Readers ask…

August 31, 2016 | Comment on This

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I often have readers ask questions about my books. Some of my most devoted readers are writers themselves and hope to be published. So without further ado, here are some questions (and answers) that may be of interest…

Betty asks: Do you have a favorite character or story that you have written?

Yes. I do have favorites and least favorites among my books, just like covers. Some stories just ‘pop’ for me as an author. One of those was Courting Morrow Little Another was Love’s Reckoning. I remember writing them and feeling something was different about them – and myself while writing them! Another one that seemed to write itself and have that spark was The Mistress of Tall Acre, probably on account of Lily Cate. She brought a winsomeness to the story that made me smile. I do believe the writing advice to add children and animals to stories is quite sound. The novel I’m currently working on has a sassy cat named Madoc who is Welsh. My hero is Welsh, his staff is Welsh, and so is his feline:) But the author is allergic to cats!

Lauren asks: I’ve heard you don’t enter writing contests or pursue awards. Is that true?

That’s true, yes. I remember the shock I felt when I learned authors entered themselves in award contests. I thought only readers did that (like the Inspy Awards). Early on my publisher entered my first books since I didn’t and I’m grateful they believed in my work enough to submit it. I do feel contests can be helpful for aspiring or new authors as far as name recognition among readers and agents/editors in the industry. I don’t judge other authors for going the contest route. It’s just not my cup of tea. To me, reading is a very subjective experience, like eating. Who is to say prime rib is better than German chocolate cake? How is it really possible to judge that one book is better than another? Spiritually, the effect of a book cannot be measured, at least in this world, and I want to keep my focus on that. I view writing as ministry, not competition. The eternal reach is what matters most to me. It’s all about God’s glory.

Jenny asks: Which of your characters is most like you?

Poor Lael:) I poured so much of myself into her and included so much of my family history and Kentucky history in The Frontiersman’s Daughter that it seems almost autobiographical. Growing up, I wanted to be Lael. My childish dream was to have been the daughter of my hero, Daniel Boone. Being raised in Kentucky among all those log cabins and forts and rich history didn’t hurt. I’ve always had a heart for Native Americans and their stories. When I was very young, about 3, my granny (her father/my great-grandfather was Cherokee), took me to meet an Indian Chief. The details are hazy and he might have only been dressed up as such, but he wore a war bonnet and danced for me and I fell in love. But back to Lael. Lael is dear to me because she’s a dreamer and isn’t afraid of much. She is most at home in the woods and the natural world is an ongoing wonder to her. She’s clever and finds ways to help others while enriching herself. She has a heart for children and the elderly and lives on a poignant level. Some readers love her. Others don’t. This author does:)

I’ll post more reader questions in a couple of weeks. Happy reading ~ or writing!

17 responses to “Readers ask…”

  1. Sylvia M. says:

    I love these question and answer type posts. They help us as readers feel like we know you better.

    Speaking of awards, I was very surprised when I found out that some people would enter their own books to receive awards; they also have to pay a fee. I feel like some books get overlooked by award organizations until I remember that the author likely didn’t submit her own book. Personally, I think it would be good if publishers did all the submitting or at least made it a narrow down process (like the INSPYs) where readers submit the ideas until they get to the final ten or so. The judges would take it from there.

    The Frontiersman’s Daughter is what hooked me on your books. I can tell that it’s more personal and Lael is great. Courting Morrow Little is still my favorite so far. That may change after I read A Moonbow Night. We will see!

    • laurafrantz says:

      Sylvia, So glad you think this type post is worthwhile. While in Nashville at the recent Christian Fiction Readers Retreat, the event brought home just how much authors and readers are a partnership. So many questions on both sides, not always answered. I’m trying to do my part here:)

      You bring up such a good point about awards, thinking some authors are overlooked when in fact they don’t participate by choice in contests. That does tend to make awards a bit lopsided at times, another reason why I decline. I’ve never been a competitive person and so it makes sense that would extend to my writing. I’m much more an encourager or cheerleader for others and like to stay in the background, something not always conducive to authorly life!

      It’s so refreshing to hear that Lael reeled you in:) I’m so grateful for that. You always bring such freshness and a uniqueness when you leave comments. Love that Morrow is still your fav of mine. Will be interesting to hear your thoughts if you care to share them about Moonbow. I’ve said it before but it’s SO different than my others. But no spoilers for a fav reader – you!

  2. Rachael Merritt says:

    Thanks so much for the insight into your books…and the insight into you as an author!! Really enjoyed reading this! Lily Cate was such a special character! As you know, I loved Courting Morrow Little, tho I have loved all your reads. So looking forward to January…for your book. Not the winter. 🙂 Blessings.

    • laurafrantz says:

      Rachael, Love your thoughts about books, your favs, and a beloved character like Miss Lily Cate. I do miss her! In this current book I’m writing which is also set in VA on the eve of the Revolution, I wish I had a child therein. But alas, just a cat!

