About the Author
Winner of the 2012 RONE Best Inspirational Book of the year (2012) and author of six Historical novels, Stephenia H. McGee has a fascination with hoop skirts and ball gowns, Greek revival homes and horse-drawn carriages, quirky Southern sayings, and home-grown recipes. She currently lives in Mississippi with her husband and two boys, (accompanied by their two spoiled dogs and mischievous cat) where she writes stories of faith, redemption, and stories steeped in the South.
1-If you could travel anywhere in the world for book research (expense covered for you by an anonymous donor), where would you go and why?
If this was an option, I would start writing an Irish castle story post-haste! I have always wanted to see the Emerald Isle and to step foot in a real castle. I’m sure there are stories galore I could fathom there.
2-What genre(s) do you write? Why do you choose to write in this genre?
I write Christian historical fiction/romance. I enjoy the historical time period because I like being transported to a different era. And I’ll admit, I’m a bit of a research nerd. I love finding fascinating things in history and using them to spark story ideas.
3-What top 5 books are currently on your TBR pile?
Uh…how about here are the last five I purchased….like last week? Ha! Otherwise I have to start making some choices on my kindle and that big stack that hasn’t even made it to my bookshelf yet.
The Vexing, Tamera Leigh
The Mayflower Bride, Kimberly Woodhouse
The Isaac Project, Sarah Monzon
Rekindled, Tamera Alexander
A Refuge Assured, Jocelyn Green
4-What inspired your idea for The Heart of Home?
The premise is part of a true story. My mother read an article about a family’s passed-down tale of how their many-greats-grandfather was dying during the Civil War and asked these people if he could die on their porch instead of alone in a field. The family took him in and nursed him back to health. He fell in love with one of the daughters, and they married and had many children. Unfortunately, my mother could not remember where she read it, but it sparked an interesting idea for the story. Additionally, I really liked Opal Martin, the neighbor and friend from In His Eyes, and wanted to give her a love story of her own.
5-What do you want readers to take away from reading The Heart of Home?
Hope. Even when circumstances seem dire, God is with us. Even in the darkest times, there is hope and purpose for all of those who are called by His name.
6-What is your current WIP? What can you tell us about this project?
Well, I have three going at the moment. First, I am finishing the last scene of a time travel novella (Her Place in Time) that ties to the plantation house in my Liberator Series. I’m excited about it, because it gave me the chance to see what a modern woman would think about being sent back in time to the era I am always writing about. Second, I just sent off a new Civil War spy novel to my editor, and third, I am working on Missing Mercy, the third book in my Ironwood Plantation series.
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