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Fires, hurricanes, tornados, mud slides, droughts… Natural disasters can have huge impact on the people living in their paths. I am happy to have Annette O’Hare visiting today to share her new novel, Redeeming Light. Before we visit, let’s take a quick peek at the story.
Sarah Jane McKinney takes over her father’s cattle ranch on the Texas Coast after his death. After a harrowing cattle drive, she sells off the herd saving only the breed stock. Amid this turmoil Sarah finds herself distracted by her uncle’s young law apprentice, Frederick Chessher. To court Sarah, Frederick must end his relationship with a girl in a neighboring town. He leaves Sarah not knowing that a great storm is brewing in the Gulf of Mexico. While Sarah and her family seek refuge in the Bolivar Point Lighthouse, Frederick rushes back to her. Will he make it to Sarah in time, or will the Great Storm of 1900 claim him like thousands of others?
Welcome, Annette! What inspired you to write this series or Redeeming Light in particular?
Two things inspired me to write this novel in the Bolivar Point Lighthouse series. The first reason is the location. Redeeming Light is the second book in the series and both books take place at the Bolivar Point Lighthouse on the Texas Gulf Coast. The second reason I was inspired to write Redeeming Light is because the lighthouse is very dear to me. Not only for its vast historical background, but also because of the memories I have of summer visits to the peninsula with my family when I was a child.
Why did you choose this particular setting, and have you been there?
I talked about the setting in Redeeming Light already, but I’d be remiss to mention another fact. In 1947 the State of Texas decided to auction off the lighthouse and surrounding property. The lighthouse was sold to E.V. Boyt Enterprises for $5,500 and has remained in the family ever since. In front of the lighthouse are two small houses. One house has a plaque baring the name “Boyt House” and the other house’s plaque says “Maxwell House.” Illah Boyt of Boyt Enterprises married George Maxwell…my great uncle. This is one of the main reasons why I love the history and heritage of the lighthouse, and why I write to preserve her story.
That makes the story much more personal! We’d love to know more about you. Did you have a favorite story/book as a child? Why was it a favorite?
My mother always read to my brothers and me when we were children. My two favorite books were Go Dog Go and Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel. I don’t think it was the deep subject matter of these books that made me love them so much. Ha ha! It was the way my mom made the characters come to life and the voices she used to portray the characters that I fell in love with.
Very fun. 🙂 Aside from reading and writing, what hobbies do you enjoy?
My current hobbies include raising three dogs, Max 12, Jay 4 and Tris 3. I am also trying my hand at raising a Russian Tortoise, Frankie, named after the children’s book character, Franklin the Tortoise. My husband and I built an outdoor enclosure for Frankie to spend the summer in. Did you know tortoises can live more than 80 years? Next to Frankie’s enclosure is another one of my current hobbies, fairy gardening.
Aww, I liked Franklin. What a fun pet! If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you most like to go?
If I could travel anywhere in the world I would choose to visit the British Isles. It would be wonderful to visit the birthplace of my husband’s Irish ancestors and that of my own Scottish ancestors.
I’d love to go and just listen! 😉 If you could live during the time period of your novel, would you? Why or why not?
I would say that I definitely would NOT want to live in 1900. Why, because I’m much too spoiled to the modern conveniences we appreciate today.
It would be tough to give up all that we’ve become accustomed to, for sure. Do you have a favorite or “life” verse? Why is that one important to you?
My life verse is this… “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 This verse is so important to me because I can hear the writer telling me exactly what to do. Annette, be strong…don’t be afraid…God has got this!
He does! That’s such a great encouragement. Thanks for taking the time to share with us, Annette!
Your turn! Have you ever visited a lighthouse? If so, where did you go?
More about Annette:
Annette O’Hare is an award-winning inspirational author living in Southeast Texas with her husband, Dan of thirty-four years. The O’Hares enjoy saltwater fishing on the Gulf Coast and spending time with family. Annette’s love for the history and heritage of her home state shines through in her writing. A member of American Christian Fiction Writers and ACFW Writers On The Storm, Annette’s desire is to reveal God’s love to her readers and hopefully give them a laugh or two. The O’Hare’s are the proud parents of three grown children and two loveable rescue dogs.
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Redeeming Light Giveaway:
Annette has graciously offered to give away an e-copy of Redeeming Light. Giveaways are subject to the Giveaway Policy.