Lost Love and Shipwrecked: Madeline Pike Finds Hope in the New Land
Unshakable Faith Series
Cathy Bryant & Jessica Dorman
Give us a bit of your background (where are you from, your family, traveling adventures)
We are from Maine, which is where we currently live. We have enjoyed seeing much of the beautiful U.S. as well as parts of Canada. Our family arrived in America in 1635 aboard a ship that wrecked just off the coast of Maine. Happily for us, our ancestor—Ralph Bleasdell and his wife Elizabeth—survived.
Fill in the blank favorites - Type of hero. Type of heroine.
Our favorite hero or heroine will possess strong, godly characteristics intermingled with traits that we, as the reader, can relate to. It is especially enjoyable to observe a transformation in a hero or heroine that is beneficial with regard to his interpersonal relationships as well as his or her relationship with God.
Most writers are readers. What are some of the books you have on your nightstand and/or on your "must read" list?
We really enjoy anything in the genre of historical fiction, especially when it is sprinkled with romance. Julie Klassen and Lori Wick are two of our favorite authors. We also enjoy reading contemporary fiction authors such as Dee Henderson and Karen Kingsbury. We also like the classics.
Say your publisher has offered to fly you anywhere in the world to do research on an upcoming book, where would you most likely want to go?
England would be most beneficial for our writing genre and time frame, but Israel has always been on our list of places we would most like to visit.
What is your favorite genre to write?
Historical fiction/inspirational romance
What got you started on your writing journey?
We were chatting one day when we each shared that we had a desire to write. We were surprised to learn that we had the same time frame in mind for writing. From there the idea took off.
Why do you choose to write clean/sweet romance?
We believe that there are not enough examples of godly relationships for our culture to understand God’s view of such things. The entertainment industry is so lacking in this area. We are always let down when a relationship moves to the physical before marriage in books or movies. It just seems to cheapen it somehow.
What other things do you have planned with your writing for the rest of the year 2013?
Our second book in the series is coming out if a few months. We are currently working on a third.
How much of your personality and life experiences are in your writing?
We would say probably more than we realize. Additionally, some of the characters in our second book resemble people we know.
Where do your ideas come from?
Our premise, at least for the first two books in the series, comes from some of our ancestors. We seem to have some interesting stories in our genealogical outline.
How many books have you written, and how many of those have been published?
We have written two books for this particular series. One has been published and the other is currently in the publishers hands. It should be out by summer.
What are the elements of a great romance for you?
We have always loved Jane Austen type romances where there is a bit of suspense. Mainly, when a romance leads to the physical before marriage, it is a big turn off. As we have already mentioned, it cheapens it in some way when that happens. For example, we were enjoying a particular series when the two characters we most hoped would realize their feelings for each other—came together physically the moment the epiphany happened. What a letdown! It would have been much better to see them go on from there courting and respecting each other, and then having their relationship culminate in marriage.
Please share about your book
Lost Love and Shipwrecked, Madeline Pike Finds Hope in the New Land is a work of historical fiction with a flavor of inspirational romance. It is set in the 17th century and commences with an actual event: the wreck of the Angel Gabriel just off the coast of Maine. Though our hero and heroine are fictional, we have interspersed some real people amongst them.
If you could sum your main character into five words, what would they be?
Feisty, godly, funny, strong, and beautiful.
What are your hero and heroine of the story like?
They each have suffered great loss and feel a sense of guilt at having another chance at love. They are both giving, godly, and well liked.
Use no more than two sentences. Why should we read your book?
For anyone who enjoys a book which comprises a bit of history—regarding our godly heritage, highly seasoned with romance, we believe you would not be disappointed.