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 Colleen Scott

Welcome, Readers! 

Colleen Scott
Colleen Scott

This week we welcome to our chat circle Colleen Scott, author of the suspense novel, Misconceptions. Let’s shout Colleen a hearty welcome and jump into the conversation at the bottom of the interview. Comments are encouraging to authors—including me 🙂

Colleen is offering a free copy of Misconceptions to someone who joins in the conversation!

Great News! Trixi Oberembt and Ann Lacy Ellison are the winners of Colleen Scott’s Misconceptions! Thanks so much joining in, Trixi and Ann!

Welcome, Colleen Scott!

Hi, Linda. Thank you so much for featuring me on your blog. My name is Colleen Scott. I’m an avid reader. In addition, I enjoy writing suspense novels. (Tweet That!)

Colleen Scott’s Pre-Author Life

First, I was born and raised in Amherst, Ohio. (It’s about 40 miles west of Cleveland.) The youngest of six children, I graduated from the University of Findlay with a Bachelor’s in Marketing. However, I’ve always enjoyed writing, and looking back, I wish I would have pursued a degree in creative writing. (Tweet That!)

Then I married the love of my life. Over twenty-five years later, we have four children and have home educated their entire pre-college years. (Tweet That!) (We have 3 more years to go.) In addition, I’m active in my church, and also enjoy directing plays for our local homeschool group.

Colleen Scott’s Writing Beginning

To begin with, I started writing about fifteen years ago. A publisher offered a contract for my first novel, Come As You Are, but the publisher went out of business. As it turned out, this was a huge blessing because the book was not ready to be published. Now it is tucked safely away in my desk drawer.

Colleen Scott
Debut Novel by Colleen Scott

My first published novel, Misconceptions, released in January, 2016. After toying with the premise of this novel for several years, I attended a Christian writing conference in the summer of 2008. James Scott Bell encouraged us to “Write about something that makes you want to throw a chair through a window.” (Tweet That!) Afterwards I had the courage to write the novel.  

I took his message to heart. The theme of Misconceptions is the value of life. (Tweet That!) My protagonist, Dominique Sherwood, poses as a social worker in a southern Ohio hospital to try to uncover the mystery of why the birthrate in the United States has drastically declined. While investigating, she’s drawn into a heinous baby kidnapping ring. Consequently, more than just her life is in danger.

Some Insight From Colleen Scott

Colleen ScottWhat piece of advice would I give to someone who is trying to publish a novel? First, develop friendships with other writers. Then learn as much as you can by attending writing conferences and reading books on how to write well.

Of course, a publishing contract and an agent blessed me. In addition, friends celebrated with me. Writing friends are not your competition…they’re your cheering section. (Tweet That!)

What’s Up With Colleen Scott Now?

Colleen ScottCurrently, I am working on the sequel to Misconceptions. The working title is Misguided. Now, as my children grow and leave the home, I will focus on my writing. I thank the Lord He allows me to use my love of writing to encourage others in their faith and share the gospel with those who do not believe. Each of my novels deals with flawed characters facing trials … just like each of us in our daily lives. 


Above all, I absolutely love hearing from my readers. So please contact me via my website: www.colleenscottfiction.com. Find me on most social media sites, like Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads and Instagram. My website provides the direct links.
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How unsearchable are Your ways, Lord. First, You handpick Your children for unique assignments. You equip and inspire them and then surprise them with the results.
Through writers like Colleen, the Good News of Jesus Christ is going out each day, reaching into metropolises and tiny burgs and even into homes where a Bible can’t be found.
Only a miracle worker like You could have dreamed up such a plan and then provided the fulfillment and satisfaction we writers of Christian fiction experience.
Please bless every word Colleen writes for You.
Bless and multiply Colleen’s work for Jesus’ sake!

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12 thoughts on “Let’s Chat! Author Colleen Scott

  1. Marilyn R

    Welcome Colleen to Linda’s blog. I’ve enjoyed meeting so many new authors via this blog and their journey to being a writer and published. Misconceptions by Colleen sounds like an intriguing story to read.

     
     
    1. Great to see you in our circle, Marilyn. Your acceptance of our invitation to join in the conversation is very much appreciated. I agree with you that Misconceptions sounds intriguing. Your name’s in the hat for a copy!

       
       
    2. Colleen Scott

      Thanks, Marilyn! I love hearing about new authors as well. Blessings!

       
       
  2. Ann Ellison

    Wonderful interview. Would love to win a copy of her book.

     
     
    1. Thank you, Ann. It’s great having Colleen as a guest. Your name’s in the hat! So glad you joined the conversation. 😊👍❤️

       
       
    2. Colleen Scott

      Thank you, Ann! Good luck in the drawing 🙂 Blessings

       
       
  3. Trixi

    Fun interview for a new-to-me author! I loved reading about your writing journey, thanks for sharing that. And for the giveaway for a terrific sounding book 🙂

     
     
    1. Hi, Trixi. I agree. Colleen’s blessing behind what at first was a disappointment is a life lesson in itself, it’s it? Thanks for joining in.

       
       
    2. Colleen Scott

      Thank you, Trixi. It’s been quite the journey filled with a lot of ups and downs. Blessings!

       
       
  4. It’s fun meeting all these terrific authors, Linda. Many of us share the same experiences, like Colleen’s effort to get her first book published before it was ready. Been there, done that. It’s inspiring to hear how she persevered!

     
     
    1. Colleen Scott

      Thanks, Clarice! It’s been quite the journey, but well worth the wait. Blessings!

       
       
    2. I feel the same way, Clarice. I’ve loved getting to know these Wednesday chat authors. Colleen’s Misconceptions sounds intriguing.

       
       

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