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Connie lives in north Georgia with John, her husband and best friend of 37 years. She and John are active in a variety of capacities in their home church. One cantankerous kitty, misnamed Sweet Pea, allows them to live in her home. (John calls her Crabby Tabby.) Connie has been in love with crafting stories since high school, but she only began pursuing a writing career since 1995. Some of Connie’s favorite pastimes include reading, browsing antique shops, collecting teddy bears, and gardening. She also enjoys making quilts to send to the Cancer Treatment Center Of America. Visit Connie’s website and blog at http://www.conniestevenswrites.com Look for Connie on Facebook.
Where are you right now (LVR, DR, Bathroom) and what are you wearing? You have to tell the truth.
I’m sitting at my desk in my office. Even though I use a laptop for writing and could take it to any room in the house, more often than not I still sit at my desk to work. I’m wearing blue jeans, a Marine Corps T-shirt, my son’s old hooded sweatshirt, and my favorite old comfortable shoes.
Who's your one biggest fan/supporter of your writing?
That’s a tough one. My husband, several members of my family, my critique group ladies—any of those people could fit that description, but I guess I’d have to say my husband. He gave me the sweetest gift for Christmas—he bought me a beautiful Cross pen for signing my books.
What is your favorite time period to write in?
19th century. I’ve written one contemporary just to see if I could… but I went right back to immersing myself in history.
If you could be any character in any literary book who would you be and why?
My first impulse is to answer Elizabeth Bennett in Pride and Prejudice. Elizabeth didn’t knuckle under to the day’s propriety, and was more apt to answer Mr. Darcy with a quick-witted retort or poke a bit of humor into a conversation, because—in her own words—she dearly loved to laugh.
Are you or any close family members in the characters personalities?
No. I was afraid one of my relatives would recognize themselves and cut me out of the will. (Just kidding J )
Did anyone inspire you to write?
I think the first person who ever inspired me to write was my sister, Pam. She wrote short stories when she was in high school, and I remember thinking how cool it was that she could create characters and make them come to life on the page. The second person who really encouraged me to write was my high school English teacher, Mrs. Furgason. She was my cheerleader.
If you could live in any time period when and where would that be and why?
In my imagination, I’d love to live in the 19th century, in a log cabin on a wooded mountainside overlooking a valley dotted with birch and hemlock trees. But when I come back to reality and remember I’d have to do without air-conditioning, a microwave, and a computer….never mind.
If you could visit any place in the world where would you go and why?
That’s another tough one. There are so many places I’ve never seen that I’d like to visit. One of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen is the Canadian Rockies and I’d like to go back there again some day. But first, I think I’d like to see the Grand Tetons, the Cascades, Rocky Mountain National Park, and Glacier National Park. Since I live in the east, I have visited the Smokey Mountains, the Blue Ridge, Shenandoah Valley, and several other places along the Appalachian Range—and I love them. But I’d like to become more familiar with the western mountains.
If you could meet any person alive or dead who would that be and why? (excluding the Lord)
There is a person in the Bible who I’m looking forward to meeting some day. The Bible doesn’t name her except to call her “a certain woman” in the book of Mark, chapter 7, verses 24 through 30. Jesus had been ministering and preaching, and He was tired. Scripture says He entered a house (no doubt to rest) and wanted no one to know it. But the Bible says He could not be hidden because this woman would not be refused. She stopped at nothing to get to Jesus on behalf of her child. As a mother, I want to look into the eyes of another mother who loved her child so much nothing deterred her from entreating Jesus to heal her child.
LEAVE ME NEVER
DOES GOD KEEP HIS PROMISES?
Mama always said He did, but Tessa isn’t too sure. How many times did Mama tell her God would never leave her or forsake her? Yet…here she is, stuck in Willow Creek, Iowa, with no food, no money, no home, no job. No future. Mama is dead and Papa left in the night without a word of farewell. Where are God’s promises now? Maybe Papa was right, and she really is worthless—so worthless even God doesn’t care about her.
When Gideon meets Tessa and acts as a good Samaritan, he didn’t expect to find love. His own problems are overwhelming—his business is failing and his dreams look more doubtful by the minute. But he can’t get Tessa out of his mind. Maybe the promise to look to is that God works all things together for good for those who love Him—even when it seems like evil is winning.
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