Welcome to the Blog Tour Kick-Off for Kathleen Rouser’s Secrets and Wishes! Today you will be seeing an interview with myself and Kathleen, but throughout the tour there will be all kinds of fun content including reviews, excerpts, teasers and more. Be sure to follow along and grab your copy of Secrets and Wishes here.
Thank you so much for agreeing to this interview, Kathleen, I look forward to hearing what you have to say today about your novel!
To get us started, would you mind telling us a little bit about yourself?
I’m an author of inspirational historical romance, but most importantly, I’m in the grip of Jesus’ life changing grace and mercy. I’m a wife to Jack (my hero) and the mother to three grown children. I’m also a fan of the three Cs–cats, coffee, and chocolate. I’m a cat-mom to Lilybits, a tail-less rescue cat who keeps me company while I write. I’ve been a homeschooling mom, a student, a dental assistant, and I’m currently a Community Bible Study children’s teacher and have a part-time retail job.
Could you tell us a little bit about the inspiration behind your novel?
My heroine, Maggie Galloway, is Reverend Ian McCormick’s feisty widowed sister who keeps house for him in Rumors and Promises. She also kindly befriends Sophie Biddle despite the rumors about her. I enjoyed writing Maggie’s character and the way she teased her younger, taller brother by calling him “little brother.” I grew to really like her and decided she needed her own story.
With my interest in the history of medications, it was easy for me to pull a character from my novella, The Pocket Watch. Thomas Harper is the brother to the main male character, Daniel. I thought as a widower overwhelmed by four busy children Thomas would make a fine hero, in need of some help from Maggie. And the idea for Secrets and Wishes was born.
Walk us through a day in your life. Do you adhere to a strict writing schedule or do you go with the flow – somewhere in between, perhaps? What kind of research did you put into the book?
I guess I would say somewhere in-between. Deadlines are great motivators too! Lately, no two days have looked alike. If I’m out of the house in the morning for Bible study, then I plan on working on my writing in the afternoon. If I’m going to be gone in the afternoon, at work, I make time in the morning. I struggle, like many authors, with the time it takes to write and to market.
As far as research, I found used books and used the Internet to look up the history of medications. When I found out there was a drugstore museum an hour from Minneapolis, we decided to visit it in St. Peters while guests at a relative’s home. I took lots of pictures of tools that apothecaries used, bottles, jars, patent medicines, and other remedies. I also was able to take pictures of an old drugstore soda fountain. It was a fun trip back in time.
What would you say has been your favorite part of your journey as an author?
Wow! That’s a hard question. Before I was published I had time to dream and enjoy the anticipation of that first contract, like waiting to open presents on Christmas morning. Creating new stories is fun too, especially as I delve deeper into a character’s life. I also consider it precious when a read shares with me how they have been touched by a story or an article. I consider it a blessing and a privilege for my writing to be used by the Lord this way.
Care to share what you’re working on now?
I’m currently working on a novella for a Great Lakes lighthouse romance collection. The lighthouse in my story is the Mackinac Point lighthouse.
Any quirky writing habits?
I always try to make sure I have everything I need near by–a glass of water, a cup of coffee, my laptop, any books I need, reading glasses, both phones, and a blanket on my lap. This is all in case the cat comes to sit on my lap, so that I don’t have to get up. That way I can have quality time with my lap cat and get some writing done.
Do you prefer silence while writing, or do you enjoy music or something along those lines in the background?
It varies with my mood I guess. Sometimes, when I really have to concentrate I may like silence. Most of the time I have either Christian music or talk radio going on in the background.
Can you describe your book in one tweet(140 characters)?
Their children’s antics and life’s troubles throw Maggie and Thomas together in an untimely manner. Will unexpected love arise from the ashes of grief?
Do you have any hobbies? I always love learning about the person behind the book!
I love making jewelry and enjoy knitting. I also like to walk and bike ride. I love to swim but don’t often get the chance. I find baking a fun creative outlet when I’m not in the throes of dieting!
Is there anything else you’d like to tell potential fans?
My desire, with the Lord’s help, is to provided readers with a clean and encouraging read that will point them in the direction of the Savior for forgiveness, grace, and help with life’s problems. I seek to do this in a natural, non-preachy way and hope my characters’ lives will resonate with my readers.
Thank you for taking the time to interview me, Paige. It’s been fun!
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