Connie Stevens lives within sight of the north Georgia mountains—her favorite place on earth. She and her husband of nearly thirty-eight years, John, are active in a variety of capacities in their church. One cantankerous kitty, misnamed Sweet Pea, allows Connie and John to live in her home. When Connie isn’t writing, she is reading, planting flowers, browsing antique shops, and collecting teddy bears. She enjoys making quilts to send to the Cancer Treatment Centers of America. Connie’s debut novel, LEAVE ME NEVER, was released in January. REVEALING FIRE is her second book. Visit Connie’s website and blog at www.conniestevenswrites.com
Where are you right now (LVR, DR, Bathroom) and what are you wearing? You have to tell the truth. I’m in my office and I’m wearing jeans and a Marine Corps T-shirt.
What thing surprised you the most when you were researching your book? I don’t know if this qualifies as “surprising”, but the most interesting thing to me in my research for REVEALING FIRE was the information I found about the history of music boxes and the intricate detailing that went into tuning them to achieve a certain scale of notes.
Many writers will say they see stories all around them. Is there someplace you found this story? This story came to me as I was writing the story that preceded it. The main characters in REVEALING FIRE were minor characters in the first book of this series, LEAVE ME NEVER. I so fell in love with Miss Pearl and Hubert I had to give them their own story.
Do you have a favorite scene in this book and what would it be? There are several scenes that I enjoyed writing. One depicts Pearl sitting on the side of the bed listening to the silver music box Hubert gave her, struggling with a difficult decision. Another is a scene between Hubert and his son showing them sharing their faith. I can’t really tell more than that without giving away part of the story.
Did anyone inspire you to write or was this something you always wanted to do? My high school English teacher, Mrs. Furgason. She always told me to “follow my dream”, but for a long time I didn’t. When I finally started writing seriously I dug out my old high school yearbook, cut out Mrs. Furgason’s picture from the faculty page, and put it in a little frame on my desk with the words, “Follow your dream”.
If you could be any character in any literary book who would you be and why? I love Elizabeth Bennett in Pride and Prejudice. She’s such a strong woman in an era when most women were considered weak and helpless. Her tenacity and the way she stands up for herself makes me smile, but the way she boldly retorts to Mr. Darcy’s haughty criticism makes me laugh.
What is something that very few people know about you? I love to work in my garden. But because I’m allergic to beestings (and I’m terrified of bees and wasps) I go out and work in the garden when it’s raining, because bees don’t fly in the rain. Of course, the neighbors think I’m nuts…
What is your favorite material item that you own (examples: ipod, Gone with the Wind book, grandmother’s rocking chair) My son’s quilt. From the time he was first born I sewed nearly all of his clothes, and I saved scraps of material from everything I ever made for him—little sunsuits, overalls, shorts, pants, jackets, curtains for his room. I saved these leftover pieces of fabric with the intention of making a quilt for him whenever he married. In 2005, he was diagnosed with cancer. It was time to make the quilt. I gave it to him for Christmas that year. He died three weeks later. That quilt—though not the best quilt I ever made—is priceless.
Thank you for being on my blog, Connie.
Pearl Dunnigan is in her September years, well beyond the age when most women fall in love. She married her childhood sweetheart years ago. Now as a widow, she operates the only boardinghouse in Willow Creek, Iowa, and is content with life . . . until Hubert dares to convince her to dream again.
During Hubert Behr’s youth, blind ambition and careless actions destroyed his family and his marriage. Have the lessons he’s learned since then made him worthy of a second chance, or has his past made him unsuitable for love? Hubert is willing to try again, but what will Pearl say when she learns his secrets?
Hubert’s estranged son arrives in town, and his anger and scorn threaten to undo Hubert’s and Pearl’s plans. When all the truth is revealed, will their love be destroyed or refined by fire?
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