Friday, August 1, 2014

A Warm Welcome to Ada Brownell

Welcome back to the Barn Door Book Loft, Ada! I love your book cover (and I'm picky! lol). The story gripped me as soon as I read your excerpt. Now on to the interview:

Can you tell us a bit about your family?
When we married, my husband was a railroad agent-telegrapher. He used to take Morse Code messages over the wire that were orders for a train to slow down, stop ahead, or go into a siding. Les tied the typed message into a Y stick. When the train approached, he held the stick into the air, his pants flapping in the breeze created by the train. Even if going at a high speed, the engineer hung out the window, stuck his arm through the circle of twine holding the message. It slipped over his arm and Les backed away with the stick and the train thundered and whistled past the depot, the message safe side the engine.

As Central Traffic Control was installed along the tracks, Les went to teletype and eventually computers to help keep a record of train and railroad car movement.

In the early years, we lived in the mountains all over Colorado because there were railroad depots nearly everywhere. What fun we had living in a cabin on top Tennessee Pass, on a hill in Minturn (near Vail), in Avon where we shared the whole beautiful valley with only the rancher and the fellow in the general store. We moved 12 times the first three years and made great friends in the churches we attended.

We have five children—one in heaven.

  • Carolyn, a wonderful musician with perfect pitch, a great sense of humor and beautiful character, died of cancer in 1990 at age 31. She and her husband were youth pastors at their church. 
  • Gary is a sound engineer and also does staging, lighting and his ministry is making pastors and musicians able to do their best to reach souls and bless. 
  • Gwen is a nurse who teaches at Mercy School of Nursing and is working on her doctorate in nursing.
  • Jaron is a computer software designer and musician. 
  • Jeanette is a pastor’s wife and works in human resources at a steel mill.   

All are or have been in Christian ministry, and they married wonderful spouses. Our grandchildren also are coming up serving the Lord.

Wonderful. What a blessing. Is there a story behind The Lady Fugitive? 
I got the idea for the two main characters from my maternal grandparents. My grandmother was an elocutionist (the art of public speaking in which gesture, vocal production, and delivery are emphasized) who presented her poems and original songs on stage in her youth. Some relatives say when her parents died, she ended up with an abusive uncle at about age 16 and she took off walking down the road with her suitcase and never went back.

I never met my grandfather because he died before I was born, but he traveled about the country in his youth showing one of the first Passion of the Christ moving pictures. He also was looking for his brother that his father hadn’t heard from in months. Then his father, my great-grandfather, was murdered by his second wife’s lover.

I’ve used these elements in the story, but it’s entirely fiction—the story of Jenny Parks and William O’Casey.

Wonderful ideas! Did you have a specific theme in mind as you wrote The Lady Fugitive? Did a theme pop out as you finished the book? Did the theme change?
William’s favorite song was “The Ninety and Nine,” which was a new song then. (I heard it was one of Grandpa’s favorites, too). Jenny often doubts God loves her, but he reminds her of the one lost sheep the Lord was concerned about.

Who is the most fun character you ever created?
One of my favorite characters in this book is Stuart, an orphan kid whose parents died of cholera. He boldly stepped into the book while Jenny hides, watching the judge. Then Stu stows away in William’s wagon and goes out to the farm and falls in love with the ornery goat, Rocky.

Ah, I already love him. Poor kid. Who is the most annoying character you ever created?
Grouch, an old guy covered with white whiskers and wild hair, lives up to his nickname, but the judge and his puffed up wife irritate me more.

He sounds like quite a character! Are you concerned with spelling and grammar as you write your first draft?
I had 12,000 words when I started this book using Novel Track a couple of years ago with American Christian Fiction Writers. That’s where you write as fast as you can without stopping to edit. In five weeks I had 80,000 words and the first draft.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it? 
I have several books in mind, especially a sequel to The Lady Fugitive. I hope to get started on it right away with Jenny’s brother as one of the main characters. I have two different young ladies he could fall in love with.

Thanks for joining us today!

Buy her book here:

About Ada:
Ada Brownell, a devoted Bible student, has written for Christian publications since age 15 and spent much of her life as a reporter for The Pueblo Chieftain in Colo. She also is a veteran youth Christian education teacher.

After moving to Missouri in her retirement, she continues to write books, free lance for Sunday school papers, Christian magazines, write op-ed pieces for newspapers. and blogs with stick-to-your-soul encouragement. She and her husband, Lester, have five children, one in heaven. She is critique group leader of Ozarks Chapter of American Christian Writers and a member of American Christian Fiction Writers.

Among her books: The Lady Fugitive, released July 18, 2014, Imagine the Future You, a youth Bible study (November 2013). Joe the Dreamer: The Castle and the Catapult, (Jan. 15, 2013); Swallowed by Life: Mysteries of Death, Resurrection and the Eternal, (Dec. 6, 2011); and Confessions of a Pentecostal, published by the Assembly of God in 1978, out of print but released in 2012 for Kindle; All the books are available in paper or for Kindle.

Connect with Ada here:
Amazon Author Page
Blog: Ink from an Earthern Vessel

ADA is giving away a copy of The.Lady Fugitive 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 can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.

Happy Reading!

Caroline Brown


Patricia Bradley said...

Enjoyed learning more about Ada. I had a friend who started out with AT&T as a telegrapher.

Anonymous said...

Ada you are delightful. What a family heritage you have. Christ has been good to you. "The Lady Fugitive sounds like she must be a part of you and you a part of her. Best wishes in your future.
Joyce Guard

Anonymous said...

hello Carole. Thanks for having Ada here. Sounds like she has a very busy life. This book sounds so good. Can't imagine how awful for this poor girl
to have to work in a coal tin. And have to live with this abusive uncle. I would have run away too. It sounds like a very interesting story. I hope to win it. I don't own a book by Ada. Thanks for a chance to change that fact. Please add my name to the drawing. Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

Anonymous said...

Praise the Lord for your wonderful family, who all love and serve the Lord! I've prayed for that but still waiting on God for that one.
Enjoyed the read about your husband and the railroad. Your book wounds fabulous and sounds like some of your maternal grandmother reflected in your story. Love to win this one! sharon, wileygreen1(at)yahoo(dot)com

Boos Mum said...

Sounds like a wonderful family. I have 6 and my hope and prayer is that they will serve the Lord all their days.

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