Do you ever wish you could have a do-over? Sometimes I’d like to start the day over. Sometimes the week. Sometimes the month…lol Whether things seem to fall apart around us or we’ve made a series of bad choices, wouldn’t it be nice to go back and do things different? Today we have the privilege of meeting Donna Schlachter, who I think understands that feeling… She is the author of Second Chances and Second Cups. Before we begin, here’s a quick summary of her book.
Sweet stories of second chances from a God of second chances. The stories in this collection will warm your heart and encourage you to keep on going when all your circumstances say otherwise. No matter where you are or what you’re struggling with, these stories will touch you. Each story stands on its own, but in total, paints a picture of a God who offers second chances, and third chances, and more. Stories include forgiveness, living out your dreams, revising your opinion of others, and finding a forever home.
Welcome, Donna! Let’s start with five fast favorites.
Favorite color? Green
Favorite season? Summer
Cats or dogs? Cats
Sports or music? Music
Favorite movie? Witness for the Prosecution
Tell us about your writing. What inspired you to write this particular book?
Second Chances and Second Cups came from a previous project I was working on that was canceled before it published because a competitor came out with a similar book. So the stories languished for several years until I got into self-publishing. So I thought, “Who doesn’t want a second chance? And who would turn down a second cup of coffee?”
We can probably all relate to that in some way. What do you hope your readers will take away from it?
I hope readers see that there is a One True God who loves them so much, who put this world into existence for them, and who is so ready to offer a second chance, a third chance, fourth, even more. All we need do is turn around and accept Him. I know, because I’m one of those “even more” type.
He is so patient and forgiving with us! You also use a pen name. Could you share about the types of books you write under each name?
Under my name, I pen historical suspense. Under Leeann Betts, I also write contemporary suspense. Leeann currently has her first mystery out, Book 1 in the By the Numbers series, No Accounting for Murder, along with a devotional inspired by her main character, who is a forensic accountant, Counting the Days.
That sounds like a good way to distinguish between the genres. Can you give any hints about what you are working on now?
Since it’s November and NaNoWriMo month, I’m working on the fourth in the By the Numbers series, Five and Twenty Blackbirds. Carly joins her husband Mike at his 25th college reunion, where bodies turn up at an alarming rate. If you’ve never tried NaNoWriMo, you should.
[I know. Y’all are thinking, “It’s December!” Donna was very efficient and answered these questions a month ago! 😉 ] NaNo is quite a challenge! Do you have a favorite Bible verse? Why is that one special to you?
My favorite verse is Jeremiah 29:11 (my paraphrase) “I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord. Not to harm you, not to mess you up, but to give you hope for a better future.”
That’s a great one! Thanks for taking the time to share with us, Donna!
What about you? Would you go for a second cup? Of what?
More about Donna:
Donna Schlachter writes from Denver, Colorado. She pens historical suspense, and her alter ego, Leeann Betts, writes contemporary suspense. When they aren’t plotting mayhem and solving mysteries, both can be found traveling for research for the next book idea, because there is always another book idea.
You can connect with Donna online at www.HiStoryThruTheAges.com, www.HiStoryThruTheAges.wordpress.com, Facebook, and Twitter. Leeann can be found at www.LeeannBetts.com, www.AllBettsAreOff.wordpress.com, and Facebook and Twitter.
Also by Donna (and Leeann):
Carly Turnquist, forensic accountant, has a nose for mysteries. When a less-than-desirable business has their building permit approved under the table, Carly gets suspicious. But when money is embezzled and her daughter is suspected, her hackles are raised. Will Carly solve both mysteries–or will she end up as dead as the mayor?
Carly Turnquist, forensic accountant, is joining husband Mike on a working vacation–working for him, vacation for her–at a dude ranch in New Mexico. First she learns of missing stock and unpaid invoices, then veiled threats and a dead foreman threaten to ruin her trip. Can Carly figure out who wants to put this family-owned ranch out of business, or will she die trying?
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