Let’s Chat! Author J Carol Nemeth

Welcome, Everyone! And welcome, Historical Romance/Suspense Writer, J Carol Nemeth! 

J Carol Nemeth, historical romance writer
J Carol Nemeth

This week we chat with J Carol Nemeth, an inspirational writer of historical romances with some suspense thrown in. Carol tells a fascinating life story, so let’s circle up and make a new friend.

Carol is offering one of her books as a give-away, so be sure to comment below to be included in the drawing.

The winner of one of Carol’s books—Dedication to Love—is Diana Corsiber!! Congratulations, Diana. Thanks for participating in the chat. Please come again.

J Carol Nemeth, historical romance writer
Great Smoky Mountains

Pre-Author Life of J Carol Nemeth

J Carol Nemeth, historical romance writerA North Carolinian through and through, I was born in Burlington to the best parents in the world. My father pastored a country Baptist church, so I was raised in church and at the age of six I came to know Christ as my savior. I have an older sister and a younger brother and, as a family, we traveled around the southeastern United States, camping wherever we went. That’s where I acquired my love of camping and the outdoors.

J Carol Nemeth’s College and Early Career

After graduating from Centerville Christian School in South Boston, VA, I attended Bob Jones University and studied art. Although it wasn’t the Lord’s will for me to continue in that field, He opened different doors.

J Carol Nemeth, historical romance writerAs a Park Aide for the National Park Service in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, I worked at Twentymile Ranger Station and at the Deep Creek Campground and Ranger Station. I absolutely loved my job. My favorite duty was horse patrol and caring for my tall four-legged friends, Billy Boy, Blackie and Fargo.

A Change of Path for J Carol Nemeth
J Carol Nemeth, historical romance writer
Livorno, Italy

Once again, the Lord changed my path. I joined the US Army. Trained in communications, I worked in the COMM center at Camp Darby, Livorno, on the Mediterranean coast of Italy, a few miles from the Leaning Tower of Pisa. I traveled to thirteen countries while stationed in Europe. I planned to return to college for a degree in Parks and Recreation and return to the Park Service.

However, God planned otherwise, and I’m so thankful He did. I met my husband, Mark, while stationed in Italy; he was also active Army. I resigned from the Army, and Mark and I married. He’s the love of my life and my best friend and we’ve been married for almost thirty-two years. (Tweet That!)

J Carol Nemeth, historical romance writer
Yorkshire, England
Family Life of J Carol Nemeth

We lived in various locations, including North Yorkshire, England, where our daughter was born. We now live in West Virginia, where, in our spare time, we enjoy camping and sight-seeing. Mark and I are very active in our church and we love spending time with our two grown children Matthew and Jennifer and our son-in-law Flint, and spoiling our three grandchildren Martin, Ava and Gage.

J Carol Nemeth’s Debut Author Experience 

First, my writing career began in junior high school but would take a long time to come to fruition. I started many books but never fully completed any.

J Carol Nemeth, historical romance writerThen, after the birth of my daughter in 1990, I wrote a novel set in North Yorkshire, England where we lived. I submitted it to various publishing companies but, after receiving many encouraging words, still no one wanted to publish this new author. I found out just how difficult it is to pitch a story to a publisher and that it is far easier to write the story.

Thereafter, I tried to get an agent, but no one was interested. Discouraged, I questioned if writing was truly my calling as I’d thought. I rewrote and revised several times but no one wanted to take a chance. I continued writing other stories, while waiting, but found it difficult to finish them. What was the point if no one would publish them?

But in March of 2016, I read a book written by an author friend of mine. I noticed a web address for Forget Me Not Romances. Having never heard of them before, I decided to look into it further. I sent my proposal to Cynthia Hickey, the editor, and within three days had an offer to publish my first novel, Yorkshire Lass. (Click to Tweet!) She was willing to take a chance on me, and I’m very grateful for that opportunity. It was a long twenty-three year road to publication, but our time is not God’s time and His timing is perfect.

