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Renee Blare first visited with us this past spring about the release of her first published novel, Beast of Stratton. (If you missed that interview, you can find it here.) I am happy to have her back with us today to share her newest release, To Soar on Eagle’s Wings. She is offering to give away a copy, too!
Welcome, Renee! What inspired you to write To Soar on Eagle’s Wings?
To Soar’s actually the first book I ever wrote…period. I’d bought a “Christian” book off Amazon and discovered it wasn’t very “Christian.” After reading the first two chapters, I tossed into my cybernetic trash bin and filled my husband’s ears with rants for an hour. He looked at me with what I like to call the “look” and told me to write my own. So I did. The rest is history!
Sounds like, “If you want something done right, you’ve got to do it yourself.” 😉 Have you given any of your own personality quirks to your characters? If so, would you be willing to share about it/them?
Yes…lol. Rachel’s dislike of phones. I hate to talk on the phone for any length of time. I think it’s because of my day job. I’m a pharmacist and I’m on the phone ALL the time. I used to love to talk on it as a teenager. Paul’s logical demeanor and tendency to control everything. Need I say more? LOL
I wonder how many of us have done the same — switched from teens who loved to talk on the phone to adults who really don’t… I know I can relate to that one! Can you give any hints about your next book?
I’m actually finishing up the research on Awaken the Embers (the third book to the Snowy Range Chronicles) and will be start writing on it soon. I can’t wait! It’s about Jacob and Ajax. Jacob Fitzgerald is a smokejumper who’s struggling to come to terms with his mother’s death as well as an incident which nearly cost one of his buddy her life. He’s been called home to Timber Springs when his dad has a stroke and meets Ashley (Ajax) Morrison. Sparks fly in more ways than one. It’s proving to be a powerful story. They’re both strong characters with a great deal to overcome.
Oh, I love good “overcomer” stories. I’ll have to keep my eyes out for that one! What does your ideal writing space look like (whether you actually write in an area like this or not)? What do you have to have handy, and what would you surround yourself with to make it easiest, and most inspiring, to write?
I would love a little work study area off to myself in the back yard or even my own room. I love to listen to music when I write so I’d like a stereo or be tapped into satellite radio so I can listen to my Christian music. 🙂 I work best in my recliner with my laptop since my shoulders hurt if I’m at a desk so I’d either need a recliner or at least a comfortable chair with a keyboard or another laptop!
I was looking at a standing desk the other day (for shoulder tension), but a recliner does sound much more comfy. 😉 Do you have a favorite or “life” verse? Why is that one important to you?
Matthew 6:34 (NKJV), “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”
My husband’s had multiple surgeries. I’ve had numerous health issues as well. My faith in the Lord has seen me through many a night, day, and waiting room with this verse. I’ve learned the hard way that He is sufficient for me.
No matter what I think I may face tomorrow, today is where and when I live. NOW is what matters, and I choose to make the best of it with the power, and strength He gives me. Each step I take is made under His amazing grace and with thanksgiving in my heart.
That is so true. Sometimes it’s very tempting to worry about what’s coming, but oh the peace that comes from leaving it with the Lord! Thanks for sharing, Renee!
Spring’s in the air. While the sun shines in Timber Springs, snow falls on the Snowy Range, and trouble’s brewing in the meadows. The area’s new game warden, Steve Mitchell launches his first wildlife investigation of the season, but the trouble follows him—straight to town.
Rachel Fitzgerald’s on Spring Break. Or at least she’s trying. Between paperwork, and harassing phone calls, she may as well have stayed in her classroom. So much for relaxation. A ‘chance’ meeting with her brother’s old roommate offers her weary soul a shred of hope, but she discovers love, like life, isn’t easy.
He talks with the wisdom of the Lord but rejects the future. She wants to soar with the eagles but walks alone. And trusting God proves to be more of a challenge than ever before…
She moved to start her engine but hesitated at the rumble near the edge of the meadow. She turned her head to check out the newcomer maneuvering the trail’s turns. The dark green machine slid to a stop behind her, the gold Game and Fish symbol flashing in the late afternoon sun.
Uneasiness stirred within her. Since this trail wasn’t used often except on weekends, she was usually alone. A game warden this far in the high country was a surprise. Game and Fish tended to keep to the more beaten paths. After all, not many people fished this early, and the hunting seasons weren’t until much later. He removed his helmet, a lock of tousled brown hair landing on his wide forehead. With his elbow propped on the handlebars, a gloved hand brushed across his jaw. Familiar brown eyes studied her over the small windshield.
“Oh.” Her heart skipped a couple of beats, and she stumbled over her tongue. He turned around before she could form a coherent thought. Taking a deep breath, she tried again. “Steve?”
A smashed brown baseball cap materialized in his hand. After a brief squeeze of the bill, he pulled it low on his forehead. “Hey there, angel.”
More about Renee:
Renee Blare is a graduate of the University of Wyoming with a degree in pharmacy. She is the author of Beast of Stratton which was a semifinalist for ACFW Genesis award in unpublished Christian Fiction. Renee and her family currently lives in Newcastle, Wyoming. Visit her website at reneeblare.com for more information.
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