About the Author
Stephenia McGee is a wife, mother of two very active little boys, author, and lover of all things historical. Stephenia currently lives in Mississippi with her husband and sons where she writes stories of faith, redemption and life steeped in southern culture.
1. What do you like to snack on when you write?
You mean what do I really want to snack on or what do I grab instead that I know is healthier? *grin* What I really like is caramel M&Ms. What I usually eat is nuts or string cheese.
2. What book have you read recently? Would you recommend it?
I’m currently in the middle of the newest book in Tamara Leigh’s Age of Faith series. I would recommend all of her books. She has an expressive way with words and plots that keep you flipping pages. And who doesn’t love knights, ladies, and castles?
3. What did the writing process for Eternity Between Us look like?
This book ended up taking much longer than my books usually do, and I found myself not really knowing what the core of my heroine’s issues were until *gasp* I was doing final edits. That was pretty stressful. I’ve never done that much of a rewrite (deleting scenes and reworking others) so close to publication, but I think the story is stronger for it.
I started playing with the idea of this book back in April of 2017. I finished writing it that November. Then it got put aside as I finished up the two novellas I was trying to get out, and after a string of other little difficulties, was finally ready to turn in at the end of September. I’m thankful I had what I thought was a lot of extra time built into this schedule, because I ended up needing every day of it.
4. What inspired the idea for Eternity Between Us?
This story is heavily inspired by the first-hand Civil War accounts of Belle Boyd, Rose O’Neal Greenhow, and Louisa May Alcott. I took their tales and personal opinions and weaved them into my plot, drawing inspiration from the lives of women who lived in that era.
5. What did you as an author take away from writing Eternity Between Us?
Every book I feel like I learn something, and somehow, end up working through some of my own hang-ups in the process. In this book Evelyn really struggles with feeling like she doesn’t belong and goes lengths for people to like her. As I’ve often struggled with feeling out of place myself, I had to take the journey right along with her. But isn’t God great in that he uses the circumstances of our lives, or even made up characters, to teach us to continually rely on him more?
6. What is your current WIP? What can you tell us about it?
I currently have two projects underway. The first is the third book in my Ironwood series, featuring the daughters of the two main characters in The Whistle Walk. The second is a turn of the century story set at a horse farm in Mississippi.
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