Friday, December 13, 2013

A Warm Welcome to Romance Writer, Martha Rogers!

I'm happy to host Martha on the Barn Door Book Loft today! Welcome, Martha.

Is there a story behind your book Christmas at Holly Hill?
In the fall of 2010, my editor asked me if I would write a Christmas story using some of the characters from the series I’d just completed. I said yes, but had no idea for a story. At a First Place 4 Health wellness week, I met a woman and her mother who had read my books. I asked them about ideas for a Christmas story using Lucy and Jake from Becoming Lucy. They came up with the idea of the prodigal and the orphanage and then we brainstormed how to put them together. I dedicated the book to Barbara Amy and her mother. Mrs. Amy passed away the summer before the book was released for Christmas 2012. I’m so thankful God brought her into my life at that time.  

What started you on your writing journey? 
My writing journey began back when I was a child and became fascinated with pen and paper. I made up stories as I scribbled and told them to my mother. Before she passed away, she said she wished she’d actually written down those stories so I could see what a vivid imagination I had.

What kind of books do you enjoy reading?
 I love to read suspense and mystery. I’ll pick those up first from my TBR pile. Just finished Dark Justice by Brandilyn Collins.

Which character in your new release most interested you while you wrote? Why?
I was most intrigued by my hero because he was based on my great-grandfather, Manfred Whiteman. Delving into my ancestry gave me a great insight into my father’s family and where the legacy of faith had its roots.

What is your strangest habit? (you pick which one—just something to have fun with and show some personality.)
I’m not sure you’d classify it as strange, but I have a bad habit of leaving cabinet and closet doors open and sometimes drawers. My husband says he knows when I’ve been cooking or baking because all the kitchen cabinet doors are open. The same happens in the bathroom after I’ve had a shower and leave open the doors to the cabinet where I keep my moisturizer and body lotions.

What makes you smile and/or laugh out loud?
Nothing brings on a smile or laughter quicker than our great-grandchildren. Cade, 4½ year old great-grandson, can come up with the funniest comments. Eleven month old Cambrie Mae smiles and it makes my heart smile. They are precious, and just thinking about  them now makes me smile.

What is your favorite season of the year?
The Christmas season is my favorite by far. It’s a time of family and celebrations. We have five family birthdays between November 30 and December 31. It’s also the season of our Christmas Celebration for the choir. Celebration is a musical extravaganza with music, drama, live animals, dancing, and the story of Christ.

Are there things you put off doing because you dread them? 
Easy question because I thoroughly dislike housework and put it off as long as I can. If we’re having a party or guests coming, the house gets a good cleaning. Otherwise it’s a hit or miss with dusting, vacuuming, and picking up clutter.

Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?  
I write about reconciliation and reunion because nothing tears a family apart like disharmony and nothing hurts our spiritual journey like taking a path away from Jesus. It happens, and showing how reconciliation in the family and with God are possible in all circumstances lets my readers know that God’s love is bigger than anything in this world.

Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you. (and why it's special)  
There are several that are special to me such as Galatians 6:9, the one I use to sign my books, but the one that has had the most impact is Psalm 27:1. My grandmother quoted this Scripture and had me memorize it when I was only 5 years old. I had viral meningitis and was deathly ill, and was in an isolation section of Texas Children’s Hospital in Dallas, Texas in 1941, and my grandmother Whiteman sat outside my door quoting this verse with me and singing Jesus Loves Me. She told me over and over that I had nothing to fear because Jesus was my light and my salvation and He loved me. After three days and a number of very painful spinal taps, the fever, the pain, and the disease suddenly disappeared. I was perfectly healthy and allowed to go home.  Sixty years or so later, I quoted this same verse over our grandson, Robert Mikell, who had just had a liver transplant and was not doing well. He went on to get better and go home. Nothing like the prayers of a grandmother to catch God’s attention even though they are not always answered in the way we most desire, God is faithful and answers with love and mercy for each of us.
(Sorry that’s so long, but it means so much to me.)