What’s Up With Carol Nemeth Now?

J Carol Nemeth, historical romance writerIn February, I published the novella Dedication to Love as a stand-alone book. It’s a historical novella set in 1940 in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is now part of a historical collection entitled A National Park Romance by Forget Me Not Romances that released earlier this month.

Currently, I’m working on my Faith in the Parks series, four full-length suspense/romance novels set in different National Parks

Where Can Readers Find J Carol Nemeth?

Facebook: @J.CarolNemeth

Amazon Purchase Links:
Dedication to Love
Yorkshire Lass

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Lord, we continue to be awed by Your providential ways. In particular, we applaud Carol’s inspirational writing that points the way to You. Bless Carol’s every effort for You. ~ For Jesus’ sake
















6 thoughts on “Let’s Chat! Author J Carol Nemeth

  1. Marilyn R

    Hello Carol so nice to meet a new author. Historical fiction is one of my favorite genre to read and your book and novella along with the National Park Collection series sound like great ones to read. Your travels has taken you many places. I was in West Virginia for a wedding a couple years ago (friend was from Illinois who was getting married) and she loves living in WV now. Beautiful country with the scenery. I’ll look forward to reading your books–my TBR list keeps growing.

    1. Isn’t that right, Marilyn? TBR pile keeps growing! So glad you stopped by. You’re entered. 😊

    2. J. Carol Nemeth

      Hi Marilyn. We’ve lived in WV for 18 years and love it. It truly is a beautiful state. I’m originally from NC and that’s where my heart will always be, but WV comes in a close second because I love the mountains. They remind me of my favorite Smoky Mountains. I do hope you get a chance to read my books and enjoy them. The novella and the first of the Park series are set in the Smokies. Book one is finished & I’m working on book two. I don’t have a release date yet, but keep watching for it. When it’s ready for release, I’ll announce on Facebook first. Thanks for stopping by! Nice to meet you!

  2. Diana C

    Great interview! I love getting to know more about authors!

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Diana! You’re entered!

    2. J Carol Nemeth

      Hi, Diana! So glad you stopped by. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. I’ll do my best to answer them. I enjoy meeting fellow book lovers!


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Join Our Author Chat with Dawn Kinzer

Welcome, Readers!

dawnkinzerheadshotYou’re in for a treat today. Dawn Kinzer, freelance editor and author of Sarah’s Smile and soon-to-be-released Hope’s Design, is part of a group of writers who publish the lovely blog for Christian writers, Seriously Write.

Dawn Kinzer writes fiction because she believes in the power of story to comfort, challenge, and inspire. (Tweet That!) Her work has been published in the Christian Fiction Online Magazine, Backyard Friends, The One Year Life Verse Devotional, A Joyful Heart: Experiencing the Light of His Love, and has been featured on the radio ministry, The Heartbeat of the Home. A mother and grandmother, Dawn lives with her husband in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Favorite things include dark chocolate, cinnamon, popcorn, strong coffee, good wine, the mountains, family time, and Masterpiece Theatre. Readers can find her at www.dawnkinzer.com.

*** NOTE: Everyone who joined our chat with a comment or question below was eligible for a give-away of Dawn’s beautiful historical romance, Sarah’s Smile. Drum roll, please!

*** Dum-da-da-dum!

The winner of the drawing for Sarah’s Smile is Tanya Hanson.

PS. We’ll be chatting with another great author tomorrow after 12 noon. Join the chat, and you’re entered to win.

See ya’.

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Dawn Kinzer’s Beginnings

img_5024It only took three words for me to fall in love with the written word. See Spot run.

You may be old enough to remember the Dick and Jane books from first grade. Somehow I knew even at six years old that learning to read would open up another world for me. (Tweet That!)


I grew up in a small rural town in Wisconsin called Prairie Farm—and significantitemsinsarah%27ssmile I mean small. The population was and remains around five hundred people. I’m third generation—my parents and both sets of grandparents grew up there and lived in town or on farms.

