This week we are thrilled to welcome author Davalynn Spencer to Interviews & Reviews.
Davalynn is the award-winning author of ten inspirational Western romance titles, both contemporary and historical. She is a former journalist, the wife and mother of professional rodeo bullfighters, and chief wrangler of Blue the Cowdog and mouse detectors Annie and Oakley. You can contact her via her website at https://www.davalynnspencer.com or follow her on Twitter at https://twitter.com/davalynnspencer
Davalynn is going to talk about her latest book Snow Angel and she is giving away an eBook to one lucky person just in time for Christmas! Davalynn, welcome to Interviews & Reviews!
How long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing since the sixth grade when my teacher featured one of my stories in a school skit.
Praise God for teachers who encourage! Look what she started! How many books have you written?
I have eleven published fiction titles, one inspirational book of devotions for women, and about five books in my computer jockeying for position to be the next one let out of the box.
What is the hardest thing about writing for you?
Writing is hard work. It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever loved so much. But it’s not unpleasant. I love falling into the story, arguing with the characters (I know, that sounds crazy.) and watching scenes unfold as if I were in a theater. It’s the after-work that wears me out. The marketing and promoting – the non-reader activity. Interviews and chatting with readers I love. Busywork, not so much.
What inspired you to write Snow Angel?
A couple years ago at Christmas as I was cleaning up left-over wrapping paper, a design on one piece caught my eye that I hadn’t noticed earlier. Among the paper’s childlike artwork, tucked off in a corner, was a cartoonish snow angel. And tip-toeing away from it and into the woods was a “real” angel. Just that fast, the idea for this novella jumped inside my head and sat down. I had no choice but to write it!
That is so neat! So do you talk to your characters?
Do I talk to my characters? Um … yes. I argue with them too. I know them better than I know some real people. Not that they’re not real. Of course they’re real …
So what do you do when you aren’t writing?
Blue the Cowdog and I take long walks in the morning, and I play the guitar and keyboard. Worship is the next best thing to breathing, and I relish playing on my church’s worship team.
Is there anything you would like to say to your readers?
It is my truest desire that readers choose stories that are uplifting and redemptive because so much in this world is depressing and negative. Story has great power to encourage us and improve our lives, open our perspectives, and show us hope through characters’ conflict, pain, and obstacle. Stories must have conflict because people need victory – even if it’s someone else’s. This offers readers a taste of redemption.
Finally, what is your favourite Scripture verse and why?
“I have set the Lord always before me; because He is at my right hand, I shall not be moved” (Psalm 16:8). How can the Lord do that – be right beside us and out in front leading the way at the same time? He can because He’s God. That’s the stability and intimacy I need.
A wonderful reminder! And now, dear readers, if you would like to win an eBook of Snow Angel just fill out the form below. This contest is closed.
Congratulations to Katie Wenthur! Winner of Snow Angel.
As a child, she lost something precious at Christmas. Twenty years later, she's about to lose her heart.
Lena Carver works as her physician brother’s medical assistant, housekeeper, and cook despite her disfigurement from a childhood accident. Each year, the Christmas holidays come with contradictions—cherished memories of a mysterious encounter and painful recollections of a great loss. She lives with the belief that she is beyond love’s reach, until a dark-eyed cowboy arrives broken, bruised, and bent on changing her mind.
Wil Bergman wakes in a stranger’s house with a busted leg, a bullet-creased scalp, and no horse. Trail-weary, robbed, and penniless, his dreams and plans for a future are suddenly unattainable. Forced to recuperate in the home of a country doctor, he finds himself at the mercy of a surgeon whose sister’s healing touch has power to stitch up his lonely heart and open his eyes to the impossible.