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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 relaxing on my
brown leather couch in our family room with my netbook propped on a pillow. My
cute little papillon Rugby is beside me, sound asleep and with his hind legs up
in the air.
Typical for an evening
at home, I’m wearing jeans, a long-sleeved sweater, and blue socks. (Actually,
that’s typical for daytime, too. Except for the socks.)
What is the funniest, strangest, or most interesting thing
you have learned when doing research?
It’s estimated that
only about six to eleven percent of Jewish children in Europe survived World
War II---a horribly tragic statistic. One young boy spent his days sitting on a
wooden chair inside a wardrobe. The family hiding him lived in an apartment,
and they couldn’t risk their neighbors finding out about him. Stories like this
one are heartbreaking but also heroic. It required great courage to protect a
Jewish child during those awful war years.
I was drawn to the
plight of the hidden children and wove a little bit of what I learned into my
novel. The opening scene of a train official threatening to take away a young
Jewish boy’s violin is based on a real event. My heroine smuggles twins from
Holland to England, and my hero becomes Papi
to a German orphan.
What is something that very few people know about you?
I have an irrational
fear of broken glass.
What is your favorite material item that you own (examples:
ipod, Gone with the Wind book, grandmother’s rocking chair)
This one is hard. Do I
choose the angel figurine I received on my 9th birthday? The baby
doll quilt I’ve had since I was two? Family photo albums?
Those are all
precious, but I’ll choose my mom’s class ring. She lost the onyx and school
crest before she gave it to me, so the ring has a polished gold surface. I’ve
been wearing it since I was about thirteen. It’s over sixty years old.
If you could live in any time period other than the one we
live in, past or future,when and where
would that be and why?
Another tough one. I
hesitate to go too far back in time because I appreciate hot showers and air
conditioning. And yet, I’m a fan of the Jane Austen era. Just please let me
have enough of an annual income to live in a charming cottage, perhaps in the
If you were writing a book about your life what would the
The phrase comes from
a verse that has been a favorite since I was a teen. Ecclesiastes 11:7 says, “Truly
the light is sweet, and a pleasant thing it is for the eyes to behold the sun”
I don’t spend much
time outdoors, but I need sunlight. A skylight brightens my kitchen, and a few
of my windows are without curtains. My car has a sunroof.
I love sunshiny days,
and I love how the sun sometimes shines even through the rain here in Florida.
The truth is, I’m very
much an ordinary person living an ordinary life. But beholding the sun is an
important part of my life. And so is beholding the Son, and having the light of
Jesus shining in my heart.
What one novel did you read that made you want to be a part
of the story?
I’m sure there’s more
than one, but I’d love to live in Lothlorien or Rivendell even though I’m not
an elf. So I’ll say TheLord of the Rings trilogy.
It’d also be fun to
explore the hundred rooms of Misselthwaite Manor (The Secret Garden).
What is the biggest secret you ever kept (of course it
can’t be a secret anymore)?
A big secret that’s no
longer a secret---this is the hardest question of all. I suppose it was when
Tyndale first contacted my agent about their interest in my novel. That was a
difficult secret to keep until after the contract was signed, sealed, and
What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done?
I am not a crazy and
wild gal, so there’s not much to choose from. Probably the craziest thing I’ve
ever done was to go see Pirates of the
Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl nine times when it was in theaters.
I just loved the story, the language, the wit, and the pure fun of the movie.
While writing about my
Pirates obsession, I remembered something else that was absolutely
“you’ve-gotta-be-kidding” ridiculous. When I first learned to play Angry Birds,
I didn’t know to tap the screen to have the birds do whatever they do. I got
stuck on a level, something like 1-14, and was determined to beat it. “One more
time,” I kept telling myself. “Just one more time.”
I said “just one more
time” until I finally beat that level. And realized it was 4:30 in the morning.
I had “one-more-time’d” for hours. Something like nine hours. (I’m so
Artist Alison Schuyler spends her time working in
her family’s renowned art gallery, determined to avoid the curse that has
followed the Schuyler clan from the Netherlands to America and back again.
She’s certain that true love will only lead to tragedy—that is, until a chance
meeting at Waterloo station brings Ian Devlin into her life. Drawn to the bold
and compassionate British Army captain, Alison begins to question her fear of
love as World War II breaks out, separating the two and drawing each into their
own battles. While Ian fights for freedom on the battlefield, Alison works with
the Dutch Underground to find a safe haven for Jewish children and priceless
pieces of art alike. But safety is a luxury war does not allow. As time, war,
and human will struggle to keep them apart, will Alison and Ian have the faith
to fight for their love, or is it their fate to be separated forever?
Author Johnnie Alexander Donley writes stories of suspense,
intrigue, and romance set in World War II. Her debut novel, Where Treasure
Hides, won the American Christian Fiction Writers Genesis contest for
Historical Fiction in 2011. A history enthusiast, Johnnie has also edited
nonfiction manuscripts and textbooks. She is a founding member and current
president of the ACFW Central Florida chapter. A longtime Florida resident, Johnnie
treasures family memories, classic movies, road trips, stacks of books, and her