Author Interview (and a Giveaway!): Starr Ayers & For the Love of Emma

Posted April 1, 2021 by meezcarrie in Author Interview, Christian, contemporary, giveaway, historical, Starr Ayers / 22 Comments

Please join me in welcoming author Starr Ayers to the blog today to chat about her debut novel, For the Love of Emma!

Starr Ayers is a third-generation artist, an award-winning writer, Jesus follower, incurable night owl, java junkie, rainbow chaser, and avid iPhone photographer who seeks to make the ordinary extraordinary. She resides with her husband, Michael, in North Carolina, and they have two daughters and a son-in-love. She is active in her church and has led a women’s Bible study in her community since 2003.

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

Dream Beyond Tomorrow #1

GENRE: Inspirational Dual Timeline Fiction
PUBLISHER: Mountain Brook Ink
RELEASE DATE: December 8, 2020
PAGES: 336

“I dreamt of Noah last night. He was going to ask me to marry him …”

A rose-covered grave, seventy-nine letters, and a scribbled note unearth buried emotions and the timeless beauty of first love.

When Caroline Myers discovers a box of letters in her deceased mother’s trunk, she’s captivated by the romance that unfolds between her mother, Emma Rose Walsh, a nineteen-year-old waitress, and Noah Anderson, a handsome young soldier.

Determined to read between the lines, Caroline and her sister, Kate, set out on a search that leads them to the North Carolina foothills and the padlocked gate of the Anderson family cemetery. Will the one who holds the key keep them from unearthing long-buried secrets and fulfilling a request their mother tucked inside the box sixty-four years earlier? Will they find closure—or encounter a surprising revelation that plunges them deeper into the past?

Based on a true story from the author’s family.


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Hi Starr! Welcome to the blog!

Starr: No contest—definitely Summer. I love the sun, sand, and sea, especially during the golden hour.

Carrie: I don’t mind the sun as long as it doesn’t bring heat with it lol.

Starr: I’m a Java Junkie. For me, this quote says it all: Depresso, the feeling you get when you run out of coffee.

Carrie: hahaha

Starr: Soup. I don’t enjoy cooking and look for every reason to stay out of the kitchen, but I make a Tomato Orange soup that’s to die for.

Carrie: a Tomato Orange soup? That sounds very intriguing!

Starr: Although I read from both, I’m old school. An electronic device will never replace the feel and joy of holding a print book. I also love how books look on the shelves. They add warmth to a home and speak to those who enter. More times than not, I don’t finish digital books.

Carrie: oh that’s interesting about not finishing the digital books – I read mainly from digital now (because I can enlarge the font for my poor eyes lol) but I still amass large quantities of print books for those exact reasons you mentioned 🙂

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

Starr: “Total Recall” of all that I read and of conversations and experiences I cherish.

Carrie: that would be a wonderful superpower to have!

Q: Other than the Bible, what are five of your most cherished books?


Most cherished books:

  • Home is the Sailor: The Sea Life of William Brown, Master Mariner and Penang Pilot by William Blain—my Scottish paternal grandfather’s life story.
  • For the Love of Emma by Starr Ayers—my debut novel. Yes, I cherish it. So grateful God has blessed me with the opportunity to write for him during my winter years. There is nothing else I’d rather do.

Most life-changing books:

  • The Saving Life of Christ by Major W. Ian Thomas
  • Absolute Surrender by Andrew Murray
  • Intimacy with the Almighty by Charles R. Swindoll

Carrie: great list!

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

Starr: I have a lovely second-floor writing studio but prefer to stretch out with my laptop on the sofa in the company of my husband and a handful of animal crackers.

Carrie: sounds just about perfect 🙂

Q: What surprised you about your book or your characters as you wrote For the Love of Emma?

Starr: I’m an intuitive writer, and For the Love of Emma is my debut novel. To witness the story’s progression and experience the unexpected appearance of characters on the page was magical. At my first writer’s conference, I remember Steven James saying, “If I’m not surprised at the ending of my novel, no one else will be.” Now I understand.

Carrie: that’s a great quote – and a fascinating process!

Q: What is something God taught you while you wrote this book?

Starr: The title of my book series is Dream Beyond Tomorrow. Throughout the writing process, God reaffirmed his faithfulness to equip those he calls. He is indeed “able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine according to his power that is at work in us” (Ephesians 3:20). 

Carrie: amen ♥

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.

Starr: I’m currently writing Emma’s Quest, the sequel to For the Love of Emma. It will be released by Mountain Brook Ink, April 1, 2022.

Starr Ayers is offering a print copy of For the Love of Emma to one of my readers! (US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.) This giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies which can be found here. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.

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What about you? What makes you want to read For the Love of Emma by Starr Ayers?

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22 responses to “Author Interview (and a Giveaway!): Starr Ayers & For the Love of Emma

  1. Megan

    I enjoy split time novels, especially ones where the present day people are delving into a past mystery. Thank you for the chance to win!

  2. Anne

    This novel sounds captivating and unforgettable. I enjoy stories that are profound and which occur during different time periods.

  3. Suzanne Sellner

    This novel reminds me of my thinking of something I want to ask my mother about and then realizing that she’s in heaven and I can’t ask her yet. We were a family of letter writers. Before computers, each of us would type one original letter with two carbon copies for the two sisters–usually every two or three weeks. So, I love letters and will enjoy reading this book.

  4. Roxanne C.

    This sounds like a wonderful debut book, and the fact that is a dual timeline is a plus.

  5. Starr, I remember when this book was just an idea you were sharing at AWSA. My heart is so full to see this beautiful cover and to know your story is on its way to readers’ hearts! Blessings, friend!

  6. Kay Garrett

    Thank you for the interview with Starr Ayers and for introducing me to a new to me author. “For the Love of Emma” sounds like a fabulous book. Inspirational books are my go to and dual timeline story are a very favorite of mine. It’s now on my TBR list and I can’t wait for the opportunity to read it.

  7. Edward Arrington

    I enjoyed the interview. I proofread this book and enjoyed every bit of it. I look forward to the next book.

  8. Stephanie H.

    I love reading stories such as this one and this book is based on true events which makes me want to read it even more.

  9. Perrianne Askew

    Because the cover is beautiful, I love dual timelines and I’m all about the fact that I will also stop reading a digital copy of a book for now apparent reason. it could be the best book, but I just stop. I think it’s an eye issues for me.

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