Let’s Chat! Author Catherine Brakefield

Welcome, Everyone!

Catherine BrakefieldCatherine Brakefield is our honored guest this week. Catherine writes faith-based historical romances. Also, she’s written short stories and pictorial histories of the area around Lapeer, Michigan. How interesting is that?

**Join our circle by commenting below, and you’ll be entered into a drawing for Catherine’s Destiny’s Whirlwind.**

Catherine Brakefield’s Background

The eldest of five siblings, I grew up in a little Cape Cod home on an acre of land on the outskirts of Hazel Park. My parents brought to their humble abode a three-gated saddlebred mare named Black Magic. She began my love for horses.

Love of Reading

My love for reading came during my puberty years. I grew up with limited technical apparatuses: black and white television sets, no computers, no internet, and, would you believe—no cell phones. If I wanted three dimensional characters, I read a book. The rhyming sonnet of words and flowing musical notes of the written language captivated me. My imagination knew no boundaries.

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Love of Written Word

Although love for reading was instantaneous, my love affair with the written word arrived later in life. In college I focused on business, minoring in journalism. I acquired a secretarial job and worked my way up the corporate ladder to purchasing director.

Meanwhile, I wrote stories. 

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God’s Guiding Hand

First, when I was pregnant with my first child in 1976, I wrote a poem that won a contest. My prize was attending Decision School of Christian Writers at the Billy Graham headquarters, which at the time was in Minnesota.  

Then, two months after my daughter’s birth, my grandmother came to live with us. So writing detoured into the inner recesses of my file cabinet. Bottles, diapers, and doctor visits replaced it. Little did I know I was enrolled in God’s School of Christian Learning. The inspiration for my present Destiny series evolved from the twelve years Gran lived with us.

Catherine Brakefield’s Author Debut

Catherine BrakefieldWhen I left my job to be a stay-at-home mom and my grandmother came to live with me, the idea for a faith-based historical romance formed. After my grandmother’s death, I sat down and put my thoughts and love for words on paper. A traditional publishing house published The Wind of Destiny in 2005.

While freelancing for a local newspaper, the idea of writing a history about the region materialized. So I wrote two pictorial histories for Arcadia PublishingImages of America, The Lapeer Area, and Images of America, Eastern Lapeer Area.

Insight from Catherine

Rejection letters have discouraging effects! I needed sound advice. So I joined the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW). I presently serve as the president of our local Great Lakes Chapter (GLC). I continued to write my inspirational historical romances while I gleaned more information on how to create a winning proposal, synopsis, and how to talk to agents and publishers. My efforts paid off. At a HACWN conference I met my publisher, CrossRiver Media Group, and acquired Cyle Young of Hartline Literary Agency as my agent.

What’s Up With Catherine Brakefield Now?

Presently, I am writing my dream of over a decade, the Destiny series:

Destiny Series

Catherine BrakefieldSwept into Destinythe first book of a four-book series, released in 2017. It takes place in Tennessee, during the Antebellum Era. Maggie Gatlan secretly educates the slaves at Spirit Wind Manor. She meets Ben McConnell, an Irish immigrant who was hired to dredge out their snake-infested swampland. Civil War erupts, and Maggie must choose. Conscience and consequence—did she care more for Ben or for her beloved South?

Destiny’s WhirlwindDestiny series, Book 2, released on Catherine BrakefieldApril 17. Collina McConnell promises her dying father to uphold the Shushan legacy of their Kentucky estate. Rough Rider Franklin Long becomes her gallant ally. Then a vindictive lawyer places the family into peril. Esther 8:6 holds new insight for her: “How can I endure to see the evil that shall come unto my people?” Had her father known this would happen? Had Franklin survived San Juan Hill, and would he return in time?

