Congratulations to Kellie Niedermier who won H.G. Ferguson’s book, New Blood.
Tell us about yourself, family, where are you from, how long have you been writing?
Let’s start with the important part: I married my high school sweetheart more years ago than can admit if I’m going to continue the fiction of being 29, and we’re living happily ever after in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Prior to that, I lived in a variety of places – everywhere from a small town in Texas to an even smaller town in Germany (compliments of the US Army when my husband was stationed there) to the suburbs of major cities.
For almost as long as I can remember, books have been a major part of my life. I love the fact that in addition to teaching me things, they can transport me to a different time and place. As a child, I decided that the most wonderful thing in the world would be to be a writer and give others the pleasure that I found in books. Of course, even then I somehow knew that it would be a difficult way to earn a living, so I took a “real” job, and writing became my second job. I used to describe it as a case of “for love or money.” Writing was what I did for love; the day job helped pay the mortgage. Now I’m fortunate enough to be a fulltime writer.
You are blessed to be a fulltime writer. I would love to have that job description someday.
How did you come to know Jesus as your Savior?
I was raised in a family where God was part of our daily lives, so much so that when I was a teenager, I was determined to be a missionary. God had other plans for me. I think He knew that I’d be as unsuccessful in a mission as I was convincing a Jewish friend’s mother that Jesus was the promised Messiah. Instead, He filled me with the desire to write and ensured that my path crossed that of a woman who became not just one of my bridesmaids but a role model for faith. It was her death from leukemia that marked a turning point in my writing career, showing me that it was time for me to write about God’s love and His healing power as well as the love between a man and a woman.
Tell us about your latest book(s). What do want your readers to take away after the last page?
Waiting for Spring is the second in the Westward Winds trilogy, my series of books set in Wyoming. Although each one of my books is special to me in some way, this one is extra special because (1) it has a fabulous cover with a “story behind the story” and (2) it’s set in my adopted home, Cheyenne. I’ve included the story about the cover on my web page. Click here.
As for the book itself, since I have a terrible time telling a story in less than 100,000 words, why don’t I share the back cover copy with you?
“After the loss of her husband and the birth of her baby, Charlotte has had a long, hard year. But she can find no rest from the ghosts of the past and flees to Cheyenne to put the pieces of her life back together.
Wealthy cattle baron and political hopeful Barrett Landry must make a sensible match if he is to be elected senator of the soon-to-be state of Wyoming. He needs someone with connections. Someone without a past. Yet he can’t shake the feeling that Charlotte holds the key to his heart and his future.
Will Charlotte and Barrett find the courage to look love in the face? Or will their fears blot out any chance for happiness?”
My hope for this story is the same one I have for each of my books: that readers will close the last page, sighing with pleasure that the characters found their happy endings, and knowing that God led them to that ending.
How often do you blog and what do you cover in your blog?
When I started my blog, it had one primary purpose: my Wednesday in Wyoming posts. These began as Facebook posts and include a picture and information about an aspect of the state I now call home. When I exceeded some unwritten limit in FB and could no longer post pictures, I started to blog. I’m so glad I did, since the blog gives me more flexibility, including the ability to add more than one picture to a single post. As you can guess from the name, these are weekly posts. What’s pleased me about these posts is that even people who’ve been lifelong Wyoming residents have told me they’ve learned something from them.
Just this year, I’ve added a new feature to my blog. Each month on the 15th, I’m going to spotlight one of my readers. Since I’ve only begun this feature, I don’t know how popular the posts will be, but the initial reaction has been positive.
What are you reading right now?
I just finished Suzanne Woods Fisher’s new release¸ The Lesson. I have to admit that I’m not a huge fan of Amish books in general, but Suzanne’s stories are so wonderful that I wait eagerly for each one of them to be published. It was such fun to watch M.K., the heroine of The Lesson, change from a rather immature 19 year-old into a responsible adult.
Can you share with us a Genesis 5020 in your life?
There’ve been a number of times in my life when, in retrospect, I’ve seen God’s hand, turning what seemed like a disaster or what was at least an unpleasant experience into something good. One of the first was when I was sixteen years old and determined to be selected for a year-abroad program. You see, I was convinced that living in Europe would make my life perfect. When my application was rejected, I was heartbroken as only a teenager can be. And yet a week later, I met the man who became my sweetheart, the same man who’s now my husband. God’s plan was definitely better than mine.
That is so awesome. I love when we can look back and see God hand guiding us.
Do you have a life and/or a ministry verse?
My favorite Bible verse is Joshua 1:9, “Have I not commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.” I find comfort in knowing that God is with me wherever I go, and the fact that this is phrased as a command makes me determined to be strong and courageous, although I don’t always succeed.
Where can we find you on the web?
The best place to start is my web page: www.amandacabot.com. That provides what I call “one stop shopping” with information about me and my books. I also have a Facebook fan page (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Amanda-Cabot/110238182354449?v=wall) and a blog http://amandajoycabot.blogspot.com/.
Thanks so much for inviting me to be part of your blog. I’m delighted to be here.
Thanks so much for spending time with my readers. I pray that God continues to bless your writing.