Historicals, fantasy, mystery — oh, my! Tamera Lynn Kraft may write historical fiction, but her bookshelves have always been filled with a mixture of books. Have you read any of her favorites?
Let’s start with the early years. What was your favorite chapter book as a kid?
Black Beauty was my favorite chapter book when I was a little girl. The first reason was because the earliest memory of my grandmother was me sitting on her lap while she read Black Beauty out loud. The second reason was it had a horse as a main character. What’s cooler than that at the age of six?
What was the first adult novel that you read? Did you like it?
I was always an avid reader. I was one of those kids who read under the sheets with a flashlight long after bedtime. I don’t remember the first novel, but by the age of twelve, I remember reading Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, The Time Machine by HG Wells, and 1984 by George Orwell. I also read a young-adult novels like Little Women and Call of the Wild. Even then, I was an eclectic reader. I still am.
What was the last book you read that you couldn’t put down? Why?
I’ve been reading the Well Springs Series by James L. Rubart. I’ve read the first two books in the series, and I’ll have the third book done soon. I found the book challenging to my spiritual life and mirroring some things that are happening to me now even though the book could be labeled Christian fantasy. It has impacted me, and I can’t wait to see how it ends.
If you could visit any fiction place, where would you go?
I would go to Narnia to be with Aslan of course. I’m a big fan of the Chronicles of Narnia and their adventures.
If you could turn any of your books into a movie, which would you pick? Who would cast as the main characters?
I would love to have my latest novel, Lost in the Storm, made into a movie, but I would need a time machine for the male lead, Captain Macajah “Cage” Jones. To me, he will also be played by Humphrey Bogart. My female lead would be Zoe Descanel, only with dark brown eyes.
Who’s your favorite author? Why?
My all-time favorite author is Steven James. His novels have a way of keeping me on the edge of my seat. Although they aren’t overtly Christian with Christian main characters, he uses the characters to explore faith and apologetics in a way where I love to recommend them to non-Christian, knowing it will be a back-door way to introduce them to Christ.
What’s your favorite genre? Why?
Most people assume my favorite genre is historical. They are partly right. All of the novels I’ve written so far are historical, and I loved writing them. I also love reading a meaty historical with a lot of history in it. Not so much for historicals that could take place in any time period by just changing the costumes and a few inventions. Some of my favorites are The Mark of the Lion Series by Francene Rivers and the Passion Series by Julie Lessman.
My favorite genre is usually whatever novel I’m enjoying at the time. I love suspense and mysteries, especially novels by Steven James, Brandilyn Collins, and Lynette Eason. I also love some Christian speculative, especially those written by James L. Rubart, Frank Peretti, and Ted Decker. Contemporary category romance and Amish are not my favorites, but I even enjoy those from time to time.
Will war bring them love or will they be Lost in the Storm!
Lavena, a journalist during the Civil War, wants to become a war correspondent. She finally gets her chance, but there’s a catch. She has to get an interview from a war hero who has refused to tell his story to every other journalist, and she has to accomplish this impossible task in a month or she’ll lose her job.
Captain Cage, the war hero, has a secret that will destroy his military career and reputation. Now, a new journalist is trying to get him to tell what he’s been hiding. He wants to ignore her, but from the moment she came into camp, he can’t get her out of his mind.
Leading up to the turbulent Battles for the city of Chattanooga, will Lavena and Cage find the courage to love and forgive, or will they be swept away by their past mistakes that don’t want to stay buried?
Meet the Ladies of Oberlin, the causes they’re willing to fight for, and the men who capture their hearts.
Award-winning Author Tamera Lynn Kraft has always loved adventures. She loves to write historical fiction because there are so many stories in history. She is originally from Ohio, but she’s been living in Tennessee for the last year with her husband, the love of her live. She has two married children and three grandsons.
Tamera has been a children’s pastor for over 20 years. She is the leader of a ministry called Revival Fire For Kids where she mentors other children’s leaders, teaches workshops, and is a children’s ministry consultant and children’s evangelist. She is also a writer and has curriculum published including Kid Konnection 5: Kids Entering the Presence of God published by Pathway Press. She is a recipient of the 2007 National Children’s Leaders Association Shepherd’s Cup for lifetime achievement in children’s ministry.
You can contact Tamera on her website: http://tameralynnkraft.net