Commence happy fangirl clapping! I’m incredibly thrilled to have Laura Frantz as my guest on the blog today. Laura has been one of my very favorite authors since I returned to my love of reading, and over the last year she has also become a dear friend.
Award-winning author Laura Frantz is passionate about all things historical, particularly the 18th-century, and writes her manuscripts in longhand first. Her stories often incorporate Scottish themes that reflect her family heritage. She is a direct descendant of George Hume, Wedderburn Castle, Berwickshire, Scotland, who was exiled to the American colonies for his role in the Jacobite Rebellion of 1715, settled in Virginia, and is credited with teaching George Washington surveying in the years 1748-1750. Frantz lives and writes in a log cabin in the heart of Kentucky.
Her newest release, A Moonbow Night, released January 3 from Revell.
After fleeing Virginia, Temperance Tucker and her family established an inn along the Shawnee River. It’s a welcome way station for settlers and frontiersmen traveling through the wild Cumberland region of Kentucke–men like Sion Morgan, a Virginia surveyor who arrives at the inn with his crew looking for an experienced guide.
When his guide appears, Sion balks. He certainly didn’t expect a woman. But it is not long before he must admit that Tempe’s skill in the wilderness rivals his own. Still, the tenuous tie they are forming is put to the test as they encounter danger after danger and must rely on each other.
With her signature sweeping style and ability to bring the distant past to vivid life, Laura Frantz beckons readers to join her in a land of Indian ambushes, conflicting loyalties, and a tentative love that meanders like a cool mountain stream.
Laura! My sweet friend!! Welcome to the blog! Thank you so much for chatting with me! It is such an honor for me to host you here.
Laura: I’ve long admired your amazing blog, Carrie, and remember when I first visited and how blown away I was by your love of books and your heart for authors. Thank you for the gracious invite!
Carrie: You are such a kind encouragement to me! Thank you 🙂
Laura: Oranges! Recently I read research that says peeling and eating an orange is an instant stress reliever. We love those small, fresh mandarin oranges especially in the winter months.
Carrie: I always find peeling oranges to be quite stressful! LOL. But then again … I find hand-type crafts stressful too. Maybe there’s a link…
Laura: Both have a special beauty but since I’m a sun-lover, summer wins 🙂
Carrie: And every season in Kentucky is beautiful so you really can’t go wrong with any of them!
Laura: Dogs. They have such a loving, faithful spirit. Truly man’s best friend.
Carrie: Yay! Zuzu highly approves of your answer!
Laura: Love both but coffee wins out, especially dark coffee with creamer. Salted toffee creamer especially!
Carrie: My husband would love that salted toffee creamer!
Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?
Laura: Time travel – teleporting through time. I’d jump back to the 18th-century and hang out with Daniel Boone for a bit, then return to the 21st-century for a hot bath ;). Reading IS definitely your superpower, Carrie. I’ve never seen anything quite like it!
Carrie: The line between a reading superpower and insanity is a fine one … LOL.
If you knew you were only going to be allowed FIVE books for the rest of your life, besides the Bible, which five would make the cut?
Laura: Christy by Catherine Marshall, The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery, anything by George MacDonald starting with Sir Gibbie, and one of the frontier novels by Alan Eckert and James Alexander Thom.
Carrie: Oh I’m so glad to see Christy on your list! One of my faves too…
If I asked your characters to describe YOU as an author, what would they say?
Laura: Laura may have gotten published but she puts us in impossibly heart-rending situations that only the staunchest readers can endure when the ‘feels’ attack! In reality, she’s said to be kind and prefers everything calm. An odd combo!
Carrie: hahaha! For someone as kind and gracious as you are, you do tend to torture your characters a bit, don’t you? lol!
Your newest book, A Moonbow Night, is set in frontier Kentucky, joining The Colonel’s Lady, The Frontiersman’s Daughter, and Courting Morrow Little. What are some of your favorite things about your home state?
Laura: Kentucky is truly a dark and bloody ground history-wise, providing endless storyworlds. And the rich Appalachian landscape has produced so many wonderful literary writers like Janice Holt Giles and Wendell Berry, etc.
Carrie: I never really studied Kentucky history, since I moved here in high school and thus missed the 4th grade KY history curriculum. So that’s one of the many things I love about reading your books – getting that glimpse into the wildness of the frontier and the rich history our state has.
Laura: Thank you for reminding me to unveil that secret board for A Moonbow Night on Pinterest 🙂 . In the holiday crush I’d forgotten it! And heartfelt thanks for calling me a Pinterest Queen. Love that! Of all forms of social media, Pinterest is my favorite with Instagram to follow. And I believe loving what you do is the secret ingredient to writing and pinning and blogging like you do, Carrie, etc.
Carrie: Yes! That’s so true! Loving what you do is key. And seriously, guys, if you aren’t following Laura on Pinterest, you need to be. Her boards are breathtaking!
What do you most want readers to take away from A Moonbow Night?
Laura: I like what Publishers Weekly said best, “Frantz’s atmospheric romance lovingly explores American history circa 1777 with grace… The story rewards patience, unfolding with precision and action, showcasing the triumph of the human heart and spirit in the face of seemingly overwhelming odds.” I hope readers take heart in this, that no matter what we face, we are overcomers in Christ. And that this hard life is not all there is when we have a heavenly hope, a heavenly home. One day this temporal life won’t even be a memory.
Carrie: Oh that’s so encouraging. Amen.
Again, Laura, thank you so much for taking time to talk with me! 🙂 I am so grateful for you!
Laura: You’re such a HUGE joy and blessing, Carrie. I’m very thankful that the Lord allowed our paths to intersect not only on a reading level but one of friendship and fellowship in Him. <3
Carrie: He is so sweet in the friendships He provides, isn’t He? Yours is one of His great surprises for me, and I just love you! <3
Before we say goodbye for today, tell us what‘s coming up next for you.
Laura: I switch gears again, jumping from the frontier to genteel Williamsburg, Virginia at the start of the American Revolution, a story with a spy theme. And I just began a Scottish novel based on one of the islands in the Hebrides I love personally and have spent time exploring. It includes a kilted laird, a crumbling castle, and a heroine with a very interesting profession. Happy reading!
Carrie: You had me at ‘American Revolution’ and ‘spy’…. and then again at ‘kilted laird’ and ‘crumbling castle’ 😀 Can’t wait!!
I am giving away a copy of A Moonbow Night to one of my readers – your choice of paperback (US only) or kindle book (open internationally, except where prohibited by law). Enter via the Rafflecopter form below . Giveawayis subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies.
What about you? Peeling oranges – stressful or relaxing? How do YOU feel? 😉