HoppingOne of the ways writers support each other in these social media days is via blog hops. The idea is to connect a post to other writers in hopes of sending them new readers. My friend Gabrielle Meyer tagged me in her blog hop post here. Please take a minute to go visit her.
In this blog hop, my fellow author and I have answered ten questions about our current book or work-in-progress.  We’ve also included some behind-the-scenes information about how and why we write what we write–the characters, inspirations, plotting and other choices we make. I hope you enjoy it!
I’m meant to “tag” five other authors at the end of the post. My dilemma is that most of my writer friends have already done one of these! So I’m just going to give you some links to check out. Enjoy!
1. What is the working title of your book?
 Miracle in a Dry Season
2. Where did the idea come from for the book?
One of those “what if” questions. What if there were people who could do one of Christ’s miracles? It seemed appropriate that a person doing a God miracle would probably not do it by choice, but because God was working through them in some way. The first book has a character that can feed the multitude. The second one features a man with a miraculous ability to catch fish and the third looks at walking on water. Who knows, maybe I’ll turn water into wine next!
3. What genre does your book come under?
 Women’s Fiction–although I want a new genre–Appalachian Women’s fiction.
4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
This is really hard for me. I tend to picture regular people as my characters. But I dug around and found a picture of Gerard Butler that’s not TOO far off Casewell and one of Christine Taylor that’s kind of like Perla.
5. What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?
When drought strikes 1954 Wise, WV, it takes an unwed mother’s miraculous way with food to teach Casewell Phillips what love and forgiveness mean.
6. Is your book self-published, published by an independent publisher, or represented by an agency?
It’s represented by Wendy Lawton of Books & Such. I’m hoping for traditional publication.

7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
About a year to write it (off and on) and then another year to fiddle with it before it was ready to catch an agent’s eye.
8. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Ann Gabhart’s Angel Sister with its setting and Leif Enger’s Peace Like a River with its mystical bits.
9. Who or what inspired you to write this book?
Growing up in WV and the stories my dad tells about his childhood. He’s a vivid storyteller and I was weaned on the oral tradition.
10. What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
The possibility that miracles happen every day. Even miracles on the scale of Christ’s.
5 Blogs Worth Exploring

  1. Heather Day Gilbert
  2. Tales from the Redhead
  3. Read Play Edit
  4. Jeanne Takenaka
  5. Cynthia Herron