      It will be interesting to have a book release over the holidays. On the one hand, I don’t expect anyone to read my book around Christmastime since it ships December 20th. On the other hand, Moonbow might make a cozy read with a cup of tea by the fire or a warm spot! Here’s hoping/praying you like Tempe when you meet her. And her hero:)

  3. Joyce says:

    Love this idea! Love you & all your books!
    For those readers that don’t know you personally, she really is a humble, caring, giving person, and yes, that encourager & cheerleader who definitely likes to be in the background.
    Sorry for the times I pushed you up front. I just wanted people to know about you and how wonderful your books are.
    Love & hugs.
    I pray “A Moonbow Night” will be your best seller yet!

    • laurafrantz says:

      Is this my dear Joyce G.?! You ALWAYS bless me, whether in person or online. LOVE YOU, dear sister in Christ! One of the things I like best about you is that you have a heart for helping others shine at the very times they need to step forward, even when they would rather hang back and be shy;) Your gift is doing that and far more. You are one of the most generous folks I know in this. I’m so thankful to call you friend. The Lord knew I need you!

  4. Amy M. says:

    Now that I’ve met you in person, it makes me love your books even more, and I can’t wait to read “A Moonbeam Night”. So thankful you took time out of your extremely busy schedule to attend the CFRR. It was such a pleasure to finally meet you and seeing you in the gorgeous time period dress was breathtaking….probably literally for you with that corset! :-). Contests or no – your books are ALWAYS winners with me, and I’m grateful you continue to honor God with them.

    • laurafrantz says:

      Amy, You were such a highlight at CFRR! Love your gracious heart. You make this old KY girl playing dress up feel pretty good:) Yes, those stays! I don’t think my breathing has returned to normal yet. Though I did manage to keep snacking and drinking at that wonderful refreshment table outside our room lol. Thankfully, that big gown is back in its trunk probably for good! I do love it though and am so thankful to have worn it the first and only time in Nashville. Bless you for being there for me and having a heart for my books. You make the bumps of the writing life so very worthwhile. <3

  5. Katelyn says:

    I love this post! 🙂 This is my first time commenting here, but I just wanted to say how much I love your beautiful writing style, and your sweet, humble spirit!
    I’m really looking forward to hearing more about the novel you’re currently writing sometime in the future. 🙂 And I can hardly wait for the release of “A Moonbow Night”!!!
    Blessings,
    Kate

    • laurafrantz says:

      Dear Kate, Welcome here! I’m so happy you took time to comment. I love YOUR gracious heart/spirit! Thanks very much for the Godly encouragement and kindness. It does me good to hear you’re ready for Moonbow and also that next book, too:) The funny thing about authorland, lol, is that I’m always a couple of books ahead of readers. When Moonbow releases, I’ll have just handed in my Welsh hero story set in Williamsburg VA and a James River plantation, and will be deep into writing my third novel that begins in Scotland. A good kind of crazy!

      I hope you like Tempe and her hero in Moonbow. The cover was just tweaked again. Tempe turned blue:) But no spoilers for you!

      Hope you have an overflowingly joyful Labor Day!

      • Katelyn says:

        Both of those books sound very intriguing!!! I only wish it wasn’t such a long wait for us readers…
        I’m sure the new cover for A Moonbow Night will be just beautiful – I can hardly wait to see it!

  6. Katejoe says:

    I love Lael! That was the first book of your that I read, and she was a winner! I also read about Daniel Boone in a book from my aunt when I was preteen, and have loved frontier stories ever since. Please keep writing, each book is a joy to experience. As I mentioned to you before, Betty Zane was my girlhood ideal, with her pony Madcap! Never much liked the guy she married in the Zane Grey book. He didn’t seem manly enough to me. Now your heroes are just right!!!

    • laurafrantz says:

      Oh, so love that you love Lael! I hope and pray you feel that way about Tempe, too:) And I’m over the moon about the Zanes like you, especially Betty and her pony and her bold run for gunpowder. What a story that makes! And the fact it is true is even better! Thank you for your wonderful comments here. You’re such a blessing in this busy writing and editing season!

  7. Cindy says:

    Thinking of you today. =)

  8. Angela V Sapp says:

    Is there a sequel to Frontiersmans Daughter? What about Ransom?

    • laurafrantz says:

      Thanks for the comments, Angela. Love that you asked about Ransom:) He was a fav of mine and left plenty of room for a sequel. In fact, there was as second story after TFD in which Ian and Lael go to Scotland, then Ian is lost at sea and Lael returns to KY, meets up with Captain Jack and they go in search of her father. THEN Ian returns… It wasn’t published, obviously, but I have it in a file somewhere. You make me want to revisit the whole sequel idea, thank you!