Monday, December 2, 2013

A Warm Welcome to Tamera Lynn Kraft

Is there a story behind A Christmas Promise?

The idea for a Christmas Promise came when I started reading about the Moravians in Schoenbrunn Village in Ohio. These people gave up everything to evangelize the Lenape Native Americans in the Ohio wilderness, but they didn’t evangelize by trying to make the Natives become white men. They translated the Bible into the Lenape language and taught them to read so they could study Scripture. The village was led by a council formed of Moravian preachers and Lenape leaders and developed the rules for the village. What I found most interesting was how the Moravians celebrated Christmas. Many of the traditions we still observe today like candlelight Christmas Eve services and indoor artificial Christmas trees were started by the Moravians.

What’s the last thing you wrote?
Soldier’s Heart, a story about a man who struggles when he returns home to his wife after serving in the Civil War.

What’s your favorite genre of writing?

I love writing historicals because there are so many stories in American history.

Who is the most fun character you ever created?

Alice Brighton from my uncompleted novel, Alice’s Notions, is the most fun. She was a war widow right after World War II who went to her home town in West Virginia to start a sewing and quilt shop. Her mysterious landlord isn’t what he seems and the whole town is acting strange. She finds out later that a Communist sleeper cell is stationed in this small village, and she’s right in the middle of the trouble. She sort of reminds me of Mrs. King on the old TV show Scarecrow and Mrs. King.

Do you type or write by hand? Computer? Typewriter? Legal pad?

I use the computer. My hand gets tired when I write longhand, and I hate transcribing my writing since I can’t even read it.

What’s your favorite thing that you’ve written?

My favorite is a Young Adult Western novel called Forks in the Road. It’s about two young brothers who struggle with tragedy in the late 1800s, but at each fork in the road, they grew further away from God and get into a bigger mess. By the time they are in their late teens, they’ve become bank and train robbers. But God doesn’t give up on them, and they end up surrendering their lives to God. That’s when the story gets really interesting because if they do the right thing, they’ll spend the rest of their lives in prison. It’s a great story about how God redeems broken lives set in the Old West. It will probably never be published. Westerns without romance are not big in the industry, but it’s still my favorite.

How many writing projects are you working on right now?

Usually I’m only working on one to two projects at a times, but at this moment, it’s a lot more. I’m co-writing Alice’s Notions with a friend. It’s almost done. I’m also editing Lost in the Storm, a Civil War novel and writing Resurrection of Hope, an Easter novel about a tornado set in 1920. On top of that, I’m plotting a post-Civil War novel and writing some Children’s Church Curriculum. I’m far too busy right now.

Does music help you write?

I love to play instrumental music while I write. I usually choose music that sets the mood and transports me to that time period. I’ll use soundtracks from movies often, and I love The Piano Guys.

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

I’m not sure. Soldier’s Heart, a Civil War novella that is already out in digital format is coming out in paperback within a few days. I also have a full read out of the first novel in a Civil War series called Red Sky Over America, so hopefully that will sell soon.

Back Cover Blurb

During colonial times, John and Anna settle in an Ohio village to become Moravian missionaries to the Lenape. When John is called away to help at another settlement two days before Christmas, he promises he’ll be back by Christmas Day. When he doesn’t show up, Anna works hard to not fear the worst while she provides her children with a traditional Moravian Christmas. Through it all, she discovers a Christmas promise that will give her the peace she craves.

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About Tamera:
Tamera Lynn Kraft has always loved adventures. She loves to write historical fiction because there are so many stories in history. Soldier’s Heart  and A Christmas Promise are her first published works. Tamera has recently celebrated her thirty-fourth anniversary with her loving husband, Rick. She has two grown and married children and two grandchildren.

Tamera has been a children’s pastor for over 20 years. She 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 is also a writer and has curriculum published including Kid Konnection 5: Kids Entering the Presence of God published by Pathway Press. She is a recipient of the 2007 National Children’s Leaders Association Shepherd’s Cup for lifetime achievement in children’s ministry.

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Tamera Lynn Kraft is giving away a copy of A Christmas Promise. 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.)

Off to read another great book!
Sandra M. Hart


Mariane Antonacci said...

Would love to read A Christmas Promise by Tamera Kraft :)

Lisa Lickel said...

Really? Alice is so much fun! Soldier Heart is so poignant...looking forward to Christmas Promise.

Linda Marie Finn said...

loved soldiers heart, would love to win and read this one.
Linda Finn
Faithful Acres Books

Jackie McNutt said...

Tamara, I grew up several miles from Schoenbrunn Village. As children we frequented going there as a family . I have taken my (now adult) children and most of my grandchildren there. it is a wonderful place to see. They have a candlelight Christmas Service there in period costumes. I would love to read The Christmas Promise!
Thank you

HomePlace Gatherings said...

A little suspense in a historical, sounds like a good read!

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Anonymous said...

I am really interested in this book about Moravians and the Lanape peoples, Tamera. I would love to win your Christmas book. Thanks Sandra, for interviewing Tamera. Please put my name in the drawing. Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

sm said...

A Christmas Promise sounds good to me. I know very little about the Lenape and would love to read and learn more. How difficult to have Christmas with your children (Moravian Christmases probably are not simple things!) and wondering if your husband will come home from a trip. sharon, CA wileygreen1(at)yahoo(dot)com

Wendy Newcomb said...

I saw this book the other day and thought it sounded pretty good, thank you for doing this interview.


Mary / Touch of Heaven said...

Historical Christmas stories are my favorite! Thanks for offering this book as a giveaway.
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Susan Johnson said...

I love Christmas stories. This one sounds interesting. I am not familiar with Moravian culture.

susanmsj at msn dot com

apple blossom said...

nice interview thanks for the chance to win this book

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Tamera Lynn Kraft said...

Thanks for inviting me to be interviewed. The more I learn about Moravians, the more fascinated I am. I look forward to attending a traditional Moravian lovefeast at Shoenbrunn Village this Sunday.

Lane Hill House said...

So glad the Lord doesn't change us into what others expect of us, but rather he changes our hearts and who He has created us to be ~ so much better than who we were without Him! Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House
lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net Would love to win a copy of this Christmas story!

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