HOLIDAY SHOPPING EVENT
HOLIDAY SHOPPING EVENT
Hey ya'll, well, I had this set up with Donna a long time before I planned my Holiday Event but I decided to just add it to the list:) I have an interview with author Donna Winters and she will be giving away books to everyone who comments!! Yep, you heard right:) Anyone who comments will win 3 books. I have won two of her books previously and I love them. Very Victorian looking and the stories are well written. So, get ready to read this interview and make sure to comment at the end.
Thank you for being with us today, Donna! I know that you have been writing for a long time. With Thanksgiving Day around the corner, what are you most thankful for as a writer?
As a writer, I’m most thankful for the body of work the Lord has allowed me to author and put into print. I began writing romances in 1982 and was published in 1985 by Thomas Nelson, and in 1986 and 1988 by Zondervan. Then the Christian romance market disappeared for a time. After research and prayer, my husband and I developed our Great Lakes Romances® Series. This allowed me to continue writing in the genre I love, and gave me more control over my work. As a writer, I have produced one contemporary romance and fifteen historicals. As a small publisher, I have released a total of 21 titles. My historical romances are all in print at http://www.greatlakesromances.com. There, you will also find reprints of historical fiction by authors of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. My most recent publications are a trilogy about the 19th century company town near my home. There, iron workers smelted pig iron from 1867-1891, and then the company dismantled the furnaces and pulled out. I wrote one romance about each of three phases of the company town era. Fayette—A Time to Love takes place during the first year of the town’s history when uncultured single men dominated the population and no school or church existed for the few families that came to stay. Fayette—A Time to Laugh moves forward by eleven years to a boom time when business was good, baseball games and sulky races dominated the sports scene, and cultural societies held lectures, recitations, and concerts. Fayette—A Time to Leave tackles the years when business fell off, jobs gradually disappeared, and the community faced the painful parting of friends and family members for greener pastures.
When a reader gets done with your book, what do you want them to come away with?
I would like my reader to come away with a better sense of Michigan’s history. Perhaps they will even want to go and visit a place that they have only read about in my book. I would like readers to look back on the reading experience as one of escape from daily cares to a time and place where life slows down and seems more civil and courteous. And I would like them to wonder, “Which Donna Winters book will I read next?”
What one event would you love to be at? Historical or future?
I’m going to put a historical twist on all of these questions and answer through the filter of “Thanksgiving”. The event I would like to attend would be the first Thanksgiving feast at Plymouth in 1621. Present at this event would be far more than two people. Forty Pilgrims in cut-cloth clothing and 89 Indians dressed in animal skins and gaily colored turkey feathers would gather for the celebration. I would like to sit beside the most helpful of the Indians, Squanto, who had met the Pilgrims one year earlier and taught them how to make use of corn, how to find wild greens in spring, and how to fish for eels and other seafood. And did you know that the Pilgrims had actually stolen corn from the Indians? It’s true! Soon after their arrival on the Mayflower, they trekked inland for several miles and came across:
A heap of sand . . . newly done, we might see how they (the Indians) had paddled it with their hands—which we digged up . . . and found a fine great basket full of fair Indian corn; and digged further, and found a fine great basket full of very fair corn of this year, and with some six and thirty goodly ears of corn . . .
This stolen corn enabled the Pilgrims to survive the first winter and later to plant a crop so plentiful that they had reason to hold the Thanksgiving feast the next fall. I’ll be very interested to sample the geese, ducks, turkey, lobsters, oysters, clams, venison, rabbit, corn (roasted, parched, or soaked in maple syrup), cornmeal, Johnnycakes, beans, squash, and spicy chowders. (Pumpkin pie grew to popularity in a much later era.) And when the feast is over (three days later, perhaps?) I will be happy to pop back into the 21st Century and write all about it!
Do you have a favorite hobby?
I couldn’t pick a favorite hobby because there are several that I like equally well: walking with my husband and my dogs, kayaking, RV-ing, cross-country skiing, and downhill skiing.
Is there something about you most people wouldn't know?
I am so glad you asked! Most people don’t know that I am currently donating some of my overstocked titles to libraries. This donation program costs libraries absolutely nothing! Librarians should visit my website, http://www.greatlakesromances.com, click on Books for Libraries, and follow the instructions to get some or all of the books listed on that page. So readers, please tell your librarian to take advantage of this offer to put historical inspirational romances on their shelves at no cost!
Do you have any suggestions for the aspiring writer?
Keep the faith, pray for guidance, and listen to your inner voice.
Any last thoughts for your readers?
I am feeling so thankful that I would like to give three books to each person who comments on this interview. Pick your three books from the following list:
The Captain and the Widow
Aurora of North Manitou Island
Bridget of Cat's Head Point
Rosalie of Grand Traverse Bay
Elizabeth of Saginaw Bay
Jenny of L'Anse Bay
Butterfly Come Home
Sweet Clover, A Romance of the White City
And how can they connect with you?
My website contains contact information on the About Us page:
Visit my blog at
Find me on facebook
Have a blessed Thanksgiving Day!
Now, did you get that? You can pick three books out of that list above. I am only going to do one comment per person because everyone who comments will get books. And, I will make the mandatory entry something related to Thanksgiving:) It is hard to believe that is coming up so fast. Anyways, read below for your way to enter.
MANDATORY ENTRY-Leave a comment about what you are thankful for this Thanksgiving. Again, only one comment per person. Everyone wins!!
ONLY LOWER 48 STATES!!
ONLY LOWER 48 STATES!!