Donna Reimel Robinson is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. Her publishing credits include Tumbleweed Weddings, published by Barbour, as well as three independently published books, Romance by Design, Romance in Recovery, and The God of All Tomorrows. She and her husband live in Denver, and have four grown children and eleven grandchildren.
Donna, it’s great to have you at Novel PASTimes today. Could you share with us some of the surprises you’ve encountered along the road to publishing?
That’s a surprising question! I’ve never considered my publishing experience to have surprises, but I have had road blocks. I started sending out book proposals to publishers in the 1990s (when you typed the pages on a typewriter and sent them through the mail, then waited for an answer through the mail). It might have been surprising to me at the number of rejections I received! In 1994, my husband did surprise me when he bought a word processor. It took some getting used to, but it was cool seeing those four lines of type on the monitor. Later, it surprised me when some editors insisted on sending proposals through email. By that time my husband had a computer, but I sure didn’t know how to work it. Of course now I’m thankful for computers. They save so much time, and I’d never go back to a typewriter.
Please tell us something about your latest novel, The God of All Tomorrows. I love the title!
Here’s the back cover copy:
In 1934, Launi Fairfield goes to the jungles of Peru to translate the Bible into an Indian dialect. She thought missionary work would be exciting, but her days are taken up with the tedious translation project.
Miles Stone has been a missionary doctor for ten years. He’s a confirmed bachelor, not wanting to be saddled with a wife and children as he moves around to the different Peruvian tribes. He’s content with his life, until he meets Launi.
Together, they end up having more adventure than Launi ever bargained for. They battle snakes, jaguars, sickness, earthquakes, and an Indian chief who wants to add Launi to his harem. Will they trust God for all their tomorrows?
This is a heart-stopping adventure story combined with a sweet romance.
The God of All Tomorrows is set in the 1930s and is set in the jungles of Peru. What drew you to write about this time period and the location of your story?
I didn’t really choose this location—it chose me. I woke up one morning with a dream running through my mind. My husband and I were in South America, visiting a missionary doctor named Miles Stone. That was all I could remember of the dream, but that little bit made an impression. I sat down in our living room that morning and wrote an outline for a novel. Then, after a little research, I picked Peru because that country has the most Quechuan Indians of all the South American countries.
I love the 1930s era. This was the decade of the Great Depression, and many people were turning back to the Lord after the godless years of the 1920s. Missionaries were going to India, China, Africa, and South America with the Gospel.
Have you found that similar themes run throughout your writing? Why? Or why not?
The theme for The God of All Tomorrows is trusting God, no matter what. Launi and Miles have to trust Him several times with their very lives. But they prove by the end of the story that He is trustworthy, and that’s one thing I want the reader to remember also.
What drew you to writing historical novels?
I have always loved studying history in school. I even liked memorizing dates! In the United States, especially from the 1930s to the 1950s, most people were moral, law-abiding, church-going folks. The Bible was taught in the schools. People were hard working and friendly, willing to help others. It was a great time in our country.
If you’re anything like I am, one favorite book is hard to pick! Do you have two or three top picks among the historical genre that you would care to recommend?
Donna Reimel Robsinson will be back tomorrow with an answer to this and other questions.
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