Tammy Doherty lives on a small farm in New England with her husband and two children. They grow perennials for sale and raise chickens, as pets and for eggs. When not writing books or watering plants, she enjoys reading historical and suspense fiction and watching Doctor Who on television. She is the author of three Inspirational Western romances, Celtic Cross, Claddaugh and Celtic Cross. Currently she is working on a contemporary romantic suspense series. Her novels can be found online at Barnes & Noble and Amazon. Visit her on the web at http://tammydoherty.com, http://faith-fiction-friends.blogspot.com/ or on Facebook.
What do you expect from a book? Many people tell me that the romance genre is purely entertainment; that those novels aren’t meant to have a message. Why can’t we be entertained and learn at the same time? Reading historical fiction, whether romance or literature, there’s bound to be something you’ll learn.
Growing up, I read Louis L’Amour books. They’re all similar in theme, and certainly style, though each has a little different setting and characters. Mr. L’Amour made a point of knowing all the locations of his settings. If he wrote about a cave in the hills, you can be sure there’s really a cave there. Because of this I learned a great deal about the geography of the American West. I learned about the attitudes and social customs of days gone by. And I even learned a little about the origin and meaning of some colorful words and phrases. All from a little Western (most of his books are about the same length as a Love Inspired novel).
When I began writing, I didn’t want to turn out a novel that’s so light and fluffy you put it out of mind as soon as you’re done reading. I wanted to craft characters and plots that would connect with my readers and make them think. And I wanted that thinking to carry on in their minds even after the novel was finished. I’m not sure I’ve succeeded—yet—but that’s my goal.
In Celtic Knot I created Abby Finnegan with one thing in mind: if a person has never known love here on Earth, what does it take to accept the Lord’s unconditional love? I put as her foil, and hero, Kyle Lachapelle who grew up virtually steeped in love. The challenge I had with Abby was helping her to grasp the concept of a loving God who allows bad things to happen to His children. I used the fact that she is a mother herself, comparing and contrasting how we parent and how the Lord “parents” us.
Then, because this is a novel and must be entertaining as well as educational (grin), I added in a bunch of villains with varying degrees of conscience and a couple extra “good guys” to help light the way. I researched the time period and location of my setting extensively. Unfortunately, the research did not include a trip to Colorado. Oh well, maybe one day I’ll be able to do research “on location”!
Historical accuracy is important to me. This is another area where I can “teach” my readers. After finishing the first draft of Celtic Knot, I learned that in the late 1800’s bank tellers weren’t called tellers. So I went back and fixed the brief scene where there is a bank teller. In an earlier novel, Celtic Cross, I had written that the heroine listens to the mournful cry of a loon at night—then learned that there aren’t any loons in the location where the story takes place. Oops! The loon swiftly became an owl (grin).
When I read novels by my favorite authors, I look for these little bits of learning about the time period of the story. As a teen reading Westerns the slate of my mind still had lots of empty space for knowledge to be written on. I’ve grown up a lot since then, not just in years but also in experience. Still, I hope to never reach the point of thinking there’s nothing more to learn.
“He that loveth not knoweth not God: for God is love.”
Abby Finnigan struggles to go on with life after the death of her husband. Her family has never been supportive, more so now than ever. The only safe course is to protect her heart. Besides, people only do nice things today because they want something tomorrow.
Secret Service Operative Kyle Lachapelle is working undercover. From the moment he meets Abby, Kyle finds her intriguing—and attractive. But Abby is connected to his counterfeiting case. Can he can trust her?
His guarded attitude confuses Abby. She trusts him with much yet withholds her heart, not wanting to be hurt again. When Kyle begins making arrests, her doubts seem justified.
Will love conquer their fears?
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