Let’s Chat! Author April W. Gardner!

Welcome, Everyone! Let’s welcome, April W Gardner!

lindabrooksdavis.comWe’re privileged his week to have April W Gardner stopping by for a chat. Grab a cup o’ whatever you prefer and we’ll get to know April.

Who Is April W Gardner?

April W. Gardner

When asked, “Where are you from?” I sometimes go to the short answer: “I’m from all over, but I claim the South.” But when the asker looks me in the eye and seems genuinely interested, I unfold the lengthier version:

Childhood

April W Gardner
Okinawa, Japan

First, I’m a true ATCK (adult third culture kid). Born to USAF parents in Okinawa, Japan, I didn’t enter the U.S. until my second year.

Before my tenth birthday, I’d visited or traveled through half the states and lived in four of them. I spent my remaining childhood years as an MK (missionary’s kid) in Spain.

April W Gardner
Madrid, Spain
Adulthood
April W Garner
Germany

After college, my new USAF husband and I hopped a plane to Germany where we spent seven glorious years touring Europe and birthing our two precious kiddos.  

April W Gardner
England

Then four years in England followed those in Germany, and after that, a beautiful stay in Middle Georgia where God taught us what true, lifelong friends look like.

April W Gardner Today
April W Gardner
Texas Hill Country

As of last May, we’re in South Texas where God is teaching us what true, state loyalty looks like. Yesterday, I picked up a bag of tortilla chips cut into the shape of—wait for it!—Texas. (Tweet That!) I laugh, but honestly, I love it. A person should be proud of their state, and Texas is certainly a state to be proud of. If God allows, I’d be honored to settle down here for good.

In the meantime, we continue to serve (nineteen years and counting). Only the hubby is active duty. I hold down the home fort, homeschooling and concocting stories that bury characters up to their noses in trouble, then wondering how in the world I’ll ever get them out of it!

April’s Writing Career: How It Began

My writing career started out at a small press house, but two years ago, I got my rights back and re-published my stories as an independent author. Being indie is no cakewalk, but it’s the most fulfilling job I can ever imagine having. For any author considering the indie route, I cannot recommend it highly enough. (Tweet That!) Nothing beats being your own boss, writing stories the way you want, publishing them when you’re ready, and getting paid many times more for it!

How It’s Going Now


I write Christian historical romance with an emphasis on our 1800s Southeastern Native Americans, most especially the Muscogee (Creek). The Muscogee were once mighty and ruled all of what is now Georgia and Alabama and parts of Florida. My stories tell of their tragic downfall. And always with abundant, sweep-you-off-your-feet romance!

Writing Career: April’s Latest Book

Bitter Eyes No More, my February 2017 release, takes place in Florida’s final year as a Spanish colony. As Spain’s power crumbles, Lillian McGirth gets wrapped up in international intrigues that bring her under the fierce eye of the U.S. Army. An unwed mother accused of treason and many miles from home, she has no advocate and is destined for a traitor’s noose. (Tweet That!)

Enter Captain Marcus Buck, surgeon and swordsman, who (as every wonderful hero should!) sails in to save the day. Through sickness, abuse, and a massacre that changes the course of U.S. history, he carries her to safety, teaching her of God’s abundant mercy and forgiveness along the way.

April’s Hope for Readers

Finally, my prayer is that my readers will come away with the same boundless Hope that can be found in Christ.

Where to Find April and Her Books

April W GardnerYou can find April W Gardner at her website,
Facebook Author Page,
Goodreads,
Twitter,
Google+,
Amazon: Boxed Set and Book 4
And BookBub

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Lord, how marvelous are Your ways, even unto the ends of the Earth. You’ve set April Gardner in certain locales for purposes that have influenced her character. And now You’re using her to tell readers about the boundless Hope in Christ. Bless her every word for You.
~ For Jesus’ sake

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13 thoughts on “Let’s Chat! Author April W. Gardner!

  1. Marilyn R

    Great interview and pictures with April Gardner. Thank you for sharing. I haven’t traveled to Texas yet, but know so many living there. : )
    Historical fiction is one of my favorite genre.

     
     
    1. Hi, Marilyn. We Texans love visitors to our state. It’s called The Land of Contrasts, by the way. Thanks for stopping by for our chat with April.

       
       
    2. April Gardner

      Marilyn, thanks for coming by to visit! Next time, maybe you can swing by Texas. 😉

       
       
  2. Carlene

    Interesting interview. Welcome to the Great State of Texas!

     
     
    1. April Gardner

      Why, thank you, Carlene! I think I’ll stick around. 😉

       
       
  3. April Gardner

    Linda, thank you for that beautiful prayer. It sure means a lot!

     
     
  4. Jane Theriot

    Loved the interview. You have truly seen the world. I will be looking for your books. Historical fiction is my favorite, especially when it concerns the southern region and Indians.

     
     
    1. Love having you in the circle today, Jane!

       
       
    2. April Gardner

      Hi Jane! Sounds like we’re book-lover twinkies. 😉 Thanks for your interest in my books. I pray you they’re a blessing to you!

       
       
  5. BHriv

    Great interview!

     
     
    1. April Gardner

      Thanks, Becky!

       
       
    2. So glad you joined us. Please visit again!

       
       
  6. April Gardner

    Linda, thank you for having me and for putting together this lovely interview. I’m honored to be here!

     
     

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Let’s Chat! Author Kathleen Friesen

Welcome, Readers

This week we head north to Canada to visit with Kathleen Friesen.

Grab a cup. Gather ’round. And comment below. Kathleen’s offering two ebooks (Melody’s Song and Nila’s Hope).

Winners of Kathleen’s books, Melody’s Song, Nila’s Hope, and Redemption’s Whisper are Bunny Bassett and Marilyn Ridgway. Congratulations, readers!


