Monday, April 8, 2013

Christina Rich giving away a Scarf ends April 15th

Christina Rich is a full-time home schooling, domestic engineer who occasionally helps her husband with their upholstery business, which she likens to finding buried treasure when they get to work with antique pieces. She resides in Northeast Kansas with her husband and four children. She loves Jesus, history, researching her ancestry, fishing, reading, and of course, writing Biblical and Western inspirational romances.
Her debut book, a Biblical romance (title yet to be determined), will be released March 2014 with Love Inspired Historicals.
You can find more about her at

Please welcome Christina Rich! Christina did so much work designing our new blog Christian Fiction Historical Society (which you really need to check out if you haven't!) and she did an awesome job! Christina is giving away a scarf. Ask Christina a question to be entered in the drawing. Don't forget to leave your email address and let me know if you are a feedburner follower to get a second entry!

Where are you right now (LVR, DR, Bathroom) and what are you wearing? You have to tell the truth.

Wow! You cut right to the chase, don’t you? To be honest I’m in my bedroom. I have a small corner, the size of my computer desk. It’s where I do most of my writing. Okay, so what am I wearing? Honestly? A pair of black sweat pants, a Pinks t-shirt, you know Lose the race, Lose your ride and a pair of hot pink Nikes.

If you could be any character in any literary book who would you be and why? This is a tough one. I can’t decide between Winnie the Pooh, Tigger and Rabbit. Winnie is well loved and gets to eat all the honey he wants. Tigger is ADHD and super happy most of the time and Rabbit is serious, but he likes his garden and I do love my veggies.

What is something that very few people know about you? I’m pretty much and open book, so I think I better come back to this one.

Okay, so, I thought about it. Those close to me will know this, but not everyone will and y’all might find this funny, but I have a to-go bag. Yes, I have a to-go bag. Living in Kansas, it should be a necessity. It all started when I was little. I’d shove all my prized possessions like baseball cards, unicorns, and Oriental trinkets into a box and take them to our storm shelter.

What is your favorite material item that you own (examples: ipod, Gone with the Wind book, grandmother’s rocking chair) I really can’t think of just one. How would you choose between a child’s rocking chair your great great grandfather made, a wedding picture of your great great great grandparents, a 1769 Welsh Bible, several closets full of books and a laptop where all of the books you’ve written are stored? Not easy, is it? J

If you could live in any time period except the present when and where would that be and why? Now this is a tough one. I love history. I often imagine that when we get to Heaven God is going to sit me down in front of several big screen televisions so I can visually see what went on throughout the ages. But if I had to choose just one, well, it would be… Hmm, I have this huge fascination with the early 17th century, especially in the Scottish Highlands. So, I’d say that would be it. As for why, I’m not quite sure. There is just something magically alluring about the place and time. Something that speaks of rebellion as the people fought to hold on to their way of life, even at the price of their lives.

If you could meet any person alive or dead who would that be and why? (excluding the Lord) Boy, is that list extensive. But I think the top of the list would be my great grandmother Jeffers. I never met her, but heard a lot of stories about her antics from my dad. She was even arrested once for disturbing the peace during a sale at JcPenney. If I remember correctly it was actually an assault charge. I think she whopped somebody with her purse.

What was the greatest thing you learned in school? The greatest thing I learned in school—totally an average learner—life isn’t always fair.

What is the funniest, strangest, or most interesting thing you have learned when doing research? I have come across a lot of strange things, but once when I was looking for images of coins used to pay bath houses in the late 1800s, I somehow came across an entire society of Outhouse Diggers. Who knew? Even more strange was my desire to partake in such a gross—really gross—activity, but the treasures these people found would be worth the extra stock in sanitizer.

If you were writing a book about your life what would the title be? That Was Then, This Is Now Oh, there’s already a book by that name, but the title fits, perfectly.

If you could have written any piece of literature in history, be it books, speech, poetry, what piece would you want to say Written By Authors Name here


Christina is giving away a beautiful scarf. The color choices vary but she will try to accommodate your favorite color! Don't forget to leave your email addy and if you are a follower.
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Be sure to leave your email address. Please check your junk mail on and the day after the drawing. I've had to redraw because of no responses. Subject box will have: winner of (book title). I'll email the winner and they'll have seven days to respond. If I don't hear back I'll draw another name. USA shipping only. Thanks so much and please stop back again! Drawing will be held Monday, April 15th, 8:00 A.M. EST. Offer void where prohibited. Odds of winning vary due to the number of entrants.