High School and Beyond

Although Prairie Farm was a great place to experience childhood, by the time I graduated from high school, I couldn’t wait to leave for college. I majored in biology and minored in chemistry and graduated with a BS. Although I loved literature and writing and did well in those college courses, I didn’t believe I had enough talent to be a writer.

An Unexpected Development

books-1031699_1280But while co-leading a church drama group, a friend and I were challenged to write a full-length play. We ended up writing three. I realized that writing filled a creative need like nothing else. (Tweet That!) I devoted years to studying my craft, blogging, attending writers conferences, networking with others in the industry, creating a platform, and learning all I could about publishing. Although my requested manuscripts garnered some interest from agents and publishers, they never made it all the way to a contract offer.

Changes of Direction

direction-sign_directory-1161965_1280In the meantime, I grew weary of working for companies who valued profits over  customers or employees. Along the way, I realized that I had a knack for editing—and I enjoyed it. So, I spent a year learning important business practices, taking classes on editing and honing my skills, and gleaning what other freelance editors had experienced before leaving the corporate world seven years ago and launching my own business, Faithfully Write Editing.

How did Dawn Kinzer get here?

sarah%27ssmilecoverThere was a time when I thought I would never self-publish. You know the saying. Never say never. Yes, I’ve gone down the indie path. Sarah’s Smile, the first book in The Daughters of Riverton series, was released in October, and Book 2 in the series, Hope’s Design, releases November 11.

A respected agent lost my first manuscript and asked me to send it again—twice—over the course of a year. Then she dropped communication which discouraged me. I’m a “doer,” and I’m also kind of a control freak, so the thought of leaving my publication hopes in the hands of other people felt unsettling. At the same time, indie publishing was becoming a reputable avenue.

dawnandsonnySo, three years ago, my husband and I discussed self-publishing. What would that look like? What would it take to become an indie author? I was already freelance editing, so I had experience in running a small business. But to pay people to edit, proofread, and design covers? Spend money with no guarantee that we’d break even?

Then I knew without a doubt it was the path I was to take after my husband and I prayed about the decision and he felt complete peace about moving forward. At first I was shocked. He’s always so careful about budgets and making sure money is well-spent. But his confidence gave me what I needed to jump in. We agreed we had to view indie-publishing as something more than possible income—we had to embrace it as a ministry—a calling.

Debut Novel – Sarah’s Smile

dawnkinzer-novelarrivesWould you believe my hometown and the people who lived there in 1902 inspired the setting and some of the characters in Sarah’s Smile?

When you open the pages to Sarah’s Smile, you’ll find romance, heartbreak, secrets, scandal, and second chances.

Our heroine, Sarah McCall, is waiting to leave for the mission field when the man she once loved steps back into her life. Abandoned as a child by her mother and gambler father, she strives to overcome a tarnished history she didn’t create and a heartbreak she can’t forget.

church-pews-1190461_1280Peter Caswell returns to his Wisconsin hometown a pastor, dedicated to his four-year-old daughter and new congregation. But no matter how hard he tries to move on with his life, he can’t forgive himself for his wife’s death.

When Sarah learns that Peter is returning to Riverton, the letter giving her departure date for Africa can’t come soon enough for her. They were best friends—she loved him and supported his dreams—but he married another and broke her heart. Although ten years have passed since he left Riverton, Peter hopes Sarah still cares enough to give him a second chance. But a charming newcomer pursues her affections—and Sarah’s childhood nemesis manipulates her way into Peter’s life.

And of course the question is . . . will Sarah and Peter find their way to forgiveness and each other, or will past mistakes make a life together impossible?
cross-sun-background_god-1772560_1280I started out writing a romance about a young woman who couldn’t wait to leave her small town and make a difference in the world. But I ended writing a story about forgiveness—the grace to forgive, the willingness to accept forgiveness from others, and the ability to forgive ourselves. 

