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. What top 5 books do you currently have on your TBR pile?
I have so many I want to read! I’m currently reading If I Run by Terri Blackstock, but my latest purchases for my TBR pile are: Pam Hillman’s The Promise of Breeze Hill, The Curiosity Keeper by Sarah E. Ladd, To Whisper Her Name by Tamera Alexander, Justice Delayed by Patricia Bradley, and The Writing Desk by Rachel Hauck
2. If you were to go to tea with one of the characters in Her Place in Time, who would you pick and why?
Lena. Wouldn’t it be really cool to talk to a girl who went back in time? I think we have an idea of what it would be like in the 19th century, but it would be so much fun to talk to someone who actually saw it…especially from our modern perspective.
3. What inspired the idea to write a time travel novel?
When I was at Rosswood researching for The Liberator Series, the owner showed me a dress they found in a trunk in the attic. She let me take pictures with it (due to the age of the dress, it is only clipped to my shoulders). Coupled with the tales of a Civil War couple that can still be seen walking the grounds, (I didn’t see anything, but many people have claimed to) I came up with the idea of a dress that was tied to the house and by wearing it, you could go back in time.
I also thought the strange time warp would be a fun explanation for the mysterious couple. I finally got the chance to write the story, and I really enjoyed it. It was a lot of fun to see what it would be like for a modern woman to step into the places I always write about.
Recognize this yellow dress?
4. What do you want readers to take away from reading Her Place in Time?
This story’s theme is about how our future might not be what we expect, and sometimes God has plans for us we may not always understand, but in the end His ways are always for our good.
5. What is your current WIP? What can you tell us about this project?
I have a new Civil War spy novel entitled Eternity Between Us planed for October. It’s currently with my editor. In June, I have another novella (The Heart of Home) coming out in the Timeless Love Collection that is a companion novella to In His Eyes. In the midst of all of that, I am also writing Missing Mercy, the third book in the Ironwood Plantation series.
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