Tuesday, August 19, 2014

An Interview with Sandra Merville Hart - Day 1

Sandra Merville Hart loves to discover unusual facts in her historical research to use in her stories. She serves as Assistant Editor for DevoKids.com where she contributes many articles about history and holidays. She has written for The Secret Place, Harpstring, Splickety Magazine, Pockets Magazine. Common Ground, Afictionado, and ChristianDevotions.us. Sandra and her husband live in the Midwest. Her inspirational Civil War romance, A Stranger on My Land, released on August 21, 2014.

Her new novella, Stranger on My Land, may be purchased at this link.

Sandra is giving away a copy of Stranger on My Land to someone in North America who can answer this question in their comment: My novella, A Stranger on My Land, is set during the Civil War. On the day after the Battle Above the Clouds on Lookout Mountain, where did the fighting occur?

Welcome to PASTimes. Tell us a little about what you write.

I write about fictional characters from American History. As I research about periods of our history, I imagined the people who lived here and the story is born.

Are you a full-time writer or do you hold a day job? What is the biggest challenge/obstacle you face in protecting your writing time?
I write full-time. The biggest obstacle is having others respect that you're working from home. It's easy for them to think you can run errands or make commitments during the day because "you're not doing anything anyway." I try to protect my time for writing. If I respect it, usually others do, too.
What historical time periods interest you the most and how have you immersed yourself in a particular time period?
The Civil War fascinates me. It was a time of great turmoil and loss. Yet it also brought out the best in some people. The times called for courage and sacrifice; many found strength they didn't know they possessed to face it.
Introduce us briefly to the main characters in your most recent book.
Carrie recently moved her younger brother, Jay, and their ailing aunt into a cave to hide their livestock from both armies while her father fights for the Confederacy. Carrie finds Adam, a wounded Union soldier, on her Lookout Mountain property. She can't turn her back on him, and soon the handsome, teasing soldier captures her heart.
What are you working on now?
My next book will be another Civil War romance set in a place that captivates my imagination, Gettysburg. I'm planning another trip to Gettysburg to research it. A beautiful seamstress and a war-weary soldier would never meet if not for the battle that raged outside her Gettysburg home.
In the meantime, I had a story idea for a romantic suspense novel. Even though it's contemporary, history plays a part in this story, too. I'm having a lot of fun with it.
Thanks for allowing me to interview you Sandra. I look forward to tomorrow's interview.

To enter the contest to win a copy of Sandra's novella, leave a comment answering this question: My novella, A Stranger on My Land, is set during the Civil War. On the day after the Battle Above the Clouds on Lookout Mountain, where did the fighting occur?


Lisa Stifler said...

Hi Sarah, It's nice to meet you. I love reading Civil War books. I now live in VA. where I am surrounded by Civil War history. I live only 5 miles from New Market where The Battle of Lost Shoes was fought. I also was born and raised in MD. and have been to Gettysburg many times. Love the history there. I would love to be entered to win a copy of your book but I have not read about the Battle Above the Clouds but I would love to read about it. Thank you again for sharing and I look forward to your future Civil War books. ~ Blessings ~ lisastifler(at)yahoo(dot)com

Sandra Hart said...

Lisa, I love reading novels set during the Civil War, too. I think I'd be even more fascinated by it if I lived where you do. I haven't heard about the Battle of Lost Shoes. That sounds intriguing! I'll have to see what I can find out about it. And my next Civil War novel will be set in Gettysburg. You can feel the history oozing out of that place. I'm so glad you entered the contest. It's nice to meet you!

Lisa Carter said...

Congrats on your first debut novel. Blessings as you continue your writing journey.

Sandra Hart said...

Thanks, Lisa! The book releases tomorrow. I think I'm finally ready!

Deanna Stevens said...

I enjoy reading historical romance & would love to read your work :) I think 20,000 men got ready to attack Missionary Ridge the following day, what courage it must have taken to fight in the fog!

Sandra Hart said...

Hi Deanna, I enjoy reading historical romances, too. I agree with you about the soldiers' courage. It's got to be scary not knowing exactly where those who are shooting at you are!
And about your answer, I can't say yet ...
Thanks for commenting!

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