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Did you meet Lisa Flickinger when she visited this past summer to share about her novel, Ella? I am happy to have her back today to tell us about her newest release, Fool’s Notion. Before we visit, though, let’s take a quick peek at the story.
Missouri mules were the best. Alda grew to love the creatures working side by side with her pa on their farm along the banks of the Missouri River. He would be hopping mad when he realized his wife and daughter colluded behind his back to sell a pack string. It wouldn’t matter that they were trying to save the farm.
Alda struck out on her own to drive the team over fifteen hundred miles. By day three, her lead mule Bessie refused to take one more step. It was a good thing the handsome cowboy Cord stopped by to lend a hand or Alda might still be sitting in the dust.
Now, Alda needed the man to move on so she could continue her journey. Judging by the spark in Cord’s eye … it just might take some convincing.
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Welcome back, Lisa! Let’s start with five fast favorites What is your:
Favorite writing snack? milk chocolate, even better with hazelnuts
Favorite beverage? Crème Brule Latte
Favorite animal? Black Labs
Favorite ice cream flavor? Rolo
Chocolate and caramel…yum! Favorite color? blue
Tell us a little about Fool’s Notion. What inspired this story?
I met a woman at a Bible camp, Sybil, who drove a string of donkeys across the country about forty years ago, and I thought it would make a fascinating story. I also keep a box of Borax in my laundry room, it struck me to look into the Borax rush of the late 1800’s and combine the two. Sybil provided the reactions and personality details of the mules.
If one mule is stubborn, I can’t imagine what a string of them must be like! What do you hope your readers take away from this novel?
I hope my readers take away the truth that the love from the Lord goes a long way to make up for difficult relationships we experience on this earth. I also hope they come to believe true love can overcome any barrier placed in its path.
That’s not always an easy truth to grasp. Have you given any of your own personality quirks to your characters? If so, would you be willing to share about it/them?
It’s hard to write about characters without defaulting into your own personality. Alda, the heroine of Fool’s Notion, is feisty and thinks she doesn’t need anyone’s help. I tend to be the same way, leave me alone and let me get on with it, (whether I can do it or not.) Alda ends up in all sorts of “situations” and so do I, unfortunately.
You’re not the only one like that! 🙂 If you could live during the time period of your novel, would you? Why or why not?
I would absolutely love to live during the late 1800’s. My house has all kinds of items from around the turn of the century. Some day, I will go on a covered wagon trip, I think it would be so much fun!
That would be an adventure! Thanks for taking the time to visit with us today, Lisa!
Your turn! Would you want to go on a covered wagon trip?
More about Lisa:
Lisa J. Flickinger, author of historical novels Ella, and All That Glitters, lives and writes from the cliff of a river along the majestic Rocky Mountains. When not writing or reading, you will find her scouring antique shops or sipping a maple latte with friends and family. To learn more about her visit www.lisajflickinger.com or her Facebook author page Lisa J. Flickinger.
Also by Lisa:
Ella Goodwin, abandoned by her father and abused by her stepsister, seeks to make sense of her new life as a prisoner in her own home. Squirreled away in the attic, she lets her imagination soar by designing and sewing a magnificent gown. However, all hopes of attending the masked ball are dashed when she’s discovered and her gown is stolen.
Thomas Bailey, withdrawn from active duty in the Foreign Service, struggles with a moral issue he must resolve if he wishes to keep his position. He arrives at his coworker’s home to deliver a parcel, a beautiful pair of red silk shoes, and unaware of any deception, agrees to escort the women of the house to the ball.
Chaos and confusion ensue as Thomas attempts to extricate himself from the clutches of an obnoxious stepsister. Will he unravel the mystery and learn the true identity of the beautiful woman who has captured his heart? Join author Lisa Flickinger as she takes you on a fairytale journey through time when life was simpler … or was it?
Lisa has graciously offered to give away a PDF copy of Ella. Giveaways are subject to the Giveaway Policy.