  1. this was a great interview! I have always wanted to dig up the old outhouse parcels on my property. I have heard about the treasures we consider valuable now, that were junk to folks back then, like colored glass (usually intact).
    I agree, it is hard to choose just one priceless material possession.
    Nice to get to know you better, Christina! Congrats on the new contract.

    1. Hey Kathy, Thanks for coming by. We need to get our metal detectors out!

  2. Thank you, Kathleen. I am fascinated by the outhouse treasure hunters. I actually saw a commercial for a show that digs up treasures all over. I'm not sure I would enjoy it though because of the attitudes of the stars. You should dig around those parcels and see what you come up with. ;) And then let us know.

  3. Thank you, Debbie Lynne, for having me. This was a fun interview.

  4. Christina, your interview was fun to read. First of all, I home schooled my 3 kids from K-12, so I know how hectic your days can get. :)
    Second, Winnie the Pooh? LOL Love all your answers.
    Like you, I was an average learner in school. I am just now getting into History...thanks to all the wonderful blogs I follow....and historical fiction books that I read.
    Nice getting to know you better. God bless.
    Oh, please enter me to win that beautiful scarf. I am a follower...

    1. I homescooled too! My last one graduated last year. Love the options of homeschooling. Thanks for coming by and good luck!

    2. I love coming across other homeschool moms. I have one left at home. I often have to ground her from her favorite subjects so she'll do her least favorites. ;)

      And who wouldn't want to be Winnie the Pooh? ;)

  5. Good afternoon, Ms. Rich + Ms. Debbie Lynne! :)

    What a lovely scarf! I am not sure if I knew you were a knitter!? Mum & I knit in tandem! We even found these wicked sweet 'sit spins' which are made out of hand turned wood? They hold your skein as you knit, and instead of having the torque of knitting affect your hands/wrists, the 'sit spins' alleviate the tension! Our next hope? A two-in-one, where you can knit two projects at a time! :) Knitting is pure bliss for us, as it's not just a old world art we adore, but it's very much mediatively inclined! Have either of you noticed this!? As I know Ms. Debbie Lynne knits too! :) Where you get so wrapped up in your needles and yarns, that you sort of 'go elsewhere' then return back once you lay them down!? I get all sleepy and relaxed! And, HUNGRY! :)

    I did not always knit 4 projects at a time, but currently, I have 3 prayer shawls on needles in various stages of completion {We picked up copies of both Prayer Shawl Companion books recently!}, and the 4th is an afghan, my first! :) I want to attempt a cowl next, for myself and for a friend, two separate patterns! Oyy.

    What's your favourite yarns of choice?! Mine are either plant or animal (natural) but with the donated yarns, they're usually acrylic,... I'm okay with most of those, but not with poly-blends or straight up polyester, as I do have synthetic allergies! :( Sighs. Ooh, the cowl I want to knit for myself is in baby alpaca -- yummy soft like butter! I think the cowl for my friend is merino wool, alpaca, and mohair!

    Oh, did you know rayon in yarn is made from wood chips!? I just learnt that recently at the yarn shoppe! Who knew?! They are really inventive aren't they!? I still haven't seen banana yarn up close, but I have seen silk, seashell, and milk threads! The textural changes is nearly as fun to uncover as the patterns to knit the skeins or hanks into being! :)

    What would you consider to be the most challenging knitted item to learn to create!? For me, SOCKS! :) Especially on four points!

    If I were to win, I'd only request colours of Earth or Nature,... no pastels/pinks if it could be avoided!? I love dark hues or vibrant forest inclinations!

    Your great-grandmother evokes a sense of a historical novel in the making!! And, Florida girls grow up with backpacks at the ready as much as Kansas girls -- um, hallo, hurricanes AND tornadoes here!! Eek.

    RSS feed follower of Sword & Spirit.

    ps: I took a brief hiatus on CFHS, will be returning soon!

    1. Hi, Jorie, I so enjoy your comments. You often take me to another world. :)

      Now, here's a little secret... the only thing I knit are those scarves. My youngest does a lot of knitting and loves it. She makes all sorts of things. As for my favorite yarns, Alpaca.

    2. Ms. Rich,

      What a beautiful compliment, thank you!! I have been enjoying getting to know you, and everyone else on the CFHS! Seeing this part of your life knit together is a pure blessing for you and a nice celebration for all writers! I made amends on my accidental exclusion earlier by sending you an ecard! I was too caught up in yarn! Laughs. And, how awesome!? We love the same yarn!

      Ooh, I see! :) Wells, if you had to pick one thing to knit, you put a lot of joy and heart into those scarves! They're lovely!

