Tuesday, August 2, 2011

with Lacy Williams

Welcome to the Barn Door Book Loft, Lacy!
Is there a story behind this book?

There is! The heroine is loosely based on two real-life women in law enforcement from the 1920s. I used a little creative license to set the story in the 1890s, but I think a lot of the things that my heroine, Danna Carpenter, went through were similar to what those women in the 20s did.
I wanted to explore the challenges that a woman would have in this role. Would the men listen to her, respect her? What would her peers—other women—think? How would she handle a fistfight?
I don’t want to spoil the story, so you’ll have to read the book to find out about this courageous gal and how she deals with the people she’s supposed to be protecting.

What kind of books do you enjoy reading?
I love both contemporary and historical romance because of the happy endings… I am that person in the bookstore that will read the end of the book first so I know if I will like it or not. :)

Some of my favorite authors include:
Contemporary: Elizabeth White, Linda Goodnight, Irene Hannon, Ruth Logan Herne, Camy Tang
Historical: Maureen Lang, Vickie McDonough, Ruth Axtell Morren, Mary Coneally, Kim Vogel Sawyer

If you were a style of music, what style would you be?
I am a pretty laid-back, meticulous person, so I would probably be “soft rock” or maybe something classical.

Are there things you put off doing because you dread them?
Other than all things housework (dirty dishes are my nemesis!!)? I don’t like confrontation. Never have. If I have to tell a friend something I know they don’t want to hear, I’ll put it off as long as I can. A meeting with my boss (back before my boss became my daughter) that I know isn’t going to be pleasant? I’ll get the sweats, my face will flush… I’ll put it off as long as I can.

What's your favorite meal with family and friends?
A favorite at our house is beef brisket, mashed potatoes, corn casserole, and green beans. My mother-in-law has a fabulous wet-dry rub she uses for the brisket and I’ll be happy to share it:
1 T Liquid Smoke
1 t garlic salt
2 T ground pepper
2 T soy sauce
1 t onion salt
2 t celery seed
2 t Worchestershire sauce
1.5 lb brisket
Mix ingredients; trim fat from brisket (leave a small layer of fat and this should be on top). Pour rub over brisket and marinate 3-4 hours or overnight wrapped in foil. Bake in 300 degree oven for 3-3.5 hours.
When you take out the brisket, there will be a good amount of drippings in the pan that make a great gravy to pour over the meat and potatoes.

Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you.
Psalm 27 has had a special meaning for me since college, especially verse 14 where it says, “Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.” I often struggle with impatience and this verse is an important reminder for me to wait on God’s plan, because He always has something better in mind than I do.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
I don’t have an official release date yet, but the next book features a wealthy banker’s daughter who ends up falling for her grandfather’s neighbor—a quiet, simple homesteader whose life is vastly different than hers but who teaches her what it really means to love. Readers can watch for news on my website or sign up for my newsletter (link at website) to get periodic updates.

You can purchase Marrying Miss Marshal from Amazon.

Lacy is giving away a copy of Marrying Miss Marshal. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.


Tracy Smith said...

Very nice interview. I love getting to know all these authors. Please enter me for this wonderful sounding book.

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apple blossom said...

the recipe sounds good thanks for sharing.
love to in this Love inspired historical thanks

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Merry said...

I enjoyed getting to know more about Lacy. I love many of the same authors, especially Mary Connealy and Linda Goodnight. Please toss my name in the hat!
worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

Charity U said...

Please enter me! Sounds pretty awesome.

Katy said...

Please enter me! This looks like a really fun read! :-)

~ Katy

Lacy J. Williams said...

Thanks everyone for stopping by and entering. I'm not much of a cook but the brisket recipe is hard to mess up so I love it. :)

Marianne said...

Thanks for another great post, Esther, and thanks to you and Lacy for the giveaway. i love to read about lawenforcers...and historical ones with women the enforcers sounds super. mitzi_wanham[at]yahoo[dot}com

Judy said...

I enjoyed the interview with Lacy. She sounds like a very down to earth person just like me. I would love to win a copy of her book, Marrying Miss Marshal. Thanks for the opportunity to do so!


ann said...

would love to win this book. the recipe sounds like a winner to

amhengst at verizon dot net

Rebecca said...

I would love to win this book. It looks amazing. Thanks so much.


Anonymous said...

Oh, this looks great! Thank you for the chance to win.
Kelly in Virginia
kelly *at* dkcountryarts *dot* com

Jo said...

I enjoyed learning some about Lacy since she is a new to me author. The book looks quite interesting and I would love to win a copy of it.


PriviesAndPrims said...

Please include me. Love historical romances. The good ole days. :)

priviesandprims at yahoo .com

Amy said...

Please enter me. Thanks.

sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

karenk said...

thanks for the chance to read this story...special thanks for sharing your recipe, too :)

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Meredith said...

That rub recipe looks great--will have to try that!

meredithfl at gmail dot com

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