Sunday, November 2, 2014

A Warm Welcome to Lora Young

Is there a story behind your book Malicious Mischief?

My husband and I love to ride our tadpole recumbents on the Katy Trail in Missouri—the longest rails-to-trails in the nation. The trail head in New Franklin tells the story of Joseph Kinney, a steamship company owner, who had built a thriving business transporting goods and passengers up and down the Missouri River.

When the Missouri, Kansas, & Texas Railway (nicknamed The Katy) came through in the early 1870s, he saw it as a threat to his business and his way of life. He wrote scathing editorials to area newspapers decrying the evils of the railroads.

I saw in this…a story. A steamship owner’s strong-willed daughter falling in love with a railroad man. Voila! My story. (Still not quite sure how it turned into a mystery. All my stories seem to do that.)

What started you on your writing journey?
One day, many years ago, I bemoaned the dearth of good clean fiction. (I’ll admit to being picky.) I wanted adventure with romance, but not sappy romance and not ridiculous action. My daughter wearied of listening to me whine and said, “Why don’t you just write your own book?” So I did. Fortunately for everyone, that book never saw the light of day. But I definitely caught the bug, and stories that had been bouncing around in my brain made their way to the page.

Which character in your new release most interested you while you wrote? Why?
I don’t know about “the most,” but one of my favorite secondary (or even tertiary) characters was the station master, Roy Willis. I loved figuring out ways to make him annoy the hero. And I loved watching Endy react to those annoyances. The best part was that Roy just popped out on the page. He wasn’t planned at all. I love it when that happens.

If you could paint or sculpt like a famous artist who would it be and why?

I love Norman Rockwell. I realize that to some he’s “just” an illustrator, but he captures a kinder, safer time in our history. I have no idea exactly how he portrays such emotion in his paintings, but I’m jealous. 

What is your favorite season of the year?
Not sure about my favorite season, but my least favorite one is winter. I’ve lived in Missouri my whole life and hated every single winter. I hate being cold. I hate being wet. I hate shoveling snow and driving in it. Blah!
Fortunately, Missouri springs, summers, and falls make up for the lousy winters. 

What is a favorite memory from your childhood?
I loved making pumpkin pies with my dad. He’d been a professional baker early in life, and he did all the baking for holidays. We had big stoneware bowls that he’d mix the filling in. I was the official taste-tester. (Yes, I tasted raw pumpkin filling. The raw eggs didn’t kill me, although it doesn’t sound very tasty anymore.)
Once, when I was about eight or nine, I asked my parents if I could have a pumpkin pie. Notice I didn’t say a piece of pumpkin pie. Well, they made the obvious assumption and said yes. I ate the entire pie!

What's your favorite meal with family and friends?  
A few years ago, my husband and I went to the Grand Canyon via Colorado. We stopped at Four Corners (where Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah meet). A taco stand there sold Navajo Fry Bread. You could have it with taco filling, pie filling, powdered sugar…lots of different ways. It was delicious!!!
When we got home, I experimented with different recipes and found one that we like quite a bit. (For the record, these aren’t exactly healthy, but they’re oh, so yummy!)
 Navajo Fry Bread

2 c. oil for frying
4 c. all-purpose flour
3 T. baking powder
1 t. salt
2 ½ c. warm milk (Use less to start; add more if needed.)

1.  In a large heavy bottomed frying pan, heat 1 inch of vegetable oil to 365 degrees
2.  In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt and milk; mix well.  Let the dough rest at least 15 minutes.
3.  Form it into small balls and pat them flat. (The flatter the better. It will puff up quite a bit.)
4.  Place 3 or 4 at a time into the hot oil. When the rounds begin to bubble, flip them over and cook until golden. 

Makes 18 fry breads.

Servings: 9, Calories per serving: 282, Total fat: 6.7g, Total carbs: 46.2g, Protein: 8g

Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you.   
Hebrews 4:16 Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (NASB)
I’m a recovering perfectionist, both due to personality and habit. That means I don’t tolerate mistakes very well. But God does! Mistakes are just that. Mistakes. I don’t often wake up and say, “I think I’ll sin today.” No. It’s usually an accident. Speaking before thinking. Eating too many cookies. It doesn’t make it any less sin just because I didn’t plan it. But thanks be to God, I can come before the throne of grace with confidence (because of Jesus). He is ready to extend mercy and help for the next time. Gradually, he’ll complete the work he has begun in me—through his grace and mercy.

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

I had every intention of my next book being Malicious Intent - Book 2 in the Katy Railway Mysteries. Then an idea popped into my head for a romantic novella that would fit between Book 1 and Book 2—so Book 1.5. It tells the story of Samantha’s (Delia’s sister) romance and would set up Malicious Intent. It doesn’t have a name yet, but I plan to release it in early February.

You may purchase Lora's book at:

Lora Young is giving away a copy of Malicious Mischief.  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


Patricia Bradley said...

Thanks for introducing me to a new (to me) author! Her book sounds great...and as soon as I lose 5 pounds I'm going to try out her recipe.

Deanna Stevens said...

Malicious Mischief sounds like a mystery I'd enjoy reading. I don't care for Winter either, I'm always cold, but I do like wearing pretty sweaters :)
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Amy Putney said...

I love the sound of this story! It sounds like such a fun, but also interesting, read!

amyputney89 [at] gmail [dot] com

Caryl Kane said...

Thanks for the interview with Lora. I love Christian mysteries. I am looking forward to reading "Malicious Mischief".


Johnnie Alexander said...

Finished Malicious Mischief a few days ago--loved it! Such a fun story. Lora and I met at the ACFW Conference in Dallas a few years ago when we both volunteered to help out in the bookstore. She's one cool gal! (Please don't enter me in the drawing--I already have both the print and Kindle edition!)

Sandra Hart said...

Thanks for joining us on this weekend, Lora! It was fun to learn about your book.

Sandy Hart

Lora Young said...

Thanks for having me, Sandy. It was fun to meet you and everyone else here.

I appreciate all the comments. Looking forward to getting a copy sent out to the winner!

sm said...

I did not know about Katy Rails & Trails. Love to read your books. sm CA wileygreen1(at)yahoo(dot)com

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