I’m delighted today to welcome author Amanda Cabot to the blog to chat about her writing journey & her new historical romance Dreams Rekindled!
SERIES: Mesquite Springs #2
GENRE: Inspirational Historical Romance
RELEASE DATE: March 2, 2021
He’s bound and determined to find peace . . . but she’s about to stir things up
Dorothy Clark dreams of writing something that will challenge people as much as Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin seems to have. But in 1850s Mesquite Springs, there are few opportunities for writers–until newspaperman Brandon Holloway arrives, that is.
Brandon Holloway has seen firsthand the disastrous effects of challenging others. He has no intention of repeating that mistake. Instead of following his dreams, he’s committed to making a new–and completely uncontroversial–start in the Hill Country.
As Dorothy’s involvement in the fledgling newspaper grows from convenient to essential, the same change seems to be happening in Brandon’s heart. But before romance can bloom, Dorothy and Brandon must work together to discover who’s determined to divide the town and destroy Brandon’s livelihood.
a writer’s dream
by Amanda Cabot, author of Dreams Rekindled
“All my life I’ve wanted to be a writer. I want to make a difference in the world and change the way people think about important things the way Harriet Beecher Stowe did.”
If you recognize those lines from Out of the Embers, you won’t be surprised that Dorothy, the woman who said them and who becomes the heroine of Dreams Rekindled, is still trying to make that dream come true as Dreams Rekindled begins. And, since it’s a well-known fact that most authors include part of themselves in each of their books, whether they planned to or not, you may wonder whether Dorothy’s dreams echo my own. The answer is: yes and no.
I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was seven and my family moved from a small town in Texas to a suburb in Western New York. It was a huge change, particularly since we moved in late winter and weren’t prepared for the cold and snow.
The biggest change, of course, was leaving friends and all that was familiar and being thrust into a very different environment. That was when reading, which had been important to me in Texas, became essential. Books were the way I could escape from the snow and ice and strange school. I loved being able to pick up a book and be transported to different places and times, seeing people overcome obstacles, watching characters find their happily-ever-after. And, because I loved the whole reading experience, it seemed logical – at least to a seven-year-old – that I should become a writer.
Unlike Dorothy, I had no illusions that I’d become another Harriet Beecher Stowe. My goal was simpler: to entertain readers by immersing them in a story that would give them the pleasure I found when I had my nose in a book. (My family will tell you that was most of the time.)
By the time I entered college, though my dream of becoming a novelist before I turned thirty had been sidelined, it was never abandoned. It took another difficult move to provide the incentive I needed to seriously pursue that dream. And, yes, that dream came true. I sold my first manuscript one week before my thirtieth birthday.
For years I juggled a fulltime job with writing, never thinking I was doing anything more than entertaining readers. That was enough, or so I believed. But then I started receiving letters from readers, telling me that watching my characters go through heart wrenching events helped them deal with similar events in their own lives. One woman, whose real life story brought tears to my eyes, told me that self-help books hadn’t helped, but seeing my heroine overcome obstacles gave her the strength to do the same.
That was an aha! moment when I realized that while I hadn’t changed the world, I had made a difference – a positive difference – in someone’s life. And so when you read this line in Dreams Rekindled, “She hadn’t changed the world, but she’d made one woman’s life a bit happier,” you’ll understand why I wrote it. Dorothy’s dreams came true just as mine have.
Amanda Cabot is the bestselling author of Out of the Embers, as well as the Cimarron Creek Trilogy and the Texas Crossroads, Texas Dreams, and Westward Winds series. Her books have been finalists for the ACFW Carol Awards, the HOLT Medallion, and the Booksellers’ Best. She lives in Wyoming. Learn more at www.amandacabot.com.
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What about you? What makes you want to read Dreams Rekindled by Amanda Cabot?