Friday, November 13, 2015

Interview and #Giveaway with Julane Hiebert

I am super happy to bring a new author to ALL of us, Julane Hiebert! Her debut novel releases on Sunday :) and I betcha she is just super-dee-dooper excited.

Julane lives with her husband in a wee cottage by a lake in the beautiful Flint Hills of Kansas. Her love of prairie comes from a childhood spent as the daughter of a cowboy, and she was named after a characters in a Western magazine. While encouraged to pen the family’s story of raising two handicapped daughters, she has chosen to incorporate the lessons learned into the lives of the characters in her novels. She enjoys music, reading, junk shopping, and chocolate—mostly chocolate. Julane has a passion to present God’s truth in everyday events, with ordinary not-too-perfect characters.

So let's take a minute to learn about this lovely lady and her exciting new story:

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· How did you begin writing?

I began writing partially out of need, partially out of survival. The need being our church was so small and we had problems finding even one-room Sunday School material that would work with the variant of ages—so I wrote it. Survival came because I was the caregiver for my mother, who lived with us, and writing helped fill the hours I needed to be in the house and available for her.

· Take us through a day in the life of you, the author (because some us picture you rise from bed, calmly pour your coffee, sit in a sunny little alcove, and write for eight hours before getting ready for a luxurious dinner out with your special someone) ;)
Oh, my!! Wouldn’t that be grand? Actually, I’m probably not so terribly far from that in that both my husband and I are retired. We live on a small lake nestled in the Flint Hills of Kansas, and I do most of my writing in front of our lake-facing windows. The luxurious dinner is out, though. Depending on where I am in my writing, either my very obliging husband fixes himself a sandwich, or we settle on very plain fare. More often than not, we grab something from fast food because we follow our grandkids and as many of their school/sporting events as possible.

· Tell us where you got the idea for your latest book and why you developed a passion to write it?

The book that releases on November 15 is my debut novel, though it’s the first book of a three book series. The other two will follow in March of 2016 and July of 2016. The idea came from a silly play on words…Birds of a Feather, and I changed it to Brides of a Feather. The passion came from the realization that I could utilize lessons God so graciously taught us as we were raising our two daughters—both had an incurable neuromuscular disease—without actually writing a biography of that journey. The girls were both insatiable readers and especially liked historical/prairie romance. In a way, I did it for them.

· Who is your favorite character in this book and why?

My favorite is not a main character, but one who is present in all three books—Uncle John Wenghold, the owner of the Feather Ranch. He’s a crusty old bachelor, but full of sage advice that I wish I could say was from me, since I’m the writer. But, as other writers can identify, sometimes characters develop on their own in such a way that they become more real than anything anyone could just create. I’ve never been able to settle in my mind just how old he is. I’d have to say he’s timeless, but oh, how I hated to say goodbye to him. Spoiler alert: I did leave the third book a little tentative at the end, hoping that my readers will want yet one more episode of his life. And I do have it tucked away for a short story if they do.

· What is the most important takeaway from your book that you hope your readers see?

From Robin’s character, it would be that God always has His best plan for us, even when it seems contrary by all outward appearances. From Ty’s, the hero, it’s integrity, the value of a person’s word and how that word defines our character.

· If you were to be offered the opportunity to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro or to back pack deep into the heart of the Swiss Alps, which would you do and why?
Without question, I’d back pack deep into the heart of the Swiss Alps. My maternal grandmother immigrated from Switzerland. In fact, a huge, homemade packing box with a heart-shaped keyhole that shipped their worldly goods from Switzerland to America sits in the living room of our wee cottage. The address is hand painted and shows the different ports that it traveled through to come here.

· And while you’re on this grand adventure, would it be necessary for you to have coffee or tea? (‘cause we’re split evenly in preference here at the CCC blog)

Coffee, coffee, coffee.

*Jaime inserts: YAY YAY YAY

· If you had to write your novel long-hand, would you use a fine point Sharpie, a roller ball pen, a fountain pen, or a pencil?
Pencil. I change my mind too often to use anything more permanent.

· Your favorite flavor of pie … because we’re heading into pie season!

Pumpkin, with our without the whipped stuff on top.

· What are you currently working on in the book world?

I just submitted a story that will be included in a Novella that is put out every February by my publisher, Wings of Hope. Currently I’m working on a new series, tentatively titled Another Spring. I have several chapters of all three books written. Again, historical/prairie/romance

· Lastly, will you leave us with a snippet from your book that is one of your favorites and gives us a glimpse into its pages?

Her gaze met his, “I forgive you.”

Ty took a deep breath. “Robin…if we had more time—if things were different—would you give me another chance?”

Robin shook her head. “Time is not something either of us can promise. Any chance that might have been ours ended when Anna returned wearing your ring.” Her smile belied the sadness in her eyes.

Ty touched the dimple at the corner of her mouth.

One small circle of gold and jewels and a promise that threatened to become a noose.

One small indentation at the corner of lips he had no right to claim, and a promise he was not free to make.

He groaned. You are in so much trouble, Ty Morgan.


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9 comments:

  1. I like the fact that it's the first of three. I like continuing stories as long as the author does not leave a cliffhanger in the previous one. I like a conclusion in each book.
    I'm also intrigued by Uncle John, the crusty old bachelor.

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  2. No cliffhangers, Gail--except maybe in the third one. Not so much of a cliffhanger as shameless begging the readers to call for more!! :)

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  3. I agree with Gail H I like continuing stories but I do not like a cliffhanger

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  4. Congratulations on the release of your debut novel. Well I must say the first thing that drew me to the book was it's beautiful cover. Uncle John Wenghold as a secondary character sounds teriffic. I can't wait to read about this crusty old gent and all the other excitement to come in the books.

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  5. I want to know more about Uncle John. He sounds really interesting.
    Thereadmaster@me.com

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  6. The snippet so makes me want to read the whole book!

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  7. The cover and that there will be a bride involved.

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  8. The snippet is intriguing. I want to read the rest of the story, and the next book, and the next...

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