Today author Sharlene MacLaren is telling us about herself, and her new book, Maggie Rose. She has offered an autographed copy of her new book to one lucky winner!
How long have you been writing? How many books do you have published?
I started writing at the ripe age of 52 back in the summer of 2000! So, not that long, actually. I had dabbled a little bit in fiction while in high school, but after college, marriage, raising kids, music, church responsibilities, etc., writing took a waaaaaay back seat. And then one day about 9 years ago, God awakened that seed of passion for writing He’d planted in my heart so many years before.
If you compared your writing style to any other Christian Fiction author, who would it be? How would you rate the romance in your books?
I think I have a style all my own. I love to employ all the senses, draw my characters into a deep, multifaceted plot; and thereby, pull in my readers as well. As for the rating, I would probably say they’re all G’s for the most part unless a person is easily embarrassed by good, juicy kissing scenes (which are few and far between) and then I might say PG, but, really, I’m very careful with the way my kissing scenes play out.
In your own words tell us a little about Maggie Rose.
Read my review HERE.
What made you want to write this story?
I love writing stories about children; in fact, I don’t think I’ve written one yet that didn’t include children. They are my heart, and since I taught school for 31 years, I think I have a good idea of what goes on in their heads. I’ve always been fascinated with the Orphan Train era, so it seemed natural that I would research it and develop a story around that time period.
What research did you have to do for this book?
I had to go to my local library in search of books pertaining to this era, and I also went online and purchased several books, a dozen or more, all having to do with the orphan train. Some were history books, others stories of orphans who traveled the trains. There are still a few survivors of the orphan trains, but of course, their numbers are diminishing. PBS has done a few specials about the orphan trains. I also rented a movie about it. So, there are lots of ways for going about researching a project before you actually launch it.
Who would you pick to play the lead roles if this book was made into a movie?
How can readers get in contact with you?
What are you currently reading?
Besides my Bible and a daily women’s devotional of my choice, I’m reading a work of fiction by Dan Walsh called The Unfinished Gift. (It’s really wonderful.)
Tell us something surprising about yourself that readers may not know.
I’ve loved American Idol right from the start, although the last couple of seasons have not thrilled me. Don’t know what to think of Ellen as a fourth judge. I think they need to go back to three judges, and frankly, I will miss Paula.
Place to go on vacation?
We’ve been all over the world, except we’ve somehow missed Hawaii. Would love to go there sometime. Europe is wonderful. We went to England and France in September ’08 and thoroughly enjoyed the beautiful countryside.
Book this year or month? Why?
Maggie Rose released in late summer 2009.
Sharlene's directions to a place to read the first chapter:
I believe if you go to Amazon.com it gives you the option of reading a chapter/chapters of most of my books. There’s a little link that says, “See inside!”. Click on that.
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Okay readers, here is your chance to win an autographed copy of Maggie Rose! To enter: Leave a comment with your name and email address (so I can contact you if you win), and please specify that you want to be included in the contest! *If you want an extra entry, become one of my followers.* The comment is mandatory. (Please, say in the comment if you are a follower!! It makes my job easier when you do.) You will not be entered unless you leave a comment. If you are already a follower, and then you leave a comment, you will still get two entries in the contest. The contest will run from today (Dec. 4) until 10:30 CST on Thursday (Dec. 10). I will announce the winner that night. The winner is always randomly drawn. I will contact the winner on Friday the 11th, and then that person will have one week to reply. If the winner doesn't reply within that time period, I will pick a new winner. Good luck! Thanks for visiting.