Describe Your Decision to Become a Writer
Truthfully, I never saw it coming! So many writers I’ve talked to have wanted to be a writer since they were a child. Many have drawers full of half-written manuscripts. Me? Not so much! I had always enjoyed writing papers for my college and graduate school history classes but I NEVER considered writing fiction. I’d been a successful in-home childcare provider for nearly twenty years, but I knew in my heart it was time to move on to something new. My husband and I began praying for God to give me a new direction, a new passion in my life I would undeniably know He’d planted in my heart. My sons both enjoy writing, but my youngest in particular has the goal of being a published author someday. On a whim, I began tinkering with story writing and it didn’t take long for my secret hobby to become my God-given passion!
What Inspired Your Latest Story?
My true-life romance with my husband of twenty-seven years. I’d felt God telling me for a long time that one day I would share our story. I just never thought it would be in written form. A Love Restored recounts the significant events in our love story, and how God healed two very broken hearts and restored a relationship no one would think salvageable. Because I am a lover of all things nineteenth century, I chose to set the story in 1873-74 in my native Loudoun County, Virginia.
What Advice Would You Give Your Younger Self?
I love this question. When we’re young, it’s so hard to see far down the road—to see the big picture. Without a doubt, I would tell myself not to be so fearful. I spent a great deal of my life afraid to pursue my dreams because I might fail. Somehow, I’d come to believe it was better to play it safe than shoot for the stars and risk failure. By the time I was in my late twenties, I was living what I call “a very small life,” afraid to trust God with the deepest desires of my heart. What would it mean to my faith if God didn’t come through? If I could go back to my youth, I’d tell myself to trust God fully–that He delights in using ordinary people to do extraordinary things! This has been the principle lesson of my writing journey.
Who Would You Cast as the Hero and Heroine of Your Latest Release?
What a fun question!
For my heroine, I picture Daniela Denby-Ashe. Fans of the BBC program North and South would recognize her as Margaret Hale. She has the curly hair and voluptuous figure of my heroine as well as Ruth Ann’s vivacious spirit.
I picture my heroine, Benjamin Coulter, as Daniel Lessing, best known for his role as Jack Thornton in The Hallmark Channel’s adaptation of When Calls the Heart. Daniel embodies the boyish good looks, gentle spirit and excellent sense of humor that endeared Benjamin to Ruth Ann (and Mike to me!).
Who Are Some of Your Favorite Novelists (or Novels) and Why?
I could not answer this question without giving a nod to Janette Oke. Her wonderful book, Love Comes Softly, introduced me to the amazing world of Christian fiction. I think my favorite book of all time is Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers. I rarely read a book twice. With so many wonderful authors to read, I just don’t have time to reread a novel. Redeeming Love is one of only a handful that have that honor bestowed on it. Francine’s retelling of the book of Hosea paints such a beautiful reminder of God’s enduring love for us despite our sinful, selfish and faithless behavior. As far as favorite authors go, the BIG THREE for me are without a doubt, Julie Lessman, Karen Witemeyer and Tamera Alexander. Julie’s A Passion Most Pure is also one of those books I’ve reread. In fact, I’ve even dog-eared some pages because sometimes I need a little Marcy and Patrick and I just want the hi-lights!
Kelly weaves her affinity for history and her passion for God into uplifting stories of love, faith and family set in nineteenth century America. Her debut novel, A Love Restored, is under contract with Pelican Book Group. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America. Kelly has been enjoying her own happily-ever- after with her husband and best friend, Mike, for 27 years. Together they have raised three children, four cats, two dogs, a turtle, a guinea pig, a gecko, and countless hamsters. Thankfully not all at the same time. When she is not writing, Kelly enjoys spending time with her young adult children, scrapbooking with friends, board gaming with her husband, and spoiling her Welsh corgi, Levi.
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