Thank you for providing a candid photo of yourself all dressed up in Edwardian attire!
Hi readers! Today's guest is very important to me...Because she is my boss! LOL! It just so happened that it was my turn when we got to Roseanna's interview. I love working as Roseanna's (virtual) assistant. I have learned so much and have been so blessed by her. I can't wait for you all to meet her at CFRR 2019! - Rachel
About Christian Fiction Readers Retreat...
In what ways have you participated in CFRR?
RMW: 2019 will be my first year, and I’m so looking forward to attending the conference!
Rachel: I am so.SO.SOOOOO glad you are going to there this year! (I'm not biased at all of course!)
What part of CFRR are you most excited about?
RMW: I love nothing more than chatting with other book lovers, so to have time dedicated to just that—pure bliss!
Rachel: Truer words have never been spoken!
Are you a hugger?
RMW: LOL. Yes and no. I have no problem with it at conferences, when it’s simply a greeting, but this is something I had to work on as a kid. I was not a hugger by nature. I am one by nurture. 😉
Rachel: Well...You'd better prepare yourself for a tackle hug from me at least hehe!
Just for fun...
Where is one place you want to visit that you haven't been before?
RMW: My family has a whole list! Currently sitting on the top of the dream locations is Patagonia. So beautiful!
Rachel: Oh my goodness! Wouldn't that be an adventure?
If you didn't like writing books, what would you do for a living?
RMW: Shelving books, of course. I’ve long thought I’d love to be a librarian—because a career that does not involve books just doesn’t bear thinking about.
Rachel: Agreed! Books.Are.Life!
If you were a spy, what would your code name be?
RMW: Evelyn Pitt. I actually came up with a spy name generator in conjunction with my Culper Ring Series, based on how George Washington devised the same “Samuel Culper” for his intelligence man, and that’s what mine turned out to be. (You can discover yours here!)
Rachel: Oh! How fun!!! My spy name is Mildred Bell! I love it!!!
RMW: Ideally, I prefer quiet. But there’s no such thing in my house, so luckily I long ago learned how to block out the world. 😉
Rachel: YES! Same here...
How do you organize your books?
RMW: Fiction is organized alphabetically by author. Non-fiction is first broken down into categories and then the same. Though books still on my TBR pile tend to just sit in a stack on a shelf until I get to them…
Rachel: Finally! Someone who organizes alphabetically by author! 💜 Soul sister!
How often do you pleasure-read?
RMW: Not as often as I’d like. I homeschool my kids so spend 1-2 hours a day reading aloud to them. Between that, writing, and editing, I spend so much time staring at words during the day that I don’t always have the brain-and-eye power to do more of it in the evenings, so I’ll knit or watch TV with my husband instead. I usually manage 1-2 books for fun every month—which is pathetic compared to what I used to read, but if you factor in all those books for school and work, then it looks more impressive, LOL.
Rachel: Schoolwork has definitely disrupted my reading habits. But so worth it!
RMW: The same reason Paul’s letters to the churches were important—because believers need encouragement. They need to see ways to live out their faith. They need to ask hard questions and examine possible answers, and fiction allows us to do that. It helps us to see into the hearts of characters and so take a deeper look at our own. As one of my characters said, “Fiction is truth…in a pretty wrapping.” And Christian fiction isn’t just truth, but Truth. We all pray non-believers will read it too, but I know that my primary ministry is encouraging the flock. I’ve yet to hear from a reader who came to faith because of my words—but I regularly hear from readers whose faith was renewed or deepened, and I believe that’s what God has called me to do with my writing.
Rachel: All of this...YES! And I know what book that was! It was the book that made me create the 5.5 star rating...With that quote as the description. (Psst it's A Name Unknown if you were wondering.)
RMW: I currently have 22 either published or contracted (7 of those aren’t out yet), another dozen or so that are finished but unpublished, and something ridiculous like 75 that are begun but not finished. Ideas have never been a problem for me, LOL.
Rachel: Not a bad problem to have I suppose, but trying to decide WHAT story gets written next...???
What genres do you write?
RMW: All my published books are historicals, mostly historical romance (and the ones that aren’t strictly romance still have strong love stories). I do have some contemporaries in that “unpublished” folder that I hope to sneak out into the world someday too, but my heart has always been for history!
Rachel: There is something special and sweet about historical books.
What are you working on now? What is your next release?
RMW: I just finished the last round of edits on An Hour Unspent, the final book in the Shadows Over England Series, which will release in September. I just finished the first draft of The Number of Love, which is the first book in my next series, The Codebreakers, which will release next year. And I’m about to dive into my second book for the Guideposts series, Secrets of Wayfarers Inn, which I’m writing with 7 other authors. It’s a busy year!
Rachel: Which is why you hired me! I can't WAIT for y'all to meet Barclay...Properly! Oh my goodness!!!! 😍
What are your must-have writing supplies?
RMW: In the morning, I need my coffee—it’s part of my ritual, though I only drink half-caf. But otherwise, all I need is my laptop. Well, and chocolate doesn’t hurt, LOL.
Rachel: Chocolate never hurts. And all.the.coffee!!!
Are you more comfortable working in solitude or among a crowd?
RMW: Solitude! I crave quiet like nothing else. This is why my ideal writing weekend involves nothing but a cushy chair, my computer, and endless hours to spend right there with my fingers on my keyboard.
Rachel: Sounds like pure bliss to me!
Thank you so much for joining us today Roseanna!
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