Monday, October 10, 2011

Interview with Laura Frantz- author of "The Colonel's Lady"

Hello everyone! I am so excited to have Laura Frantz as our guest today! A huge thank you to Laura for agreeing to do this interview!!! I was privileged to chat with Laura at the ACFW conference in Missouri, and she is a lovely lady both inside and out. Not to mention, an amazing writer, whose books I love!!! And now, I’ll hand it over to Laura.
1) What made you want to become a writer? Was there a particular person, event, or novel that particularly inspired you? I was 7 when I wrote my first story about ships, then a novella about a girl who lived in Old Sturbridge Village when I was 12. My grandfather was a printer so he would bring home reams of paper and I would spend hours making little books that I’d illustrate and write in. They were always historical in nature and the girls always wore fancy dressesJ . Since my family has been in Kentucky for over 200 years, history came naturally to me.

2) What do you like most about being a writer? Not having to comb my hair or put on lipstick before I go to work! Actually, I love sitting by my woodstove and writing – or sitting on the deck in summer and writing amidst my flower garden and fountain. Being home with my kids is such a joy. I’m a true homebody at heart.

3) What do you like least about being a writer? The marketing aspect of promoting your work and viewing your book as a product. I don’t like the emphasis on sales and numbers either. None of that has anything to do with why I write. I write because I want to honor the gift God has given me and bless readers, no matter how many or how few.

4) What would you say is the biggest mistake beginning writers make? Did you find yourself making this mistake early in your career? Sometimes beginning writers think they’re ready for publication before they truly are. I’ve heard it takes 10,000 hours to master something and do it really, really well. There are exceptions to this, of course, but we can’t all be like Mozart and pick up a violin at age 2 and play beautifully! And I don’t believe we can ever truly master writing. Even Francine Rivers has said she still feels like an apprentice. We can never underestimate the Lord’s workings, either. I know of a published author who was first contracted in her teens and another who wasn’t published until she was in her 80’s.

5) Do you have a particular place or setting in which you do your writing? Maybe an area that fuels your creativity? Last winter my teenage son moved to our garage apartment, giving up his bedroom so I could have a little library. It’s now painted and wallpapered and has wainscoting, so looks very colonialJ . There’s even a little woodstove in one corner and big windows overlooking the woods. That’s inspiration for me.

6) Is there a particular book on writing that you return to again and again? Any craft book by James Scott Bell is terrific, fun, and chock full of great writing tips. But I really learn most by studying the masters of historical fiction in the CBA and general markets. One of my favorite writers in the CBA is Liz Curtis Higgs. I only have to pick up one of her books to feel I’ve had a crash course in writing. Many writers can tell a good story, but few can tell it beautifully. Liz is one who does both.

7) Is there a scripture verse that has inspired you in your writing? Yes, 1 Corinthians 15:58: "Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord."

8) What three tips do you have for beginning writers? Write your heart out. Read authors who write in the genre you like best. Pray for open doors.

9) Share with us a little about your writing journey. How long did it take you to get published? 40 years if you consider I wrote my first story at age 7. I sometimes tell people I must not be very good at this as it took me so long to get here! But I believe the Lord’s timing is impeccable and it’s not wise to push our way into anything. In fact, when my editor contacted me about publishing "The Frontiersman’s Daughter", I wasn’t sure I wanted to and didn’t call her back. My brother, a missionary, convinced me to not waste the talent God had given me and then things took off from there. At the time I was unagented, had never been to a writing conference, had no writing contacts, had only recently gotten a computer, and so it was no small miracle a publisher noticed me. I came in through the Writers Edge in a very non-traditional way. But I’d been writing my heart out for 40 years and that is what truly matters.


ABOUT LAURA:
Laura Frantz is the author of three novels, The Frontiersman’s Daughter, Courting Morrow Little, and The Colonel’s Lady. She has been a finalist on two occasions for the Carol Award and a finalist for the INSPY Award. You can find out more about Laura and her books by checking out her blog at: http://laurafrantz.blogspot.com/

BOOK GIVEAWAY: 
I am really excited to be giving away Laura's newest book, "The Colonel's Lady". This book is excellent so you will want to have a copy of this great read! Just leave a comment and your email and I will draw a winner this Friday, October 14th!!

BOOK GIVEAWAY #2!!!!
We've had a good response to Laura's interview and alot of eager readers
that want to read her wonderful novels, so I've decided to give more of you a chance to read another book of Laura's, "Courting Morrow Little". So on Friday we will draw out two names of those who have entered during this week and the first one we will contact to see which book they would like to receive and then the second winner will receive the other title. Both excellent, enjoyable books!! So leave your comments and enter to win and don't forget to check out Laura's blog from the link above!!

