Tuesday, October 2, 2012

A Warm Welcome to Laurie Kingery!

Is there a story behind A Preacher's Bride?
This is the fifth book in the "Brides of Simpson Creek" series, and as I sat down to write this book, I was stuck about what this book would be about. I had already selected Gil Chadwick, the new preacher in town, as the hero of the story, since he'd lost the heroine of the last book to handsome rancher Jack Collier, but whom should his heroine be? The list of available ladies from the Simpson Creek Spinsters' Club included Faith Bennett, and I got to thinking, what if Faith had no faith? The townspeople of Simpson Creek are a faith-full people, as a rule, and if Faith had lost her faith, wouldn't she feel like she didn't belong in her own town? What would it be like to have such a secret?

What started you on your writing journey?

I was an only child, and as such, had to amuse myself much of the time. So I turned to books, and read voraciously. About the time I was in high school, the boom in historical romance (the so-called "bodice rippers") had begun, and after reading some great ones and a few really bad ones, I decided I could do this. I wrote as Laurie Grant, and was fortunate enough to sell my very first book, DEFIANT HEART, to Leisure. There followed nine more historical romances published by Leisure, Warner, and Harlequin Historicals, and then suddenly I couldn't seem to sell anything. I'd been a Christian since age 13, but about the time I hit that dry spell in book sales, my faith had really become more important to me than ever. I was ready to quit writing, but at the same time, I learned my publisher, Harlequin, was starting a line of Christian historicals called Love Inspired Historicals, and my agent suggested I try writing one, especially since my editor at Harlequin Historicals was the senior editor for this line. I sold it, and I've been happily writing for them ever since. And I've been able to achieve one of my writing dreams, that of writing a series, the "Brides of Simpson Creek."

What distracts you from writing the easiest? 

–that's easy, the Internet! I have to keep myself off of it during my writing hours. Just one "I need to research this fact," or "I need to post a Facebook or Twitter update, and before I know it, my writing time is GONE. Aspiring writers, take heed! I think I got published in the first place because there was no internet, and I couldn't be distracted so easily.

What kind of books do you enjoy reading?

I read widely, but mostly historicals, romantic suspense, romance, mysteries, and Christian nonfiction. These days I read more Christian fiction than anything else. Favorite authors include Mary Conneally, Tamera Alexander, and Vickie McDonough.

What makes you smile and/or laugh out loud?

Funny pictures of animals, especially cats and dogs, with misspelled captions, as if the animal was writing it, as found on Facebook.

Has some place you have traveled inspired something in your writing?

This and the previous question are the same place to me—Texas! I was born there, lived there for awhile, and my extended family is there. I especially love the Hill Country of central Texas. Living there, and returning there on vacation, fills something deep in my soul—just the sight of those blue rolling hills dotted with mesquite, cactus and live oak trees, and listening to that drawl!

Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?

Great question! This is why I'm privileged to write Christian fiction! I can write about redemption! Also regaining one's faith after it has been lost or tested, as in THE PREACHER'S BRIDE, and the need to be born again, doubt, the concept that there are consequences to sin, and most importantly, God's love for us.

Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you. (and why it's special)

Phillipians 4:13—"I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me" (KJV). This is my "life verse," and is special to me because it means I can do anything with God helping me that's in His will.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?

My next book will be out in May 2013 from Love Inspired Historicals, and as I write this, we don't have a final title. This is always something that's thrashed out between my editors and me, and so far, they haven't told me which of my title suggestions they've picked, or if we're going with something of their devising. ( I have to admit THE PREACHER'S BRIDE wasn't my choice of title, since Jody Hedlund had a book by that title in 2010, but my book is of a very different time period.) For those familiar with my series, the next book will feature Violet Brookfield, the English sister of Nick Brookfield, and handsome cowboy Raleigh Masterson.


Laurie Kingery is a central Ohio author and veteran E.R. RN who has written twenty-two historical romances, first as Laurie Grant and now writing Christian historicals under her own name for Love Inspired Historicals. She won the Reader's Choice for short historicals in 1994 and was a finalist in the 2010 Carol Awards in short historicals by the American Christian Fiction Writers for THE OUTLAW'S LADY. Her current installment in the "Brides of Simpson Creek" series from Love Inspired Historicals is THE PREACHER'S BRIDE (Oct. 2012) with the next book in the series coming in May 2013 (title yet to be determined).

Check out Laurie's websites here:

To buy her books go here:
Barnes and Noble

Laurie is giving away a copy of The Preacher's BrideThe 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.

Happy Reading!
Caroline Brown


cjajsmommy said...

I totally understand about the internet becoming a time stealer. When I say, "I'm going to look that up," he says, "See you in a few hours." Please enter my name for a copy of your book. djragno (at) hotmail (dot) com

Anonymous said...

This book sounds great. Can't wait to read it.

Anonymous said...

That comment above with the crazy id number was me.
Jodie Brohard

Judy said...

I would love to win a copy of this book. Sounds like a great read!


Hope said...

Great interview! Please enter me in the giveaway; I would love to read this book!

Abbi Hart said...

Great interview! I totally agree with the fact that the internet is one of the biggest distractions, but it is oh so much fun! I loves the first book in this series and in the near future I'm planning to read the other three/ I would love to win this newest edition!

Anonymous said...

I also agree about the internet. Especially since I've been into finding and meeting authors and entering contests. I totally let it take too much of my time, but love doing it. I am glad Laurie has been so successful. I would love to read her new book, tho I've not read any of her books. Thanks for this chance.
Maxie ( mac262@me.com )

apple blossom said...

love love inspired books thanks for the chance to win

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Liz R said...

i definitely know about the internet eating up time! I get on to "just check my email" and the days half gone next thing I know! This book sounds really good and I love to win a copy!


Jo said...

This looks like a interesting book that I would like to read.


Teela said...

It's so wonderful to have Love Inspired Books and not have to worry about passing them around, thinking, uh-oh...did that have too much S * * in it?! I would seriously LOVE to win this book, as I stated in the last post...b/c of me being a PK and marrying a Preacher...sounds very interesting.

Amy R.S. said...

Please enter me. I have all the other books in this series. Thanks.

sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

Jes said...

Enjoyed learning about Laurie Kingery's writing journey!

jswaks at gmail dot com

Merry said...

I have loved every book in the Brides of Simpson Creek series, please add me for A Preacher's Bride.
worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

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