Thursday, May 3, 2012

Please Welcome Author Lacy Williams


Welcome to the BarnDoor Book Loft, Lacy. Is there a story behind this book?

I was doing research for another story and came across a very old photo of some street kids in New York City. Their faces were dirty but their eyes showed their spirit—they hadn’t given up on life. Instantly, the hero of this book, Jonas White, was born. He is tough enough to have grown up on the streets and survive—but he bears the emotional scars of being abandoned.

What started you on your writing journey?
I always remember having stories inside me. I have notebooks and notebooks full of stories from when I was a kid. So it’s hard to pinpoint what started me writing, however, my parents have been big supporters since my childhood and they’re definitely a big reason I’ve been published. One year when I was about ten, they bought me a typewriter for Christmas. When I was a teenager, they encouraged me to take writing courses, and I did. Now that I’m published my mom buys extra copies of my books and hands them out to her coworkers. They have been a huge support and I’m so thankful to have them.

What distracts you from writing the easiest?

Email. It’s so easy to have it pulled up all the time, but I’ve found I do my best writing (wordcount and quality) when I have everything closed down with only my current WIP active on my computer. Sometimes I even have to push the WIFI button off.

What kind of books do you enjoy reading? (Book recommendations very welcome!)
I love historical romance (obviously). I recently discovered Karen Witemeyer and I love her voice. Regina Jennings is a new author and a crit buddy of mine and I also love her stories. I’m a big fan of

Which character in your new release most interested you while you wrote? Why?
In the beginning it was the hero, Jonas White. His tenacious, compassionate spirit really captured me and I loved writing him. But as I worked on the book, a couple of his adopted sons really started getting to me—with their orneriness. Maxwell is a shy guy, and I found myself drawn to him. Then there’s Edgar, who finds it really hard to trust women (the heroine, especially), but who is won over in the end and actually is instrumental in convincing the hero to go after her.

If you were a style of music, what style would you be?
Praise music. I love singing and often when something good happens in my life I’ll find myself belting out a chorus of a new or a favorite song. Most recently it has been a Chris Tomlin song “Our God”.

What is your favorite season of the year?
I love both spring and fall. The changing weather and colors always inspire me. I love hiking but don’t get a chance to go much now with small kids, but I love taking them to the park and walking on the trails there.

What is a favorite memory from your childhood?
During my childhood, my family lived on my granddad’s farm for several years. He had a fishing pond and one of my favorite memories is walking down to the pond for picnics or to go fishing. When I was really small, we would use whole kernel corn (from a can) and cane poles, and then when I got bigger we graduated to nightcrawlers or minnows for bait. We would catch perch, largemouth bass and the occasional crappie or catfish. Mostly we threw them back, but sometimes we’d have a good fish fry!

Are there things you put off doing because you dread them?
I’m a procrastinator by nature, but with little kids in the house I’ve learned to do things ahead of time because I never know if I’m going to have time at the last minute to complete a project.

What's your favorite meal with family and friends?
I am a steak and potatoes girl, however, for really special occasions, I love seafood. My husband proposed to me after a lovely meal at Red Lobster, so that is always a favorite of ours.

Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?  
I just finished a story (December release) dealing with redemption. I love reading redemption stories but it was a lot harder to write one than I thought it would be. For me, finding a balance between a character who needs to be redeemed (in this case, a con man), and making that character likeable to the reader was kind of hard. I guess we’ll wait and find out if I made him likeable enough!

Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you.
Psalm 27 has always been one of my favorites. I am not a patient person, but reading and memorizing this Scripture has brought me peace in different times when I’ve needed encouragement to wait on the Lord.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
THE HOMESTEADER’S SWEETHEART is available now from Love Inspired Historical. Homesteader Jonas White is just trying to make ends meet for himself and his large, adopted brood. He needs money to get his daughter the medical treatment she needs and has to turn to his neighbor’s visiting granddaughter—who is the last person he could imagine helping him. Penny Castlerock is a spoiled socialite who is used to parties and fine dresses, but as Jonas gets to know her, he finds out there is a compassionate woman beneath the fancy veneer. But how can a fine lady like Penny fall in love with a poor homesteader?

I am also doing a special promotion for this book. Readers can find full details at www.megamaybirthdaybash.com.

Purchase the book at:                       
Barnes & Noble         

Lacy Williams is giving away a copy of  THE HOMESTEADER’S SWEETHEART . The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses.

To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.

Until next time. . . Sharon A Lavy

10 comments:

Jo said...

I am looking forward to reading this book. Thank you for the opportunity.

Blessings,
Jo
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Emma said...

THE HOMESTEADER’S SWEETHEART sounds like a great book. Please enter me in this contest.Thank you for the opportunity to win.augustlily06(at)aim(dot)com.

Amy R.S. said...

This book looks so cute. I love the cover. The little girl holding her doll is so cute. Please enter me. Thanks.

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Wendy Newcomb said...

This sounds like a book that I wouldn't be able to put down.

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Mary B said...

Would love to win this.
Mary B.
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Nancee said...

This sounds like a relaxing read. Thank you for offering this giveaway.
Nancee in Michigan
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Anonymous said...

I love these types of books. Please enter to win this book. Maxie ( mac262@me.com )

Teela said...

I would really like to read and review this book. Please enter me in the drawing. teelayoung@hotmail.com

Merry said...

Lacy's new book sounds wonderful. I loved her book "Marring Miss Marshall".
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apple blossom said...

thanks for chance to win

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