Monday, June 2, 2014

Interview with Christian Author Rebecca DeMarino

Welcome to the Barn Door Book Loft Rebecca. 

Our readers would like to know the a story behind your book, A Place in His Heart.
  
I grew up hearing my mother’s stories about our ninth great-grandfather who sailed from England to the New World on a ship called the Swallow in the 17th century. She remembered all kinds of stories she’d heard as a little girl. My brother began tracing our ancestors and found the link to Barnabas Horton and discovered there had been a lighthouse named after him on Long Island. I found Horton Point, Southold, L.I. on a map, and asked mom if she’d like to go. Of course, she said yes and we flew out from Oregon. We had a wonderful time and found Barnabas’s grave still exists, covered with a blue slate. We found a lot of information about Barnabas and his sons at the historical society and library, but practically nothing about Mary, my ninth great-grandmother. Not even her grave. So I began wondering about her. I did learn she was his second wife, and he’d remarried within a year of the death of his first wife. And from there, all of the “what if’s” started jumbling about in my head.

Question: What actually started you on your writing journey?

In 2008 I was blessed to work for a literary agent, and I began to learn about the publishing industry. When I told her I wanted to write a novel she told me to do three things: 1) read a minimum of 20 books in the genre I wanted to write in. (Easy – I was an avid, voracious reader. She said well then reread the some of the novels and ask myself why or why not I liked them.)  2) Join a writer’s group such as American Christian Fiction Writers. I did!  And 3) Study the craft: read craft books, take courses online, at community colleges and at conferences. I knew the story I wanted to write and I set about to learn everything I could to write a great book!

Question: What kind of books do you enjoy reading?

My reading really spans the genres, but I love reading novels – particularly historicals – about strong women who despite the times they lived in, made a difference in people’s lives. Our country could not have been founded without them. Jane Kirkpatrick is one of my favorite authors and portrays women like that. I was hooked with her novel, A Gathering of Finches, and have loved all of her books.

Question: Which character in your new release most interested you while you wrote? Why? 

This is difficult because I wound up loving each of my characters for what they brought to the story, but I’m sure the definitive answer is Mary Horton. All I knew about her when I started to write the story was that she was young when she married the widower Barnabas and he had two young sons. And not too long after, she left with them on a little ship to the wilds of the New World. I wondered about her strength and courage to leave her family behind and start a new life. There was so much about the founding fathers of Southold, Long Island, and none about the women who came with them that I wanted to give her a voice.
One of the surprising things when I began to write was that I had an easier time with Barnabas. I felt his pain of losing the woman he loved and all of the dreams they had hoped to accomplish.

Question: What so you consider your strangest habit?   

I cannot throw a pen away. Or at least if I do, it’s very difficult for me. I have drawers and boxes full. I like them all. I figure I just need to find refills for them.

Question: What makes you smile and/or laugh out loud

My grandchildren! We have eleven!

Oh yes, grandchildren are a blessing. Wait until you have greats!

Question: What is your favorite season of the year? 

I love all four seasons, and like living where we experience them. But to pick one, I’d have to pick autumn. I love the colors, the smell of change, cold nights, a cozy sweater and a fire to sit by and read.

Question: What do you like most about the area where you live and/or grew up?  

My father was a career Navy pilot and my husband a career Air Force officer, so I have lived all over. Literally. I’ve never lived anywhere I didn’t find something I liked.

Question: What is a favorite memory from your childhood? 

Getting up at dawn and riding my horse with my best friend Nancy.

Question: Has any place you have traveled inspired your writing?

Oh, yes ~ England and Southold, Long Island!

Question: Where do you escape for some quiet time to reflect, pray, read, etc? 

My quiet time is actually at my writing desk when I first get up. It’s next to a window that faces a snow-covered mountain, and at sunrise there is a pink cast and sometimes pink-lit clouds. It’s gorgeous and inspires me to write. Even when it rains I love to watch the storm. I start with devotions and prayers and then I’m ready to write.

Question: Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you.  

Jeremiah 33:3  “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.”

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


Book #2 of The Southold Chronicles is due out June, 2015.  The Horton’s continue with young Joseph and Benjamin, now all grown up. The Grand Sachem’s daughter, Heather Flower, steals Benjamin’s heart, but will he win hers?

Thank you so much for joining us today. 

Rebecca DeMarino is giving away a copy of A Place in His Heart. 
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)

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Or have your local library order it in for you!

16 comments:

Amy C said...

What a lovely interview with Rebecca!
Congratulations to her on her release!
campbellamyd at gmail dot com

Rebecca DeMarino said...

Thank you, Amy! And thank you to the ladies at the Barn Door Book Loft!!

Sharon A Lavy said...

Thank you for the great interview Rebecca.

Lynn said...

11 grandkids? 4 more than I have! Loved reading the interview!
lworley416@comcast.net

CandaceCalvert said...

What a lovely interview! Great to learn more about you, Rebecca. I was blessed to first meet you via my agent--loved you
right from the start. I'm beyond excited about your novel. Congratulations!

MsElle3 said...

Rebecca, I love this interview. Congratulations again on the new book. I'll be posting my review later this month. Meanwhile, keep the stories coming. You really do inspire me.
Lonzine

Cindi A said...

Thanks for sharing the interview. I, too, am a horse lover and enjoy riding.

cindialtman(at)gmail(dot)com

Nadine Keels said...

It's always interesting to see how an author has to "meet," more or less, his/her own characters. I know the feeling well! nadine(dot)keels(at)gmail(dot)com

Connie R. said...

I would love to read this book! Thanks for the drawing!
bcrug(at)myfairpoint(dot)net

Anonymous said...

Would love to wrap myself in your book and lose myself.
Joyce Guard
guardje13@hotmail.com

Linda Finn said...

I would love to read this book. Sounds so good !
Blessings
Linda
Faithful Acres Books
www.faithfulacres.net

Karen G. said...

Lovely interview. The book sounds really great. Thank you for the chance to win a copy
kmgervais(at)nycap(dot)rr(dot)com

Melanie Backus said...

A Place in his Heart sounds wonderful. Thank you for the giveaway and the opportunity.

mauback55 at gmail dot com

KayLee from NY said...

I would love to read this book. I hope my library has it. Thank you for the opportunity to win.

msbookwormlady(at)aol(dot)com

Cassie said...

Thanks for a great interview!

Anonymous said...


Hello Sharon and Rebecca. Rebecca, your book sounds like i would love it. I love the geneolgy . I too am interested in my ancestors. I feel the same about pens and my girls are fussing about how I need to toss them. My answer, I like them and need new fillers. Also agree about the grandchildren. So fun watching them grow up and now being mothers and giving me 19 great-grandkids to adore. I would so much love to win a copy of your book. Thanks to you and to BDBL. Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

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