I am please as punch to have author Maggie Brendan here with us today. Maggie is the CBA bestselling author of the Heart of the West series and the Blue Willow Brides series, as well as The Trouble with Patience and A Sweet Misfortune. Her books have received the Book Buyers Best Award from the Orange County Chapter of Romance Writers of America and the Laurel Wreath Award. Maggie is also a member of the American Fiction Writers Association, Romance Writers of America, Georgia Romance Writers, and Author’s Guild. Maggie hails from Georgia and is here today to talk about her soon-to-be-released book Trusting Grace.
Welcome Maggie! You sound like a very busy woman. How many books have you written?
I’ve written 9 books. My first series was The Heart of the West, then The Blue Willow Brides and this last one is Virtues and Vices of the Old West. Trusting Grace completes the series and releases May 2nd.
What is your favourite time of day to write?
I usually start mid-morning, after a few chores, clearing my mind before I go to my office.
What is something people don't know about you?
I’m a silent but big prayer warrior. I pray throughout the day or as some would say in ‘constant communication’ with the Lord.
Do you volunteer in your community or church?
Until our recent move from where we lived 30 years, I sang in our sanctuary choir, was a decision counselor and involved in the prayer ministry. Other times, I volunteered in the church library until I became part of the worship ministry staff working directly with our pastor’s radio ministry.
Ah! A fellow librarian. That's definitely my favourite place to volunteer at church. What about movies? Do you have any favourite types of movies?
No surprise-historical! Sadly though, the only place I seem to find them is on PBS instead of the big screen.
Yes. They don't make enough of those. Do you have a favorite Scripture verse?
It’s hard to pick just one but this one reminds me that with Him I have nothing to fear: Psalm 29:1-The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life of whom shall I be afraid?
That's an excellent verse to hold on to. Let's talk about your latest book, Trusting Grace. What is it about?
My heroine in Trusting Grace is about a lonely widow trying to save her potato farm while caring for her ailing father in the lush Gallatin Valley in Montana in 1866. Still longing for children and a family, Grace has all but given up that dream until a quiet, hired handy man comes to work on her farm who fills her heart with hope for a possible happy future.
Is there a message in it that you hope your reader's will grasp?
When things seem at their very worst, I try to convey how the Divine clearly orchestrates events to remove all doubts that we have that we are in the palm of His hand when we look to him for guidance and understanding.
A wonderful message to be sure! Thank you for stopping by Maggie! If you are interested in pre-ordering Trusting Grace just follow the links below! It releases May 2, 2017!