Interview with an author

Ladies and gents, exciting news – the gifted Meghan Gorecki is about to publish her first novel! I have gained the privilege of asking her a few questions, and telling you about her novel God’s Will. Sit back, relax, and read all about it!

GodsWill_FrontCoverforPromotionKathy Andrews is good at goodbyes. Her mother is sent to a sanatorium, her sister, left behind in Chicago, and her father, forced to roam looking for work. So she holds close to the only one she has left, her brother Danny. When the two go to live with the Marshalls in the sleepy town of Brighton, she doesn’t let anyone past hello. Elliott Russell frowns at his aunt and uncle’s generosity–even though he and his sister are on the receiving end. He frowns, too, at the uppity city girl with a chip on her shoulder whom he can’t get out of his head. When a tragedy rips apart what tenuous existence they manage to forge, will they find the sweetest place to be is in God’s will–or will they turn their backs on faith that fails to protect against pain?

Sounds good, doesn’t it? I asked her a few questions out of sheer curiosity.

If your novel was a movie, who would you cast for the three main characters?
What novel have you re-read more than any other?
What is your favorite line or conversation in your book?
Does your novel have an OTP?
If you had to choose, which writer would you pick as your mentor?

She answered swimmingly.
1. If my novel were a movie–and let’s face it, which one of us doesn’t picture it like that in our mind? I would cast Ryan Gosling as the main character, Elliott, for sure. I know that’s being a total girl about it, but The Notebook is a period movie so it is incredibly easy picturing Ryan Gosling in Elliott’s character. For Kathy, oh gosh … I would cast Anna Kendrick. She has equal parts depth and spunk.
2. I’ve re-read Little Women so many times, as well as Pilgrim’s Progress. Classics aside, I’ve read Lynn Austin’s Refiner’s Fire trilogy countless times over the years.
3. I have to pick a conversation or favorite line? Oh, great. I know this book like the back of my hand and I’m coming up blank and I don’t want to give anything away. There’s one part near the end of the book, after so much has happened and changed and grown the two main characters, and they’re sitting on the farmhouse’s front porch shucking corn. And for once, they’re not bickering! Elliott mentions this and instantly the mood changes and they catch up a bit. Trust me–once you read the book and see where they’ve come from, you’ll see why this is a simple but pivotal moment.
4. My novel, while not a romance through out the entire book, most definitely does have an OTP. Kathy and Elliott. My one friend Michaela has been shipping these two since day one–seven years ago when I first started sending her snippets of the story in my letters!
5. Oh wow … what a loaded question! I think I would choose Jocelyn Green or Joanne Bischof as my mentor. Both are fantastic historical authors with unique writing styles but with identical emphasis on the history woven through out the story. I want to not just give a passing mention to the history in my own writing, but “feature” the history with as much respect and honor it deserves.

Add it to your wishlists, people!

GWProfilePicforBlog Meghan M. Gorecki is a twenty-something living a hundred or so miles from Gettysburg and a hundred or so years from the history that beckons her. So she goes there (and elsewhere) in heart and on pages. Meghan works as a medical receptionist by day and types away on her novels and blogs at night. She’s a redhead thanks to a box, but a daughter of God thanks to the Cross.

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Fly Away Home + Cover Reveal and Giveaway!

Today, I have the absolute thrill of announcing the cover release for authoress extraordinaire Rachel Heffington’s novel, Fly Away Home! It’s about to hit the market, and I can’t wait! I haven’t been bribed or blackmailed into spazzing about it, but I’m going to spazz anyway. This book is wonderful. The characters will jump off the page into your heart, and you’ll be rooting for some and booing at others and at the end you’ll want to read it again. On the subject of the romance (the sort of romance where Mr. Barnett and Callie can call eachother things like “capricious monkey” and “dashing racketeer”) I’ll only say one thing.

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Fly Away Home, 1952 New York City:

Callie Harper is a woman set to make it big in the world of journalism. Liberated from all but her buried and troubled past, Callie craves glamour and the satisfaction she knows it will bring. When one of America’s most celebrated journalists, Wade Barnett, calls on Callie to help him with a revolutionary project, Callie finds herself co-pilot to a Christian man whose life and ideas of true greatness run noisily counter to hers on every point. But when the secrets of Callie’s past are hung over her head as a threat, there is space for only one love, one answer: betray Wade Barnett to save her reputation, or sacrifice everything for the sake of the man she loved and the God she fled. The consequences of either decision will define the rest of her life.

