Terri Wangard: Let’s Chat!

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Welcome, everyone.

Terri WangardTerri Wangard is our honored guest this go-round. She grew up in Green Bay, Wisconsin, during the Lombardi Glory Years. Her first Girl Scout badge was the Writer.

These days Terri is writing historical fiction. She won the 2013 Writers on the Storm contest and 2013 First Impressions, as well as being a 2012 Genesis finalist. Holder of a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in library science, she lives in Wisconsin.

Terri’s research has included going for a ride in a WWII B-17 Flying Fortress bomber. Classic Boating Magazine, a family business since 1984, keeps her busy as an associate editor.

Readers, join the chat below, and you’ll qualify for Terri’s giveaway: her latest historical novel, Roll Back the Clouds in Kindle format.

Now, here’s Terri Wangard.

Wouldn’t you like to go on a cruise? by Terri Wangard

Terri Wangard_cruise ship

Cruise ships fascinate me, whether currently afloat or sunken wrecks explored in documentaries. The Lusitania‘s my favorite. Imagine sailing in a ship grand enough for King Solomon and all his wives. Imagine sailing aboard it in May, 1915, when a German submarine hurtled a torpedo into it.

I love to cruise. My very first time aboard a ship was an Insight For Living Alaskan cruise. The ship was Holland America’s Westerdam, although not the ship presently carrying that name. I opted for the least expensive cabin, which was an interior room. Not having a window was disconcerting, but I didn’t plan on spending much time in the room. Other than the lack of a window, the room was more than adequate.

Terri Wangard: A seasoned traveler

So for my second cruise, I again requested the cheapest berth. That time, it reflected cheapness. More expensive rooms had windows and big walk-in closets. Although windowless rooms were common in 1915, even Lusitania’s first class would have been more spacious than my cubbyhole.

My last cruise featured my most luxurious accommodation. As a repeat customer, I received an upgrade. I had a balcony! I checked out a book from the ship’s library and sat out on my balcony, reading and watching the waves. Even Alfred Vanderbilt didn’t have a balcony on the Lusitania. Just thirty years ago, balconies were a rarity.

Lusitania_Terri Wangard

The passengers on the Lusitania cruised for transportation, not recreation. Business trips or family visits for the wealthier; immigration and the hope of a new life for others.

Third-class rooms had a bed and a sink. Not a toilet. Even in first class, bathrooms were found in only a handful of staterooms. Everyone else had to run down the hall to the lavatories. Sinks had cold running water. The room stewards brought hot water each day for washing. For a bath, an appointment was made with the bath steward.

Terri Wangard: Today’s cruise ships

Today’s cruise ships don’t have first, second, and third class. They have inside, outside, outside with balcony, mini-suites, and suites. Passengers pay for the amount of real estate they choose.

Everyone eats in the same dining room, although ships these days have specialty restaurants. (I ate in one once. The food wasn’t extra special.) Lusitania’s first-class passengers made selections off menus that are indecipherable to commoners. Today’s menus are equally unfathomable to those with simple tastes, but anyone can order escargot or pate de foie gras.

Terri WangardI’ve never been on a repositioning cruise, where the ship crosses the ocean. I’m used to frequently going ashore to explore a new location. Seeing the world was my intent. On transatlantic cruises, like the Lusitania sailed, every day offered the same scenery. Ocean in all directions. Any problems, and the bottom is a long way down. And help, as the Titanic discovered, can’t come fast enough.

I wouldn’t mind experiencing a transatlantic cruise. Who has been on one of those? All my immigrant ancestors did. I’d be much more comfortable than they were. I’d even be more comfortable than the Lusitania’s passengers. Just, no torpedoes, please.

Terri’s latest novel: Roll Back the Clouds 

Terri WangardGeoff and Rosaleen Bonnard receive a once-in-a-lifetime voyage to England aboard the fabled Lusitania in 1915. Europe is embroiled in war, but that shouldn’t affect a passenger liner.

