Please join me in welcoming author Jamie Ogle to the blog to talk about her historical novel Of Love and Treason! I’m very intrigued by the premise of this book and look forward to reading it next week!
Jamie Ogle is a pre-dawn writer, homeschool mom by day, and a reader by night. Inspired by her fascination with the storied history of faith, she writes historical fiction infused with hope, adventure, and courageous rebels. A Minnesota native, she now lives in Iowa with her husband and their three children, and she can usually be found gardening, beekeeping, and tromping through the woods. Learn more about Jamie at jamieogle.com.
OF LOVE AND TREASON by Jamie Ogle
GENRE: Historical/Roman Empire Romance (Christian)
PUBLISHER: Tyndale House
RELEASE DATE: January 23, 2024
Valentine defies the emperor and becomes a hero . . . and the most wanted man in the empire. Compelled by his faith, he has nothing to lose, until a chance encounter with the daughter of a Roman jailor changes everything.
Rome, AD 270. In the wake of the emperor’s marriage ban, rumors swirl that there is one man brave enough to perform wedding ceremonies in secret. A public notarius and leader of an underground church, Valentine believes the emperor’s edict unjust and risks his own life for the sake of his convictions. But as his fame grows, so do fears for his safety.
Iris, the daughter of a Roman jailor, believes regaining her sight will ease the mounting troubles at home. Her last hope rests in searching out Valentine and his church, but the danger of associating with people labeled a threat to the empire is great. Still, as Iris’s new friends lead her to faith in God, Iris is drawn to Valentine and they both begin to hope for a future together beyond the treacherous empire.
But when a past debt and a staggering betrayal collide, Valentine, Iris, and everyone they love must fight for their lives . . . and wrestle with trusting a God who can restore sight yet does not always keep His followers from peril.
Hi Jamie! Welcome to the blog!
Jamie: Winter. I’m from northern Minnesota and there’s nothing cozier than a good blizzard, a warm fire, and books.
Carrie: yes please!
Jamie: I always thought I was a dog person until we got the kids a couple of cats. I have to say, I’m fine with the way cats tolerate affection but don’t need it from you all the time. I’m a big fan of their independence.
Carrie: the best of both worlds!
Jamie: I love both! Our house is always full of music—mostly from our three kids who are convinced that real life is a musical. If I had a dollar for every time a song and dance resulted in whole curtain rods being torn out of the walls, I’d unfortunately have three dollars. Which is too many dollars. And also, not enough. So maybe I’ll go with audiobooks. They seem to be less disastrous.
Jamie: Mountains. I think the ocean is relaxing, but I can’t swim, so mountains feel safer. 😉
Carrie: lol probably a good plan
Q: Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?
Jamie: I’m generally not intimidated by daunting tasks, or at least, I’m not too intimidated to give it a try.
Carrie: that IS a great quality to have!
Q: Which books are “on your nightstand”?
Jamie: There’s a pile…My Bible, Bible journal, Wisdom from the Ancients by Bryan Litfin, All That Is Secret by Patricia Raybon, The Lost Melody by Joanna Davidson Politano, and The Lost Boys of Barlowe Theater by Jaime Jo Wright.
Carrie: ooo excellent choices!
Q: What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever Googled while researching a book?
Jamie: Could you row a boat in the sewer system in Ancient Rome? I had this (terrible) idea for my main couple to need to take a rowboat up the sewer tunnels—I know, I know! I too was surprised that it didn’t turn out to be as romantic as it sounds. For obvious reasons, that scene never made it past the first draft.
Q: Did you have the whole plot outlined before you started writing Of Love and Treason, or did you let the characters dictate what came next?
Jamie: I’m a plotter, but apparently not a very good one, because my writing process looks like plotting out the entire book scene-by-scene and then starting to write it. Then I go off track and have to replot. Then rewrite. Then replot some more (pattern repeats indefinitely until the book is done). I hope I get more efficient with time, but in the end, the books still get written.
Carrie: I think that’s called being a plantser 😉 lol
Q: Some authors like to hide little things in their stories. Is there anything you have hidden in Of Love and Treason?
Jamie: I’m part of a writing group called Christian Mommy Writers, where Kimberley Woodhouse is our honorary den mother and a stuffed peach dubbed Peachums has somehow become our mascot. We’ve taken to hiding the words “Woodhouse” and/or “screaming peach” in all of our books. Of Love and Treason has references to peaches (not screaming), so if you find them let me know, or post about it with the hashtag #screamingpeachbooks.
Carrie: oh i love that so much!!
Q: What is something God taught you while you wrote this book?
Jamie: As I researched the third-century church,I was so inspired and challenged by the courage and deep faith of those early Christians. To know God so intimately and love Him so fully that they were willing and able to risk their lives in obedience to His calling, pushed me to some deep introspection in my own life, and renewed a hunger for God’s Word.
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.
Jamie: I just turned in the revised manuscript for a retelling of the legends of Saint Nicholas. It’s set in the early fourth century on the glittering “turquoise coast” of the Mediterranean, just before the legalization of Christianity. It’s a story of redemption and forgiveness, sunken treasure, courage, and a strong female heroine with a dark secret. (I was super excited to be able to slip in a few characters from Of Love and Treason, so readers can see what they’ve been up to as well!)
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What about you? What makes you want to read Of Love and Treason by Jamie Ogle?