|Andrea and her family (she's the woman sitting on the love seat)|
So, Andrea, tell us what inspired Broken Things.
Andrea: The story idea began forming when I saw numerous Christians make bad decisions and then feel like they could never come back to God. I thought it was so tragic, so I wanted to write a story showing how wrong that ideology was/is.
Anne: Been there, and it would be wonderful if everyone could realize how long-suffering and loving the Lord we serve is. He welcomes us back like the prodigal's father did his son. Now--If your book were made into a movie, who would play Allie and Jack?
Andrea: A star-studded line-up for sure! Richard Dean Anderson as Jack and Candace Cameron Bure as Allie.
Anne: I'm enticed. Would you like to try out for a part?
Andrea: No. I'm totally a behind the scenes person.
Anne: Speaking of scenes, what part would you be madder than hops at if a screenwriter took it out?
Andrea: The scene in which Jack takes his Bible out of his closet, dusts off the cover, and prays from the Psalms -- and from his heart.
Anne: Are you a plotter or a panster? (Readers: a plotter plots out and writes an outline for the entire book, but a panster writes by the seat of the pants. It's often as much a surprise to the writer as the reader what happens next.)
Andrea: A panster. Without a doubt.
Anne: Would you like to tell us a little about your next book?
Andrea: The last two series I've written have been historical Christian romances. The most recent is The Fabric of Time series -- and book 3 (the final in the series), titled Threads of Love, releases on May 7. Each book in the series goes up a generation and is set primarily in Wisconsin.
Book one is about a young woman, Kristin Eikaas, who arrives in America in 1848 to start a new life for herself but faces bigotry and hatred. The next book is set in 1877 and is about her son Daniel who's chosen the love of money over the love of his family -- and his God. The last book takes place in 1902 and is about Emily (Kristin's granddaughter), who comes face-to-face with a past mistake and must learn to forgive herself.
I must admit that Threads of Love (book three) was the most fun for me to write. The series is spun from my own family history. I say "spun," because there is only a vague resemblance between the books and my ancestry. But the idea gained momentum for me after researching my "roots" for a family reunion years ago.
Anne: Thank you so much for being here with us this morning, Andrea. It was such a pleasure reading and reviewing your book Broken Things, and a greater pleasure learning a little more about you. (Readers: click HERE to see the review, and click HERE to learn a little more about Andrea.). [Note: if you click on the book review and read to the end, you'll see there's a giveaway of Andrea's latest series to one luck commenter!]