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
My next book is Love Finds Faith. It is the second in the Homeward Journey series.

Micah Gordon, a prodigal son, comes home because he has nowhere else to go. All but his younger brother welcome him with open arms. Hannah Dyer has just moved to town to help her brother-in-law, Manfred Whiteman, as a nurse. Micah has run far away from his faith, and draws even farther away when his father unexpectedly dies of a heart attack. Hannah’s faith and belief in the good that is in Micah begins to draw him back to his roots, but it will take a heap of faith and a miracle to come up with the money to save the ranch and pay off all the debts left by his father.

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About the author:
Martha Rogers is a free-lance writer and was named Writer of the Year at the Texas Christian Writers Conference in 2009 and writes a weekly devotional for ACFW. Martha and her husband Rex live in Houston where they enjoy spending time with their grandchildren and attending football, baseball, and basketball games when one of the grandchildren is playing or performing. She is a member of several writing groups.  A former Home Economics teacher, Martha loves to cook and experimenting with recipes and loves scrapbooking when she has time. She has written two series as well as several other novels and novellas. The first book in her new series, Love Stays True, released in May, 2013.

Connect with Martha here:
Facebook: Martha Whiteman Rogers   
Twitter: @MarthaRogers2

Martha is giving away a copy of Christmas at Holly Hill. 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...

This sounds great, would love to win it. Thank you for hosting this giveaway.


Rick Estep said...

The ladies at my church library love these seasonal books. Thanks for the interview, great job!

Librarybooks at religious dot com

cjajsmommy said...

Wonderful interview. Martha seems like the kind of person with whom I would enjoy chatting. I would love to win a copy of this book. djragno [at] hotmail [dot] com

Mary / Touch of Heaven said...

I love Christmas stories! Thanks for the opportunity to win this.
atouchofheaven2010 at gmail dot com

Jackie McNutt said...

Martha, I love how your books focus on reconciliation and reunion with family. It is so difficult when there is discord.
thank you

Anne Payne said...

Martha's books are always sweet and full of warmth. I would enjoy reading this one. Thanks for the opportunity.

Patty said...

I've enjoyed several holiday book already this season, would love to add this one to my collection!


sm said...

I really enjoy reading Christmas fiction and Christmas at Holly Hill sounds very good with the orphanage theme. I have a heart for orphans; we pray for 2 boys in a Mexican orphanage and send Christmas gifts; we adopted a baby when he was 2 days old, so he was never orphaned! and thanks us that we took him out of Lancaster, CA.
sharon, CA wileygreen1(at)yahoo(dot)com

Brittany said...

Great interview! Would love to win this book. I am interested in reading the book that comes before this one, too. Going to look it up.
Brittany McEuen

HomePlace Gatherings said...

I agree with the housecleaning issue. If no company comes, we don't have to worry about it! My motto is, "crafting forever-housework whenever".

Priviesandprims@yahoo dot com

Martha W. Rogers said...

Thanks for stopping by everyone. This is one of my favorite books. I enjoyed writing it so much.

MsRubyKat said...

Nice interview and lovely book cover. Would love a chance to win a copy of this book. Thank you.
Karen G.

karenk said...

thanks for the chance to read this wonderful novel :)

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Pam K. said...

I think it's interesting that Martha based the hero in her book after her great grandfather. I'd love to win a copy of Christmas at Holly Hill. Thanks for the chance.


Cindi A said...

Just the type of book I'd love to read this time of year. Ü


Linda Marie Finn said...

This sounds like such a sweet story and you are a nice lady also. Wonderful work !
Linda Finn

Patricia Bradley said...

Great interview and I so agree with the housework aversion. :-) Would love to win the book! pat at ptbradley dot com

Anonymous said...

Hello neighbor. I live in Pasadena. I have several of your good books, but I'm hoping to win this one to give to my church or Library. Please put my name for a chance to win. Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

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