Welcome back for our second day with Rebecca DeMarino, debut author of A Place in His Heart. The story is a historical romance inspired by her ninth great-grandparents, Barnabas and Mary Horton, and is book one of The Southold Chronicles.
This week, Rebecca will be giving away a free copy of A Place in His Heart to one of our visitors! Just leave a comment with your name and email (spelling out ‘at’ and ‘dot’ to help cut down on spam) answering this question:
Where do you live and did you grow up there?
And now, on with our interview. Rebecca, if you could be any character from a favorite historical novel for a few days, who would it be and why?
I think it would be Mary Horton, because I think the women who came over the pond in the 17th century had true grit and I would love to experience her life in England and know what she gave up to follow Barnabas into the wilds. I did have a day at the Alice Ross Studio in Smithtown, Long Island, where she we cooked and entire meal and baked three different breads in a 17th century kitchen, using only the implements Barnabas and Mary would have used. So, in a way I did spend a day in Mary’s shoes!
What drew you to writing historical fiction?
I had dreamed of writing a novel for quite some time, but always thought it would be a contemporary suspense with some romance. So when I made that trip back to discover my roots with my mother and the story found its place in my heart, it surprised me. But it was a story I had to write.
When starting a new project, do you tend to begin with a time period or event and create the characters to live it, or do you start with characters and then find their story?
My stories are very much character driven, so while I started with my characters and their story, because they were my ninth great-grandparents, the setting and time period were a given, and one that I enjoyed so much!
Reading fiction can be a way to escape reality for a while, but those stories can still teach some valuable lessons. What points do you hope readers take away from your books?
A Place in His Heart is a love story to entertain you and sweep you into the lives of Mary and Barnabas who were among the first English settlers of Southold, Long Island. In writing this story, there are some takeaways that emerged that might touch your heart, either personally or someone you know. Here’s what tugged at mine:
Infertility devastates couples today, even with all of the medical advances, just as I’m sure it did centuries ago. Marriage of convenience still happens today, though it is more likely to be a mother who is left to raise young children due to the high divorce rate, or women from long term marriages who outlive their husbands. Many remarry for the wrong reasons—often times financial, or due to loneliness. But God is there for us, no matter what choices we make, to hold our hand, to guide us, if we but ask Him.
That’s a great takeaway for any reader to have. You’re spreading the word about A Place in His Heart with a widespread blog tour. Would you like to tell our readers about how that works and the prizes involved?
My publisher, Revell, and I are celebrating the release of my debut novel, with a 100+ blog tour, with blogger reviews, interviews and spotlights of A Place in His Heart and a contest that values $300! We are right in the middle of the two week celebration, so there is still time to enter to win a grand prize of a $100.00 gift card of your choice, a silver heart necklace with a crystal to match Mary’s dress, and of course, a copy of A Place in His Heart. There are two second place prizes of a $25.00 gift card of your choice, and a copy of my novel. And there are five third place prizes of a copy of A Place in His Heart. And there are nine great ways to win! Check them out below in the Rafflecopter Entry section. For a complete list of bloggers, visit me on my website at http://www.rebeccademarino.com/a-place-in-his-heart-giveaway/ And thank you so much for spending some time with me today!
That's quite a celebration! Thanks again for visiting with us and letting us be part of your blog tour. Visitors, don’t forget to answer her question for a chance to win a copy of A Place in His Heart (the drawing will be held Friday morning). Plus, here are some ways you can connect with Rebecca to learn more about her and her books:
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