Catherine Ulrich Brakefield: Let’s Chat!

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Welcome, everyone!

Cathy BrakefieldLet’s welcome Catherine Ulrich Brakefield to our circle.

longtime Michigan resident, Catherine lives with her husband of 45 years and their Arabian horses in the picturesque hills of Addison Township. She has two adult children and loves traveling the byroads across America and spoiling her two handsome grandsons and two beautiful granddaughters.

An award-winning author of inspirational historical romance, Catherine has also written two pictorial history books and numerous published articles. She loves “to tell America’s story one truth at a time.” Her four-book Destiny series is rising in popularity with nationwide book clubs. The series includes Swept into Destiny, Destiny’s Whirlwind, Destiny of Heart, and Waltz with Destiny.

Catherine Ulrich Brakefield: God’s Survival Manual

Have you ever noticed that people experience and react differently to the news on television and their everyday hardships? Take, for instance, the Coronavirus. This has swept through our country with a vengeance. President Trump often calls this the invisible enemy.

Coronavirus invaded our workplaces, homes, and killed our loved ones. This invisible enemy lurks in the shadows of the present. And it cripples the corridors of our future. No one knows what to expect.

Our way of life has drastically changed: Catherine Ulrich Brakefield

How long will this virus play havoc in our families, communities, and lifestyles? Do we know? Will life as we knew it five months ago, return to normalcy?

What we do know is this. We know what our parents, grandparents and their parents endured and victoriously survived to birth another American generation. How did they do it? Beneath the insurmountable odds of their circumstances, how did they survive?

One reader wrote me saying: “I keep remembering the issues and events from your novels.”

I do too! Especially those sicknesses and emotional and physical deprivations relatable to the pandemic we face today. So, how did my characters over a span of a hundred years manage to survive and thrive? Was it through political manipulation and complaining? Pilfering and hoarding?  What would you do if the following hardships, political manipulations, and racial discrimination happened to you?

History binds us with one solitary cord of truth: Destiny Series by Catherine U. Brakefield

Catherine Brakefield

1857-1866. In Swept into Destiny, during the Antebellum Era, Ben McConnell is faced with two alternatives: starve or take a life-threatening job dredging out the snake-infested swampland at a plantation estate located in heart of Tennessee.


He left his home in Ireland in search of a new start, a new life, a little piece of land. Believing he’d find his dream in America, he got to America’s shores only to learn that he and his kindred weren’t wanted. “No Irish Need Apply.” Those signs were everywhere! What would you have done?

Catherine Brakefield

1898-1906. Destiny’s Whirlwind brings to culmination Ben’s life-long dream. Only, it is his daughter, a feisty brunette named Collina, who sees this to fruition.
During the Gibson Era, it will take the handsome Rough Rider Franklin Long to tame her. But Collina had a few lessons to learn along the way.

Cathy Brakefield

1917-1932. In Destiny of Heart, Collina’s sister Ruby McConnell Meir leaves with her husband, Stephen, and son to the prairies of Colorado to homestead a section of land. They hoped that the drier climate might heal her husband’s strange illness.

That did not conclude the hardships for Ruby, Collina, or Maggie. In 1929 a new disaster plagued the land, the Great Depression. How did these women survive with no money or food? The flapper of the Roaring Twenties fell like a wounded eagle into the want Maggie remembered of the 1860s. She comforted her family with these words: “I have been young, and now am old; yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken.”

Destiny of Heart won first place in The Maxwell Medal 2019 fiction category.

Cathy Brakefield

1941-1944. Waltz with Destiny “The jewel of the Destiny series.” The 1940s was a period in American history often referred to as the Big Band Era. It was also a time of grueling work with factories and workers scrambling for a piece of the American Dream. After the Great Depression, work was still hard to come by with little monetary compensation. Seeing Hitler and his Nazis marching across Europe, many a voice echoed the deep undercurrent and rumblings of anxiety.
No one knew what America’s fun-loving youths would have to endure in World War II or if they could even beat the Axis powers back. Japan thought Americans were too soft and not much more than playboys, and they wouldn’t be able to fight—at least not against their trained professionals.

Survival Techniques: Catherine Ulrich Brakefield

As you can see through a few of the characters in my stories, they lived, endured, fought and died during the pivotal years of our nation’s history. What survival techniques worked and what did not? You will be surprised to learn that through the pages of the Destiny Series, practical horse sense with a well-educated knowledge of God’s Survival Manual carried my characters through their sickness and deprivation, births and deaths—to the end of their destiny. Through the worst Satan can throw at you, keep faith—God will work His victorious victory.

“For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord!” Romans 8:38,39 NKJV

Where to Find Catherine Ulrich Brakefield

Website: www.catherineulrichbrakefield.com/

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Other Works by Catherine Ulrich Brakefield

Wilted Dandelions won Honorable Mention in the Eric Hoffer Book Award and Christian Small Publisher Book of the Year Award in 2016.  

She has written two pictorial history books:  Images of America: The Lapeer Area, and Images of America: Eastern Lapeer County. 

Her short stories have been published in Guidepost Books True Stories of Extraordinary Answers to Prayer,  Unexpected Answers and Desires of Your Heart. From Baker Books, Revell, The Dog Next Door, Horse of my Heart, Second-Chance DOGS, and  Horse of my Dreams. From CrossRiver Media Publishers, The Benefit Package and Abba’s Promise. And from Bethany House Publishers, Jesus Talked to me Today.

Catherine has been featured in numerous periodicals over the last thirty years, Michigan History and Southern Writers Magazine to name two. She is a member of Heart of American Christian Writers Network (HACWN) and American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and is president of the ACFW Great Lakes Chapter. She loves to tell America’s story one truth at a time through her speaking engagements.

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Dear Lord, please bless each word Catherine writes for You.
~ For Jesus’ sake

11 thoughts on “Catherine Ulrich Brakefield: Let’s Chat!

  1. Joy

    I love reading clean historical romances

     
     
    1. Fantastic! Then the Destiny series is for you. I have sprinkled God’s Word throughout the time span from 1857 to 1944! It really is a trip into the Christian roots of our American faith that made this nation great!

       
       
  2. Jean

    Those stories sound so wonderful. I’ll be following you on some of the social media pages.
    Thank you!

     
     
    1. Hi, Jean. Welcome. We love having you in our circle. You honor us. Maybe you’ll win one of Catherine’s novels 🙂 Please come back.

       
       
    2. Thank you Jean! If you like American history, faith, and romance, I know you will love these stories inspired by true-to-life incidences. God Bless!

       
       
  3. Cathy,

    You are multi-talented. I loved reading this!

     
     
    1. Hi, Patsy. Welcome! Glad you enjoyed Cathy’s article. Hope you’ll visit again.

       
       
    2. Patsy, thank you. I am sure God has something special for you in your future, too!

       
       
  4. Wow, Cathy, I didn’t realize how many thing you’ve had published. Your Destiny series is outstanding, so I can imagine that everything you’ve written will capture my attention. I enjoyed reading this interview. Thank you.

     
     
    1. Welcome to our chat, Debra. Thank you for your encouraging words. God bless!

       
       
    2. Thank you Debra! Your reviews of my novels always inspire me to try harder! I pray I never let you down! Blessings!

       
       

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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.

Catherine Brakefield

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. 

Catherine Brakefield

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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