This month I have an extra special author for you. Not only is she a managing editor with Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, she also has two—TWO—books releasing the month!
Without further ado, the very busy Denise Weimer:
I know you’re busy this month with two book launches, so thank you for being here! Let’s get right to it: what were your favorite books when you were growing up?
As a child, The Chronicles of Narnia, which I read aloud with my mother.
Adolescence/first adult novel/first book I couldn’t put down: Gone With the Wind. My childhood visits to historic sites and my active imagination swept me right into the hoopskirt era. I’d pass all of my miserable middle school bus ride with my nose in the Margaret Mitchell classic.
How about most recently?
The most recent book I couldn’t put down: It’s a tie between The Captured Bride by Michelle Griep and The Cumberland Bride by Shannon McNear. Thankfully, both are part of the Daughters of the Mayflower Series. I love frontier action adventures laced with heart-pounding romance, and Shannon and Michelle both write in such deep point-of-view I was transported.
If you could be part of any fiction family, which would you pick?
As a writer, a mother of two daughters, and a former living historian and vintage dancer steeped in the customs of the mid-1800s, I find the cozy domesticity of the Marches in Little Women quite to my liking. But I’d be sure things turn out differently between Jo and Laurie. J
If you could turn any of your books into a movie, which would you pick?
My novella, Across Three Autumns, of The Backcountry Brides Collection, would translate well into a movie for the same reasons I noted about the Mayflower Series. There are lots of breath-baiting scenes where Jenny White fends off Indians, Loyalists, and British Regulars. I love that she’s an atypical heroine: six feet tall and a crack shot, skilled on the frontier yet completely insecure in romance. Tough as she is, she doesn’t stand a chance against the patient but determined attentions of Scottish militia scout Caylan MacIntosh.
Which do you prefer: character-drive fiction or plot-driven fiction?
I prefer to read and write about characters who are shaped by the plots that unfold in their lives. So plot-driven, but with deep-reaching impact on character. I love stories of healing and redemption.
Thank you so much for this peek at your reading life, and good luck with your new books!
Represented by Hartline Literary Agency, Denise Weimer holds a journalism degree with a minor in history from Asbury University. She’s a managing editor for Smitten Romance of Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas and the author of The Georgia Gold Series, The Restoration Trilogy, and a number of novellas, including Across Three Autumns of Barbour’s Backcountry Brides Collection. Her contemporary romance, Fall Flip, and a historical, The Witness Tree, both release September 2019 with LPC. A wife and mother of two daughters, she always pauses for coffee, chocolate, and old houses! Connect with Denise here: