As part of the Litfuse Blog Tour for Grounded Hearts, I am pleased to welcome Jeanne M. Dickson to the blog today.
Jeanne M. Dickson was born into an Irish American family, the only girl surrounded by four brothers. She credits her mother, her aunts, and her grandmother with her love of storytelling. Perfecting her craft, she attends many writer’s conferences and over the years, she has won and finaled in numerous RWA romance writing awards including the Daphne du Maurier Award, the Maggie Award, The Molly, The Tara, and she was the overall contest winner of Launching A Star. Today she lives in Coastal San Diego with her fabulous husband, her two wonderful girls, and a dozen disobedient rose bushes.
Her debut novel, Grounded Hearts, released June 2017 from Waterfall Press.
In the midst of World War II, Ireland has declared herself neutral. Troops found on Irish soil must be reported and interned, no matter which side they are fighting for. When midwife Nan O’Neil finds a wounded young Canadian pilot at her door, she knows she’s taking a huge risk by letting him in. Not only is she a widow living alone, but if caught harboring a combatant, she’ll face imprisonment.
Still, something compels Nan to take in “flyboy” Dutch Whitney, an RAF pilot whose bomber has just crashed over County Clare. While she tends to his wounds and gives him a secret place of refuge, the two begin to form a mutual affection—and an unbreakable bond.
But Nan has another secret, one that has racked her with guilt since her husband’s death and made her question ever loving again. As Nan and Dutch plan his escape, can he help restore her faith?
Hi! Welcome to the blog! I start all of my guests out with a fast four:
Jeanne: Apples. Raw. Baked. Applesauce. So versatile. And they remind me of early childhood in New England.
Carrie: I take apples just about any way I can get them!
Jeanne: Winter but I use that term lightly because I’m from San Diego. Even a half-inch of rain makes the headlines. A daytime high of 58 degrees? Get out the boots, the scarfs, the heavy jackets. And I like my winter clothes better than my summer clothes.
Carrie: ‘A daytime high of 58 degrees’ – we call that spring around here 😛 But I won’t quibble because you picked winter and hardly anyone ever joins me in loving winter.
Jeanne: I’m allergic to both. I admire them from afar.
Carrie: Awww 🙁
Jeanne: Irish Breakfast tea. It’s in my DNA. I enjoy coffee when I’m out running errands.
Carrie: Well if it’s in your DNA… 🙂
Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?
Jeanne: I’d like to be able to hear what people are thinking. But I’d also like the superpower to turn that one off, too.
Carrie: I’d say that’s very wise lol!
When you walk into a bookstore, where do you head first?
Jeanne: My first stop is the coffee bar, and then I stroll down the romance aisle. And blush. I look for friend’s new releases and Instagram them, and then pick them up for purchase. Next, I make my way to the Christian Book section, which involves the same routine, except for the blushing.
Do you have any strange writing habits/quirks? Any snacks/beverages that are a must when you sit down to write?
Jeanne: First, I need a cup of Irish Breakfast tea– several, actually. And quirks? Could it be my collection of Barbie and Ken dolls dressed up as my characters on my desk? My husband thinks so—along with all those other Barbies staring down from the top of the bookshelf.
Carrie: Uhhh… nooooo… that’s not quirky at all 😉
Describe your main characters in one sentence each, and tell me who you would cast in their roles if Hollywood wanted to produce Grounded Hearts as a movie!
Jeanne: Nan is a dedicated midwife with a dark secret that stops her from loving again. I think Saoirse Ronan would be a perfect Nan.
Dutch is a Canadian RAF pilot with a strong sense of family, loyalty, truth, and justice but because of the war, he hasn’t allowed himself to love. Henry Cavill would be a fabulous Dutch Whitney.
Carrie: ohhhh Henry #bestillmyheart Henry inspires a lot of authors. And me. And no, I didn’t just happen to have a handy pic of him. (except I did. The trick was narrowing one down. Ahem.)
What surprised you about Grounded Hearts or your characters as you wrote their story?
Jeanne: It surprised me that more novels haven’t been published about this interesting time period in Ireland. It was only a few years since the split with Great Britain, and Ireland was finding its way as a young country as Europe plunged into war.
Carrie: I find this time period extremely fascinating and you’re right – there aren’t many novels set during it.
What do you most want readers to take away from Grounded Hearts?
Jeanne: His amazing grace will heal a broken heart and forgiveness is there for the asking, plus, it takes humor and a village of feisty women to get a downed RAF pilot across the border. The women know who the good guys are!
Carrie: hahaha!! I think those women also know not to turn down a chance to help a guy who looks like Henry 😉
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.
Jeanne: I’m actively submitting proposals to editors and having fun in the process. Blessings!
Carrie: All the best, Jeanne!!
What about you? Do you have any collections or habits that others might find quirky? 🙂
What do you get when you mix World War II, a brave midwife, a wounded pilot, and a risky secret? Jeanne M. Dickson’s new historical fiction novel, Grounded Hearts. When midwife Nan O’Neil finds a wounded young Canadian pilot at her door, she knows she’s taking a huge risk by letting him in. Still, something compels Nan to take in “flyboy” Dutch Whitney, an RAF pilot whose bomber has just crashed over County Clare. While she tends to his wounds and gives him a secret place of refuge, the two begin to form a mutual affection-and an unbreakable bond.
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