Author Interview: A.D. Lawrence

Author Interview: A.D. Lawrence

The winner of the February Reading Challenge giveaway is Alisa W. Check for an email from me, and if you didn’t get it, email me at crystal@crystalcaudill.com. CONGRATULATIONS!!!


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.

You can connect with her at https://adlawrencefiction.com/, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest.

Now for the fun stuff! I have to admit I am partial to my Fast Five. 🙂 So settle in as I hit A.D. with rapid-fire.

 

 

CC: Milk or Dark Chocolate?

ADL: Dark

CC: You are my kind of girl!

 

CC: Print or e-book?

ADL: Print

 

CC: Cat or Dog Person?

ADL: Cat

CC: I guess I can forgive you for that. 😉

 

CC: Morning Person or Night Owl?

ADL: I’m not very good at either, but I’m becoming a bit of a Night Owl.

CC:  I used to be a Night Owl, but now I’m like you. I’m not good at either.

 

CC: Spring, Summer, Fall, or Winter? 

ADL: Fall . . . always fall.

CC: It’s such a pretty time of the year!

 

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.

Amazon     Barnes and Noble     Christianbook.com


The Giveaway

To enter, please comment below with YOUR top three bucket list items and then click on the Rafflecopter entry below. Entries are open from 3/9/2021 12:01 AM (EST) to 3/15/2021 11:59PM (EST). This giveaway is restricted to US residents only. The winner will be announced on next Tuesday’s book review.

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The White City by Grace Hitchcock

The White City by Grace Hitchcock

Ya’ll, this book is one of those rare six-star gems. It was one of those books that I struggled with deciding to devour or force myself to slow down and relish every detail. This book is exactly what my little heart has been dreaming of for the Christian market and has been so difficult to find.

The danger, suspense, romance, AND history are combined in such an utterly wonderful story that I can only think of one or two books that have done it as well as in the past. Though there was not a huge “spiritual” thread as Christian authors are so often encouraged to promote, Grace managed to lace God in with a deft hand. This is going on my forever, read repeatedly, give as gifts, and force everyone I know to read pile.

Genre: Historical Romantic Suspense (YES!!! IT’S FINALLY A REAL THING!!!!) World’s Fair, Chicago, 1893

Plot Overview:

While attending the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893, Winnifred Wylde believes she witnessed a woman being kidnapped. She tries to convince her father, an inspector with the Chicago police, to look into reports of mysterious disappearances around the White City. Inspector Wylde tries to dismiss her claims as an exaggeration of an overactive imagination, but he eventually concedes to letting her go undercover as secretary to the man in question—if she takes her pistol for protection and Jude Thorpe, a policeman, for a bodyguard.

Will she be able to expose H. H. Holmes’s illicit activity, or will Winnifred become his next victim?

What I loved: Holy cow! What did I not love? I loved FINALLY having the satisfaction of a suspenseful book with a historical setting. I loved the romantic tension, the historical details, a serial killer on the loose, mystery, danger… Yeah, I could ramble forever.

Favorite Character and Why: It’s a tie between Winnifred and Jude. I love her spunk, determination, and bravery. Jude is absolutely swoon-worthy. A family man, caring, and protective.

Who would like this? Absolutely anyone who loves romantic suspense, especially those who love historical romance but have been craving a little more danger and suspense in the writing. If you have any fascination with true crime stories, this is a GREAT story with one of my favorite true crimes in history.

Rating and Why: SIX STARS!!!!! The writing was great, the spiritual touch light but impactful, the historical details AMAZING, and the storyline something I have been craving since I first started reading Christian Fiction. It is a rare gem, that hopefully the beginning of a new trend.

*I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. The above opinions are my own and are in no way influenced.*

PURCHASE LINKS (YES, I COMMAND YOU, GO BUY IT RIGHT NOW!!!!)

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