Monday, April 9, 2018

Candid moments with CFRR author Laura Frantz

Laura, thanks for sending this great candid of you and the lovely Rel of Relz Reviewz after CFRR 2016!

About Christian Fiction Readers Retreat...
In what ways have you participated in CFRR?

LF: I’ve participated in CFRR for two years as a speaker and also author.   

Beth: Not to mention your lovely period gowns!

What is your favorite aspect of CFRR? 

LF: I can’t wait to return as it’s my favorite venue of the year, mostly because I get to meet reading friends!

Beth: We love spending time with you, too!

Are you a hugger?

LF: Yes, a bonafide hugger. Watch out 😉!

Beth: You are a great hugger!

Just for fun...
Where is one place you want to visit that you haven't been before? 

LF: India. I'm in love with saris and less frivolously, have heard a trip there will alter your outlook on life forever.  

Beth: Oooooo, and friendly elephants, right?!

If you didn't like writing books, what would you do for a living?

LF: Librarian – no surprise there!  

Beth: YES! My sister worked in a library during her college years. Dream job!

About reading...
When reading, do you block out the world around you or seek a quiet retreat?

LF: Love writing in a log cabin in the woods. Endless inspiration from nature and the rustic, quiet life.

Beth: That sounds wonderful!

Why do you think reading Christian Fiction is so important?

LF: Because it shines hope in a dark world.

Beth: Amen to that!

About writing...
How many books have you written? published?

LF: Nine novels published, more coming through 2022!

Beth: I still need to read a few of them, too! *eagerly rubs hands together in anticipation*

What genres do you write?

LF: Historical Romance.

Beth: I love the time periods you've chosen thus far! Your stories always bring history to life for me.

What are you working on now? What is your next release?

LF: Working on my next frontier story set in the wilds of what is now West Virginia. Next up for print is a Scottish coming to America story releasing in January 2018. Think Scots lairds and castles, beekeeping heroines, indentures…

Beth: Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy! Another Scot!
Do you have any strange writing habits?

LF: I get all my writing ideas while walking and so I’m an avid walker!

Beth: I enjoy walking, too! I sometimes miss the sidewalks of my hometown.

What are your must-have writing supplies?

LF: Black pens and white paper. I think better in longhand which research seems to support.

Beth: I might have to give that a try... my thinker could use a little help!

About the author...

Award-winning, bestselling author Laura Frantz is passionate about all things historical, particularly the 18th-century, and writes her manuscripts in longhand first. Her stories often incorporate Scottish themes that reflect her family heritage. She is a direct descendant of George Hume, Wedderburn Castle, Berwickshire, Scotland, who was exiled to the American colonies for his role in the Jacobite Rebellion of 1715, settled in Virginia, and is credited with teaching George Washington surveying in the years 1748-1750. Frantz lives and writes in a log cabin in the heart of Kentucky.

According to Publishers Weekly, “Frantz has done her historical homework.” With her signature attention to historical detail and emotional depth, she is represented by Janet Kobobel Grant, Literary Agent & Founder, Books & Such Literary Agency of Santa Rosa, California.

Say "Hi" to Laura in the comments and let's chat about some of the moments we have enjoyed with her stories!


  1. I love Laura's stories! They are creative, insightful, adventuresome, with the kind of characters that one is never likely to forget. She is one of this fan's favorites!

    1. Dear Rebecca, And you are in my reader's Hall of Fame! So thankful for you and your heart for books, mine and others. What a blessing Christian fiction is all the way around!

  2. Lovely post! It's always fun to read more about some of my favorite authors!

    1. Dear Carrie, You are the epitome of graciousness - thank you for being YOU and for your heart for Christian fiction. I'm a huge fan of yours but you already know that :)

  3. Oh, I love the ever kind Laura and her wonderful stories! I started with The Lacemaker (which I LOVED), and am working my way backwards. So far I have read The Colonel's Lady, A Moonbow Night, and Mistress of Tall Acre. FANTASTIC historical research, and stories that keep me reading late into the night. Thank you dear Laura for all your kind comments to your reader friends, and for your unforgettable stories.

    1. We all have to start somewhere, don't we?! Happy reading, Jeanne!!!

    2. So glad two of my very fave reading friends have met here! So, so love your heart for Godly fiction! That goes a long way at inspiring me to keep going. Bless you both!

  4. Well, hello there! I could only get to the tail end of 2016's CFRR, but to meet the lovely Laura was an absolute highlight of my trip!

    1. Hi Rel! My only disappointment that year was leaving too early and missing you! Next time you are in the States, I will make a special trip to see you!

    2. Yes, next time!! I treasure this pic of Rel and I. One I never get tired of seeing and revisiting. Love and hugs to you both!

  5. Wonderful post, Beth and Laura! Two amazing ladies! It was such fun meeting both of you at CFRR last summer. Thinking about you makes me smile! Hugs to both of you!

    Laura, you are such a talented writer. I need to get caught up on your stories. I've been trying to get Carrie Schmidt to give me speed reading lessons, but so far I haven't had any success. :-D

    1. Thank you, dear Winnie!!! HUGS!!!

    2. Winnie, if you manage to get Carrie to offer speed reading lessons, please let me know!
      Blessings, Tina

  6. Winnie, YOU are the reason why CFRR is a beautiful thing! LOVE your gracious spirit. And, yes, Carrie should offer a speed reading workshop :) Can't see or hug you and Erin enough!!

    1. Thanks, sweet Laura! Looking forward to CFRR2019!

  7. Wonderful interview Beth and Laura! I love learning more about my favorite authors!
    Laura, I really enjoy your books and look forward to your next one(s).
    Blessings, Tina