Self-preservation has never looked more tempting.

Oh, you know you want to read it. This is no ordinary plain-Jane historical Christian romance novel, because I never (read: never, ever, ever) read Christian romance novels. (I don’t like them, quite frankly.) So you’ll know this book is something else when I tell you how much I love it. But enough about me – and some more about the authoress (who happens to be a frabjous friend of mine. You don’t get much better.)

Rachel Heffington is a Christian, a novelist, and a people-lover. Encouraged by her mother to treasure books, Rachel’s favorite pastime was (and still is) reading. When her own library and her cousin’s ran out of interesting novels, twelve-year old Rachel decided she would write her own; thus began a love-affair with word-crafting that has carried her past her teen years and into adulthood. Outside of the realm of words, Rachel enjoys the Arts, traveling, mucking about in the kitchen, listening for accents, and making people laugh. She dwells in rural Virginia with her boisterous family and her black cat, Cricket. Visit Rachel online at www.inkpenauthoress.blogspot.com

And now, for the moment you’ve all been waiting for!

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Isn’t it gorgeous? And she looks just like how I imagined Callie! But wait, there’s more – Rachel is having a giveaway over at her blog! Follow the aformentioned link and run on over to enter! Also, be sure to check her out on Goodreads!

Come one, come all, and meet an authoress!

 This is Jenny. Let me introduce you to her. She is one of the most fantastic authoresses I know. I am proud to be hosting her interview on my blog, because, well, I’ve looked up to her and her writing for quite a while now. Actually being able to say “Oh yes, I know Jenny and Abigail” makes me feel rather well-off in the writing community. Jenny is lovely, friendly, and will make many tongue-in-cheek remarks. She loves tea (my kind of authoress, I can tell you now), is married to the man she loves, is a homeschool graduate who cannot write in cursive, and has had her historical fiction book the Shadow Things published and eagerly read by many (including myself. Signed copy, yes please.)

Grab a cup of tea, turn on some music, and enjoy the interview with Lady Jennifer Frietag!

How long did it take you to complete the Shadow Things? 

I honestly do not remember; my best guess would be around two years.  Given the size of the book you would probably not think it would take that long, but I confess I was not exactly diligent and at the time I was not actively considering publication.  The Shadow Things was a story I worked on whenever it came to me.


Who was your favourite character to write?
 

Honestly, Indi was.  Since day one, page one, with the pending storm and Thern and the beetle, I enjoyed writing Indi.  Even in his worst, confused moments he was a familiar, safe sort of person to be around and work with.  And I learned a lot from him, too.  You can’t go through a story like that and watch a fellow hold up in the name of God and for the love of God under such provocations without all the doctrines and principles you hold becoming something more than just words to you.


Does your book have a song you’ve chosen as its theme?
 

Not really, but a song that fits it and that has impacted me since childhood is Rich Mullins’ “If I Stand.”  Mullins knew how to give voice to the soul of a man longing for home. 

And there’s a loyalty that’s deeper
Than mere sentiments
And a music higher than the songs
That I can sing
The stuff of Earth competes
For the allegiance
I owe only to the giver
Of all good things

So if I stand let me stand on the promise
That you will pull me through
And if I can’t, let me fall on the grace
That first brought me to You
And if I sing let me sing for the joy
That has born in me these songs
And if I weep let it be as a man
Who is longing for his home

 Can you summarize the book in ten words or less? 

“The world hates you…know it has hated Me before you.” (John 15:18)

 If it were made into a movie, who would play the main characters? 

I honestly don’t know, Mirriam!  I cannot imagine this book ever being made into a movie: the thought has never seriously crossed my mind, and has never idly crossed my mind for more than a few seconds.  It’s really not the sort of story I would choose to turn into a film and if someone did try to turn it into a film I would live in fear that they would not get the message.  Because the message isn’t mine: I didn’t make it up.  It is really a matter of me telling the world again that the Holy Spirit is living and active and strong to preserve the children of God through all refining and hateful torment this world will hurl against them.  That isn’t my story.  That’s His.  And can you really make a movie of that?

