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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
MARTHA ROGERS is a Christian freelance author of both fiction and non-fiction and speaker. Her stories and articles have appeared in a number of compilations and magazines. Her first fiction will be released in 2007. Her experiences as a public school teacher, Sunday school teacher, youth leader, First Place leader, Mom and Grandmother give Martha a unique field of ministry.
by Martha Rogers
Published by Strang
ABOUT THE BOOK
After her parents' deaths, 17-year-old heiress Lucy Bishop takes refuge on her aunt and uncle's ranch in Barton Creek, Oklahoma. If it weren't for ranch hand Jake Starnes, the genteel young woman wouldn't survive the backbreaking work. But a dark secret torments him. Can Jake face his past before somebody claims Lucy's hand---or her life? 304 pages, softcover from Realms.
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1. What gave you the inspiration for this story?
Driving back and forth to Tulsa to visit our son and his family, we always stopped at the Oklahoma Tourist Info Center for a break. I picked up a book about Oklahoma and liked the history. I decided I had to write a story about those years before statehood.
2. How much of your own experiences influenced your characters? What aspects became traits that were theirs and theirs alone?
Lucy is like me in some ways, but she is her own person. I am adaptable and have a giving spirit and determination to make things work like Lucinda had when she first came to Barton Creek. Jake is not like anyone I know. He had great faith to go back and face the consequences of his actions when he had just found the girl he could love the rest of his life.
3. If your hero/heroine were an ice cream flavor, what would he/she be and why?
Lucy would be strawberries and cream because it's just the right blend of tart and sweet at the same time.
4. Are there any themes in Becoming Lucy that you hope the reader sees? Are there any themes that weren't overt but developed as the story progressed?
The main one is that God's great love forgives us and reconciles us to Him no matter what we've done. The other more subtle one is that of God's protection for His children. All my books carry a theme of reconciliation and reunion.
5. What were your most difficult parts to write? Your favorite?
The most difficult part is keeping up with conflict because I dislike confrontation and don't like to write conflict. I love to write about love and how a couple grows and discovers truths about each other as they fall in love.
6. When is your next book coming out and what is the story?
Book 2, Morning for Dove will be out May 1st.
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