My friend Rose Allen McCauley joins us today to chat about her writing life and her latest book.
Rose, tell us a little about yourself.
I grew up in Louisville the oldest of 7 kids. I became a Christian at the age of 10. I taught school for over 20 years, then retired to write books! My husband and I have been married over 40 years and raised 3 kids on our farm before moving to a small town 2 years ago.
Tell us three things about you that would surprise your readers.
I played the violin in 2nd grade, besides reading and writing, I like to walk and sing (but not always at the same time!)
Were you an avid reader as a child? What did you read?
Yes, I always loved to read since my Aunt Hilda taught me when I was five! As a child I loved to read series with happy endings, and I still do!
What is your favorite genre to read now?
Women’s fiction with romance.
As a child or teenager, did you ever dream of being an author?
Yes, but the books I wrote then were schoolbooks because my first goal was to be a teacher!
When did you first begin writing?
About 10 or 11 for the schoolbooks but waited till I was 50 to begin writing fiction.
Why do you write?
To help my readers draw closer to God.
Tell us about the journey to getting published.
I joined ACFW in 2002, but didn’t get my first contract until 2010 that came out in 2011. Since then I have written many others, and got five more books published.
It’s a novella collection with Kim Vogel Sawyer, Kristian Libel, Constance Shilling Stevens, and Julane Hiebert named Destination: Romance.
What inspired you to write this particular book?
Kim and I met at the first ACFW conference and had always said we would write a book together someday, so the day is finally here! A K-Love trip we took with our husbands last year gave us the ideas for the locations for our novellas—hers is the Grand Caymans, and mine is set in Jamaica.
Without giving away the ending (or the beginning and middle, for that matter) what is one takeaway message you hope readers will get from reading this book?
Since each novella is different I will just give you the take-away for mine: When opposing goals threaten the romance of a young couple for the second time, can they both learn to listen to God’s best for their relationship and service to Him?
Blurbs for stories in Destination Romance:
From a cave in the hills of Missouri to a sandy beach in Grand Cayman, romance blooms for five heroines when they least expect it.
Bare Feet and Warm Sand BY Kim Vogel Sawyer
Marine biologist Tamiera is determined to protect endangered sea turtles against man’s intrusion. When Joe arrives on the island of Grand Cayman with plans to build a resort near the turtles’ nesting grounds, will she be able to convince him to put the needs of God’s creatures above making money?
Sufficient Grace BY Constance Shilling Stevens
An abandoned Cherokee burial ground keeps secrets and draws a picture of deep, enduring love for Nora, but land surveyor Donovan threatens the place that holds sweet memories for Nora’s grandfather. Will Donovan follow his boss’s orders or follow his heart?
Better Together Than Apart BY Rose Allen McCauley
On a K-Love cruise to Jamaica, Natalie re-connects with Ken, a boy she met six years earlier on a high school summer mission trip. Attraction stirs, but opposing goals threaten their romance. Will they listen to God’s leading for their best place of service?
A Shelter in a Weary Land BY Julane Hiebert
A cave in the Missouri hillside was to be a shelter from pillaging Union soldiers for Charlotte and her unborn babe. But will she be safe when a wounded enemy seeks the same place of refuge?
Cotton Candy Sky BY Kristian Libel
When a Kansas girl falls in love with the ocean, she thinks nothing could be more exhilarating than life on a beach…except maybe falling for a traveling photographer who introduces her to more adventure than she’d ever imagined. But is their connection one that can last, or will their time together simply remain a fond memory as they go their separate ways?
Where do you get ideas for your books?
Is there any scene in your book that came from a real-life happening?
Yes, the decision the heroine Natalie makes is based on something I wrote on the back of a photo I gave my husband when he and I were both in college.
What are your favorite themes to write about?
Second chances at love!
What are you working on right now?
I’m thinking about a story to set in Hawaii, and my middle granddaughter wants me to write a story about her in Rome where she went last summer, since the latest story is named after my oldest granddaughter and my historical heroine in The Courageous Brides collection is named after my youngest granddaughter.
Do you have to juggle writing with a job, family responsibilities or other obligations? How do you balance it?
I started writing after I retired from teaching school, but I was still subbing quite a bit and watching grandkids 2 days a week. Now I no longer sub, and we only watch the youngest 2 each a half-day a week, but the days are still full with church, grandkids’ sports, etc.
Does your faith affect your writing? How?
Yes, My faith impacts all of my life. I could not write without God to lead me.
Do you have a favorite scripture that applies to writing?
My fave Scripture for everything is Ephesians 3:20 and it also applies to everything else. I especially love it in the Message version: “God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around, but by working within us, His Spirit deeply and gently within us.”
What is the bravest thing you have ever done?
On vacation I ran and dove to save my save my 1 ½ year old granddaughter from trying to pet an alligator!
What are some things on your bucket list?
I’ve done most of them, but I would like to take a beach vacation with ALL of our kids, their spouses and kids!
What advice would you give to writers who are seeking traditional publication?
Pray, and follow God’s lead.
Thank you for joining us today! Where can readers find you or your books on the internet?
All of my books are available on amazon.com and you can also order Destination: Romance from http://wingsofhopepublishing.com/
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