I’m a multi-published, award-winning author who lives in Texas.
Is there a particular genre you enjoy reading/writing and why is it your favorite?
I read all kinds of books, except horror. Right now, I’ve been reading a lot of historicals. I also write several kinds of books: both historical and contemporary, all have romantic threads and strong spiritual threads.
Can you tell us two or three things that most readers don’t know about you?
1. I grew up on fish hatcheries.
2. I’ve been in a made-for-TV movie.
3. I was supposed to be a twin, but my twin didn’t develop beyond a mass of tissue, hair, and bone. I didn’t find out until I was in my early 30s.
What five things do you love/like the most?
3. My family
5. Dark chocolate
If you could meet one person (besides Jesus, because who doesn’t want to meet Him!), who would you choose?
Since there’s no time limit, I’d love to meet my mother, who died when I was seven years old. I’d like to meet her as an adult and ask her some questions.
What is your favorite Bible story?
The story of Esther. I’ve even written a dramatic monologue from Esther’s perspective and performed it for conferences and women’s meetings.
How do you choose your characters names?
Sometimes I use names of family members of friends. I also keep a list of interesting names I’ve heard to use for books later. If my character is from a specific ethnicity, I do research on that group for names in the time period when my character would have been born.
If you weren’t an author, what would your dream job be?
Being an author is my dream job. Of course, I would have loved being a professional actress, too, or maybe a stand-up comedienne.
Do you have any books that are soon-to-be-released that we should keep an eye out for?
Book three of my McKenna’s Daughter’s series, Catherine’s Pursuit, will release in February. My many fans are anxiously awaiting its release.
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Please tell us about the featured book.
Catherine’s Pursuit is book three in McKenna’s Daughters. This series is about the lives of identical triplet girls, who were born on one of the last wagon trains on the Oregon Trail. Their mother dies giving birth, and the girls are separated. They don’t find out they have sisters until near their 18th birthday.
In book three of the McKenna’s Daughters series, Catherine McKenna begins a journey to find her lost sisters that turns into a spiritual journey for the entire McKenna family.
When Angus McKenna was forced to give two of his daughters to families in the wagon train, he promised he'd never try to contact them. Catherine made no such pledge. But when she sets out to find her sisters, she doesn't go alone. Angus sends Collin with her. Will they discover the two women---and love?
Can you please give us the first page?
September 19, 1885San Francisco, California
Catherine Lenora McKenna could hardly believe the long-awaited day was here. Her eighteenth birthday.
Now she was an adult, and her father would have to stop hovering over her as if she were a fragile china doll in one of his stores. She would be free. Holding her hands above her head like the ballerina in the music box on her bureau, she whirled in a circle that lifted the hem of her blue taffeta skirt to a scandalous height. That didn’t matter, because no one was here to catch a glimpse of her ankles anyway. Not even her personal maid, Julie, who had gone downstairs to grab Catherine a more substantial breakfast from the kitchen before she fainted dead away.
Aunt Kirstin wanted Catherine to eat very light before her party tonight, where a sumptuous banquet would precede the ball. There would be presents to open as well. Catherine hoped her father planned a spectacular gift for her birthday ... maybe to send her on a tour of the Continent. Of course, Aunt Kirstin would probably accompany her, but at least, she would be able to see more of the world for herself, not just read about it.
Europe should be beautiful in the autumn, or in any season of the year. Since both of her parents were born in Scotland, she wanted to visit there as well as London ... Paris ... Rome. She had read every book and magazine she could get her hands on, so she knew so much about Europe. A thrill of anticipation shot through her whole body. Visions of walking on London Bridge, or along Avenue des Champs Ellysees, or visiting The Colosseum danced through her head. Pictures she’d enjoyed studying with their Holmes stereopticon. She wondered if Father would accompany her or if he would allow Aunt Kirstin to be her only escort ... besides a few servants, of course.
“Where is Julie with my food?” Catherine huffed out an exasperated breath. “Am I going to have to go the kitchen myself?”
She thrust open the door and hurried down the hallway, the sound of her footsteps lost in the thick cushioning of the carpet. At the top of the front stairs, she stopped to see if she could figure out where her Aunt Kirstin was before she sneaked down the backstairs.
Peering over the balcony railing, she caught a glimpse of her aunt’s face through the partially opened door to the library. Her brows were knit together into a frown as she stared at someone in the room with her. Catherine had never seen such a fierce expression on her aunt’s face.
Where can readers learn more information about you?
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Lena has generously offered to giveaway a print copy of Catherine's Pursuit (an eBook copy is available for international readers)! Just leave a comment with your email address to be entered in the giveaway. Giveaway is available to U.S. residents only. Be sure to check the sidebar (under Winner Announcement) after the giveaway is over to see if you've won. The winner must contact me by going to my "Contact Me" page and sending me an email.
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