Sunday, October 2, 2011

with Elaine Marie Cooper

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

The story behind The Promise of Deer Run began when I was writing the first book in the saga, The Road to Deer Run. When describing the nightmares from war that the character Daniel experienced, I began to think about all the soldiers on both sides that had residual emotional scars from battle. Then I thought about all the soldiers of today who suffer from some sort of post-traumatic stress related to war. It made me decide to share the focus of this sequel with both the love story of Sarah and Nathaniel (a veteran) and the after-effects that he experienced due to the terrible memories from being a soldier on the frontlines in the American Revolution. I think it is a story that many veterans and their families can relate to today.

What kind of books do you enjoy reading?
I so enjoy the true tales of those who led interesting lives, especially in history. I read the biography of Bob Dole called One Soldier’s Story as part of my research for this current book. Very inspiring. I also love novels, most recently reading Laura Frantz’s The Colonel’s Lady and Anne Mateer’s Wings of a Dream. Very nice historicals! Am looking forward to starting Karen Kingsbury’s Bailey Flanigan Series. And I always love the classics! Looking forward to picking up Jane Eyre again—a novel that I have not read since childhood. So many little time!

If you were a style of music, what style would you be?
Either Celtic or Colonial American Music. I know, I’re all lining up to hear my CD’s, aren’t you!! LOL!

Those both sound really good, Elaine! What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
It’s a pretty embarrassing story! Years ago when I was still a Nursing Assistant, I was working in a post-op unit. It was Christmas time and they were playing holiday tunes over the intercom. Elvis’ song, “Blue Christmas” came on—a song that I find pretty annoying! (Forgive me, Elvis fans!) I was working at the nurse’s station so I started doing my worst possible Elvis impression to make it sound ridiculous. Unbeknownst to me, the intercom at the desk was on, so my horrendous Elvis impression was being broadcast all over the floor! One of the nurses rushed up to me and said, “EVERYONE is listening to your song—and now they’re all REALLY sick!” I was mortified! But I can laugh about it now!

Are there things you put off doing because you dread them?
Cleaning the shower!!

What's your favorite meal with family and friends?
I think it would have to be traditional Thanksgiving dinner: turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, green beans, and cranberry sauce. Of course, pumpkin pie for dessert!

My recipe book is at home and I am out-of-state—but I DO remember a sure-fire recipe for shrinking a wool sweater! Here it is: Just ignore the label and throw a woolen sweater in with the laundry. As you pull eveything out of the washer, throw said sweater into the dryer. Remove and observe the new size. ;-) If the sweater belongs (beLONGED) to your college age son, wait until Thanksgiving dinner is over and he’s in a good mood and drowsy from the turkey...and then present him with the new sweater that will now fit his future toddler. Not that this incident has ever happened...LOL!

Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you.
One of my favorite verses is Philippians 1:6 “Being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” The first time the Lord used this verse to encourage me was after I took my nursing boards to complete my R.N. I just knew in my mind that I had failed the exam and was feeling downtrodden. The next morning as I was doing my devotions, I opened to Philippians and read these words. It was a truly uplifting moment. And when I received my official notification that I had passed my nursing boards five days later (a record time for being notified), all I could do was thank my Lord Who had carried me through the long, arduous nursing program. Now that I am an author, God continues to use these same words to encourage me. I often add the verse to my signature at book signings.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
I am going on my research trip to Massachusetts for the third book in the Deer Run Saga at the end of October. If the timing works well, I hope to have it out by the end of 2012.

This book takes place in 1800. Young Danny Lowe is now 21-years-old and working at the Springfield Armory. Due to a heartbreaking tragedy that his twin brother has experienced, he vows to never fall in love. But a young lady that moves to Springfield from Boston may weaken his resolve. While these matters of the heart are being resolved, a more serious situation arises involving national security for the new nation and fears of a traitor in the midst. Hold onto your seats for the exciting conclusion of the Deer Run Saga!

Here's the book trailer for The Promise of Deer Run:

You can purchase The Promise of Deer Run from Amazon.

Elaine is giving away a copy of The Promise of Deer Run. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.


marybelle said...

We must have the same sure-fire recipe for shrinking a wool jumper. I am now more observant.

I look forward to reading THE PROMISE OF DEER RUN.


Judy said...

The Promise Of Deer Run sounds like a great read. I'm anxious to find out if this veteran Continental soldier finds true happiness, faith, and love again.

I enjoyed this interview with Elaine. I love that she uses her talent for the Glory of God.

Judy B


Tracy Smith said...

Hmmm I put off cleaning the shower too. lol I guess it's just one of those things. Really enjoyed this interview. Thank you for hosting this giveaway.

countrysunset40 (at) aol dot com

wfnren said...

This sounds like a good book, thank you for hosting the giveaway.


ann said...

I enjoy reading war based novel Im sure I
would enjoy this one to

amhengst at verizon dot net

D L McCarragher said...

Great interview Elaine! The "Promise of Deer Run" sounds like a wonderful book. I look forward to visiting Amazon soon.

Rebecca said...

Thank you so much for the chance to win this. This book looks great. I would love to win this. Thanks again.


JoAnn Durgin said...

Elaine, I smiled, laughed and sighed through this entire interview. One of the best I've read in recent days...totally enthralling, my friend. I met both Laura Frantz and Anne Mateer at the ACFW (sat next to Anne!), and what a treat. Both are GREAT writers, as are you. I also went to a dinner the other night and met a man named Daniel Lowe - an honorable, Christian man. Guess who it made me think of? Blessings!

Elaine Marie Cooper said...

Ladies, thank you all for visiting! I wish each of you could win a copy of "The Promise of Deer Run." If you do not win it, I hope you can read it at some point in the future. I hope the story blesses you! And JoAnn, how awesome that you got to meet both Laura and Anne! And you met a Daniel Lowe! Did you tell him about my books? Too funny! Thanks again, everyone, for stopping by and glad you enjoyed the interview.

Teela said...

The Promise of Deer Run really looks like an inviting read! Hope I win! And oh my...I'm sure your son will get over the sweater incident, we've all done that one! haha! teelayoung at hotmail dot com

Marianne said...

i will be looking for this series! Would love to win the Promis of Deer Run...thanks for the interesting, humorous post!


Carol N Wong said...

I would love to win 'The Promise of Deer Run'. It is sad when the people at home don't know for sure when the relatives don't come back from wars.

P.S. I hate cleaning the shower too! All that bending over and grungy work!


apple blossom said...

please add me to this giveaway thanks

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Marianne said...

i have been trying to win Elaine's Promise of Deer Run since i first heard about it. Hope this is my time. Thanks for hosting it.

Amy said...

This book sounds great. Please enter me. Thanks.

sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

Tom Blubaugh said...

Great interview. Sounds like a very interesting read.


Tom Blubaugh
Night of the Cossack

Patsy said...

Elaine, that's so funny about you singing Elvis in the hospital!


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