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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Author Interview--Carla Gade

Anne: I always love interviewing Carla Gade. She's not only a dynamite fiction writer, she writes downright inspirational answers to the interview questions I send her! Pattern for Romance is the novel I reviewed yesterday. To see the review, click HERE. (There's a free book to be given to one commenter on the review!)

So, Carla, what led you to write this novel?

Carla: Pattern for Romance is one of the novels in the Quilts of Love series from Abingdon, each penned by different authors. I chose the setting of colonial Boston in the years preceding the Revolutionary War because of the political tension during that time. My book also features the earliest setting, and thus the earliest type of quilting in America, the whole-cloth quilt which was first used for garments.

Anne: What is your favorite scene in Pattern for Romance?

Carla: There is a special scene that occurs in the back lawn of a beautiful estate where Joshua finds Honour beneath a weeping willow tree. Sigh…

Anne: Why do you write?

Carla: There seems to be some natural connection between my active imagination and my right hand. It is almost involuntary. It gives me so much joy to write and I love sharing the stories that tell of God’s redemptive love.

Anne: How long does it usually take you to write a full length book?

Carla: Pattern is my longest published manuscript so far, which is a 60,000 word novel. It takes about 4 to six months to write this length, including the research. Unless I’m in a vehicle accident that injures my writing wrist as I was with this one. In that case over a year.

Anne. I'm glad you are recovered from that, Carla! Now, if Pattern were made into a movie, who would play the starring roles?

Carla: Danielle Pannabaker (The Shunning) and her true life sister, Kay, would portray Honour Metcalf and her little sister Temperance/Tempe. I have a model in mind for Joshua Sutton, but Chris Hemsworth would do nicely.

Anne: What part would you really squawk about if the director wanted to leave it out?

Carla: The faith element. Especially because faith was an integral part of the culture in colonial America. It still is important to many people today and that is why I write inspirational fiction so it encourages readers to connect with the spiritual aspect of their lives.

Anne: Would you like to tell us about your next book?

Carla: My novella ’Tis the Season in Mistletoe Memories will release in September. In 1820, Stephen Yost is the resident carpenter of Schooley's Mountain, New Jersey's fashionable resort. When he finds himself enamored by the spirited Annaliese Braun, he vows to build her a home by Christmas.

Anne: It sounds like a fun novella. God bless you and your writing for Him, Carla, and thank you for joining us today.
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