Author Interview (and a Giveaway!): Hope Toler Dougherty

Posted November 13, 2017 by meezcarrie in Author Interview, Christian, contemporary, giveaway, Hope Toler Dougherty, mystery/suspense, romance / 14 Comments

As part of the Litfuse blog tour for Rescued Hearts, I am delighted to welcome Hope Toler Dougherty to the blog today!

Hope Toler Dougherty holds a Master’s degree in English and taught at East Carolina University as well as York Technical College. A member of ACFW, RWA and SinC, she writes for Almost an Author. Before writing novels, she published non-fiction articles on topics ranging from gardening with children to writing apprehension. She cheers for the Pittsburgh Steelers, ACC basketball, and Army West Point Football. Hope and her husband, Kevin, live in North Carolina and chat with their two daughters and twin sons through ooVoo.

You can connect with Hope on her website, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.

Her new book, Rescued Hearts, released September 2017!

Children’s clothing designer Mary Wade Kimball’s soft spot for animals leads to a hostage situation when she spots a briar- entangled kitten in front of an abandoned house. Beaten, bound, and gagged by the two thugs inside, Mary Wade loses hope for escape when a third villain returns with supplies.

Discovering the kidnapped woman ratchets the complications for undercover agent Brett Davis. Weighing the difference of ruining his three months’ investigation against the woman’s safety, Brett forsakes his mission and helps her escape, the bent-on-revenge brutes following behind.

When Mary Wade’s safety is threatened once more, Brett rescues her again. This time, her personal safety isn’t the only thing in jeopardy. Her heart is endangered as well.

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Hi Hope! Welcome to the blog!

apples or oranges

Hope: I choose apples if they’re crunchy with a sweet/tart flavor like Stayman Winesaps. I love the story of Johnny Appleseed and the Johnny Appleseed blessing I learned as a Girl Scout. At the same time, I love the fresh scent of oranges.

Carrie: Scent of oranges, taste of apples. I’m with ya! 🙂

winter or summer

Hope: I love winter so that I can cozy up in front of a fire and read books. I love baking and making soups when it’s cold outside. Still, summer is fun, too, when I get to visit the beach.

Carrie: You had me  nodding in enthusiastic agreement until ‘summer is fun too’ 😉

dogs or cats

Hope: Big dogs that live outside have a special place in my heart. I still miss our cats, however, especially Lucy, Desi (with six toes on each paw), and Emmy.

Carrie: aww ♥

coffee or tea

Hope: I mostly drink coffee with skim milk and no sugar, but I love the presentation of brewing and pouring tea from a special tea pot. Can you tell I have a hard time making up my mind?

Carrie: haha! Your answers have been very diplomatic lol!

Q: Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?

Hope: If I had a superpower, it would definitely be waving my magic wand that cleans and organizes my house. Everyday.

Carrie: Yes please! Sign me up for that!

Q: Tell me some good books you’ve read recently!

Hope: Some good books I’ve read recently include these titles: The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom, The Boys in the Boat by Daniel Brown, Bonhoeffer: Pastor Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas, No Other Will Do by Karen Witemeyer, The Wishing Season by Denise Hunter, The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah, A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman, and The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion.

Carrie: The Hiding Place is one of my lifelong faves… and I see several others on your list that I still need to read ASAP!

Q: Writing spaces are as diverse as authors and books. Where is your favorite space to write?

Hope: My favorite place to write is in my house. Sometimes I write at my desk up in a corner of our bonus room. I have bookshelves behind me and a double window to my left. Sometimes I write standing up on our back porch, looking out over the field behind our backyard. Although I love coffee shops and libraries, I’m not good at writing in those places. People watching is too much of a temptation. At home, I can throw a load in the washing machine or start dinner—multi-tasking. If I get stuck, I can ride my bike for a while. Home is my best place.

Carrie: I’m notoriously distracted by people-watching too.. i can’t read or work or study in coffee shops. And wait… wait … wait… You write STANDING UP?!? I think that’s a superpower! 😉

Q: Describe your main characters, and tell me who you would cast in their roles if Hollywood wanted to produce Rescued Hearts as a movie!

Hope: Mary Wade Kimball is a parent pleaser who is struggling to keep her children’s clothing design business afloat. An undercover deputy who prides himself in always saving the victim, Brett Daniels thinks his future is determined by his past. Emma Stone would play Mary Wade, and Bailey Chase would play Brett.

Carrie: ummm… sooooo… I had to look up Bailey Chase but HELLO. Can we say ‘swoonworthy’??

Q: What surprised you about Rescued Hearts or your characters as you wrote their story?

Hope: The whole idea of Rescued Hearts surprised me. I never expected to write romantic suspense even though I enjoy reading it. My first two novels are sweet romance.

Carrie: I love romantic suspense! So glad you branched out 😀

Q: What do you most want readers to take away from Rescued Hearts?

Hope: I want readers to know that God has plans, good plans, for everyone. Sometimes those plans might be different from a parent’s wishes, yet we can be true to His plans while being respectful to our parents. I want readers to find that God is our ever-present help in all things, big and little. 

Carrie: He so is ♥

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.

Hope: Thank you for having me! I’m working on a fourth story also set in Charlotte. It’s another sweet romance this time. As I’ve been focusing on the marketing for Rescued Hearts, I’ve taken a break from the rough draft, but I’m ready to dive back into the story and polish it.

Comment on this post by answering the question below then click on the giveaway image to enter at the Litfuse tour page!

What about you? Do you prefer working/reading alone or in someplace like a coffee shop or library?

One grand prize winner will receive:

  • A copy of Rescued Hearts
  • A Kindle Fire 7

Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on November 13. The winner will be announced November 14 on the Litfuse blog.

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14 responses to “Author Interview (and a Giveaway!): Hope Toler Dougherty

  1. Janet Estridge

    I prefer to read alone. A coffee shop would be too noisy and a library would be too.
    “Back in my day” as my Grandmother would say, libraries were as quiet as a tomb but not these days.
    So I do most of my reading when I’m at home.

  2. Winnie Thomas

    I prefer reading alone in my house. I don’t think I’d get much done in a library or coffee shop–too many distractions. I have a hard time concentrating if other things are going on around me.

  3. Martha T.

    I prefer to be alone when I read. I don’t mind the noise of other places,but I never want to be interrupted while I am reading!

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