As they approach Ireland, a German submarine hurtles a torpedo into the grand ship. Rosaleen scrambles into a lifeboat, but where is her husband? She searches the morgues in Queenstown, heartsick at recognizing so many people. Geoff is finally located in a Cork hospital, alive but suffering a back injury.

While waiting for him to recover, Rosaleen is thrilled to meet her mother’s family, but a dark cloud hovers over her. The battered faces of dead babies haunt her. She sinks into depression, exasperated by Geoff’s new interest in religion. Her once happy life seems out of reach.

Roll Back the Clouds can be purchased here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1659679842.

Terri Wangard

How to find Terri Wangard:


Twitter: @terriwangard


Instagram:  @terriwangard



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

11 thoughts on “Terri Wangard: Let’s Chat!

  1. Connie Saunders

    I love the photo of the couple and I hope to read their story soon. Thanks for sharing.
    Stay well!

    1. Hi, Connie. Welcome. I agree about that couple, relatives of Terri’s. They’re simply lovely. They could be in movies–certainly in a novel. 🙂 I hope you see you return to our circle. You encourage us.

  2. Thank you for a chance at reading this story. It sounds very interesting. I never realized the cruise ship was torpedoed.

    1. Hi, Rory. It’s always wonderful to see you in our circle. Yes, Lusitania was torpedoed. The Germans were roaming the seas and destroyed whatever they set their sites on. Lusitania picked up Titanic survivors in 1912, but she was at the bottom of the sea by 1915. Can’t imagine that horror.

  3. Roxanne C.

    I have not read many novels whose time setting is WWI. The story of the married couple in “Roll Back the Cloud” does not hint at a neatly tied-up happy ending but a more realistic story of challenges and the couple’s fight to overcome. I love the locket with the couple’s portraits on the cover.

    1. Terri

      Thank you, Roxanne. An agent suggested I feature an unmarried couple, but that would have been a whole different story. I liked my married couple better!

    2. Welcome, faithful follower. You encourage Terri and me both. Your name’s in the hat!

  4. Terri

    Thank you, Lucy. I designed the cover, using my cousin twice removed and her husband to represent the characters.

  5. Lelia (Lucy) Reynolds

    Sounds amazing and the cover is gorgeous. Blessings and congratulations!

    1. Welcome to our circle, Lucy. I agree with you that Terri’s novel sounds amazing, and the cover is gorgeous. We all appreciate encouragement, and you’ve provided just that. Thank you.

    2. Terri

      Thank you, Lucy! I’m pleased with how the cover turned out. The “companion” book will have the same look with the locket.


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Dawn Kinzer: Let’s Chat!

Welcome, everyone!

Dawn Kinzer honors us by joining our chat circle today. Dawn is a freelance editor, and her own work has been published in various devotionals and magazines. She also co-hosts and writes for the Seriously Write blog. 

A mother and grandmother, Dawn Kinzer lives with her husband in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Favorite things include dark chocolate, good wine, strong coffee, the mountains, family time, and Masterpiece Theatre.

Thank you, Dawn, for sharing your heart for writing, purpose, goals, and the power of story to impact lives.

Dawn Kinzer

Dawn Kinzer: In Her Own Words

Writers have goals when we sit down to write a story.  We want to engage our readers, entertain them, and elicit a variety of emotions—love, anger, laughter, fear—just to name a few.  We aim to take them on a journey and experience life with the characters we create.

For those of us who write inspirational fiction, we also want to encourage people in their faith, as well as bring hope to those who are facing external and internal challenges.

Many of us discover that what we’ve learned in our past or what we’re dealing with currently gets woven into our stories—in some form or another.

For many years, I yearned to find purpose beyond the job I held. I loved “being there” for my family, but I still needed more. So, I tried different avenues. I accepted paid positions—volunteer positions—and even though I was able to use some of my gifts and work was rewarding at times, nothing felt completely right.

I prayed—searched—then searched some more.