Wilted Dandelions

CrossRiver Media Group published Wilted Dandelions Catherine Brakefieldin 2015. The story unfolds during the Second Great Awakening in 1837. High-spirited Rachael Rothburn doesn’t need a husband. She wants to travel out west as a missionary to Native Americans. Jonathan Wheaton desires the same. So they agree on a marriage of convenience. In the process of co-existing, they discover God doesn’t create coincidences—He designs possibilities.

How to Find Catherine

Go to my web page, you will find my book signings and my e-mail:  www.catherineulrichbrakefield.com Catherine Brakefield

Visit www.CrossRiverMedia.com , Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, or Christianbook.com to purchase books.
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Giveaway

I’m excited about sharing my newest book with you and will supply a copy of Destiny’s Whirlwind. I hope you will check out Swept into Destiny! You will not be disappointed.

Lord of Heaven and Earth, we worship You alone. As readers and writers, we acknowledge You as the Word who was from the beginning. Catherine served her beloved grandmother and devoted herself to her children while You worked out Your chosen plan for her to write. Bless each word she writes for You.
~ For Jesus’ sake ~ 

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14 thoughts on “Let’s Chat! Author Catherine Brakefield

  1. Rose

    Loved the interview. I am the oldest of 10. Would love to read your books.Love that you are a Christian and put that in your books.

     
     
    1. Welcome, Rose! Wow! 10 kids … Hats off to your parents 🙂 And to you, too, as the eldest. We were four, and I was the third. I was the “baby” for 11 years which is when my little brother was born. By that time my eldest brother was grown and away from home, so there were 3 of us at home, and I was the middle child. Then when my second brother moved away, I was the eldest of 2. So I experienced each position and enjoyed them all 🙂 Thanks so much for being such a faithful visitor, Rose. Bless you!

       
       
  2. Terrific interview. Love reading stories from this period of time. Will look for your books to read.

     
     
    1. Thank you Jane! Please keep in touch, just e-mail me at my web page, I would love to know how you liked the books!

       
       
    2. Hi, Jane. It’s wonderful seeing you in our circle. Amazing, isn’t it, that we are still chatting after all these years. High School graduation was 54 years ago. Good grief. Isn’t Catherine lovely? And her books sound great. Hope you get to win one.

       
       
  3. Ann Ellison

    Enjoyed her interview. Her books sound like good ones.

     
     
    1. Thank you Ann. Please let me know how you liked the books!

       
       
    2. Hi, Ann, such a faithful supporter. God bless you real good!

       
       
  4. Hi Catherine,

    I got all excited when I read “I grew up in a little Cape Cod” becasue I grew up ON Cape Cod. Then I wondered why I didn’t remember Hazel Park. [Sheesh.] I do jump to conclusions.

    I, too, began writing for publication later on in life. Nice to know God will keep us busy even after our children are grown and gone. 🙂

    And you’re off to a very nice start!

    Clarice

     
     
    1. Haha, I do that too! Yes, never let go of your dreams. Hope you check out my books. And e-mail me, let me know what you write!

       
       
    2. Hi, fellow OFN-winner friend! I love seeing your face and that coffee cup pop up 🙂 Thanks for stopping by, friend.

       
       
  5. Lucy Reynolds

    What an inspirational story to never give up on our dreams till they come to fruition. Would love to read your books. Thank you for sharing.

     
     
    1. Thank you Lucy. Drop me a line sometime and tell me how you liked them. We serve a great God!

       
       
    2. Hi, Lucy! Welcome to our circle! You’re another faithful reader who encourages us all. Thank you.

       
       

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Let’s Chat! Author Tearra Rhodes

Welcome, Readers and Tearra Rhodes!

http://www.tearrarhodes.com/ Tearra RhodesWe’re welcoming Christian fiction author Tearra Rhodes to our chat circle this week. Tearra is my first author interviewee from Buffalo, New York, so this is a unique treat!

