Meet The Author Monday – Kathleen L. Maher (Giveaway)

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Happy Monday!

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: Kathleen L. Maher!

I have been reading Kathleen’s books for a couple of years now and have been really enjoying them! I love her Civil War books! I hope that you will too!

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Author bio:

Historical Romance where every underdog has his day.
Kathleen L. Maher’s first crush was Peter Rabbit, and she’s loved conflicted heroes ever since. She has two novellas in BARBOUR BOOKS’ collections: Victorian Christmas Brides and Lessons on Love. Author of Genesis Award-winning The Abolitionist’s Daughter, as well as The Chaplain’s Daughter, No Man’s Daughter, and Amazon top-selling novella Bachelor Buttons, Kathleen lives in an old farmhouse in upstate NY with her husband of twenty-three years, their children, and a small menagerie.

 

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: I am fifty years old, and have been interested in story since kindergarten, when I tried my poor best to spell the words that came to me as I imagined that I would like to be a nurse when I grew up. I’m still not sure how to spell tweezers… um, tweesers? Nevermind. I gave up on the idea of nursing and thought it more fun to explore careers from a fictional lens.

I wrote my first full length novel in eighth grade. It will never see the light of day, but I did start my Sons of the Shenandoah series the next year. It survived many revisions and even a total toss in the garbage at one point. It was a stubborn story that demanded to be told, I guess.

 

Q: What are you currently working on?

A: I am almost ready to release Book 3 in the Sons of the Shenandoah series which features the youngest son of Virginia horse trader Sam Sharpe. Book 1 told the story of identical twins Ethan and Devon Sharpe, and how the war divided them. Book 2 was the oldest son, Gideon’s story, and how his shattered body and heart is restored in the tender care of a minister’s daughter. Benjamin Sharpe’s tale begins after the war when he sets out to make a life for himself, and finds himself in the crosshairs of an orphaned girl who has laid claim to the property he seeks to settle. It has been a fun and unexpectedly challenging story to write, as I explored the internal conflicts of a young woman who survives unspeakable cruelty and strives to find normalcy and love again.

Next, I hope to finish out the series by a split time story about the patriarch of the Sharpe clan. Sam Sharpe has been an intriguing character to me. I am ready to start his story, exploring his first marriage, its loss and widower status, and how an embittered man can find grace and rediscover tenderness and love again.

 

Q: What are some of your writing must haves? (Drink, snack, supplies, etc.)

A: When I know I have to get down to serious writing, I’ll pour a big cup of coffee, and grab my phone, tuned to pandora radio. I have stations designed for certain projects. For example, I have a station that plays instrumental hymns and folk music for my Shenandoah Valley setting, and another station that plays medieval music for a project set during that time period. It immerses me in my setting and helps me connect with the characters. I love the old hymns, and often reference lyrics in my stories when I can. When I wrote my Irish Civil War novella featuring a violin teacher, you guessed it—Gaelic and Celtic fiddle music

I sit in my leather recliner with my laptop and try to accommodate two cats who always come when I’m working. I’ve bought them fleecy beds to set nearby so they’ll leave me space to work!

 

Q: What is your favorite time period to write about? Or read about?

A: I love learning about early American history. Anything from Colonial, War of 1812, Civil War, pioneering and westward expansion…. I love the stories of when our country was young and growing. Legends and heroes like Johnny Appleseed, Daniel Boone, even great revivalists like Charles Finney. 

I seem to write mostly in the nineteenth century, with a special focus on the Civil War. The conflict reaches into modern concerns over racism, federal powers versus states rights. The themes of brother versus brother and families divided over politics continue to challenge us.

 

Q: What are some of your favorite books?

A: Growing up, some of my best friends were fictional characters. I read all of the Walter Farley Black Stallion series, several of the Marguerite Henry horse stories, And Mary O’Hara’s famous Wyoming-set stories My Friend Flicka and Thunderhead. As I grew older, I still loved horse and rider stories, but they were harder to find, so I wrote them!

Another favorite book that really set me on the path of writing about the Civil War is a book called The Yankee Stranger by Elswyth Thane. The generational saga follows the lives of a prominent Virginia family through the tragedies and triumphs of the war, with romance, loss, and tenderness. I read it thirty years ago from the library, and was lucky enough to find a copy of my very own at a garage sale for $1 a few years ago! I call those special finds God kisses.

 

Q: If you could spend a day with one fictional character, who would you pick and what would you do?

A: Oh, this is a fun question. I would say Scarlett O’Hara, but I doubt I could keep up with her! Scarlett’s rival erstwhile friend Melanie Wilkes would likely be more gracious and hospitable. I hope I would not have to wear the hoop dresses and corsets and crinolines. I’d feel like a hot air balloon stuffed into a butterfly net. But I would love to walk Twelve Oaks and learn all about life then, with particular interest in how the duties and expectations of women changed before, during, and after the war.

 

I have saved my favorite question for last!

Q: What would you like readers to take away from your books?

A: I strive for realism, even in aspects that some traditional Christian publishers would frown on. While I don’t write graphic romance or cussing in the strictest sense, I do show sin and its consequences, and the sweetness of redemption, lifting people from the depths of despair and hopelessness. The light of the gospel shines brighter when contrasted with the human condition in its stark reality at times. 

I desire to show my readers that no pit is too deep that God is not deeper still. There is no circumstance he cannot save us from. This enduring hope flavors all of my stories.

 

To connect with Kathleen, please click on any of the following links: her website, Facebook, Instagram, BookBub, Goodreads, Pinterest, and Amazon.

