Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Day 1 Interview - Roseanna M. White Talks about her Love for History

Roseanna M. White pens her novels beneath her Betsy Ross flag, with her Jane Austen action figure watching over her. When not writing fiction, she’s homeschooling her two small children, editing and designing, and pretending her house will clean itself. Roseanna is the author of 9 historical novels and novellas. You can learn more about her and her stories at www.RoseannaMWhite.com.
Rosanna is giving away a copy of her novel, A Soft Breath of Wind. To enter the drawing, answer this question:
If you could meet anyone in the New Testament (other than Jesus), who would it be?

(U.S. readers are eligible for their choice of paperback or digital; readers outside the U.S. are eligible to win a digital version of either A Soft Breath of Wind, A Stray Drop of Blood, or Jewel of Persia.)
Welcome to PASTimes. Tell us a little about what you write.
Thanks so much for having me! I write historicals in a variety of eras. My first two books were both biblical fiction (A Stray Drop of Blood, which pivots around the crucifixion, and Jewel of Persia, which is the book of Esther, but following another wife in Xerxes’s harem). From there I’ve had quite a few historical romances published, their eras ranging from the Revolutionary War up through the Civil War. My next series, coming from Bethany House next fall, is set in Edwardian England. So all historicals, but spanning a lot of years!

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?
Yes I am, but yes I do. ;-) I’m a homeschooling mom, so that certainly takes up a huge chunk of my day! And I’m also an editor and cover designer. So while most of my work time is spent writing, I wear a lot of hats, and sometimes it feel like I’ll never get back to that first love!
Thankfully, my kids have gotten used to Mommy always being a wee bit distracted—they know to say things ten times until I answer, LOL.

What historical time periods interest you the most and how have you immersed yourself in a particular time period?
I’m such a history nerd! It’s easy for me to find something I adore about all different points in history. The first historical I wrote at age 13 was set in Victorian England, and I still love both that time period and English settings. But reading the Bible and then studying the ancient world in college has given me an intense passion for biblical settings… Then a rather random idea led me to early American settings, which also got their hooks in me. ;-) Honestly, I consider it a huge blessing to have gotten to write in so many different settings, because I just love digging into a new one!
Introduce us briefly to the main characters in your most recent book. 
Ah, Zipporah! At age 13, Zipporah already knows she isn’t beautiful, and that her master will never love her as she loves him. But she also knows that the Lord is all she needs—and he has called her to serve their church in Rome. On the day of her sister’s wedding, Zipporah’s spiritual eyes are opened to the world beyond the veil. And when she tries to save one of her masters from a demonic attack, she ends up in the path of the knife wielded by the creature’s host. Forever scarred, she holds close this gift God has given her. Yet growing in faith over the years doesn’t really help her overcome that obstacle forever in her path—she still loves Benjamin, her young master, and he still thinks of her only as a sister.
Through Zipporah and the families living at Tutelos, the Roman villa where I have the Church of Rome seated, I got to explore not only the early days of the church, but also the spiritual world that we too often forget to remember. And of course, some love and romance where you least expect it.

What are you working on now?
Right now I’m working on the second book in my Ladies of the Manor Series with Bethany House. The first one, The Lost Heiress, will release next September. I’m hard at work on The Outcast Duchess, set in the Highlands, Yorkshire, and Sussex of 1912. The series combines history and romance with suspense, mystery, and some supposedly-cursed jewels just to make things interesting.

Join us tomorrow for day two of our interview with Roseanna M. White. Don't forget to leave a comment to enter the drawing answering this question: 
If you could meet anyone in the New Testament (other than Jesus), who would it be?


Patty said...

That would certainly have to be Mary, the mother of Jesus!


Sandra Padgett said...

I would want to meet the apostle Paul. slvie50athotmaildotcom

Britney Adams said...

I enjoyed Roseanna's interview and look forward to reading more tomorrow. I would want to meet Mary, the mother of Jesus.

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Roseanna White said...

Ack, I'm late arriving--I had the wrong date in my notes, methinks, and thought this posted tomorrow. =)

Thanks so much for stopping by! And yes, talking with Mary and Paul--oh, the things they could tell us! Paul is mentioned in this book, though he never appears on-page. =)

Christina Spicuzza said...

I would love to be able to meet the apostles John and Paul. I would have so many questions for them!!!!
Thank you for a wonderful interview!!! I would love to read your book! Reading is my passion and reviewing my hobby! ;)

Kate S. said...

Great interview! I loved learning more about Zipporah and am excited to read her book.

Mmm... Maybe Mary, mother of Jesus? John the Baptist? The apostle John or Peter? There are so many! I am looking forward to spending time talking with them in heaven! Though I suspect there may be a line... :D

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Roseanna White said...

Thanks for stopping by, Christina! A woman after my own heart--reading and reviewing. Ah! *blissful sigh*

Kate, how very fortunate that we'll have all of eternity to wait in those lines! LOL

Anne Payne said...

I would want to meet James. That's my favorite book in the Bible, or at least the most highlighted. :)

Looking forward to reading A Soft Breath of Wind!