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It’s been a while since we’ve ventured to the prairies. It’s about time for a visit, don’t you think? I’m happy to have Cynthia Roemer visiting today to tempt us to venture back in time a bit with her new novel, Under Prairie Skies. Before we visit, though, let’s take a quick look at the back cover of the book.
~ Beyond shattered dreams lies a realm of possibilities ~
Illinois prairie ~1855
Unsettled by the news that her estranged cousin and uncle are returning home after a year away, Charlotte Stanton goes to ready their cabin and finds a handsome stranger has taken up residence. Convinced he’s a squatter, she throws him off the property before learning his full identity. Little does she know, their paths are destined to cross again.
Quiet and ruggedly handsome, Chad Avery’s uncanny ability to see through Charlotte’s feisty exterior and expose her inner weaknesses both infuriates and intrigues her. When a tragic accident incites her family to move east, Charlotte stays behind in hopes of becoming better acquainted with the elusive cattleman. Yet Chad’s unwillingness to divulge his hidden past, along with his vow not to love again, threatens to keep them apart forever.
Welcome, Cynthia! What do you hope your readers take away from Under Prairie Skies?
I want readers to come away refreshed and entertained in reading Under Prairie Skies, but more so, to be encouraged in their walk with the Lord. The theme verse is Proverbs 27:17 ~ “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” My main characters, Chad and Charlotte, both have issues from their pasts which are hindering their futures. The Lord uses them to speak hard truths into each other’s lives which insights them to change for the better. I want readers to come away knowing the Lord can use them to speak truth and wisdom into the lives of others and to also be willing to listen when they need God’s truths spoken into their own hearts.
Both of which often take a bit of courage! We’d love to know more about you. Could you share a few fast favorites? What is your:
Favorite color? Mauve
Favorite season? Fall
Favorite animal? Prairie Dog
Favorite movie? It’s a Wonderful Life
Favorite ice cream flavor? Mint-Chip
Did you have a favorite story/book as a child? Why was it a favorite?
I’ve always loved the story of The Little Engine that Could because of the train’s undying determination. I try to instill that same indelible spirit of determination into my characters.
Sometimes success takes determination and persistence… If you could travel back in time to the general time period of your novel, which one person would you most like to meet?
My stories are set in the latter part of the 1850’s so most likely, I would like to meet Abe Lincoln (just prior to his presidency) or Harriet Beecher Stowe (author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin). In researching the pre-Civil War era for Book 3 in my Prairie Sky Series (set in 1858), their input would prove most valuable. =).
It would be very interesting to be able to actually talk with them about all they experienced! Authors are busy people. How do you juggle all of the demands on your time, so that you can maintain your sanity?
This is something I’m still trying to manage. I’m not a fast writer, so require large amounts of time to feel I accomplish much on any given day. I’m so thankful my boys were nearly grown before I became deeply involved in novel writing. It’s quite time consuming, and I would have missed out on my time with them. But the Lord knew I would need something to fulfill me as the “empty nest” approached. Basically, I try to write any chance I have while the family is away, and spend time with them when they are home.
That healthy balance is so important. Can you give any hints about what you’re working on now?
I’d love to! My WIP is Book 3 in my Prairie Sky Series, entitled Under Moonlit Skies. It is the story of Charlotte’s younger sister, Esther, who returns to the Illinois prairie after three years in the city for a visit to aid Charlotte after the birth of her second child. Upon her arrival, she finds more than she bargained for in the form of a young cowboy named Stewart Brant. But their budding friendship is cut short when she returns to Cincinnati at the will of her mother and resumes her courtship with businessman, Lawrence Del Ray. Prejudice, intrigue, and hardships await Stew as he determines to follow his heart and go after her.
Cowboy vs. businessman… Sounds like another fun story! Thanks for taking the time to visit with us today, Cynthia!
Your turn! What was your favorite book as a child?
More about Cynthia:
Cynthia Roemer is an award-winning inspirational writer with a heart for scattering seeds of hope into the lives of readers. Raised in the cornfields of rural Illinois, Cynthia enjoys spinning tales set in the backdrop of the 1800s prairie. She writes from her family farm in central Illinois where she resides with her husband and their two college-aged sons. Under Prairie Skies is Book Two in her Prairie Sky Series.
You can connect with Cynthia online:
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Also by Cynthia:
~ She thought she’d lost everything ~ Instead she found what she needed most. ~
Illinois ~ 1854
Becky Hollister wants nothing more than to live out her days on the prairie, building a life for herself alongside her future husband. But when a tornado rips through her parents’ farm, killing her mother and sister, she must leave the only home she’s ever known and the man she’s begun to love to accompany her injured father to St. Louis. Catapulted into a world of unknowns, Becky struggles to make sense of the path the Lord has placed her on and finds solace in corresponding with Matthew Brody, the handsome pastor back home. But when word comes that he is all but engaged to someone else, she must call upon her faith to decipher her future.
Under Prairie Skies Giveaway:
Cynthia has graciously offered to give away an e-book copy of either Under This Same Sky or Under Prairie Skies (winner’s choice). Giveaways are subject to the Giveaway Policy.