Miralee Ferrell joins us today. She and her husband Allen have been married almost 40 yrs. They live on 11 acres in the beautiful Columbia River Gorge in southern Washington State, where they love to garden, play with their dogs, take walks, and go sailing. Miralee also rides her horse on the wooded trails near their home with her grown daughter who lives nearby. She’s an avid reader and has a large collection of first edition Zane Grey books, which inspired her desire to write fiction set in the Old West. When she started writing fiction Miralee believed that she’d always stay with women’s contemporary, but has since branched out to historical romance. Her first two books were women’s contemporary with Kregel Publications, The Other Daughter, and Finding Jeena.
Miralee has offered to give away one copy of her latest book. Please leave a comment as an answer to her question, which you’ll find below after the interview. We must have at least 10 comments from Continental US only residents in order to have a contest. Please don’t forget to leave your email so we can get in touch with you.
Now for the interview!
Miralee, welcome! Tell us a little bit about your love for reading. Were you an avid reader as a child? If so, what did you read?
Yes! So much so that I’d hide under the covers after the lights-out deadline, using a flashlight so I’d finish a chapter or a page. I loved Nancy Drew, Anne of Green Gables, any horse novel, Sue Barton nurse books, and later Zane Grey and other westerns.
As a child or teenager, did you ever dream of being an author?
Surprisingly, not once. In fact, it never occurred to me that I might have any gifting in that direction.
Now that is a surprise! When did you first begin writing?
In 2005, after I’d turned 50, so a bit late in life, but it was perfect timing for me, as our kids were grown and I wasn’t working outside the home.
Why do you write?
I started because I truly believed God called me to do so. I was at an evening church service with a special speaker. At the end he had a call for prayer, and I went forward for prayer. When he came to me, he began to pray, then stopped. He told me he believed God was saying I needed to write and it needed to be published. I went home, prayed about it, and felt a confirmation, although I had no idea what direction to go. Now, several years later, I write because I love it and can’t imagine not doing so.
It’s amazing when Godly people speak truth into our lives. Tell us about the journey to getting published.
I first wrote a 60,000 word auto-biography, mostly chronicling things the Lord has done for my husband and a bit about our life together. Then several true-life articles, all of which were published that first summer. I had no idea what to do next, but a friend suggested I try my hand at Christian fiction. I didn’t think I had any creativity, but she urged me to use something from my life that I could fictionalize. Soon after, my debut novel, The Other Daughter was born (contemporary women’s fiction). It took me about 7 weeks to write the first draft, another 6-8 months to rewrite and polish, then I started shopping for an agent, as well as sending proposals off to the few houses that would accept them without an agent. I got requests for two partials and one full manuscript, and shortly after signed with my agent. Six months later we had a contract, and a little over a year later, (2 ½ yrs after the call to write), the book released. Since then I’ve written a sequel called Finding Jeena, then four books for the Love Finds You line, all historical, and currently I’m working on a three book series with David C Cook for my Love Blossoms in Oregon series (historical romance). The first of three, Blowing on Dandelions, just released.
God certainly has kept you busy with this new-found career and calling!
Now please answer this question in the comment section below for a chance to win a copy of the book!
Have you ever read anything by Miralee Ferrell, and if so, which book? If
not, which of her books (historical or contemporary) would you be most drawn
You can find out more about Miralee at her website.
Connect with her on Facebook!