Happy reading and writing,
Amanda

 

22 comments :

Laura Frantz said...

Amanda, It's wonderful to be here with you this rainy Monday morning! Hope it's sunnier in your neck of the woods:) I appreciate being on your blog so much and my prayers are with you as you write for Him. Thanks, also, for giving away a copy of TCL. May the blessing return to you!

Edna said...

I love Laura's books and you are looking great also for someone so young. Thanks so much for your talent just use it for the Lord.

mamat2730 at charter dot net

Amanda said...

Thank you so much for your comments ladies!

Thank you also Laura for doing the interview! You are such a blessing!

Blessings!
Amanda

JoyAveryMelville said...

Amanda,
What a great blog post. I am so glad I became a follower of your blog - this is a terrific site and I can learn much from you and your guests.
Thank you for the opportunity to win one of Laura's books.
I love the way she writes!

Laura Frantz said...

Edna, It's wonderful to see you here! You've said it so well - just use your talent for the Lord. When that happens, wonderful fruit results! I'm so thankful our love of fiction brings us together this way. Thanks so much for entering the drawing!

Laura Frantz said...

So good to meet Joy here - love that name:) You have a wonderful humble spirit. We really do learn so much from each other when we connect this way. When I first started writing there was no such thing as the internet! I never imagined such a thing as blogging, Facebook, etc. Thanks so much for entering the drawing and for you kind words.

Laura Frantz said...

Hi Amanda, Please enter Michelle T. as she's at work and emailed me. Thanks so much!

Linda Glaz said...

Nice interview and great advice about not rushing it to an agent or editor. Really know your craft first.

Amanda said...

Laura,

I'd be glad to enter your friend in the drawing!

Thank you for your comment Linda!

Blessings!
Amanda

SHARLENE said...

What a wonderful interview! Laura is such a talented author. Please include me in your giveaway contest. Hope I win! (((Hugs)))

Laura Frantz said...

I just had to say hello to Linda - I think you're with Hartline? A dear friend of mine signed with them not long ago and can't say enough good things!

And it's always wonderful to see Sharlene, whom I admire so much. Thanks for your kind words, Sharlene. They sure bless me!

And thank you so much, Amanda, for hosting!

karenk said...

amanda...you are amazing...many blessings on you journey.

and thanks for the opportunity to read laura's beautiful novel :0)

karenk
kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Laura Frantz said...

Oh, Amanda, you're so thoughtful to offer two books! That really means so much. I look forward to doing the same for you!

Laura Frantz said...

It's wonderful to see Karen here! When I see that KK i always smile:) Thanks so much for taking time here. You're a blessing!

Lisa D. said...

Amanda,
I enjoyed your interview with Laura. I haven't read any of her books yet, but hope to soon. Thanks for the opportunity to win one!

Keep up the good work. I love to see a young person pursuing her goals with such gusto!

Lisa Devine

Laura Frantz said...

Lisa, Love the word "gusto" - Amanda is certainly doing that! Thanks so much for stopping here and entering the drawing. I'd be blessed to have you for a reading friend:)

Jennie said...

Hi Amanda!
I hopped on over here from laurafrantz.net. I’ve only started tagging along recently but have read and loved each one of her books! Laura writes with such depth that my mind continues to return to Kentucky long after I have read the end.
I agree with Laura that someday we will be reading your novels! Writing is a hobby of mine and I admire you for your diligence and desire to serve the Lord. Keep up the good work!
Hisprincess117(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

Brandi said...

Such a gifted writer! Thank you so much for posting this interview! Also, keep up the good work Amanda!

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Mary in Idaho said...

I just wanted to say "thanks" for this interview with Laura Frantz. I enjoy learning new details about favorite authors; and Laura Frantz is truly one of my favorite authors. I have read all her books and highly recommend them to others. Actually, I have read all three of them twice. They are the type of story I like to "climb back in to" over and over again.

Laura Frantz said...

Jennie,
So wonderful to meet you here and learn some things I didn't know. Bless you for reading my blog and my books and enjoying them:) I always feel really blessed to meet new readers. Thanks for your encouraging words. Hope you've had a wonderful weekend!

Laura Frantz said...

Brandi, Love your email addy:) And thanks for being so encouraging. Wish I could meet you all in person!

Laura Frantz said...

Mary, I treasure your "climb back into" comments - that's just how I feel about my favorite books. It always amazes me that the Lord is using anything I write to touch readers. I feel so blessed. And thanks very much for coming over to meet Amanda and post such gracious things. You are a huge support!!