MONA HODGSON is the author of more than thirty-two books for adults and children, including her popular Sinclair Sisters of Cripple Creek Series—Two Brides Too Many, Too Rich for a Bride, The Bride Wore Blue, and Twice a Bride. Her children’s book titles include: Real Girls of the Bible: A 31-Day Devotional, Bedtime in the Southwest and six princess and desert I Can Read books. For more information about Mona and her books, visit her website at monahodgson.com. Connect with Mona on her blog http://monahodgson.wordpress.com, on Twitter, and on her Facebook Mona Hodgson Author Page.
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Do you have a favorite scene in this book and what would it be?
I have two favorite scenes for two very different reasons. One is a fun scene in which Boney Hughes is fixing the pipes beneath Miss Hattie’s kitchen sink. The other is a poignant and emotional scene based upon one of my personal experiences.
If you could be any character in any literary book who would you be and why?
Jo, one of the four sisters, in Louisa May Alcott’s book, Little Women.
What is something that very few people know about you?
Are you or any close family members in the characters’ personalities?
Yes. I am one of four sisters, and there are four Sinclair Sisters. Our birth order dynamics come into play in the personalities of the oldest, youngest, and middle Sinclair sisters. As the big sister, like Ida, I’ve been accused of mothering.
Oh man, I wished I’d known that I’d have asked you one of my other questions that speaks about birth order. ;o)
If you could meet any person alive or dead who would that be and why? (excluding the Lord)
Harriett Beecher Stowe, the author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin. She was a passionate and creative writer whose stories made a difference.
What is the hardest part in writing a story?
The hardest part is making myself stop the research. I love the discovery involved in researching a setting or time period, occupations or real life characters.
What is the funniest, strangest, or most interesting thing you have learned when doing research?
My hero in Two Brides Too Many was a doctor, relocating to Colorado. When researching the hospital situation in Cripple Creek, I learned that the Sisters of Mercy had established the first hospital in Cripple Creek. That’s when Sister Mary Claver Coleman became the first real life character in the series.
If you were writing a book about your life what would the title be?
What is your favorite material item that you own (examples: ipod, Gone with the Wind book, grandmother’s rocking chair)
My laptop with the cheery floral cover.
late 1890s, when the mines attracted tens of thousands of gold miners to the stunning countryside nestled on the southwest slopes of majestic Pikes Peak.
Love lost doesn't mean love lost forever
Can unexpected romance deliver a second chance for two deserving widows?
Full of resolve, young widow Willow Peterson decides to pursue her dreams to be an artist as she settles into a new life in the growing mountain town of Cripple Creek. When she lands a job working as a portrait painter with handsome entrepreneur and photographer Trenton Van Der Veer, the road before Willow seems to be taking a better-than-anticipated turn.
With questions tugging at several hearts in town, including the Sinclair Sisters’ beloved Miss Hattie, change is traveling down the tracks as several unexpected visitors make their way out West. Will the new arrivals threaten the deep family bonds of the Sinclair sisters and the roots of love that are just taking hold for Willow?
Filled with the resonating questions that all women face, this romance awakens hope against grief, love against loss, and dreams against life’s unexpected turns.
Hear my cry, O God;
Attend unto my prayer,
From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee,
when my heart is overwhelmed:
Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
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