A mother of two young boys, Naomi Rawlings spends her days picking up, cleaning, playing and, of course, writing. Her husband pastors a small church in Michigan’s rugged Upper Peninsula, where her family shares its ten wooded acres with black bears, wolves, coyotes, deer and bald eagles. Naomi and her family live only three miles from Lake Superior, where the scenery is beautiful and they average 200 inches of snow per winter. Naomi writes bold, dramatic stories containing passionate words and powerful journeys.
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Where are you right now (LVR, DR, Bathroom) and what are you wearing? You have to tell the truth.
I’m at my dining room table, which is where I usually write, as I don’t have an office. Thankfully, I’m wearing my comfy jeans, an old, favorite sweatshirt, and a long sleeve top. Usually I’d be wearing my PJs when I answer interview questions, but you caught me at a good moment, Debbie Lynne!
Do your characters ever give you surprises when you are writing? Can you give us an example if they do and if they don’t do you know why?
Yes, they definitely surprise me, although not usually in huge, story altering ways. I generally have a good idea of how my story will end before I start writing, but I can’t see all the little dips and turns and valleys in between the beginning and end.
With Sanctuary for a Lady, there’s this really dramatic moment for my hero. It’s after my heroine leaves him, and he’s both furious and hurt. I had no idea how I would play out his reaction until I started writing, but he ends up so frustrated and wounded that he destroys something really precious to him. That reaction really surprised me. I won’t get more specific, lest I give too much of the story away, but I think those who have read the novel will know the part I’m referring too.
Do you have a favorite scene in this book and what would it be?
Wow! I don’t know. I suppose the end, where everything finally works out for my poor hero and heroine, because they overcome a whole lot to get to that point. But another great scene is at the beginning of chapter three. It’s the first time my heroine has a lucid conversation with my hero, and wow do those sparks fly! Got to love a good argument between the hero and the heroine.
Did anyone inspire you to write or was this something you always wanted to do?
Neither, it was something I gravitated to out of boredom. I only had one child at the time, and I needed a little hobby. LOL! I had no idea how time consuming my “hobby” would become.
What is something that very few people know about you?
Well, I shared this on another blog, so I’m not sure how secret it is any more, but I can play the harp. Yes, really, the harp.
What is your favorite material item that you own (examples: ipod, Gone with the Wind book, grandmother’s rocking chair)
That’s hard, because so many of the things I value aren’t solely material, like my husband and children. I guess I’d have to say my eReader. I use it nearly every day, and when it broke a couple months ago, I was beside myself. I got a replacement within the week, though.
If you could meet any person alive or dead who would that be and why? (excluding the Lord)
How about Daniel from the Old Testament? He had such strong courage and convictions that one can’t help but admire him.
What is the funniest, strangest, or most interesting thing you have learned when doing research?
When researching Sanctuary for a Lady, I learned that the trades and jobs in France before the revolution were controlled by guilds, who limited how many people could join their guild. I ended up using this hindrance for Michel, my hero of Sanctuary for a Lady.
Running to freedom, she found love . . .
The injured young woman that Michel Belanger finds in the woods is certainly an aristocrat, and in the midst of France’s bloody revolution, sheltering nobility merits a trip to the guillotine. Yet despite the risk, Michel knows he must bring the wounded girl to his cottage to heal.
Attacked by soldiers and left for dead, Isabelle de La Rouchecauld has lost everything. A duke’s daughter cannot hope for mercy in France, so escaping to England is her best chance of survival. The only thing more dangerous than staying would be falling in love with this gruff yet tender man of the land. Even if she sees, for the first time, how truly noble a heart can be . . .
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