What do you consider the most challenging about writing a novel, or about writing in general? Finding the time to sit down and write. There is always “something” else to do.
Do you intend to make writing a career? It never occurred to me until I hit the age of 40 that I could make a living writing. I took the plunge and quit a well-paying job to do final edits on my first novel SHADES OF GRAY, and have never looked back. I currently work a part-time job (as a stagehand), mainly as a way to stay in shape since writing is such a sedentary occupation.
Have you developed a specific writing style? I read so many diaries, letters, obituaries, newspapers from the 19th century, that I think my style is old-fashioned and very Victorian.
Can you share a little of your current work with us? My newest release is Above and Beyond, which hit #1 on Amazon’s bestseller list in Christian Historical Fiction. It shows the role that faith played during the American Civil War.
How did you come up with the title? The title, as with all of my titles, has a double meaning. One meaning is the obvious, going above and beyond the call of duty. The other is more veiled, but becomes apparent as you read the book.
Who is your publisher? My own company, Patriot Press, is the publisher of all of my books. I have also published other authors’ books, but am currently concentrating on writing.
What was the hardest part about writing this book? Civil War buffs are very well versed in all aspects of the War Between the States, so I had to do a lot of research to make sure my facts were correct.
Did you learn anything from writing this book and what was it? I learned so much about the lives of the people who shaped this country. Their spirit, their devotion, their courage, their honor inspires me every day.
Will you write others in this same genre? Absolutely! I have another historical fiction novel started that takes place during the American Revolution.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? Yes, the importance of honor, integrity, and faith in our daily lives—and that there really is such a thing as true and everlasting love.
Another timeless novel about commitment, honor and faith from Jessica James, winner of the coveted John Esten Cooke Award for Southern Fiction.
A raging war
An unexpected love
A selfless sacrifice
Charismatic Confederate cavalry commander Douglas Benton would much rather flirt with a woman than work with one. But Rebel spy Sarah Duvall soon teaches him that faith is more important than glory—and love more important than life.
Genre - Christian Fiction
Rating – G
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