Sunday, November 9, 2014

A Warm Welcome to April McGowan

I want to welcome you today, April. It's so nice to have you visiting! Tell us . . .
Is there a story behind your book Macy?
I’ve known several people who have tried to escape their circumstances by getting married, and I’ve known many who discovered the man they married wasn’t who they’d thought he was. I wanted to investigate those ideas and what it means to make a commitment to another person, even if they aren’t keeping their commitment to you.

Serious stuff and interesting! What distracts you from writing the easiest? 
I live daily with chronic illness and that is a huge challenge to keep up my energy and stay in the story when I’m writing. But God is very good to meet me when and where I ask Him and supply my need.

So good to know He will! Which character in your new release most interested you while you wrote? Why?
I always relate in some way to my main character. In this case, all the pregnancy vomiting Macy does is mirrored after my own experiences of pregnancy-long morning sickness. Although…Macy is let off the hook easier than I was!

If you could paint or sculpt like a famous artist who would it be and why?
I would love to design buildings and furnishings like Maxfield Parish. I went to design school with every thought of being an interior designer/interior architect. My plans didn’t work quite like I wanted—but I still love buildings and floor plans and interesting schemas.

Nice! What is your favorite season of the year?  
I love the change of every season, that ushering in of something new and different and unknown. From the brightly covered leaves of fall, to the first snows, the first buds of spring, the first toasty warm day of summer. Love them all.

What do you like most about the area where you live and/or grew up? 
I grew up in Eureka, California, in the true northern California, a coastal town with small-town quirks, embedded with Victorian houses (love them) and hedged with redwoods and mountains. It’s beautiful there. I love the ocean.

Ooooo! Sounds beautiful. Would love to visit the area some day. Are there things you put off doing because you dread them? 
Laundry. And dishes. I fear for the day my kids are grown and out of the house (thank heavens for chore lists). I will have dishes all over the counters and unfolded clothes all over my bedroom. I’d rather be writing!

Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?  
I love writing Healing Fiction, books that don’t just entertain, but connect on a deeper level with the brokenness we all live with and don’t often talk about. I hope to reveal the depths that the Father will go to draw the most broken back to Him and make them whole through Christ.

Smiling . . . Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you. (and why it's special)   
James 1: 2-3 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.

Those are currently my life verses. Because of my illness and life circumstances, I’m challenged daily, and am constantly in a state of surrender to the Lord. Oh, but He’s gracious!

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it? 
My next novel, Amber, is in progress and soon will be sent to my agent, David Van Diest. It tells the story about a young woman who thinks she’s got her life all figured out and then she loses her sight and must start her life all over again, giving her hopes and dreams up for a better dream the Father has for her.

Wow, we'll look forward to hearing from you again when this one's ready! Thanks for joining us, April.

Buy her book here:

About April:
April McGowan loves to write healing fiction. Her novel, Jasmine, was a debut novel finalist for the 2014 Carol Awards. She and her husband, two children, and her mews, Spookers, live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. April is a member of Oregon Christian Writers and American Christian Fiction Writers. When she's not writing, reading down her book list, homeschooling her two children, or playing board games, you might find her at her drum kit, imagining she's on a world tour. Hey, it could happen.

Connect with April here:
Twitter : or @aprilkmcgowan

April is giving away a copy of Macy. 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


cjajsmommy said...

April, I think if we weren't on opposite coasts, I would be trying to meet you. I need a friend who loves architecture and floor plans and understands my love for big old houses! Every year I sign up for a house tour sponsored by our local library just so I get inside some of these wonderful Victorians in our area.

I'd love to win a copy of Macy. cjajsmommy (at) gmail (dot) com

Deb R.

Linda Kish said...

I would love to win a copy of this book.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Deanna Stevens said...

Healing Fiction is something I've not seen before but the subject in your book is certainly that ! ! would love to read it :) dkstevensne AT outlook DOTcom

April McGowan said...

Thanks so much for having me here, Carole! This was such fun. I'm glad to meet everyone here, as well!

Amy said...

Your book sounds so good. I also dislike doing laundry and dishes. Thanks for the giveaway.

sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

Caryl Kane said...

Wonderful interview with April. April, James 1:2-3, is a great life verse. I look forward to reading "Macy".


June Foster said...

I'd love to make a comment but please don't include me in the drawing. I've already read April's wonderful book, Macy.
Macy kept me glued to my kindle until I read the last page. Though it is difficult reading, I couldn't put it down.

Anonymous said...

I too hate laundry & dishes....honestly...they are just never, ever done!

Happy writting...may the housemaid elf visit you!

Sm said...

I like the premise of your book. What is real commitment, even to someone who turns out different than you thought. Sm. Wileygreen1(at)yahoo(dot)com

Unknown said...

Thank you, April, for writing "Healing Fiction"! I enjoy "mindless" reads, but I truly enjoy thought-provoking reads that take me deeper...and yours sound as such! I look forward to reading "Macy"!
Kelly Y.
kelly *at* dkcountryarts *dot* com

Caroline said...

Glad you could join us, April!
Thanks, lovely ladies for all the nice comments for April!

April McGowan said...

Oh, I'd love a house elf! Must.Get.One!

April McGowan said...

That'd be fun! I'm in love with the Old Portland Style here in Oregon right now. Beautiful old homes speak to me!

April McGowan said...

Thanks. I've been searching for a persevere bracelet, if you ever find one, pop me a message on my webpage :-)

April McGowan said...

Thanks very much, June! Xoxox

April McGowan said...

Thanks, again. This has been one of my favorite blog interviews I've done :-)

April McGowan said...

Another comment mentioned house elves, I'll be contacting them out, soon! :-P

April McGowan said...

It's the style of story that speaks to my heart and spurs my imagination :-)

April McGowan said...

Thanks much! I hope you enjoy reading my novels- let me know what you think :-)

Anonymous said...

Nice to meet April. I would love one of her books since I haven't ready any of hers. Maybe will get lucky. Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

Patty said...

Sounds like an interesting book!


Britney Adams said...

I enjoyed meeting April and will certainly be adding her books to my TBR list. Thank you for the giveaway opportunity!

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