>> Friday, September 4, 2015
My friend, Rose McCauley is our guest on Reflections today. Welcome Rose and thank you for being here.
Rose loves to travel and has posted pictures from several countries on her website/blog at www.rosemccauley.com . A retired schoolteacher who has been happily married to her college sweetheart for over four decades, she is also mother to three grownchildren and their spouses and grandmother to five lovely, lively kids!
She has lived on a farm of almost four hundred acres for the past forty-two years, and has recently moved to a small town in KY. She loves to read and write small town stories. If you have a small town story you’d like to share, please stop by her website and leave a comment. She would love to hear from you. You can also reach her on twitter @RoseAMcCauley and Facebook at http://on.fb.me/1LrXNoS
Rose has agreed to answer a few questions, and I'm excited to learn more about this amazing author:
What initially drew you to writing?
I loved to read at an early age, and loved to act out stories with my paper dolls, dolls, even rocks and sticks, so learning to put those stories down on paper was the next step.
How many words do you write each day?
I did a BIAM challenge one year and wrote 50,000 words in a month, which averaged 2,500-3,000 words on the days I wrote, but I had to do a lot of editing later! Right now I am writing 1,000+ words a day on my story for Barbour’s collection of Courageous Brides that is due Dec. 1st and will be out next July. That gives me time to read over the previous day’s writing each day and make a few changes as I go.
Tell us about the book you’re working on.
It’s the novella I mentioned above for Barbour’s Courageous Brides collection. Thetentative title is Hidden Courage and is about a young woman in KY who becomes involved in the Underground Railroad in 1833 after meeting Harriet Beecher. Her name is Elinor and the house she lives in is modeled on the pre-civil war home my son and daughter-in-law and granddaughter Elinor presently live in, so it iseasy to visualize. My heroine is eighteen, and my granddaughter is only three, but I hope she will enjoy having a book to read based on her and her house when she is older.
When are you the most productive? (Morning, noon, or night?)
Probably afternoon and early evening, although it can vary.
Are you an outliner or a seat-of-the-pants writer?
My first story was SOTP and is still unpublished! Now I like to do some initial character sketches and a short chapter outline then start writing and see what happens. Less re-writing that way!
Where do you get your ideas?
This idea came from a hidden room that was discovered in the basement of their house when it was remodeled. Some speculated that it could have been used tohide slaves on the Underground Railroad, and that sparked my imagination, although there is no documentation for it. And I give God all the credit for any ideas I have for He is the God of all creation and creativity!
What advice would you give young writers?
Pray and write and pray and write lots and lots. Also join a local and a state or national writers group. I highly recommend American Christian Fiction Writers which I joined 14 years ago, and have since had 3 books published, one more coming out this fall, and the Courageous Brides story out next year. I know so many writers who were unpubbed when they joined ACFW and are now published, so go to www.acfw.com and join if you aren’t already a member.
What do you do to recharge your creative batteries?
Travel, read, take walks, listen to books on CD.
Describe your dream vacation.
I love to travel, and have been able to visit about forty states and fifteen foreign countries. My favorite vacation would have to include the ocean, so I would say Hawaii. We have been there twice, but only to Oahu, so hope to travel to more of the Islands in the future.
Where can your books be found?
All 3 of my pubbed books can be found on Amazon in kindle and Christmas Belles of Georgia and Christmas Grace can also be found in print editions. My just released this summer book, Surrender to Peace, is out in most ebook forms such as kindle, Nook, etc. plus is ready to be released in print edition as soon as we get the final print cover art.
Surrender to Peace
I recently had the pleasure of reading Rose McCauley's latest release: Surrender to Peace. The story drew me right in and keep me there. Surrender to Peace is an awesome read. I truly loved this one.
Joy Worth runs away to Puerto Rico with a broken engagement, broken heart, and questions for the Lord.Can Benigno Cook earn her trust and love while helping her learn to hear God’s still, quiet voice again?
Buy your copy: http://amzn.to/1fsTxcG
Thanks so much for hosting me Rita. I have enjoyed meeting you this summer online, and hope we can meet in person sometime soon. And I hope everyone reading this will read my blog today to learn more about Rita as she answers some interview questions at www.rosemccauley.com
So glad to have you Rose, and hope this is the first of many visits!