Is there a story behind your book A Soft Breath of Wind?
The idea came to me when my oldest child was a baby, not long after the release of A Stray Drop of Blood. This sequel would be about the next generation, a completely separate story, and in the course of a day or two the plot came to me in full…but I knew it would be an intense book to write, and I didn’t want to do it then, LOL. Seven years later, I still hadn’t put fingers to keyboard for that story, though in the meantime I’d had quite a few other books published, and my biblicals were gaining in popularity.
In the summer of 2013, I had a Skype call with a bookclub in Boston that had just read A Stray Drop of Blood. At first the women came forward to ask me questions, but as the chat went on, they just started sharing how God had worked in their lives while they read my book. It was exhilarating, humbling, and so very inspiring to see how the Lord used my story as one of His tools. They all asked if there was a sequel, and I admitted I had one planned but had never worked on it. Over the next few weeks, though, I knew the time was right. Plans fell through on another series I’d thought I had to work on, so I focused on this one. The day after I finished the manuscript, I got another contract—God had certainly cleared my calendar so that I could work on this book!
Where A Stray Drop of Blood focused on the power of the blood of Christ, pivoting around His death and resurrection, this one focuses on the power of the wind of the Spirit—and what we as believers can do through Him.
What distracts you from writing the easiest?
What was that? I was about to answer when I was interrupted by “MOMMY! I need you!” ;-)
What makes you smile and/or laugh out loud?
My awesome, nutty kids (ages 8 and 6). They are brimming over with joy and wackiness, and nothing makes me laugh like their newest clever answer or crazy exploit.
What do you like most about the area where you live and/or grew up?
The mountains. I’ve lived most of my life in the West Virginia / Western Maryland region of the Appalachians, and there’s just nothing like those beautiful rolling mountains to make me feel at peace and at home. Though we lived for 6 years in Annapolis, Maryland and have visited many other places, I always breathe a sigh of relief when the first mountains come into view on the way home!
Where is your favorite place to travel/vacation in?
The Outer Banks of NC! Both my husband’s and my families vacationed there when we were kids, and we actually got married there too. Now it’s our kids’ favorite place in the world to go, and when we mentioned going somewhere new soon, they got a bit upset with us, LOL.
What's your favorite meal with family and friends? (and feel free to share a recipe with us!)
One of my favorites, that still feels like a super indulgence, since I only make it once or twice a year, is French onion soup. It’s a new tradition with a family with whom we’re friends, and I can’t wait to invite them over again to share it with us. I use a slow-cooker recipe that I found here:
French Onion Soup Recipe
Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?
I often come back to redemption, and to spiritual freedom in Christ. In A Soft Breath of Wind, I found myself focusing on how faith must be deliberate—our identity, not just our circumstances.
Where do you escape for some quiet time to reflect, pray, read, etc?
With two small kids whom I homeschool and with both me and my husband working from home, “escape” isn’t so much a place as a time, LOL. There’s nowhere I can go to be alone on the average day, so instead I get up before the rest of the house, rising at 5:30 for time to pray, read, or write.
Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you. (and why it's special)
“So Samuel grew, and the Lord was with him and let none of his words fall to the ground.”
I Samuel 3:19
As a writer, I obviously put a lot of value on words—and this verse is my ultimate prayer. That as I grow and mature, I do it in the Lord…and none of my words go astray. That they are all for him, none regretted, none in vain.
When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
Out next from me is an Edwardian series with Bethany House. The first book will release summer of 2015, The Lost Heiress, and is set in Monaco and Yorkshire of 1910-11. The second one, which I’m working on now, takes place in the Highlands of Scotland and the southern coast of England. The third will be in the Cotswolds. The series combines romance with mystery and suspense, following two priceless gems through a group of friends as they try to keep them out of the hands of those who would kill for them.
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After graduating from St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland, she and her husband moved back to the same mountains they equate with home.
Roseanna is the author of two biblical novels, A Stray Drop of Blood and Jewel of Persia, the historical romance, Love Finds You in Annapolis, Maryland, and the historical, romantic suspense Culper Ring Series (Ring of Secrets, Whispers from the Shadows, and Circle of Spies). When she isn’t writing, she’s homeschooling her two small children or editing for WhiteFire Publishing.
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