 

I’m also featuring her newest release, No Man’s Daughter: Sons of the Shenandoah Book 3. It comes out very soon! Be sure to add it to your Goodreads shelf!

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About the book:

A man with something to prove and a lady with something to hide clash over hotly contested property and a marriage proving anything but convenient.
When the Sharpe’s elderly neighbor passes after the war leaving a vacant farm with no heir, Benjamin Sharpe inquires to purchase the land. What he doesn’t expect to find is a beautiful and stubborn squatter has taken residence. Will her claim on the property prove harder to drive out than her claim on his heart?
Willa looked after Old Mr. Thompson through the war until his death. The late owner promised her a permanent home there, like the daughter he never had, but with some strings attached. When young and ambitious Benjamin Sharpe shows up with intent to evict her, Willa gives him a piece of her mind with a piece of lead aimed at his boots.
The youngest of the Sharpe brothers, Benjamin has been bossed around his entire life by his brothers, and he isn’t about to take it from any girl. All three of his brothers have veterans’ boasting rights in the War, and he must prove his mettle, too. But will his ambitions go so far as to force a waif from her home? As the girl’s resourceful defense of the property frustrates his plans, admiration plucks at his heartstrings. Ben must find a compromise while saving face with his family. But the chit has no intention of playing nice or seeking truce. In Bridgewater, Virginia, the war is still on!

 

Kathleen has graciously offered to giveaway an ebook copy of No Man’s Daughter to someone that leaves a comment or asks her a question! The giveaway will run until Memorial Day!

 

Thank you Kathleen for your time! Please leave some love in the comments!

47 thoughts on “Meet The Author Monday – Kathleen L. Maher (Giveaway)

  1. Since there are soooo many great Civil War books available in CHF, a group of us have decided to read CW books all summer! ❤️ So, I have heard so many great things about this series and can not wait to read all of it! 😀

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  2. As an Aussie, I am intrigued with your Civil War Era. Reading well-researched novels with conflict, romance, and inspirational themes suits me rather than struggling through dry history tomes. 🙂 I hope it’s a great seller, Kathleen. And my Kindle would sure enjoy its inclusion. 🙂

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  3. This sounds like a great read! I love that the author states her intent to include the reality of sin, its consequences, and the wonderful contrast of the gospel in her stories. I fully agree!

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    • Hi, Rebecca,
      Wow, I really appreciate that. As a painter/art lover, I am drawn to realism, because we cannot improve on the beauty of God’s natural world. And as a writer/story lover, I have to say the same. His natural order has a rhythm and contrast, light to dark, good to evil, and sweet to bitter that invariably shows up in our lives. Thank you for your comments! Good luck in the drawing.

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  4. Kathleen was so kind at a book signing. She encouraged me to continue my writing and I did self-publish a book the next year. I love women writers who lift other women up! This looks like a wonderful story, and her ability to write visually means it all comes to life in my head! Congratulations Kathleen!

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  5. Sounds like a great book. I love books that the characters go from enemies to working together to build a life together. The cover is eye catching and beautiful!
    Thank you for the chance, Linda D,

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    • Hi, Linda. Yes! The sparks (and bullets) fly when Ben and Willa meet, but that only makes the reconciliation and chemistry sweeter! Thank you for your kind words. I am in awe of my cover designer, Evelyne Labelle of Carpe Librum Book Designs. She never disappoints. Good luck in the drawing!

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  6. Thank you for spending time sharing with us. I am starting your first two books, and anticipating reading the third. I love historical romance so much!

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    • OOOH, Betty, thank you for letting me know you are reading the series. I would love to know what you think. I wish you the best of luck in the giveaway for No Man’s Daughter. ❤ Thanks for coming by!

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  7. I’m intrigued by Kathleen’s writing incorporating the truth, fictional characters and interweaving the gospel into her stories. I love reading historical fiction with Civil War, pre and post, being my favorite. Thank you for giving us readers a glimpse into your life and writing. Blessings.

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    • Hi, Marilyn. It sounds like you would be an awesome beta reader for my stories. Have you ever considered joining a street team? The perks are free books and other giveaways throughout the year. I covet readers with a passion for Civil War history to review and promote and give feedback. Hit me up at kathleenleemaher@gmail if that sounds like something you’d be interested in. And thanks so much for stopping by!

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  8. This sounds like a great book to get immersed into! I’m glad Kailey did an interview with you. I’m certainly looking forward to reading your books! Thank you!!

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  9. I love checking out new authors and your book sounds intriguing and one I would like to read. I’ll have to go to Amazon and check out Book 1 in the series. Thanks for the insight into your books.
    Julie

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    • Hi, Sherry. Great to see you!
      I’m giggling here, because I can just imagine our conversations with that determined and strong-willed heroine. “You need Jesus, Miss Scarlett. More than you need Ashley Wilkes, more than you need tax money for Tara, and more than you need that last carrot you pulled from the ground that Sherman’s army missed. Jesus’ll love you better, provide for you better, and see that you never hunger or thirst again!”
      LOL

      Thanks for coming by. Good luck in the drawing!

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  10. Congratulations to Anne Rightler! Random dot org selected you as my winner for the free Kindle copy of No Man’s Daughter.
    I will contact you today for your best Kindle email addy.

    Thank you so much Kailey for being a wonderful hostess, and also a warm thanks to each of your readers for coming out and helping me celebrate my book baby. The CF reading community is the best!
    Blessings!

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