Dawn Kinzer

When I started to take writing seriously and pursue it as something more than a hobby, I realized I’d finally found my place.

Since then, I’ve published a three-book historical romance series and a contemporary romance. Some people recommend that writers stick to one genre, but I’ve noticed that my stories share things in common, aside from all being romances. Those similarities stem from my personal life. There’s a part of me in each of my main characters.

Four things my stories have in common:

  1. They encourage readers to find purpose and use their gifts.
  2. Forgiveness plays a role in my novels—the willingness to forgive others, the ability to accept forgiveness, and the strength to forgive ourselves.
  3. Characters learn through challenges and disappointments that God sometimes doesn’t allow doors to be opened because it’s in our best interest to keep them closed. Often times, something better is ahead if we’re willing to trust and wait for his timing.
  4. Like many other Christian authors, I use a Bible verse as a foundation for my story, which helps keep me on track with the direction I want to take.

Books by Dawn Kinzer

Dawn KinzerBy All Appearances was released in November 2019. This contemporary romance set in Seattle is about an attractive special events planner from a wealthy family and a disfigured musician whose lives have not gone according to plan.

Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely. 
~ 1 Corinthians 13:12 NLT 

The Daughters of Riverton – Historical Romance Series

Dawn KinzerSarah’s Smile, Book 1, is a story about a would-be missionary who is waiting to leave for the mission field when the man who broke her heart steps back into her life, wanting a second chance.

Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven. 
~ Luke 6:37

Dawn KinzerIn Hope’s Design, the second book in the series, an independent city girl aspiring to be a fashion designer falls for a stubborn artist from the country who wants to keep his talent a secret.

And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightaway took his journey.
~ Matthew 25:15

Dawn KinzerRebecca’s Song completes the trilogy.  A small-town teacher who lost hope of having her own family, and a big-city railroad detective driven to capture his sister’s killer, must do what’s best for three young orphans who need them both.

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
~ Romans 8:28

A Final Word from Dawn Kinzer

I write Christian fiction because I truly believe in the power of story to touch and impact lives. Writing is a way for me to use my own gifts and fulfill a purpose.

How about you? How are you using your God-given talents?

Author Links:

Author Website 

Faithfully Write Editing 




Amazon Author Page



Links to Books:

By All Appearances

Sarah’s Smile

Hope’s Design

Rebecca’s Song

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


12 thoughts on “Dawn Kinzer: Let’s Chat!

  1. Marilyn

    I appreciate Christian historical fiction with a message of hope, peace, forgiveness from God interwoven into the books. Dawn, your books sound amazing. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Marilyn. You’re such a faithful reader and follower.

    2. Hi, Marilyn!

      Thanks for your affirmation! Your kind words have blessed me!

  2. I’d also say your books are uplifting, Dawn, and thoroughly enjoyable!

    1. Sandra, I appreciate you stopping by! I hope and pray that the books uplift and inspire while still entertain readers. Thanks so much for your encouraging comments!

    2. Ditto, Sandra!

  3. Alicia Haney

    Wow, what an Awesome author!! Thank you so very much Dawn Kinzer for writing such Beautiful and inspiring books. God Bless you Dawn Kinzer. They all sound good and the covers are Beautiful! Thank you for sharing this author with us Linda Brooks. I enjoyed reading this chat. God Bless you.

    1. Hi, Alicia!

      Thanks so much for your kind words! They’ve touched my heart.

      I’m so glad you like the covers. I love them too!

    2. God bless you, too, Alicia! You’re such a faithful follower. Thank you.

  4. Thank you for your post. I am new to blogging and writing my first Christian nonfiction book. I am always inspired by those who write to encourage others.

    1. Hi, Sheila!

      Good for you! Congratulations on tackling nonfiction. Writing is a lot of work, but it can also be very rewarding.

      Is this your first manuscript? Or first Christian nonfiction book? What is the topic?

    2. Your message has encouraged us, Sheila! Thank you.


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