Becoming Lucy, Winds Across the Prairie Series #1Becoming Lucy, Winds Across the Prairie Series #1
Martha Rogers
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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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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.

Favorite Verse: Jeremiah 29:11: For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

 

 Our Interview with Martha Rogers


 

What is your favorite Bible verse?

I have many of them, but the one I always keep near my computer is Jeremiah 29:11.


How did you get started writing Christian fiction?

I’ve been writing since I was a child and wrote stories for my paper dolls. I read a lot of Grace Livingston Hill and never really thought I’d write anything but Christian fiction. I was a Christian, so my writing should be too.

How did you come up with the concept for Becoming Lucy?

My stories just evolve from ideas that float around.

Is any part of Becoming Lucy factual? 

Only the parts concerning historical facts such as the Land Run and the Presidential elections.
 

How closely is Becoming Lucy based on your life experiences?

Only in the fact that we must forgive no matter how bad the offense when we love the Lord and want to exemplify Him.

 

How did you choose the location for the setting?

I studied maps of Oklahoma as it was in the late 1800’s and chose a place close to places I knew about.

 

How long did Becoming Lucy take you to complete?

About a year as I was working on another story at the same time.
How did you create your characters? They tell me who they are. Aunt Clara just popped in one day without any warning and I knew I had to make her a character in all my books.

Do you have a favorite character in Becoming Lucy? Why?

I really like Lucinda because she grows and learns so much as she adapts to life on a ranch. She discovers the truly important things in life that have nothing to do with wealth and position.

How much research did Becoming Lucy take?

A lot, but it was fun and really interesting.

What was the most interesting fact that you learned while writing Becoming Lucy?

About the land rush, the overnight building of the town of Guthrie, what else was going on in the US at that time.

How many books will be Winds Across the Prairie Series?

 4

What are some of the challenges you face as an author?

Making myself sit down and write when I don’t feel like it. When I do, I get engrossed in the writing and get a lot done.

What aspects of being a writer do you enjoy the most?

Talking with my characters and finding out more about them as the story develops. I have basic facts about their backgrounds and family, but sometimes things pop in I don’t expect and that’s a lot of fun. I also love meeting other authors and attending conferences.

What is your writing style?   (Do you outline?  Write “by-the-seat-of-your-pants?   Or somewhere in-between?)

I guess I’m somewhere in between because I have a basic idea of a beginning and an end. I’ll write a synopsis of what I want to happen then get started. It changes and evolves as I write and some of the original is tossed and new stuff added in.

 

Do your characters begin to take on a life of their own as you write?

Oh, yes. They tell me all kinds of things.

What other new projects do you have on the horizon?

A Christmas novella, River Walk Christmas will be out in September 2010. The second of the Prairie Winds series, Morning for Dove, will be released in May 2010. I am now in the midst of book 3, Finding Becky

What have you been reading lately?

Christmas themed books. It’s what I read from Thanksgiving to New Years.


What message would you like your readers to take from Becoming Lucy?

With God’s perfect love, we can overcome any circumstances that may come and grow into stronger Christians because of them.

What is your greatest achievement?

 I would say my family. We have three sons, three daughters-in-law, nine grandchildren, a grand-son-in law and a great-grandson. The men are all active in their churches and all but the 2 youngest are believers. That’s quite an achievement with all the temptations and distractions in the world today.

What is your goal or mission as a writer?

 To illustrate God’s perfect love and forgiveness and to show that reconciliation is possible no matter how difficult the separation. My tag line is Touching Hearts….Changing Lives, and that’s what I want to accomplish.


What do you do to get away from it all? Well, since I’m a people person, I don’t like to be alone for very long. We’re retired so my husband is always around. Once in a while, we’ll take a trip together and enjoy being away from home for a week, but seldom longer than that.

 


 

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