Please join me today in welcoming Cynthia Roemer to the blog to chat about her new book, Under Prairie Skies! You can read my review of book #1 in the series – Under This Same Sky – HERE
Cynthia Roemer is an award-winning inspirational writer with a heart for scattering seeds of hope into the lives of readers. Raised in the cornfields of rural Illinois, Cynthia enjoys spinning tales set in the backdrop of the 1800s prairie. She writes from her family farm in central Illinois where she resides with her husband and their two college-aged sons. Under Prairie Skies is Book Two in her Prairie Sky Series.
~ Beyond shattered dreams lies a realm of possibilities ~
Illinois prairie ~1855
Unsettled by the news that her estranged cousin and uncle are returning home after a year away, Charlotte Stanton goes to ready their cabin and finds a handsome stranger has taken up residence. Convinced he’s a squatter, she throws him off the property before learning his full identity. Little does she know, their paths are destined to cross again.
Quiet and ruggedly handsome, Chad Avery’s uncanny ability to see through Charlotte’s feisty exterior and expose her inner weaknesses both infuriates and intrigues her. When a tragic accident incites her family to move east, Charlotte stays behind in hopes of becoming better acquainted with the elusive cattleman. Yet Chad’s unwillingness to divulge his hidden past, along with his vow not to love again, threatens to keep them apart forever.
Hi Cynthia! Welcome to the blog!
Cynthia: An apple a day keeps the doctor away! Love apples!
Carrie: Yum! Me too!
Cynthia: Ours actually pulls sideways. LOL! But I like it turned to the outside. =)
Carrie: haha! I think I would like my toilet paper turned to the outside if it pulled sideways too… but otherwise it’s got to be under.
Cynthia: Both are beautiful, but I would most likely choose a cabin in the mountains!!
Carrie: Me too!
Cynthia: I love turning pages and having a real book in my hands!
Carrie: I love both – but there are just some books that have to be read in print, I think.
Q: Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?
Cynthia: If I had a superpower, I would want to be able to split into two Cynthias – one to do what I NEED to do and the other to do what I WANT to do ~ mainly WRITE! LOL! Wouldn’t that be wonderful???
Carrie: ohhhh i want that superpower too! Think of all the READING i could do lol!
Q: Other than the Bible, what are five of your most cherished books?
Cynthia: This is tough to narrow down, but one of my first memorable fiction books growing up was, Never Miss a Sunset by Jeanette Gilge. An oldie but a goody. Then, there’s The Last Confederate by Gilbert Morris, The Crown and the Crucible by Michael Phillips & Judith Pella, and The Frontiersman’s Daughter by Laura Frantz, the book that was so instrumental in showing me what it is to get into the skin of a character and shaping my own writing.
Lastly, on the non-fiction side, would be My Sergei by Ekaterina Gordeeva. I love the story of this Russian pair-skating Olympic duo. Such a fascinating and heart wrenching story.
Carrie: The Frontiersman’s Daughter ♥
Q: Writing spaces are as diverse as authors and books. Where is your favorite space to write?
Cynthia: Well, I just purchased my first laptop, so am finally able to write outside! I’ve always been stuck at the Desktop in our living room. So my new favorite place to write is on our front porch!!
Carrie: oh that sounds lovely!
Q: Which of your main characters is most like you?
Cynthia: I think there is some of me in both of my leading ladies, but I probably relate more to Becky Hollister from Under This Same Sky.
Carrie: Becky is such a great character!
Q: Did you have the whole plot outlined before you started writing, or did you let the characters dictate what came next?
Cynthia: I generally have an outline of the story, but like to leave room for God to lead my characters and plot in unexpected places.
Carrie: i love that!
Q: If you were somehow transported in time back to the Illinois prairie in 1855, what do you think would be the most difficult thing to adjust to?
Cynthia: The harshness of life. Things like the lack of medicine and having to wash clothes on a scrub board!! No air conditioning, no fans, no electricity!! We don’t realize how easy we have it!
Carrie: Our air conditioning broke at the beginning of summer which, around here, is MISERABLY HOT. I was such a baby about it – I don’t think I would make it on the prairie.
Q: Same situation… but this time, what would you enjoy the most?
Cynthia: The simplicity of life. Neighbor helping neighbor. Honesty. Integrity. Living off the land. People knew how to entertain themselves just by sitting on their front porch listening to the nightlife, visiting neighbors, quilting bees, barn raisings, reading Scripture or playing a fiddle by the fireplace. Now everyone is segmented and glued to screens so much of the time. We’d do well to go back to some of the simpler pleasures of life.
Carrie: I would enjoy that aspect for sure too
Thank you so much for taking time to talk with me, Cynthia! You are welcome back anytime!
What about you? What would you enjoy the most/least about prairie life in the 1800s?