As part of the Litfuse Blog Tour for Keturah, I am pleased to welcome Lisa Tawn Bergren to the blog today!
Lisa T. Bergren has published more than 40 books with more than 3 million books sold combined. She’s the author of the Christy Award-winning “Waterfall,” RITA®-finalist “Firestorm,” bestselling “God Gave Us You,” and popular historical series like Homeward, Grand Tour, and more. She’s also a recipient of the RT Lifetime Achievement Award. She lives in Colorado Springs with her husband and three teen-and-older children.
Her new book, Keturah, is the first book in her new The Sugar Baron’s Daughters series from Bethany House
In 1772 England, Lady Keturah Banning Tomlinson and her sisters find themselves the heiresses of their father’s estates and know they have one option: Go to the West Indies to save what is left of their heritage.
Although it flies against all the conventions, they’re determined to make their own way in the world. But once they arrive in the Caribbean, conventions are the least of their concerns. On the infamous island of Nevis, the sisters discover the legacy of the legendary sugar barons has vastly declined–and that’s just the start of what their eyes are opened to in this harsh and unfamiliar world.
Keturah never intends to put herself at the mercy of a man again, but every man on the island seems to be trying to win her hand and, with it, the ownership of her plantation. She could desperately use an ally, but even an unexpected reunion with a childhood friend leaves her questioning his motives.
To keep her family together and save the plantation that is her last chance at providing for them, can Keturah ever surrender her stubbornness and guarded heart to God and find the healing and love awaiting her?
Hi Lisa! Welcome to the blog!
Lisa: Oranges. Especially Cuties, because they’re so easy to peel!
Carrie: That’s true!
Lisa: Early Summer. Not too hot, and snow still on our mountains!
Carrie: I could embrace that kind of summer!
Lisa: Dogs. Allergic to cats.
Carrie: Dogs are the best anyway 😀
Lisa: Coffee in the morning, tea in the afternoon.
Carrie: Best of both worlds!
Q: Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?
Lisa: Making everyone I meet forever kind and loving.
Carrie: We need a lot more of that in the world right now!
Q: Tell me some good books you’ve read recently.
Lisa: I read in lots of genres! THE SATURDAY NIGHT SUPPER CLUB (contemporary romance by Carla Laureano), THE EVAPORATION OF SOFI SNOW (futuristic YA by Mary Weber), A GENTLEMAN IN MOSCOW (charming fiction by Amor Towles), ARTEMIS (sci fi by Andy Weir) and BRAVING THE WILDERNESS (social commentary/psych by Brene Brown).
Carrie: Your tastes sound as eclectic as mine – love this selection!
Q: What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever Googled while researching a book?
Lisa: How long would it take to sail from Nevis to North Carolina in 1774? How long to sail back? (turns out it took three times as long to return because of trade winds and currents)
Q: Describe your main characters, and tell me who you would cast in their roles if Hollywood wanted to produce Keturah as a movie!
Lisa: Keturah is the stubborn, headstrong, wounded, eldest daughter who wants to make sure her sisters never experience hurt like she has.
Gray is the former playboy/ladies’ man who didn’t know he had a thing for Ket before it was too late…and is determined to help rescue her.
I’m always bad at the actor thing! But I had a young Idina Menzel for Keturah and a young Pierce Brosnan for Gray.
Carrie: You had me at ‘young Pierce Brosnan’ lol ♥
Q: What surprised you about your book or your characters as you wrote their story?
Lisa: That Keturah was on a journey of healing from past abuse…it became the main obstacle for her to accept love again.
Carrie: I love how characters hide things even from their authors at first 🙂
Q: What do you most want readers to take away from Keturah?
Lisa: No matter how dark the day, there is always hope to be found.
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.
Lisa: Edits on VERITY (book 2) and begin writing SELAH (book 3), in between building a house, planning a wedding (my daughter is getting married in July), and running our business! Eeep!
Carrie: So… not much then? 😉
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What about you? Do you stick to one genre (if so, which one?) or do you mix it up?