme I often work into my stories is that God has a bigger plan for your life than you can dream for yourself.

Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11

This verse encourages me that God has a plan for my life. That I’m not here by chance.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
I’m writing two books that are included in a 6-book series that I’m writing for Moody Publishers along with authors Susan Page Davis and Darlene Franklin. The series is called Texas Trails: A Morgan Family series and spans 50 years of the Morgan family. I’m writing books 3 & 6. The first three books, Lone Star Trail, Captive Trail, and Long Trail Home, debut this fall.

Here’s a blurb for Long Trail Home:

A weary soldier returns from the War Between the States to discover his parents dead, his family farm in shambles, and his fiancée married. Riley Morgan takes a job at the Wilcox School for Blind Children and tries to make peace with God and himself. When a pretty, blind woman who cares for the children reaches through his scarred walls and touches his heart, he begins to find renewed faith and hope for the future. But when he discovers Annie feigned her blindness just to have a home, will his anger and hurt drive him away and ruin all chances for a future filled with love, faith, and family?

You can purchase Finally A Bride from Amazon.

Vickie is giving away a copy of Finally A Bride. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.


Anonymous said...

I'd like to win this book!

Leanne said...

Ooh, interesting twist to the story. I'd love to read this!

leanniegehrke at hotmail dot com

Katy said...

Please count me in!

~ Katy

Katy said...

I am a follower of this blog! (Keep up the awesome work!)

~ Katy

Judy B said...

I would love to win this book!

Judy B

apple blossom said...

please add me to the list thanks

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

PriviesAndPrims said...

Love Vickie's books and I'm hoping I win!

priviesandprims at yahoo dot com

Charity said...

I would love to be entered! Vickie is a wonderful writer and I like her books. Thanks!


karenk said...

thanks for the chance to read this great novel =)

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

windycindy said...

I like her Bible verse choice!
Thanks, Cindi

Mary / Touch of Heaven said...

Would love to win this book!
atouchofheaven2010 [at] gmail [dot] com

Mary B.

lgm52 said...

I like the theme that God is always ready and willing to help us if we will only call on him and allow him to do his will for us.

Charity said...

Please enter me:) Vickie writes great books. Thanks!


Lee Smith said...

I'd love a chance to win this book. She's one of my favorite authors and the book is on my wishlist. :o)

Jo said...

I would love to read this book. It looks quite interesting.


Lady DragonKeeper said...

Great interview --I just read the first book in Marylu Tyndall's "Surrender to Destiny" series, glad to hear Mrs. McDonough thought the sequel was good! I've yet to read one of Mrs. McDonough's books yet, but I've heard that the "Texas Boardinghouse Brides" is a great series!

Thanks for the chance to win!


Anonymous said...

Love reading the reviews on this book, and would love to have and read it! And The cover is very striking too!

Charity U said...

Please enter me! Thanks. :) It sounds so fun! I love the title.

Meredith said...

I also love historical romances. So much formality in the British ones!

meredithfl at gmail dot com

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