Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Interview with Author Carla Olson Gade - Day 2

Let's welcome back author Carla Olson Gade as we pick up with part 2 of her interview!

If you could choose one particular time period to write about, which era would it be and why?

If I had to choose one I’d have to say the Colonial era (kindred spirits we are, Elaine!). I am absolutely enthralled by that time period and like you, am inspired by my own early American ancestors. 

Kindred spirits we are, Carla! :) Have there been any surprises or treasured tidbits that you’ve stumbled upon while researching a novel?

I am always amazed by the fascinating historical treasures I come across. The things that stand out to me are the real life persons that I read about that I try to incorporate into my stories. They have the most interesting stories of all and add to the authenticity. I had never heard of whole-cloth quilting or the method for creating one. They made a paper stencil for the quilting pattern and poked holes in it, then sifted cinnamon through the holes onto the fabric to leave the design. The creativity people have had through the ages always impresses me the most!

I agree. Folks learned to make do with what was available. Do you like to read just historical fiction or are there any other genres that keep you up reading late at night?

I rarely read anything other than historicals. I love learning historical details, imagining the characters in the setting, and getting inspiration for my own stories.

What would you like readers to take away from your stories?

The spiritual thread is an important element to the stories I write. I hope that in addition to enjoying adventure, that they will see the work of God’s redemptive love. Pattern for Romance is about finding faith, honesty, trust in the midst of challenging circumstances. It’s also about healing and love. I’ve seen God’s plan unfold in the pattern of my life and desired to share some of that hope through the experiences of my characters. Maybe it will encourage readers to see it in their own lives as well.

Is there anything about your writing journey that stands out as a significant milestone?

The most amazing thing for me was that after writing and working very hard to develop my craft for many years, when God knew the timing was right for me, He opened the doors wide open. The manner which He provided my first contract and an agent just blew me away, it happened so suddenly after waiting so long. Now when I look back at it, my confidence is renewed knowing that God did this when He knew I was ready and according to the time He appointed for me. I am so grateful!   

Any final words?

Trust Him. Each moment in our lives is a special moment in His-story!
Thank you so much for this nice visit with you.

Thank YOU for joining us at Novel PASTimes, Carla! What a blessing to get to know you better. 

Readers, you have a chance to win a copy of Carla's beautiful new release, Pattern for Romance. Be sure to leave a comment (with your e-mail address) and answer our guest author's question. Here it is:

Do you have a family heirloom that you treasure? I’d love to hear about it.


Susan P said...

Yes, God's timing is always perfect - even when we can't see it at the time! Wow, they sifted cinnamon through the holes?! It must wash off pretty good then. Cool information. I don't have a favorite heirloom, but I do have things from my grandma and mom that I hope to pass down to my girls.
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Carla Olson Gade said...

Resourceful, weren't they? Its great when we have special things to pass along, but love is the best of all!

groovyoldlady said...

Lovely interview with one of my favorite local authors. Thanks for featuring Carla! We have a few heirlooms that I love. One is a little glass curio case that contains some little trinkets that my hubby's paternal grandmother treasured. It has some blown glass birdies on a blown glass branch. A teeny caterpillar, a ceramic owl, an angel fish, a goofy looking snail, "King Frog", a Christmas mouse, 2 elves and a baby. It's a very eclectic collection that reminds me of a very sweet, loving and eclectic lady!

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Carla Olson Gade said...

That sounds like so much fun to have. Thanks so much for stopping by, Sher!

Bonnie Traher said...

Do not really have an heirloom which makes me sad. Bonnie Traher