A fun impromptu, mid-week interview with Cara Luecht!! Enjoy learning about her books and her life as an author! :)
1. What inspired your latest story idea?
Gathered Waters is based on the true story of my family’s immigration to America in the late 1800s. I began writing when I found a transcript of my great, great, aunt’s memories about her childhood in Sweden. Her words detailed the religious persecution that spurred them on to search for freedom. In fact, I include a copy of this transcript at the end of the novel.
2. What is your favorite characteristic about your story’s hero and heroine?
When I first began speaking with publishers about this novel, I ran into a roadblock. Almost everyone I talked to asked my why this story was different than any of the other immigrant stories out there. I wrestled with this question, until one day I realized that it is not different. In a way it is all of our stories. It’s a shared history. One worth knowing and understanding, and one that is essential we do not forget.
My favorite characteristic about Anders and Breanna? It is that they are a part of me, and a part of my readers. They struggle, they make mistakes, and they question every step. They have no reassurance their decision to come to America will bring anything but hardship, but the chance to be free was worth every sacrifice. They lost everything, but gained a life that was theirs. Because of their sacrifices, I have a life where I can decide how I want to worship and live. My favorite characteristic is that they are the kind of people I hope I would have the strength to be if faced with their
3. Please tell us about the spiritual theme of your story you hope every reader is challenged by:
I hope they walk away with a renewed sense of the importance of legacy. I hope my readers turn the last page with the understanding that how they handle even the tiny, everyday struggles, can inspire their children and grandchildren great grandchildren. I hope they understand how important they really are.
4. Jaime & Anne are coffee addicts. Erica & Gabrielle are tea lovers. What about you? Coffee or Tea?
Diet Pepsi. And chocolate. And I know there’s a zillion chemicals in Aspartame. If you are my friend, you will not mention it.
5. Favorite historical movie? Or mini-series?
This question is nearly impossible. I love anything historical. But the movie that comes to mind right now is To Kill a Mockingbird.
6. While Jaime loves to take selfies, and Erica loves museums, Anne loves Pinterest and food pics. Share a food pic, a favorite family recipe, or link us to your latest pin on Pinterest.
I love to cook—bake really. My husband is the one who loves to cook meat and the important stuff. There are some recipes that are so simple, but so amazing. Here is one of them. When I need to be the cool mom, this is what I make for my kids:
7. Always wanted to be an author? Or surprised your path led you to publish?
It never occurred to me that I wanted to write. I went back to college in my 30s, and one of my professors asked me what I was doing majoring in Sociology. She said I was a writer.
Seeing as how I loved every subject, and still lacked the direction that most seem to find in their 20s, I thought I might as well try it.
I’m so glad I did.
8. Favorite century to read? To write? To watch on TV or in a movie?
I love to read from just about any time period. I like to write about the late 1800s. And for movies, I actually prefer to watch films set in today, or even sci-fi future. When I sit down to watch film, I like to be completely engrossed. I want entertainment. If I am watching film set in a historical time period, I have trouble shutting down my brain. Instead of relaxing, I’m questioning the accuracy, or I worry that it will in some way influence a current project with an unrealistic setting.
9. Favorite heroine of all time, and why?
My favorite heroines are women who do not let other’s ideas of who they should be dictate who they become. They are strong, decisive, and can lead if necessary. Women inventors, women explorers, and women who serve others without questioning if they “should” are all on my list of heroes.
But my favorite of all time? That’s hard, because I’ve recently read of a woman I’d never heard about, and I’ve become fascinated with her.
This is all amazing. But what amazes me even more is that fact that when the war was over, she became a wife, a mother, and a grocery store manager. Imagine, a woman who holds over four military orders and was awarded 40 metals managing a grocery store.
Besides the fact that I bet people thought twice before calling in sick to that store, the thing that amazes me about her story is something I’ve only recognized with age. It’s her ability to wage a battle when it was time to fight, and then fill a role as wife and mother with grace and courage.
That is the mark of a woman who is a true hero. In my eyes it is a woman who does what needs to be done when and where she is called.
Her name is Yevdokiya Zavaliy. http://englishrussia.com/2011/08/21/yevdokiya-zavaliy-the-woman-hero-of-wwii/
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