First, to find the full list of blogs in case you’ve missed one, click HERE. Find all the rules and where to post your final answer there, but here’s one rule for this blog.
- Winner will be announced July 25th.
- Due to international regulations and postage fees, prizes will be awarded to US Residents only. Individual contests within the hunt may vary, so please read rules presented with each giveaway.*
I’m pleased to introduce author Andrea Boeshaar at this stop. Andrea and I have been friends for a number of years, since we met and had lunch together at a writer’s conference. She’s a joy to be around, and I LOVE her writing!
Meet Andrea Boeshaar …
Miralee: Tell us about where you live …
Andrea: I live in a small village in southeastern Wisconsin, not far from the Milwaukee area. My hubby and I have a tiny house, but a BIG backyard – that our 5 grandkids enjoy visiting. A tradition of hosting summer birthdays here began a couple of years go and now the kids look forward to it and getting together with their cousins, aunts and uncles.
Miralee: Do you have any passions in life besides writing? Would you share?
Andrea: My family, especially my grandkids. And I love doing research for my historical novels. Next to my family and the creative process, it’s my favorite pastime.
Miralee: What author(s) inspired you to get into writing, if any? Or did you start based on something else entirely?
Andrea: I’ve loved writing ever since I was a child. I wrote stories as early as the fourth grade. In high school, I wrote lyrics and made up songs that I’d share with family and friends. Then I discovered historical romances and while raising my own kids, I read three to four romances a month – sometimes more. In my mid-twenties, I set out to write my book historical novel, but then, through a series of circumstances, God got a hold of my heart. From then on I wanted to write for His honor and glory. But in the early 1990s, there weren’t many Christian novels available. Still, I discovered authors like Francine Rivers; Robin Lee Hatcher, Terri Blackstock, Louise Gouge, and Lori Wick. Somewhere in between all the reading I was doing, I decided I wanted my fiction to be faith in action. I wanted readers to see that Christians have struggles like everyone else. So often in newspapers, books and movies, born-again Christians and/or “religious people” are portrayed as weak hypocrites. It’s become a stigma that’s buckled the entire Christian publishing industry, and primarily fiction. In trying to show nonbelievers how “real” Christians are many (not all) authors have sacrificed the very essence of who we are as followers of Christ. I wanted my stories to be different.
Miralee: How would you describe the main genre and theme of your books?
AB: I write historical and contemporary Christian romance and women’s fiction. I also write devotionals, articles, blog posts – and term papers. That’s right. I’m attending Concordia University-Wisconsin and earning my bachelors degree. It’s only taken me 30 years, but the end is in sight!!!
Miralee: Tell us about one of your favorite research locations.
Andrea: Right now it’s the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia. I’m writing a series of Civil War novels for Kregel Publications and another novel, set in 1813, there. The state of Virginia is filled with Revolutionary War and Civil War history. I also enjoyed visiting Charleston, South Carolina for the same reason – researching my novels.
Miralee: What are some of your recent book releases?
Andrea: “A Thousand Shall Fall” (Book 1 in the Shenandoah Valley Saga) Find it HERE
“Seasons of Love” (A collection of 3 novellas) Find it HERE
Fabric of Time series
“Threads of Hope” Find it HERE
Threads of Faith” Find it HERE
“Threads of Love” Find it HERE
Andrea: The winner will receive a book gift box containing one (1) of the aforementioned titles PLUS body wash and body lotion that are sure to please. We’d like you to leave a comment on this blog for a chance to win. If you follow this blog, you’ll get another entry!! Be sure you let me know in the comment section if you follow this blog or became a follower for the extra entry.
Miralee: Thank you so much, Andrea.
Andrea: Totally my pleasure!
Now, proceed to scavenger hunt STOP #25, Andrea Boeshaar’s blog site! Click here: STOP #25
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