Paula serves as the Colorado Coordinator for the American Christian Fiction Writers, where she was a Nobel Theme finalist, and was named Writer of the Year at the Colorado Christian Writers Conference. She and her husband enjoy homeschooling their four children. (Two down and two to go!) Paula loves peppermint ice cream, fancy rootbeer, and walking barefoot. Her greatest desire is to be close enough to Jesus to breathe His fragrance. (Amazon)
BBB: What inspired you to become a writer?
PM: I'm one of those authors who dreamed of writing books from childhood. In third grade I wrote a story about a pencil and an eraser who were always fighting until they understood how much they needed each other. I was hooked and made the plan to become an author then and there.
PM: Romancing America is actually the publisher's line of books, not my own brand. I have a novella in the collection Postmark: Christmas. My title is, You're a Charmer, Mr. Grinch. The collection was the brainchild of one of the other authors, but my story sprung to life when my hero sauntered onto the page, speaking with the southern accent of my childhood and spouting Dr. Seuss poetry. The hero, Rick, is sort-of larger than life--a retired policeman with a heart of gold who is willing to dress in green tights and a Grinch costume to help out his little town. He's chased after Christmas, Florida's favorite grandmother, the local postmaster, for more years than any of them want to count. But will Edie learn to trust before Rick gives up on love?
BBB: What do you think readers will find most appealing about the Romancing America series?
PM: Barbour books developed the Romancing America line to appeal to the gentle reader who enjoys sweet romance with plenty of heart. If you enjoy watching characters fall in love while also discovering an inspirational thread, this series is for you. I love all kinds of books, but I've found that when life gets tough a tender, short romance where hope always wins out is just what I need to disappear into for a while. I re-emerged refreshed.
PM: Titanic: Legacy of Betrayal is a contemporary story with a historical frame. I wrote it with my best friend Kathleen Kovach (www.kathleenekovach.com). We had a blast dreaming about the characters and blending our imaginations and writing styles. I helped develop the contemporary heroine, Ember, while the contemporary hero, Jeff, was Kathy's creation. Initially we wrote the contemporary story line together, but as I got deeper into the historical research and writing, I handed the contemporary story to Kathy so I could focus more fully on the historical line. I loved the research and the writing and sought to make this story line authentic and historically accurate. Here's more:
A secret. A key. Much was buried when the Titanic went down, but now it’s time for resurrection.
April 1912 – Olive Stanford boarded the Titanic determined to protect all she held dear. Her secret will go with her to the grave—but how can she face the afterlife carrying the burden of her actions?
April 2012 – Portland real estate agent, Ember Keaton-Jones, distrusts men, with good reason. Ever since her great-great-grandfather, Thomas, deserted the family after the fateful sinking of the Titanic, every Keaton male has disappointed. Ember is on the brink of a huge sale when a stranger shows up with a key to a century-old secret challenging everything she believes. She meets forward-thinking Jeff Dawson who is working in the family’s musty antique shop and finds an unexpected ally in unlocking the mystery of her past. But can they undo the legacy of Thomas Keaton’s betrayal?
Carefully researched, this engaging tale includes true stories of the Titanic embedded in historical fiction.
PM: I am! Another romance story. It's one I actually dreamed up as an eighteen-year-old when I talked my creative writing teacher into letting me write a novel instead of doing class assignments. I found it when I cleaned out an old file cabinet last spring. It's not the same story now--I'm not the same person as I was at eighteen, but it's fun to build a story on that seed sown so long ago because I had a teacher who cheered me on. The story has matured, and I creative a wonderful new setting for it, a tiny resort town in the Rockies. I'm writing fast and furious because my wise agent put me on a deadline!
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