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Monday, April 9, 2012

What's Grace Greene's Greatest Challenge?

Author Grace Greene is my guest today through Wednesday on Everything Writerly. If you're not familiar with Grace and her work, here is her bio:

Grace Greene writes fiction with romance, suspense and inspiration, always with a strong heroine at its heart, and there's a happily-ever-after ending--most of the time. Her debut novel, Beach Rental, released in 2011 and her second novel, Kincaid's Hope, released in January 2012.


Your latest novel sounds interesting, Grace. What is Kincaid's Hope about?

Beth Kincaid left her unhappy childhood behind and created a life free from untidy emotionalism, but even a tidy life has danger, especially when it falls apart. Beth returns to her hometown to settle her guardian’s estate, but runs smack into the problems she left behind and discovers she must also settle with the past to find love and build a future worth living.


**Note to readers: You can read some sample pages on amazon.com.
CLICK HERE to read them. **

AND NOW MY INTERVIEW WITH GRACE:


     What genre do you write in? 
         My genre is Women’s Fiction, but there’s also romance, suspense and inspirational elements. Each book has a different proportion of romance, suspense and inspiration, but ultimately the story is about the heroine and her journey.

      What motivates you? 
         What-ifs motivate me. A concept, a theme, or a setting…something gets stuck in my head and   gradually evolves into a story.
    
     How does your faith affect your daily life? 
         Faith has always been a huge part of my life and sustains me through rough times. Faith is constant – I am less so, and get distracted by life’s demands, but when I am lost in doubt or indecision I remember faith is there – just a prayer away.
      
     How much spirituality do you weave into your story? 
       The amount of spirituality varies. It is important to me that it occurs organically as part of the story. My debut novel, Beach Rental, has a large amount of inspirational content showing the spiritual growth of the heroine, but in my most recent release, Kincaid’s Hope, the inspirational elements are less evident until trouble comes along. Like so many, my characters begin to remember the power of prayer when things get really tough.
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     What is your general purpose as an author? 
        I like to tell a story. I hope to entertain and if a new idea or concept lingers with the reader after they close the book, then that’s the absolute best I could hope for.

      What is your greatest challenge in your writing? 
         My greatest challenge is to keep moving forward. There’s all sorts of things – life, obligations, time and emotional drains – to interrupt and take a writer off-track. And sometimes it’s the writing itself that throws up obstacles, or the writing process gets discouraging…but that’s where faith comes in again, doesn’t it?

      What message do you hope to convey to readers, either in this latest book or in all your books? 
          Recurring themes in my books seem to be faith, hope and forgiveness. We can’t move forward and be the best we can be as long as we hold on to guilt and grudges.

      Do you believe there is evil in the world and, if you do, how do you portray it in your novels (or do you portray evil in your novels? 
         I do believe there is evil, but most often in my stories it’s just your basic bad. Bad choices. That moment when a person could go one way or the other – and once chosen, the bad choice will often multiply beyond what the person ever imagined.

      What’s next for you as an author? Any books in the hopper? 
        My next book is in its final draft but not contracted for yet. I’m excited about it. I think it’s a fun book – kind of a twist on a southern Gothic, but contemporary and with a heavier dose of suspense than in my prior books. You can keep up with my news, including upcoming releases, on my website www.GraceGreeneAuthor.com

Grace, thank you for stopping by Everything Writerly. It's been fun getting to know you better.

To my readers: Grace is giving away a FREE COPY of Kincaid's Hope. So be sure to leave a comment and we'll have a drawing and announce the winner on Wednesday April 11, 2012!

6 comments:

Grace Greene said...

Good Monday Morning, Andrea! Thanks so much for hosting me here and for the interview questions. I enjoyed answering them. Sometimes we get so deeply into our writing that it's good to stop and think a bit about why we do what we do.

Grace

Sharon said...
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Sharon said...

Grace and Andrea - thanks for the interview. So much fun getting to know you.
Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of your book. So true that many times we only remember the power of prayer when life gets tough. If only we lived a life in constant prayer, how much richer would our life be.
Sharon
smoore at tcq dot net

Grace Greene said...

Hi, Sharon - Thanks for stopping by. So often when folks have troubles, they think they must, or should, be able to handle it themselves, but we need to remember that prayer is just a thought away. Prayer is important for trouble, rejoicing, and everyday support.

Grace

Andrea Kuhn Boeshaar said...

Sharon is our winner! Congrats, Sharon, you've won Grace's latest book!!!

Sharon said...

Thank you Andrea and Grace!