**See Tearra’s giveaway details below.**

“Life” for Tearra Rhodes  

I was born, raised, and still reside in Buffalo, NY. I grew up in a big, loving, church going family. We’re still very close knit even though http://www.tearrarhodes.com/ Tearra Rhodeseveryone is older now. I have one sister, whom everyone says is my twin. (Click to Tweet!) Although I don’t think we look alike, who am I to correct a stranger who begs to differ?

I attended private school my entire academic career—Lutheran (Pre-k thru 8thgrade), Catholic (9thgrade thru college graduation). Attending these schools helped to strengthen my own faith and learn and appreciate the faith of others. (Click to Tweet!)

In my personal life, I shop, eat, and watch TV/movies—all a good way to unwind. Because I enjoy being of service I have always worked in the customer service field in my regular “9 to 5,” the homeowners insurance industry.

A Debut for Tearra Rhodes

http://www.tearrarhodes.com/ Tearra RhodesMy first, and currently only, published work is the Christian suspense novella, He Said His Name Was Micah, The Micah Series #1. (Click to Tweet!) It started as a flash fiction story and took over five years to finesse into a publishable work. It took so long because I am a huge procrastinator. I can only write when I “feel it,” and I work a regular day job full-time.

When I was tentatively ready to publish, I decided to go through a hybrid publishing company. $2,500 later—nothing. The company had taken my money (along with a lot of other writers) and closed its doors without any warning.

A Learning Experience

I was a bit discouraged and annoyed at having been duped out of $2,500, but I prayed, wrote it off as a bad investment, and decided to self-publish. It all worked out, and I am so grateful for the end product. Effective marketing through building a social media brand has been particularly challenging because I work full-time and feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day. I keep a smile because I know everything will work out!

What’s Up With Tearra Rhodes Now?

http://www.tearrarhodes.com/ Tearra RhodesI am into flash fiction now and am currently working on a series of 55 55-word stories all about city living. And 100 100-word stories based on Ecclesiastes 3:1-8. There aren’t a lot of, if any, collections of stories like this from a Christian perspective. I’m not sure why not, so my thought was why don’t I try my hand at it? And so I am. I feel that this is why God gave me a creative mind.

I am also working on Book #2 in the Micah Series. Here’s the opening sentence:

http://www.tearrarhodes.com/ Tearra Rhodes

How to Connect with Tearra Rhodes

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Tearra Rhodes Offers a Giveaway

I‘m happy to offer a digital copy of He Said His Name Was Micah.

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Lord Jesus, Your Presence makes all the difference in our lives. Where can we go but to You? We praise You for standing beside us when life is as beautiful as we expect and when it turns as dark as a pit. You are using Tearra to spread Your message of hope to a hopeless world. Please bless each word she writes for You.
~ For Jesus’ sake

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6 thoughts on “Let’s Chat! Author Tearra Rhodes

  1. Hi Tearra,

    Your new book, “He Said His Name was Micah,” sounds like a good read. I wish you well with it. And I like the idea of the flash fiction. You’re brave to try it. Writing while working a fulltime job can be challenging, but it’s doable. I worked fulltime for many years and kept right on putting one word after the other. It does pay off. Keep it up!

     
     
    1. Welcome to our circle, Vickie! You have encouraged both Tearra and me. God bless you.

       
       
    2. Tearra Rhodes

      Hi Vickie,
      Thank you for the words of encouragement! Just putting one word in front of the other is a wonderful way to put it 😊.

       
       
  2. Tearra Rhodes

    Marilyn,
    Thank you for your kind words ❤. I do enjoy a good story and am happy to be sharing a glimpse of the Lord in everyday life through my writing.

     
     
  3. Marilyn R

    Always nice to meet a new author on this blog, Linda. Thank you for sharing about your life, Tearra Rhodes. “He Said His Name Was Micah” sounds intriguing. It’s reassuring there are Christian authors following the Lord with their writing for more great stories to read when released. Blessings to you both.

     
     
    1. Hi, Marilyn! So good to welcome you this week. I agree with you. Tearra’s Micah sounds great. Maybe you’ll win it! 👏

       
       

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