It is my great pleasure and honor to introduce to you A.D. Lawrence, one of the 2021 Christian fiction debut authors. Be sure to read the full interview and then enter the giveaway at the end for a chance to win a copy of The Purple Nightgown.
A.D. Lawrence makes her home in Northeastern Nebraska. She has been passionate about writing and true crime for years, and her two obsessions melded into the goal of authorship. She is an active member of the ACFW, writes a true crime blog, won the 2019 Crown Award and was a 2019 First Impressions finalist and a 2020 Genesis finalist. Her first book will be released through Barbour in March of 2021 as part of the True Colors series.
Before we dive into your book, let's learn a bit more about you. What are you reading right now?
ADL: Though it’s not my typical reading genre, I’ve been enjoying The Smoke River series by Adina Senft. The first two books are amazing, and I’m just starting book three.
CC: For those who are interested in what genre that is, it's Amish. I'm so glad you are enjoying the series! I have to admit, Amish isn't typically my thing, but my interest is piqued.
What do you like to do when you aren't reading or writing?
ADL: Please don’t judge me, but I’m really into 90 Day Fiancé at the moment. It’s pretty crazy.
CC: When I first read that, I read 90 Day FINANCE. LOL Fiancé makes so much more sense.
What is your schedule like when you're writing?
ADL: I have a full-time job, so writing keeps me busy. Since I only had seven weeks to write and edit The Purple Nightgown, I woke up at five to write before work and wrote until late into the night. Thank goodness, it came together!
CC: Holy cow! Seven weeks AND a full-time job? Girl you amaze me. I'm not sure my brain can function that early and go to bed that late afterward. Bless you!
Thanks for sharing those fun things. Let's dive right into talking about your debut novel, The Purple Nightgown!
Marvel at true but forgotten history when patients check into Linda Hazzard’s Washington state spa in 1912 and soon become victim of her twisted greed.
Heiress Stella Burke is plagued by insincere suitors and nonstop headaches. Exhausting all other medical aides for her migraines, Stella reads Fasting for the Cure of Disease by Linda Hazzard and determines to go to the spa the author runs. Stella’s chauffer and long-time friend, Henry Clayton, is reluctant to leave her at the spa. Something doesn’t feel right to him, still Stella submits herself into Linda Hazzard’s care. Stella soon learns the spa has a dark side and Linda a mean streak. But when Stella has had enough, all ways to leave are suddenly blocked. Will Stella become a walking skeleton like many of the other patients or succumb to a worse fate?
CC: Which character was the most fun to create? What makes them fun?
ADL: I had the most fun with Henry, probably because I pictured him as James Norton. His conflicting emotions made him fun to write.
CC: That's a new actor to me. I had to look him up to know who you are talking about, but I can see him as being a character of conflicting emotions. He just sort of has that face.
What was your hardest scene to write?
ADL: Since I’m a romantically stunted person, the mushy scenes were a challenge. Emotions like fear and anxiety are easy for me to write, but warmer feelings … not so much. I’m thankful for critique partners who experience the full range of human emotion and gave me a hand.
CC: I am the same way! That does make writing romances so much harder, but you did a great job!
Thank you so much for joining me today and providing all of us with a wonderful distraction. The last question is always my fun one:
What are the top three things on your bucket list?
ADL: 1) Tour Highclere Castle 2) Hot Air Balloon Ride 3) Serve on a Jury (something serious, not some car theft or drug case.)
CC: Your third one is so funny to me. Everyone tries to get out of jury duty, and you want on it. In fairness, you want a serious case, but i still find it humorous. My dad served on a grand jury once, and I can remember the cameraman filming the shoes of the jury as they walked by and my family recognizing my dad's ratty tennis shoes. LOL
Readers, you can purchase A.D's book at any of the following retailers or your favorite bookseller, but be sure to enter the giveaway as well! If you win, you can make someone's day by giving it as a gift.
To enter, please comment below with your name and email (name (at) something (dot) com). I'll check back on Wednesday to see if we have enough commenters for a winner! (At least 4 commenters needed to pick a winner.
Good luck and God bless!