Author Interview: Amy K. Rognlie & To Err is Human

Posted January 8, 2020 by meezcarrie in Amy K. Rognlie, Author Interview, Christian, contemporary, cozy mystery, mystery/suspense / 3 Comments

Please join me in welcoming author Amy K Rognlie to the blog today to chat about her new cozy mystery To Err is Human!

Amy K. Rognlie won her first contest for her debut story, “My Pet Kangaroo,” in second grade. Since then, Amy has gone on to author two novels and one novella for Barbour Publishing, and The Short Creek Mysteries series for Mountain Brook Ink. She also writes adult Sunday School curriculum, devotional material, and educational website content, but her first love is fiction.

Amy is a middle-school language arts and Latin teacher at a classical Christian school, where she enjoys teaching students who love to read and write. After living in Colorado for most of their lives, she and her husband now make their home in Central Texas, where they will soon be empty-nesters. They have three sons—two who are grown and one almost—and one small granddaughter. And while Amy does not currently have a pet kangaroo, she does have two dogs.

Amy is active in jail ministry as well as in her local church. She loves reading, writing, gardening, leading Bible studies and speaking to women’s groups.

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

TO ERR IS HUMAN by Amy K Rognlie
Short Creek Mysteries #3

GENRE: Inspirational Cozy Mystery
PUBLISHER: Mountain Brook Ink
RELEASE DATE: January 1, 2020
PAGES: 230

Aunt Dot and Harry are finally tying the knot, and Callie Erickson is buried up to her elbows in flower arrangements and, yet again, more mysteries. When her prized Eden rosebushes go missing days before the wedding, Callie summons her courage to call out an all-around unpleasant person and local garden club president, Ginger Slayton. But despite the help of her loyal friends, Mona and Houston, the confrontation with Ginger leads to a dead end—but the chaos doesn’t end there.

A local businesswoman is found dead, and Callie becomes the main suspect. She is determined to prove her innocence just as much as she’s determined Aunt Dot’s wedding will go on—with or without her Eden roses in the bridal bouquet. But when Callie’s missionary parents disappear on their way back to Texas, roses keep mysteriously appearing, and her own family strife is brought to the surface, Callie may just drown in the upheaval.

Can Todd walk the line between his love for Callie and his dedication to his law enforcement career? Will Callie have a chance to make things right with her parents? And who keeps leaving roses for her to find?


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Hi Amy! Welcome to the blog!

Amy: Tea, definitely. My grandmother came from a British family, so tea was where it was at. I’ve tried coffee a few times, thinking that I should like it now that I’m an adult, but no.

Carrie: I feel the same way about both coffee and tea… i just don’t like either one :-/

Amy: Apples are one of my healthy go-to foods. I eat an apple nearly every day.

Carrie: Yum! me too!

Amy: I am dreadfully allergic to cats, though I like them and would probably have one if I could. I love dogs. Over the years, we have had several pugs, but now have only one large, lovey German shepherd named Lucy.

Carrie: I’m a fan of big dogs – especially those who think they are tiny lap dogs lol

Amy: Summer! I love to garden and to take hikes with my son. Actually, down here in Texas, we can do both of those things in the “winter,” too.

Carrie: This is where we part ways lol – give me snow and cold any day!

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

Amy: Hmm. My superpower would be to bring hope to those who are desperate and hurting. But since I don’t have that superpower, I pray that the Holy Spirit, who lives in me, will work that through me to others.

Carrie: a good superpower to have in today’s world…

Q: Which books are currently ‘on your nightstand’?

Amy: Books on my nightstand include two different versions of the Bible, Streams in the Desert by Mrs. Cowman, a book of poetry by Gerard Manley Hopkins, and The Bird in the Tree by Elizabeth Goudge, which I am reading for the third or fourth time.

Carrie: Sounds like I need to add that one to my TBR list 🙂

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

Amy: I have a home office that is my happy place. I have a lovely view of the field and woods and many bird friends who frequent my feeders. My husband recently constructed lovely built-in bookcases for me, and my African violets and other plants bring life and warmth to the room.

Carrie: how lovely!

Q: Which of your main characters in the Short Creek Mysteries is most like you?

Amy: My main character, Callie, is most like me. Telling her story in first person made this feel even more pronounced. Though her life took very different twists and turns than mine has, I empathize with her continued desire to learn how to trust God in the midst of difficulty.

Carrie: I bet writing in first person does shape that a bit more!

Q: What is something that God taught you while writing To Err is Human

Amy: My family and I suffered a profound loss during the writing of this series, and I wrote this third book in the aftermath of that. God taught me many, many things during that time, including how to rest in Him in the midst of intense pressure and grief. In the Bible, we are commanded to cease from striving for anything…except to enter into His rest. I’m learning how to do that. 

Carrie: I’m sorry for your loss ♥ Being still & knowing that He is God is so important but so hard for our human minds & hearts to do sometimes…

Thank you so much for taking time to talk with me! 🙂

What about you? What interests you most about To Err is Human or Amy Rognlie from this Q&A?

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3 responses to “Author Interview: Amy K. Rognlie & To Err is Human

  1. Lora D

    Amy’s books are delightful not only because of the colorful characters and unpredictable mysteries, but she always weaves in many encouraging or insightful quotes from scripture, poetry, or other writers. I enjoyed reading ALL of her books!

  2. MS Barb

    I was sorry to read about Amy’s loss, and that she is allergic to cats, but so glad she can have dogs!

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