Sunday, August 25, 2013

Welcome, Carla! Is there a story behind Pattern for Romance? 
There is. My heroine had a terrible fall. Days later I got a call that my mother had also fallen and been taken to the hospital.

I had to care for my mom for 2 months, while my heroine waited for me to finish telling her story. Kind of eerie, but this isn’t the first time something like this happened.

In the story, my character’s life gets put on hold while she heals. Ironically, it is my own life that takes a similar turn when I was driving my mother to the doctor’s and we were struck by another vehicle on the passenger side. Mom was fine, but my death grip on the steering wheel as I tried to steer out of harm’s way resulted in a complicated wrist injury that required surgery. My writing of this story had to wait almost a year from the time I had begun it for its completion.

Every experience an author has influences how they write and this was certainly true for Pattern for Romance. I have no doubt that the story I told was different than the one that would have been if it had been written in those first few months after I started it. I think we all learned a lot in those days. My character included.

Wow! I'm sure it is worth the wait. Sounds great. Did you discover anything unusual while researching this book?
I was surprised to learn about two long perpetuated myths about quilting in early America and they profoundly impacted the book that I ultimately wrote which takes place in Boston, 1769. I discovered that:

Quilts of any kind were rare in New England in the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, and it is unlikely that New England women were making quilts in any number until at least the 1750s.” (Bedcoverings in Kent County, Maryland: 1710-1820, Allen).

Colonial women did not have ample time to create piecework quilts with the multitude of chores required to maintain a household and care for a family. Nor were piecework quilts the earliest type of quilting in our country. Instead, garments were quilted, and later, bedcoverings using whole pieces of cloth. By the mid-18th century some pieces of chintz was appliqued to the whole-cloths (imported cloth was rare during the trade embargoes), and patchwork type quilts were not made until the end of the century.

Interesting and it makes sense! What’s your favorite genre of writing?
Inspirational Historical Fiction. I love to write about the 17th through 19th centuries, but have a special love for 18th century America. I think this stems from my interest in my early New England ancestors.

What character that you’ve created most resembles you?
I try to write my characters as unique individuals and allow them to teach me who they are. But if I had to pick, I’d say Eliana from The Shadow Catcher’s Daughter (Barbour) who loves the outdoors, photography, and spiritual burden for others. By the way, we also shared a similar experience that intersected while I was writing the book. In Pattern for Romance, the heroine, Honour Metcalf’s has vivid dreams like I do which I easily imagined.

What or who is the biggest influence on your writing?
God gives each of us talents and I’m grateful that He gave me words. I love stitching them together to create stories. The desire to share God’s redemptive love with others through meaningful stories motivates me to do so. Well written characters can be very relational, I know that novels have influenced me through them.

What’s the last thing you wrote?
A devotional for 31 Devotions for Writers. Compiled by Suzette Williams with contributions by authors who want to help encourage writers through God’s written Word.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
Mistletoe Memories releases in September. My novella, ’Tis the Season, starts off the collection of Christmas stories. In 1820, Stephen Yost is the resident carpenter of Schooley's Mountain, New Jersey's fashionable resort. When he finds himself enamored by the spirited Annaliese Braun, he vows to build her a home by Christmas.

Sounds like a fun story, Carla!

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About Carla:
Carla Olson Gade has been imagining stories most her life. Her love for writing and eras gone by turned her attention to writing historical Christian romance. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. An autodidact, creative thinker, and avid reader, Carla also enjoys genealogy, web design, and photography. A native New Englander, she writes from her home in beautiful rural Maine where she resides with her “hero” husband and two young adult sons.

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Carla is giving away a copy of Pattern for Romance. 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 may enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post. (It's not too late to go back and leave a comment on yesterday's post)

Happy Reading!
Caroline Brown


Wendy Newcomb said...

I am really looking forward to reading this book, thank you for the chance to win it.


Linda Kish said...

I would love to read this book.

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Anonymous said...

Thanks Caroline for having Carla for an interview. Good, too. Carla, I have been going everywhere trying to win this book of yours. Hoping this time will be my win. LOL Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

Martha Sturm said...

Always interested in reading history about quilts. I own a quilt my grandmother made for me, and one my mother was given for high school graduation in 1943.


Bonnie Roof said...

Such an interesting interview, Carla!

Are your dreams about your book characters? I have heard other authors say that they dream about their characters & storylines. That's one of the reasons why I feel every story has parts of the author in them.

With there being 2 parallels that delayed your finishing the book & the storyline being changed because of them - could that be the reason for the delays? I have always felt that there is a benefit & purpose for someone in every thing happening as it does.


Boos Mum said...

Wow. Life is interesting. Thanks for a chance to read.

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Veronica Sternberg said...

This looks wonderful! I'd love to win. shopgirl152nykiki(at)yahoo(dot)com

sm said...

Your car accident experience sounds awful-sorry about that, but it looks like a novel was born out of the experience. Would love to win it and read it. sharon, ca wileygreen1(at)yahoo(dot)com

karenk said...

thanks for the chance to read this wonderful novel ;)

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squiresj said...

Would love to win. I love Historical Inspirational Romance books best.
jrs362 at Hotmail dot com

Library Lady said...

We have this series in the church library.
I would love to win this one to add to our collection.
Janet E.

Patty said...

Very interesting about quilts being rare in the early colonial days, but it makes sense! Everyday tasks like cooking were so much harder and time consuming.
I would love to read this book.


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