Hi friends! Happy Thursday – which means Friday is TOMORROW! Bless. I am pleased to welcome a new-to-me author to the blog today… Faith Blum.
Faith Blum is a 20-something author of multiple books in various genres. She loves to write, read, play piano, knit, crochet, sew, watch movies, and play games with her family. She lives in Wisconsin with her family on a small family farm where they raise goats, chickens, turkeys, ducks, and have 2 dogs and a varying number of cats.
Faith’s goal in her writing is to encourage Christians in their walk with Christ. Go to her website to sign up for her New Releases Newsletter so you can get an email when her next book comes out. You will also find links to her other Social Media sites on her website. She loves to hear from her readers, so feel free to contact her.
And for inquiring minds – her last name is pronounced like “Plum” only with a “B.” As she says, “We are not flowers.” 🙂
One of Faith’s newest releases is the Hymns of the West Novellas (Volume 2).
Five desperate young women…
Katie, Joanna, Eve, Evangeline, and Adelaide meet on a stagecoach on their way to Cheyenne, Wyoming as mail order brides. As they talk to each other, Katie and Adelaide become suspicious. Are they correct to be suspicious or are they overreacting?
One man with an evil plan…
Ross has been planning this for months and the stagecoach is finally on its way. After this, he’ll have succeeded in his most devious plot yet and be on the top of his game. Maybe he’ll even be able to come out of the shadows, despite his brother being a detective.
A Master Designer.
Will the five mail order brides ever reach the young men who wrote to them? Or was it all just a ruse to get them into the stagecoach? Will Ross get away with his plan?
Hi Faith! Welcome to the blog! I start all of my guests out with a fast four:
Faith: Right now, oranges because they are so good and juicy and in season and full of Vitamin C. And I have a cold while I’m typing this up, so Vitamin C is good. 😉
Carrie: awww I hope you’re feeling better now!
Faith: Winter, definitely. I would rather be cold than hot because you can always put on more layers. And air conditioning is expensive. We also have wood heat which makes our house nice and cozy.
Carrie: That’s my philosophy too – much rather have cold winter than hot summer.
Faith:I love cats! I can’t really explain why I like cats so much more than dogs, but I do. Probably because cats are lower maintenance and if you want to go on vacation, you don’t have to ask someone to come over to feed them, let them out, etc. Unless it’s a really long vacation. (oops, you said this was the fast four and that was a long answer. Sorry!)
Carrie: haha! That’s ok — i know it takes a long time to justify a cat preference 😉
Faith: Tea! Because coffee tastes bitter and is yucky. I’m not much of a tea drinker, either, though.
Carrie: I think coffee and tea both taste bitter and yucky lol.
Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?
Faith: That sounds like a fun superpower to have. I think I’d probably say the same thing. Either that or writing.
Carrie: Excellent choices!
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?
Faith: That’s a tough one, but I’ll give it a try. Ride the River by Louis L’Amour, Samara’s Peril by Jaye L. Knight, To Win Her Heart by Karen Witemeyer, One Perfect Life by John MacArthur, and Outlining Your Novel by KM Weiland.
Carrie: Love Karen Witemeyer!
Do you have any strange writing habits/quirks?
Faith: I think my strangest quirk would be that I usually write the rough draft of my books by hand. I’ve had quite a few people tell me I’m crazy to do it that way, but I think it works better for me. It gets me away from my computer which is better for my eyes and less distracting because notebooks don’t have internet (yet, anyway). It’s also a lot more portable than a laptop and has faster boot-up time. 😉
Carrie: And it doesn’t crash on you lol!
In the Hymns of the West Novellas: Volume 2 collection, “five desperate young women” – Katie, Joanna, Eve, Evangeline, and Adelaide – meet on a stagecoach on their way to become mail order brides. Of these five women, who did you most relate to?
Faith: Probably Joanna, but Adelaide is a close second. Joanna and I are both shy and Adelaide is a little more outgoing than I am.
Carrie: I’m shy in some situations and outgoing in others – I guess I’d be a combination of the two 🙂
The titles of the books & novellas in the Hymns of the West series are also all hymn titles. In this particular collection, the novellas included are “Just a Closer Walk”, “Just As I Am”, and “Blessed Assurance”. Which hymn (out of all the titles you’ve used in this series, not just this collection) is your favorite and/or means the most to you?
Faith: I have always loved the hymn Lily of the Valley. The words are wonderful, uplifting, and list a lot of the attributes of Jesus. Plus, there’s a really fun arrangement of the hymn I like to play.
Carrie: Oh that brings back sweet memories of my mom’s cousin and her husband singing that hymn together at our little church!
What do you most want readers to take away from this Hymns of the West novella collection?
Faith: Walk close to God, He will take you as you are and you can always have assurance that He will do as He promises.
Carrie: So true. Yes.
Faith, thank you so much for taking time to talk with me! 🙂 Before we say goodbye for today, tell us what‘s coming up next for you.
Faith: Thank you for having me! It’s been fun! What’s next? I have recently published another book, Savior, Like a Shepherd and since that’s the first in my new Orphans of the West series, I have a few more novels to work on. Three to be exact, so in the near future I’ll be editing and writing those three novels. I also have some research to do for the next two series’ I plan to start writing either the end of this year or sometime next year.
Find out more about Savior, Like a Shepherd
Carrie: I’d say writing is definitely one of your superpowers! 🙂
What about you? Are you shy or are you more outgoing? Or a combination of both?