Each Monday I would like to take some time to get to know some of our favorite authors. My hope is that this will help readers connect with the authors.
Today I would like to introduce you to: Laura Frantz!
Laura is one of my absolute favorites! Her books are an auto-buy for me. Her heroes make the best book boyfriends! She puts so much detail into her books that they just come to life!
Laura Frantz is a Christy Award winner and the ECPA bestselling author of eleven novels, including An Uncommon Woman, The Frontiersman’s Daughter, Courting Morrow Little, The Colonel’s Lady, The Lacemaker, and A Bound Heart. She is a proud mom to an American soldier and a career firefighter. When not at home in Kentucky, she and her husband live in Washington State. Learn more at www.laurafrantz.net.
To help us get to know her, I have given her some questions and here are her responses:
Q: How long have you been writing?
A: Since age 7. My first story was about ships then a novella at age 12 about an ice-skating heroine after a visit to Old Sturbridge Village in Massachusetts. In my teens I wrote the sequel to Gone With the Wind and in my 20’s moved on to the sequel for Dances With Wolves. Not very original but great writing practice!
Q: What are you currently working on?
A: Novel 13 set in York, Virginia about a ship’s captain hero and a heroine who actually dabbles in a delectable trade. But no spoilers for you 🙂
Q: What are some of your writing must haves? (Drink, snack, supplies, etc.)
A: I love sparkling water and cranberry juice, also iced tea in a mason jar with plenty of lemon. Popcorn with butter is always a win as are those terribly addictive Bark Thins from Costco. I love Pilot G-2 black pens and Levenger tablets for longhand writing of first drafts.
Q: What is your favorite time period to write about? Or read about?
A: Definitely 18th-century or earlier. I’m not a big fan of the 19th & 20th centuries for some reason despite their popularity. I’ve heard readers say they aren’t fans of the colonial American period so reading taste is quite subjective!
Q: What are some of your favorite books?
A: I’m currently reading through all the historical novels of the amazing Anya Seton. I wish she was still living and writing but what a legacy of rich, deep fictional worlds based on real historical figures!
Q: If you could spend a day with one fictional character, who would you pick and what would you do?
A: Delightful question! I would love to follow Red Shirt around in the Kentucky woods (Courting Morrow Little). Other than that I’d love to spend the day with the characters in The Blue Castle, my favorite historical novel by the author of Anne of Green Gables, etc. How can I resist Valancy Stirling and John Foster aka Barney Snaith?
I have saved my favorite question for last!
Q: What would you like readers to take away from your books?
A: Always a spiritual gem foremost, perhaps that history is really His Story, God’s working through the people of many generations including our own. I hope you see God at work in the lives of every character in my novels, even the villains who reject Him.
To connect with Laura, please click on any of the following links: her website, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.
I’m also featuring her newest release, Tidewater Bride. It releases on January 5th, 2021. I can’t wait to read this one! Be sure to add it to your Goodreads shelf and to pre-order it here!
About the book:
Selah Hopewell seems to be the only woman in the Virginia colony who has no wish to wed. True, there are too many men and far too few women in James Towne. But Selah already has her hands full assisting her father in the family’s shop. And now she is in charge of an incoming ship of tobacco brides who must be looked after as they sort through their many suitors.
Xander Renick is perhaps the most eligible tobacco lord in the settlement. His lands are vast, his crops are prized, and his position as a mediator between the colonists and the powerful Powhatan nation surrounding them makes him indispensable. But Xander is already wedded to his business and still grieves the loss of his wife, daughter of the Powhatan chief.
Can two fiercely independent people find happiness and fulfillment on their own? Or will they discover that what they’ve been missing in life has been right in front of them all along?
Bestselling and award-winning author Laura Frantz takes you to the salty shores of seventeenth-century Virginia in this exploration of pride, honor, and the restorative power of true love.
Thank you Laura for your time! Please leave some love in the comments!