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I am excited to introduce Martha Rogers to you today! Martha has written several historical fiction novels, two of which I have shared with you after enjoying them myself. (Those reviews were for Becoming Lucy and Love Never Fails.) Not only do we have an opportunity to get to know Martha a bit, but she has also generously offered to give a copy of Love Never Fails to one of you! You’ll find the entry form at the bottom of this post.
The first book in the series is based on my great-grandparents love story. My father gave me several letters to Sallie from her father and my grandfather that sparked an interest in genealogy and from that I discovered more about Manfred and Sallie and decided to share their story. The first one is based on fact but the other two are all fiction.
How fun to be able to bring that story to life again! Do you have a favorite character, either from this third novel or from the series? Why is this character your favorite?
I think my favorite character is Molly because she’s independent and stands on her beliefs, but she is willing to change when presented with another side to the story. I’m a lot like her, and she is based on a great-aunt who was a fiery red-head.
I did like that about Molly. Who is your favorite secondary character, and do you think you’ll include that character in a future story?
As for secondary characters, Andrew was my favorite as the young doctor with Molly’s father. He falls in love with her best friend, and he is the one who tries to convince Molly that her views on gun and violence are impractical. Since he moves away to another state to be with Clarissa, he won’t be anything but a sideline character in my next book.
I pray readers will see how God’s love remains steadfast and faithful even through the worst circumstances in life. His plans for us are always far better than what we could plan for ourselves.
That’s so true, and yet often we still try to figure it all out ourselves… If you could have a cup of coffee (or tea) with someone from that time period, who would you choose?
I would love to sit down with my great-grandmother Sarah Louise (Sallie) Dyer Whiteman. Her letters fascinated me. She went to finishing school in New Orleans and I’d love to know more about how and what she did there.
I bet it would be neat to fill in some of her story that you’ve had to imagine. Have you given any of your own personality quirks to your characters? If so, would you be willing to share about it/them?
Quirks not so much because I can’t think of any I really have, but for personality traits, oh, yeah. My critique partners have a field day with my older characters because they see some of me in all of them. One told me that when reading Best Laid Plans, it was just like being in the room and carrying on a conversation with me. Personality quirks aren’t really there, but the traits are. My sense of humor and looking for the best in people even when I don’t trust them are two traits I’ve used several times.
Did you have a favorite story/book as a child? Why was it a favorite?
I loved the fairy tales. I wrote stories with happy ever after endings to escape the problems going on in my own life. I loved Sleeping Beauty and Snow White when the handsome prince came and rescued them and they lived happily ever after.
I imagine many of us could relate to the “escape” fairy tales and novels provide from the reality we face. Can you give any hints about your next book?
My next book is Christmas with the Whiteman family and has Tom, the oldest boy as the hero. Christmas in Stoney Creek won’t be released until 2016 because we pushed the deadline to 2015 while my husband was and is undergoing cancer treatments.
It sounds like you have a lot on your plate right now. We will pray for you and your husband as we wait for this next part of the Whiteman’s story! Would you end our time together today by telling us about something crazy that you’ve done or would love to do?
Perhaps the craziest thing I did was to my freshman roommate in college. My bed was closest to our suite bathroom and her clothes, especially her underwear, always ended up on my bed. One day I couldn’t stand it any longer, so I tied them together, including bras and panties, into one long string like a kite tail and flew them out the window of our fourth floor dorm room where everyone driving down the street could see them.
Needless to say the Dean of Women wasn’t too happy to see them, but my roomie learned her lesson, and I received a “reprimand” on my record. I’d probably do the same thing again if provoked enough.
LOL — I’m glad that once was enough. I’d be afraid of what else you might come up with! 😉 Thank you so much for taking time to visit with us, Martha! Where can we connect with you online?
Martha is offering to give away one copy of her newest release, Love Never Fails (US/Canada addresses only, please). The winner will be notified by email and announced here on the blog on Tuesday, December 16.