Welcome, Kathleen

We’re so glad you joined us this week, Kathleen. A writer who hails from Canada has our undivided attention. 🙂

Tell us about your pre-author life, a bit about your journey thus far, and any advice and encouragement you may have.

Pre-Author Life of Kathleen Friesen

My childhood was spent in the lush green that is Washington and Oregon, but God nudged me to follow high school graduation with Bible school at a tiny place in Saskatchewan, Canada. “Where’s that?” I asked. “Are You sure?”

But I headed to Canada, and when I arrived in Saskatchewan, the flat, bare landscape and strong winds made the Canadian prairie seem like an alien planet. But God was there, waiting. In His love, He brought an intriguing, handsome young man to Millar Memorial Bible Institute that year. In spite of a no-dating rule, we quickly fell in love and were married the following winter.

More than forty-four years later, I am proud to be fully Canadian just like my husband, children, and grandchildren. I am so thankful for that initial God-nudge.

Another Kathleen Friesen God Nudge


God nudged me again when our three children were grown, this time to do something about the desire to write. Fear had kept me from daring to share what lay in my heart, but my husband encouraged me, and I signed up for an online writing course. This changed my life–a cliché, I know–but it’s true. Through lessons, critiques and constant encouragement from my mentor, that long-held dream came true. God is good!


A Debut for Kathleen Friesen

vanity press published my first novel, Melody’s Song. If I could turn back time … 

As a newbie, I believed prominent authors who said no traditional publisher would look at a book by an unagented author. I submitted my work to two or three agents (yes, I gave up too quickly) who rejected my work. The costs incurred by publishing with this vanity press will likely never be recovered, so I hope readers will learn from my mistake.

Nevertheless, when that first box of freshly printed books arrived, I was ecstatic. These characters had become cherished friends, so I had to continue writing. It helped, of course, when a reader friend told me I simply had to tell Nila’s story. So I did.

A Debut of a Different Sort

The second, Nila’s Hope, and third, Redemption’s Whisper, are published by Pelican Book Group. Working with a Christian publishing company renewed my faith in the business of writing. Redemption’s Whisper released March 24 in e-book form and will be available June 2 in print. I can’t wait!

These three books are sequential, with old friends returning and new ones introduced, but each story stands alone. By the way, I appreciate hearing from readers, especially when they have questions.

None of my stories was easy to write, as they deal with hard subjects. But I hope and pray they touch each reader’s heart with the truth that God is a God of hope and grace.

A Final Word from Kathleen Friesen

If you are seeking publication, please don’t succumb to discouragement. Rather, join a group or groups who will, with honesty and care, critique your writing.

joined ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers), one of the best moves I made. ACFW provides an opportunity to join the greatest critique group in the writing world. Fortunately for me, they don’t even mind that I’m not American. We critique one another’s work chapter by chapter and brainstorm online. I count these ladies as dear friends. Close, understanding friends support us and, now and then, Gibbs-slap us up the side of the head. (Tweet That!) 

I joined another group of writing friends who meet once a month.

Rather than critique, we encourage and pray for one another. I need a lot of both, and I adore these dear friends. 

Good friends, whether local or online, are an absolute necessity, especially for writers. When I stay in my writing cocoon too long, I lose my connection to what matters. So find a group, meet with friends, and above all, pray!


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Readers can find Kathleen and her books at the following locations:

Website

Pelican Book Group

Amazon:
Melody’s Song 

Nila’s Hope

Redemption’s Whisper

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Lord, we declare You the Author of Everything. We bow before You in awe and adoration, and we thank You for stooping to love usnudge us, and use us. We write because of You, and we read to find You. Keep us in the center of Your Will as readers and writers.
~ For Jesus’ sake 

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Every word of God is flawless …
Proverbs 30:5a NIV

17 thoughts on “Let’s Chat! Author Kathleen Friesen

  1. Marilyn R

    I haven’t read Kathleen Friesen’s books, but I’m going to have to mark them as to read on my never ending list. Fictional stories that deals with realistic true to life issues pointing readers to God and His amazing grace are the best ones (my opinion) to read. Continue writing great stories to bring individuals closer to God.

     
     
    1. Thanks for your encouragement, Marilyn. Please come again. Linda

       
       
    2. Thank you, Marilyn. I hope you get to read my books soon! Thank you for this encouragement.

       
       
  2. Kathleen, what a wonderful interview. I am SO glad you are part of our critique group. You are a wonderful author. I love your work. I shared this throughout social media and don’t need to be entered in the giveaway. I loved the books!

     
     
    1. Thanks for joining the chat, Julie. You’ve encourage us! Please come again. Linda

       
       
    2. Thank you, Julie! You are a blessing.

       
       
  3. Love Kathleen’s books, and how she deals with real life situations with a Christian perspective. Her characters are believable and likeable.

     
     
    1. Thanks for stopping by and joining in the conversation.

       
       
    2. Thank you, BJ. Your encouragement means a lot to me.

       
       
  4. Laura HIlon

    Great blog post. Don’t enter me in the contest. I’ve read all of Kathy’s book

     
     
    1. Thanks for joining the conversation, Laura.

       
       
    2. Thank you, Laura. You have helped me become a better writer, and I appreciate you.

       
       
  5. Wonderful interview! You’re a great writer, Kathleen. I’ve enjoyed reading your books. They’re very inspiring. I look forward to your future ones.

     
     
    1. Thanks for stopping by, Laura, and joining the chat.

       
       
    2. Thanks so much, Laura. You are an inspiration to me.

       
       
  6. Thanks so much for hosting me, Linda, and making the interview a pleasure!

     
     
    1. My pleasure, too, Kathleen.

       
       

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