Advice for Writers From Dawn Kinzer

Some may choose traditional publishing. Some may choose indie-publishing. Others may want to live in both worlds as a hybrid. Regardless, there are decisions to make in terms of platform, marketing, website formats, blogs, social media, etc. etc. etc. So, whatever you choose . . . do what feels right for you.

Just as important . . . don’t forget to enjoy the journey. The friendships I’ve made with other writers have been and continue to be priceless.

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Thank you for stopping by to chat, Dawn. Your journey, complete with unexpected curves and uncertainties, encourages us to keep pressing on.

Readers, here’s where you can find Dawn Kinzer and her books:

Author Website
Amazon Author Page
Blog: Inspiration/Book Reviews
Seriously Write: Blog for Christian Writers

Books: http://amzn.to/2fcFehw
Email: dawn@dawnkinzer.com

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Lord, how marvelous are Your ways. They are beyond our understanding. We thank and praise You for never turning Your back on us and for molding our paths for Your purposes. Bless Dawn’s efforts for You. Thank you for Your faithfulness through all the seasons of our lives. ~ For Jesus’ sake

22 thoughts on “Join Our Author Chat with Dawn Kinzer

  1. A great article about your writing career, Dawn! I’m so excited about your books! God bless you, dear writing friend!

    1. Thanks, Melinda! You’re an inspiration to me! 😀

  2. Susan Hursh

    Well just wet (sp) my appetite Dawn! I’m looking forward to reading “Sarah Smiles”. Thank you Linda for sending this email. I love you sweet sister-in-law.

    1. Great to see you joined the chat, Susan. You’re entered, girl!

    2. Dawn Kinzer

      Nice to meet you, Susan! I hope you enjoy Sarah’s story. 😀

  3. Hi Dawn, what wonderful backstory to your personal story! I so enjoyed learning more about your writing journey and this lovely book. May God bless you… and Sarah and Hope! xo

    1. Thanks for joining the chat, Tanya. You’re entered!

    2. Dawn Kinzer

      Hi, Tanya! I’m so glad you enjoyed the article. Linda asked some questions and then cut me lose to respond. Thanks for the blessings! 😀

  4. Teresa Brooks

    Dawn ~ Thank you for sharing the back story of your writing. I am amazed at their perseverance and dedication it takes to get the words in your heart printed for the enjoyment and edification of those who read them! Well done!

    1. Thank you for joining our chat, Teresa. You’re entered 😊

    2. Thanks for your encouragement, Teresa! Yes, I don’t think most people understand what’s involved in getting a book written and published. But that’s okay! I don’t understand all that a mechanic does, but I sure appreciate having a car that runs well. 😉

  5. Pat Davis

    Thank you, Dawn, for sharing your background and your journey to publication and also for the advice you give to other writers seeking publication. I love your covers. May God bless your ministry.

    1. Thanks for joining the chat, Pat. You’re entered in the drawing 🙂

    2. Pat, I appreciate you taking the time to read the interview and comment. Thanks for the compliment on the cover – and for the blessing!

  6. robin Neill

    Great interview, I feel like I know Dawn now. Cant wait to read Sarah’s Smile.

    1. Thanks for joining the chat, Robin! You’re entered into the drawing 🙂

    2. Robin, thanks for spending a little time in my world. I hope you enjoy Sarah’s story!

  7. So happy for Dawn! Love learning about the story behind the story. The cover is just beautiful and I know the content is, too! Thanks, Linda:)

    1. It’s my honor to honor Dawn, Laura.

    2. Dawn Kinzer

      Thank you, Laura! I love the cover, and sometimes I can hardly believe it’s mine. My designer blessed me big time!

  8. Dawn Kinzer

    Linda, thanks so much for the opportunity to share my writing journey with you and your readers. ~ Dawn

    1. My pleasure and honor, Dawn.


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