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Stealing the Preacher
Q&A with Karen Witemeyer
What inspired you to write Stealing the Preacher?
After the amazing response to the Archer brothers depicted in Short-Straw Bride, I couldn't wait to craft a stand-alone story for Crockett, the charmer of the Archer clan. First, I had a gang of over-the-hill outlaws steal him from a train then tangled him up with the gang leader's daughter, a heroine with enough sense to look beneath his charm and sufficient spirit to fight for what she wants. Finally, since Crockett is no ordinary preacher, but a gun-toting rancher with a gift for doctoring . . . well, that meant a plot full of scrapes, trouble, and untold shenanigans. But amid the adventure and romance lies a heartrending tale of God's pursuit of a single lost soul.
Does a reader have to have read Short-Straw Bride in order to enjoy Stealing the Preacher?No. Stealing the Preacher is written as a stand-alone title. It includes a completely new cast of characters and a new setting with only a few casual mentions of characters from Short-Straw Bride. A new reader can easily pick this book up and enjoy it with no previous exposure to the Archers. However, readers who did read Short-Straw Bride will enjoy reconnecting with Crockett and continuing on with the family's adventures.
Do you have any plans for more Archer stories?
The youngest Archer brother, Neill, will be featured in a novella coming in January 2014. This will be part of a collection entitled, A Match Made in Texas. A grown-up Neill meets his match in a feisty half-Comanche widow in the wilds of west Texas. I just couldn't let those Archers go without giving them all their own happily-ever-afters.
What are some of the themes explored in Stealing the Preacher?Submitting to God's call is the overall theme, yet this plays out differently through the various characters. Crockett must surrender his dream of serving God in the way he'd always envisioned in order to follow a new path leading in the opposite direction. Joanna must trust God with her father's soul, and Silas must reach his breaking point in order to submit to his need for a Savior.
We all have people in our lives who resist surrendering their hearts to God. This story encourages those of us who love them to never give up on those precious souls - to continue in prayer, to plant seeds, and to speak truth when the opportunity arises.
My heroine, Joanna, is an artist like her mother. As I researched artistic styles of the 19th century, I came across one that not only stirred me, personally, but helped my plot by giving Joanna's mother a reason to travel west. In the mid-1800s, the Hudson River School burst on the scene with glorious
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