Tuesday, October 15, 2013

I'm honored to welcome Tamera Lynn Kraft to our blog today! She's an amazing writer. Welcome, Tamera! Read on to find out more about Tamera:

Is there a story behind Soldier’s Heart? 
I researched the Ohio Seventh Regiment during the Civil War and was fascinated by it. This volunteer regiment fought in most of the major battles during the war and faced incredible losses during their last battle. They were considered by most historians as the most heroic regiment of the Union Army. Their three year enlistment was up before the war was over, and I got to thinking what it would be like for them to return to civilian life. PTSD, at that time, was called Soldier’s Heart. That’s where the name for the novella came from.

What’s the last thing you wrote?
I wrote a story about a couple whose lives were changed after surviving a tornado on Palm Sunday, 1920.

What’s the first thing you ever wrote that you still have? 
I’m almost embarrassed to say. I wrote a vampire novel when I was ten years old. It was horrible. I keep it to remind myself how much I’ve improved.

What’s your favorite genre of writing? 
I write historicals because there are so many stories in history.

Who is the most fun character you ever created? 
I’m currently writing a novel about a World War 2 widow, Alice Brighton, who gets mixed up in espionage during the Cold War. She’s in over her head, but she’s a trooper.

Which of your written plots is your favorite?
My favorite is about a woman who attends Oberlin College before the Civil War. She returns home during winter break to try to convince her father in Kentucky to free his slaves.

What’s the most unusual plot twist you ever wrote? 
I don’t want to answer that. It will ruin it for anyone who reads the novel.

Do you type or write by hand? Computer? Typewriter? Legal pad?
Defiantly computer. I write very slow by hand and concentrate more on the cramps in my finger than on my story.

What’s your favorite thing that you’ve written? 
My favorite is a western about two outlaws who get saved. Then they need to deal with the fallout.

What’s one genre you have never written, and probably never will? 
I don’t write category romance or Amish fiction. I just don’t have it in me.

How many writing projects are you working on right now? 
I’m editing one novel, writing one novel, and planning one novel.

What character that you’ve created most resembles you? 
That’s hard to say. Each of my characters have a little of me in them.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it? 
My next book is, A Christmas Promise, due out on December 1st. It’s a Christmas story about a Moravian missionary family to the Delaware Indians in Schoenbrunn Village, Ohio set in 1773.

To buy her book, go here:

About Tamera:
TAMERA LYNN KRAFT has always loved adventures and writes Christian historical fiction set in America because there are so many adventures in American history. She is married to the love of her life, has two grown children, and lives in Akron, Ohio.

Tamera is the leader of a ministry called Revival Fire For Kids where she mentors other children’s leaders, teaches workshops, and is a children’s ministry consultant and children’s evangelist. She has curriculum published and is a recipient of the 2007 National Children’s Leaders Association Shepherd’s Cup for lifetime achievement in children’s ministry.

Connect with Tamera here:

Word Sharpeners Blog: http://tameralynnkraft.com\
Revival Fire For Kids Blog: http://revivalfire4kids.com
Adventures in American History: http://tameralynnkraft.blogspot.com 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TameraLynnKraft
Twitter: https://twitter.com/tamerakraft

Tamera is giving away a copy of Soldier's HeartThe 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


bonton said...

Enjoyed your interview, Tamera!

I love the storyline of Soldier's Heart - the effects of war on today's military has certainly been discussed by many, but, probably few have thought about it in terms of war this long ago. I'm sure it was just as life-changing then, also.

Your Christmas book sounds very interesting, also - I would love to read both books. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of one.


Anonymous said...

With family members in the military...this book draws me in!


Patricia Bradley said...

Sounds like a great book. I live near Shiloh and sometimes visit the cemetery. To see the
American flag flying over those tombstones raises chill bumps.

Susan P said...

The story sounds like a heart string tugger. Would I need kleenex handy when I read this? :)
Don't worry about not writing Amish fiction. (I can't seem to get into it - don't hate me, people!) There is a lot of it out right now - just keep up with what you do best!
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