Wednesday, July 18, 2012

with Naomi Musch

Welcome back to the Book Loft, Naomi!
Is there a story behind this book?
In the Empire in Pine series, which is generational, I wanted to convey the growth of the Wisconsin lumber era from statehood in the 1840s to its peak at the turn of the century when lumber barons and railroaders made their fortunes, as did those on the seamier side of society. And of course I wanted to do it through intriguing characters and intense conflict. Since the series is a family saga, The Black Rose tells what happens to the children of Lainey and (now Grandma Colette) in the previous two books. It so happened that there was a lot of wild, rollicking history going on in the northern part of Wisconsin during the time that made it a pretty fertile ground for my imagine to dig into.

What kind of books do you enjoy reading?
I truly enjoy a lot of genres, but historicals - the type with several woven in sub-plots -- are really where my literary heart is at home. I'm just finishing Wedded to War by Jocelyn Green. Gripping and gritty!

If you were a style of music, what style would you be?
Just as I enjoy many genres of fiction, I am also all over the map with music. I have my classical moments and my metal moments. I'm probably some strange blend of traditional rock with heavy cello strings in there. Now vocals - that's all over too. I go for deep, gruff, melodic. My son is a musician of the Christian rock/scream variety, so I get my wings stretched pretty often.

What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
Quirky is one of those words that I have trouble defining when it comes to my own habits. Am I quirky? I don't know. My hubby tells me I always spit 3 times when I brush my teeth. Is that quirky? I think he's wrong about that anyway.

What's your favorite meal with family and friends?
I don't know if I have a favorite meal. But I do love food, and we all love PIE! In fact, my character Jesilyn loves pie and Paul Winter calls her Pie Girl before he finds out her name -- or at least her alias.

That nickname happened kind of by accident because my daughter and I happened to be freezing up a lot of apple pies while I was deep into the story, and she (my daughter) makes great pies. She's my pie girl.

Here's our recipe for flakey, yummy pie crust. The first two secrets are in the VINEGAR and the SHORTENING. If you want better pie crust, don't used vegetable shortening. Use the good stuff made from animal fat. Just read the labels. You'll find it.

Blend with fork:
3 cups flour
1 c. shortening made with animal fat.
In a measuring cup, mix with a fork:
1 egg
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. vinegar
5 Tbs. water
Pour over the flour mixture and stir, then knead until smooth. The last secret of good pie crust is to not play with it too long. That will make it tough -- at least that's what my grandma told me, and that's what Jesilyn in The Black Rose tells the young gal at the logging camp who helps her bake pies.

Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you.
I'll share a three. One of my favorite verses to live by is Prov. 3: 5-6 "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways)acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths."

2 Timothy 3:15 reminds me of the things instilled into me as a child that helped to set my heart toward the Lord, "and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus."

But I went through some self indulgent teen years that really make Psalm 40 stand out and speak strongly of my personal testimony. I love the entire Psalm, but here are just a few verses that resonate with me.
"I waited patiently for the Lord;
    he inclined to me and heard my cry.
2 He drew me up from the pit of destruction,
    out of the miry bog,
and set my feet upon a rock,
    making my steps secure.
3 He puta new song in my mouth,
    a song of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear,
    and put their trust in the Lord.
And if you jump down to verse five it explains my drive in my writing:
"You have multiplied, O Lord my God,
    your wondrous deeds and your thoughts toward us;
    none can compare with you!
I will proclaim and tell of them,
    yet they are more than can be told."

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
The Black Rose just released a few days ago, but, I am thrilled to share the news that as the Empire in Pine series -- all in eBook -- will be released in print paperback in 2013. You should have heard me squeal when I opened up my mailbox a few days ago and got the new contract from Desert Breeze. I love my publisher!

You can purchase The Black Rose at Amazon.

Naomi is giving away a copy of The Black Rose. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses. 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 would love to read Naomi's books but I don't do ebooks, so out of luck! Bet they are very interesting. Good luck. Maxie ( ) It might work if it were sent as a attachment!

Linda Kish said...

I would love to win a copy of this book.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

ann said...

Sounds like my kind of reading material
thanks for the giveaway
amhengst at verizon dot net

Diana Flowers said...

I have the first two in this series and would love this one so that I might read them back to back, which have been my plans! Love that scripture also!


Joy Hannabass said...

Wow I love this book cover. I havent read the first two books in this series but would love the chance to read this one. Thanks for the pie crust recipe too. Just might have to try this one!
Blessings..... Joy

cjajsmommy said...

If it isn't too late to enter, I'd like to put my name in to win a copy of this book. djragno (at)

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