Happy Tuesday once again! Continuing until September 19th (culminating with a list of winners), I have the privilege of sharing mini interviews with nearly all of the 2020 ACFW Carol Award Finalists! I’m chatting next with Melanie Dobson and her Carol Award finalist book Memories of Glass! You can check out a list of all the finalists HERE.
FYI – There will be 2-3 posts per day, and a series-long giveaway, so make sure you catch them all!
Melanie Dobson is the award-winning author of nearly twenty historical romance, suspense, and time-slip novels. Four of her novels have won Carol Awards; Catching the Wind was nominated for a Christy Award in the historical fiction category and won an Audie Award in the inspirational fiction category; and The Black Cloister won the Foreword Magazine Religious Fiction Book of the Year.
Melanie is the former corporate publicity manager at Focus on the Family and owner of the publicity firm Dobson Media Group. When she isn’t writing, Melanie enjoys teaching both writing and public relations classes at George Fox University.
Melanie and her husband, Jon, have two daughters. After moving numerous times with work, the Dobson family has settled near Portland, Oregon, and they love to hike and camp in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest and along the Pacific Coast. Melanie also enjoys exploring ghost towns and abandoned homes, helping care for kids in her community, and reading stories with her girls.
Visit Melanie online at www.melaniedobson.com.
MEMORIES OF GLASS
GENRE: Inspirational Historical Fiction / Split Timeline
PUBLISHER: Tyndale House
RELEASE DATE: September 3, 2019
Reminiscent of Diane Ackerman’s The Zookeeper’s Wife, this stunning novel draws from true accounts to shine a light on a period of Holland’s darkest history and bravest heroes.
1942. As war rips through the heart of Holland, childhood friends Josie van Rees and Eliese Linden partner with a few daring citizens to rescue Eliese’s son and hundreds of other Jewish children who await deportation in a converted theater in Amsterdam. But amid their resistance work, Josie and Eliese’s dangerous secrets could derail their friendship and their entire mission. When the enemy finds these women, only one will escape.
Seventy-five years later, Ava Drake begins to suspect that her great-grandfather William Kingston was not the World War II hero he claimed to be. Her work as director of the prestigious Kingston Family Foundation leads her to Landon West’s Ugandan coffee plantation, and Ava and Landon soon discover a connection between their families. As Landon’s great-grandmother shares the broken pieces of her story, Ava must confront the greatest loss in her own life—and powerful members of the Kingston family who will do anything to keep the truth buried.
Illuminating the story and strength of these women, award-winning author Melanie Dobson transports readers through time and place, from World War II Holland to contemporary Uganda, in this rich and inspiring novel.
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Hi Melanie! Welcome back to the blog!
Q: How has Christian fiction impacted you personally?
Melanie: Christian fiction has shaped my life as both a writer and a follower of Christ. When I was younger, I was an avid reader of Grace Livingston Hill, and her characters helped me in determining who I wanted to be when I grew up. Over the years, the realistic and inspiring characters in faith-based fiction have continued to give me amazing insight for my journey as a follower of Christ.
Carrie: I loved Grace Livingston Hill’s books when I was growing up!
Q: When you’re not writing your next award-nominated book 😉 who are your fave authors to read & why?
Melanie: My list of favorite authors might overload your server! 🙂 I love to read almost anything that is in the time-slip genre as well as inspirational fiction across genres.
Carrie: I can totally relate to that impossible-to-tame list of favorite authors! (Totally an unfair question for me to ask anyway lol)
Q: Do you have any strange writing habits/quirks?
Melanie: Let’s see—having regular conversations with the crowds in my head, drinking gallons of hot tea both day and night, scribbling crucial plot points on scrap pieces of paper while waiting for my kids, secretly typing out conversations that I overhear. Those aren’t strange, are they? 🙂
Carrie: noooooo not at all …. LOL 😉
Q: Which of your characters has really stretched you as a writer?
Melanie: Libby in Shadows of Ladenbrooke Manor. She was a beautiful artist on the autism spectrum, long before people understood autism. I loved writing this unique character and being stretched to communicate her challenges and gifts.
Carrie: Libby remains one of my faves of your characters!
Q: What’s the weirdest thing you’ve googled lately while researching a book?
Melanie: My search history is a compilation of weird! Right now it’s filled with information about leprosy, French chateaus, ancient meal prep, and a few other things that I can’t tell you about yet or it will ruin the ending of my next story. 🙂
Carrie: haha fair enough
Q: What is something God taught you while you wrote Memories of Glass?
Melanie: The extraordinary power that seemingly ordinary people have to help their neighbors. I’ve learned this lesson through my journey of writing historical fiction, but this novel in particular, the ingenuity and compassion of the Dutch heroes who inspired Memories of Glass, really impacted me.
Q: What is one of your favorite quotes from Memories of Glass & why do you love it?
Melanie: Many of my favorite quotes from Memories of Glass are about the color and wonder and revelation of what we see through different kinds of glass. Another one of my favorite quotes in this book is from the perspective of my main contemporary character Ava when she realizes that she has spent much of her life trying to please people instead of following God’s lead. I can relate deeply to the conflict in her heart as she has to release her desire to make all those around her happy.
In Ava’s words: “I’ve spent a lifetime trying to make others like me, trying to be good, but I have never felt good enough. Perhaps, in hindsight, I’ve spent a lifetime trying to be God.”
Carrie: oh wow! that’s powerful!
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What about you? What makes you want to read the historical Carol Award finalist Memories of Glass by Melanie Dobson & what did you enjoy about Melanie’s answers?