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Vendor: Desert Breeze
Publication Date: 2012
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Submitted: October 28, 2013
Tell us a little about yourself. I've always enjoyed writing, though only in the last five years have I made it a full-time endeavor. All my books are written from my Christian perspective and I hope to share with others the impact Christ makes on my life through my fiction. Living in the beautiful state of Pennsylvania, I've spent time with the Amish and have now expanded my writing to include novels about their lifestyle.
What was your motivation behind this project? I've always been fascinated by the courage of our forefathers and wanted to share with others the experiences they endured during their trek across this great nation.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? I hope my readers will gain a greater understanding of the trials the pioneers faced and the reliance many of them had on God to help them through. Though our lives are far simpler physically, we too are faced with challenges. Placing our cares on God is just as important in our lives as it was for the early settlers.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? Though I expected to be impressed by the courage of the pioneers, I had not realized some of the challenges they faced crossing the Rockies. My family arrived in America in the 17th century, so it was a personal study as well as a business decision to write about this period in American history.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? I read many Christian authors and it's difficult to pinpoint who has had the greatest influence on my life. C. S. Lewis comes to mind, as well as Ravi Zacharias, Charles Colson, and Lynn Austin for fiction. The Bible is the paramount book for inspiration, which goes without saying.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: I immersed myself in the study of the 1843 emigration across the Oregon Trail. I read every journal and entry I could find until I felt I understood the impact of such an adventure on the lives of my characters. I became my heroine, and then I wrote.