 Who would compose the music? 

I’m afraid I’m not a music junkie so my knowledge of the people behind music is almost nonexistent.  The best I could tell you is that the story would need someone with a clear, elemental touch in music—nothing heavy or epic.

(Jenny, I must interject – David Arkenstone. There you are). 

Where would it be filmed? 

The story takes place across southern Britain, but whether or not you could film it on location I don’t know.  You would need a richly arable landscape that would allow you to give it a half-and-half image of slight wilderness neglect and remaining Roman civilization.  Yes, an author does ask too much. 

Out of all your characters in this book, who would you most like to have over for a week? 

It’s a toss-up between Indi and the enigmatic Lord Bedwyr.  I think Bedwyr would be a lot of fun to spend an evening with: he has definitely mellowed as he has grown older…  But for a week, I would probably choose Indi. 

Are you planning on writing more historical fiction in the future? 

With Adamantine, Plenilune, and probably Between Earth and Sky ahead of me, I don’t know if I am capable of thinking that far into the future.  I assume I will write more historical fiction, but I don’t have anything definitely planned yet.  I’ll keep you posted.

(Thank you 🙂 

Do you have any unusual habits when you write? (i.e. consuming inordinate amounts of tea and/or coffee, sitting in one position the whole time, etc.) 

I think I have three odd habits that are probably characteristic of writers in general, though perhaps not the rest of the human race.  I cannot sit still long.  I have to get up and move about, a habit only exacerbated by highly tense scenes and/or awkward situations.  The second habit, which was brought to my attention, is that I make faces.  I think you can usually tell the atmosphere of the scene I am writing by what my face is doing.  It’s mildly embarrassing to admit that.  And the third habit is that I work a computer keyboard the way Beethoven played the piano.  My husband worries I will break my keyboard in two with the violence of my typing—a habit which worsens the more charged the scene.

 Did you feel elated or deflated when you finally completed the book?

 I might have felt deflated if I hadn’t been neck-deep in another novel at the time.  That is the advantage to having more than one piece in the works at once: you always have something to devote your attention to when one project is finished.  I did feel a little cowed because, after The Shadow Things was finished, I was gearing toward publishing it—and publishing remains to this day a strange, scary ritual that I do not fully understand and wonder if I ever will.

 Is there anything you wish you could go back and change?

 Yes, but I won’t tell, and even if I was given the opportunity to go back and change it I probably wouldn’t.  That, too, is probably characteristic of a lot of writers.

 Was there ever a point where you got discouraged writing it, and what did you do?

 My sister-in-law tells me that she had me practically rewrite the novel.  I don’t remember this.  She still feels badly about it, and she apologizes for it from time to time, but I still don’t remember it.  I have some vague memory of getting to the end, going back, and overhauling it massively, but I don’t remember anyone telling me to do so.  I do recall brief moments when I stared at the story as a whole and thought, “Someone needs to get the pooper-scooper for this thing.”  But somehow I managed to turn it into something that even I like—and everyone else seems to like it too. 

 And last but not least, what is the nicest compliment you have ever received regarding your book? (Be honest, now, it isn’t bragging – I asked!) 

I know a lot of people remark on how young I was when I wrote the novel.  Apparently that is surprising.  I never thought about it as surprising—I’ve always written stories and I never did it in relation to my physical age.  Never let yourself be held back from being awesome by how many birthdays you have or have not had.  But I think the biggest compliment I have received is the number of souls I have touched.  It is one thing to write a good story and have people like it: it is another to see one’s plot, one’s characters, one’s words driving into the life-blood of a reader’s heart.  I listen to OwlCity’s recent release “Gold”—“shout out to the dreams you’ll chase! shout out to the hearts you’ll break!”—and I know how that goes.  The biggest compliment is to be called the Penslayer and to see the title in action.

Jenny, this was marvelous. To all my blog readers and friends – can you see why I like her so much? Thank you for taking the time to do this, Jenny – please hurry up and get Adamantine and Plenilune finished before I have to come over there and make you tea myself! *wink*

To contact the penslayer girl, scribble a writ to sprigofbroom293@gmail.com.  She would love to hear any feedback.