  6. Hey Jorie! Thanks for coming by. We are in the car right now. Would you believe we decided to go to some Virginia plantations instead of Wilmington? It' true. I did not know that about rayon. Very interesting. Knitting pictures and designs with other colors into sweaters is the hardest for me. Ai yi yi! Well must keep hubby company. Jorie you should hop over to CFHS and leave a comment on the 7th. Im giving away a book (can swap cause you have it) and a mango bath basket. Plus we are doing mystery day giveaways! On top of individual giveaways.

    1. OOh your quite welcome, Ms. Debbie Lynne! :)

      Are you including Shirley Plantation OR was that your motivation to switch states!? I know it would be for me, as I seriously never heard of that place until it was revealed over on the CQ & OWG! Your able to add pictures/designs into your knits!? Ooh boy! Your much more of an advanced knitter than Mum & I! We're still in the beginner novice stage! Although, I do fancy learning how to make Fair Isle Sweaters,... Ooh I didn't know if I ought to post on that one,... so I will do that indeed! Smiles. I'm playing *catch up!* today, as I was otherwise occupied with a project! Laughs. I didn't even know the giveaways would continue, so that's an nice bonus for readers! I'm on such a high on everything I learnt last month, I am just as eager to see where April, May, June, etc take me too! Happy road trekking! I envy you a bit on that! I miss the open road!!

    2. Jorie, the first thing I knitted was a jacquard sweater for my daughter. Talk about a steep learning curve! She was little and I knitted her knickers to go with it. My SIL is part owner of an alpaca! She spinns the yarn herself. She owns an angoea rabbit too. At least I think its angora. Lol. I am sure you could knit what ever you choose. The books are so good they are easy to follow. :o)

  7. Really enjoyed your blog, Christina!

    Would like to read your book - have read all of Liz Curtis Higg's books, sounds like the two of you have something in common - your love of Scottish history. I do, as well, being a descendant of the fighting MacGregor clan.

    Your comments on the Outhouse Diggers brought to mind the outhouse my grandparents had before having their first bathroom installed. I was a user of it - but can't say I would like to be a "digger".

    I have probably had a "to-go" bag all of my life - always carrying too much with me, always want to be prepared for "whatever"!

    I would like to meet my great grandmother, also - I have heard that she was quite a character, was thrown out of her church for waltzing & refused to go back after being extended the invitation!

    Hope I win the copy of your book - thanks for the opportunity! I am a feedburner follower.

    1. Hey, Bonnie! A real life MacGregor. When I first started writing I wrote a Highland series, and yes, they were the MacGregors. It's during the proclamation against them. As soon as I get a break in between deadlines and taxes I'll have to dig that baby out and revise it and finish the other four books in the series. Oh, I loved those stories and the inspirational stories behind them.

    2. Hey Bonnie! LOL You had me chuckling about your great grandmother. She sounds like a hoot! I love the Scottish hero/heroines. Our family genealogy takes us back to Scotland so perhaps that's why I love them so. Thanks for coming by!

  8. Great interview. Thanks for having a giveaway. I also follow by feedburner.


  9. Love the eclectic questions! Great job, Christina. I've followed and joined and you can find me at

    1. Hey, Jennifer! Glad you could stop by. The questions were fun to answer, even if I had to think on some of them a little bit. ;)

    2. Hey Jennifer. Thanks for following! Christina did do a great job answering those questions! Love the though behind them. Good luck!

  10. Debbie thanks for the interview with Christina, it was very interesting. I would love to win this scarf and I am a follower by feedburner. Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

  11. Hey Maxie, Glad you came by and thanks for being a feedburner follower! Those scarves are beautiful aren't they? Good luck!

  12. Wow, I'd like to learn more about Christina! Fascinating interview and since I love all things history, hmm, well almost--I think I've love chatting with her if she makes it to conference! Thanks for the interview Debbie Lynne! Don't enter me for the contest because my MIL gave me several gorgeous scarves for Christmas! I am wondering if Christina might be a colonial gal?

    1. Hey Carrie. Thanks for coming by! How nice that your MIL gave you scarves. They are so much fun to wear! No I don't think that Christina is Colonial, but I have no doubt she could!

  13. Beautiful scarves! Hope I'm not too late to enter.

    I am a feedburner subscriber.


  14. Would love to enter to win a scarf. Count me in.
    Do not want anything to do with outhouses. I was so glad to move where there was inside plumbing.
    How do you love homeschooling? How many children do you have?
    jrs362 at Hotmail dot com

  15. Just loved the interview!

    As someone that was homeschooled/unschooled my entire life I'd like to tell Christina "Keep up the good work!". Also those scarves are so pretty!

    Jasmine A.

    P.S. I am a Feedburner Follower, that's how I heard about this fun interview and giveaway.