Today, I am pleased to welcome author Katy Eeten to I & R. Katy lives in southeast Wisconsin with her husband Jason and their two sons. She works full-time in the business world, but writing is her true passion. When she's not working or writing, she enjoys baking, taking walks, playing the piano, and spending time with her family. Her published books include Blast From Her Past, Christmas in Meadow Creek, and A Heart Held Captive.
Today, Katy is going to discuss her book Christmas in Meadow Creek. Katy, welcome to Interviews & Reviews!
How long have you been writing?
I’ve loved to write for fun since I was very young – poems, short stories, articles for my college newspaper. But my first successful attempt at publishing came a few years ago with Anaiah Press, and I’ve been writing with a little more consistency and purpose ever since.
How many books have you written?
I have four published books in all, and many unpublished stories tucked away in my laptop 😊. All are contemporary Christian romance – two novels (Blast from Her Past and A Heart Held Captive), and two novellas (Christmas in Meadow Creek and First Class Christmas).
What is the hardest thing about writing for you?
Probably finding the time for it. I work full time, have two kids, and a husband in full-time ministry, so life is busy! Once I find the time, the hardest thing about writing is keeping the plot moving. I tend to write a lot of backstory and show too much of the characters’ thoughts rather than the more action-packed scenes.
Which do you enjoy more, the research part for a book, or the writing?
Definitely the writing! I love when I can block off large chunks of time to craft or improve a story. Wish I had more time for that!
What is the central theme of your book?
The central theme of Christmas in Meadow Creek is trusting God’s timing in life and in a relationship. There is also an underlying theme of working through obstacles together.
What inspired you to write this book?
This is one of those stories that began as a sliver of an idea from a dream I had while staying with my in-laws one weekend. After I woke up, I started typing notes on the Notes app on my phone, and when I got home, I fleshed out the story in a matter of a month!
Which character in Christmas in Meadow Creek do you like the most?
It might be a cliché answer, but I like my main heroine, Sarah Laughlin. She’s well-rounded, grounded, likable, and very caring. And she knows what she wants.
Are there things you put off doing because you dread them?
Yes! I hate mopping the kitchen floor and cleaning the bathtub. Give me dishes or laundry any day, just not those other two tasks, please.
Thank you for stopping by Katy! If you would like to follow Katy you can find her on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/KatyEeten or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/KatyEeten/ . You can also touch base with her through her website at https://katyeeten.wordpress.com/.
Sarah Laughlin left her big-city life and dead-end relationship behind for a fresh start as a fourth-grade teacher in the small, Wisconsin town of Meadow Creek. And it feels like home, too, despite the persistent troublemaker in her class and the lack of familiar faces. But the holidays are going to be lonely this year. Until she meets firefighter Lincoln Thompson. Suddenly, the hope of spending Christmas with someone she cares about is within reach.
Lincoln loves his home town of Meadow Creek, but ever since his long-time girlfriend left him for a better life in the city, he wonders if he’ll ever find love in this small town where everyone knows everyone. Then he meets Sarah during her class's field trip to his firehouse, and a spark is lit. But when they discover that Sarah's troublemaking student is none other than Lincoln's beloved nephew, their newfound relationship is put to the test. Can they navigate through the complexities of family dynamics to find a love that will last?