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Broken promises. We’ve all experienced them, haven’t we? I’m happy to have Kari Trumbo visiting today to share her newest release, An Imperfect Promise. Before we begin our visit, let’s take a quick peek at the story.
Gini would do just about anything to take care of the eleven orphans in her custody. She’s vowed to never marry, but that oath is pushed to the limits when John moves in next door. The new Nebraska rancher is a tad abrasive but willing to step in when the entire town has given up on her little orphanage. She’s prayed for help for so long, but are God’s plans even bigger than she can conceive?
There are some things a man can’t outrun.
John’s running from the love he left behind in Kansas. On a mission to help his sister, John takes over her ranch, which has seen its share of problems. Day after day, John fights against those trying to seize his land, but a more present danger lurks right next door, the sweet redheaded owner of the orphanage, who’s fast stealing his heart.
As the world closes in on him, John must protect his home from rustlers and his heart from getting trampled, once again. If he can’t, he just might lose them both.
Welcome, Kari! Let’s start with a few fast favorites. What is your favorite:
Writing Snack? M&Ms
Beverage? (only rarely anymore) room temp Mt. Dew
Movie? Sarah, Plain, and Tall
Vacation destination? Black Hills
Ice Cream? I can’t eat it anymore, but when I could: Rocky Road
Speaking of favorites, do you have a favorite character from An Imperfect Promise? Why is this character your favorite?
I just adore Gini. The way she grows through this story, learning to love herself as God made her, is something that so many people struggle with. I think she’ll connect with a lot of readers.
Self-image is definitely a common struggle. Who is your favorite secondary character in this latest novel, and do you think you’ll include that character in a future story?
My favorite secondary character is Sheriff Rainer. I wasn’t able to develop him as much as I could “see” his character in my head. I’m looking forward to book two where he’ll play a much bigger role. If you read An Imperfect Promise, you’ll know why.
How fun to know there’s more coming! What do you hope your readers take away from this novel?
I hope that readers realize that love can overcome obstacles. It isn’t easy or trite. Sometimes the path isn’t clear. But, God’s totally got us. His plan is so much better than anything we could come up with.
And yet how often we struggle to figure it out ourselves! Have you given any of your own personality quirks to your characters? If so, would you be willing to share about it/them?
Gini’s nervousness and her refusal to put herself in the center of attention is totally me. I don’t fashion my characters to be me, but they all have facets of me or people in my life I know very well.
We’d love to know more about you personally. Did you have a favorite story/book as a child? Why was it a favorite?
As a very young child, Frog and Toad were my favorites. My parents read that book to me until it fell apart.
My kids enjoyed learning to read those. 🙂 Aside from reading and writing, what hobbies do you enjoy?
I sing, knit, sew (I had my own line of cloth diapers for a time).
Lots of creativity! Paper or e-reader? There are certainly pros and cons to each. Which is your favorite?
I read mostly on eReader, but I prefer paper.
You mentioned that Sheriff Rainer will have his chance to tell his story. Can you give any hints about what you’re working on now?
I am currently writing the rest of my Brothers of Belle Fourche series. The first one will be in the Timeless Love collection available for preorder now.
You’ve written a lot of books. Would you say it’s gotten easier or more difficult to write and publish over the years?
Harder. I’m much harder on myself now than I was when I first started. I may not go through the manuscript as much as I used to, but each pass does a lot more work.
The more we learn, the more we tend to expect from ourselves… If you could offer a word of encouragement to an aspiring author, what would you say?
Never stop learning. You’ll never be perfect, but you can get better. It’s not just through writing. Find support and help where you can. We are a community and we all love to watch our friends succeed.
I do love that about the Christian fiction community! Thanks for taking the time to visit with us today, Kari!
Your turn! Kari mentioned we’ll learn more about her favorite secondary character in book two. Do you enjoy revisiting characters in a series, or do you prefer stand-alone books?
More about Kari:
Kari Trumbo is a best-selling author for many Christian Historical Romance novels and is a stay-at-home mom to four vibrant children. When she isn’t writing, or editing, she home schools her children and pretends to keep up with them. Kari loves reading, listening to contemporary Christian music, singing when no one’s listening, and curling up near the wood stove when winter hits. She makes her home in central Minnesota with her husband of over twenty years, two daughters, two sons, two cats, and one hungry wood stove.
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An Imperfect Promise Giveaway:
Kari has graciously offered to give away an e-book copy of An Imperfect Promise. Giveaways are subject to the Giveaway Policy.