Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Crafts and Hobbies in Books

Hello Everyone!
Today I thought it would be fun to discuss some of the hobbies and crafts that we've seen in some of our favorite books.

Hobbies and crafts are a great way that authors make their characters real and relatable. There are so many things that a hobby or craft can paint on a page. (Pun intended.) For example, who wouldn't love a hero loves sword fighting and wood carving? These interests tell us so much about the character.

Here's a few of my favorites, but be sure to chime in too!

The Apostle Peter in the Bible: Fishing

Peter LOVED fishing. He did it for a living, and later for fun. I jumped in his boat in book 3 of my Days of Messiah series by placing the main character, Malon, with him as he fished for tax money as Jesus told him.

Charlotte from Gentleman of Her Dreams by Jen Turano: DIY and Restoration Projects

A key scene in the book is when Charlotte and Henry take an old boat that she has "restored" herself out onto the bay. It ends in disaster, of course, not too unlike some of my Pinterest projects. LOL.

Vivian from Ressurection of Hope by Tamera Kraft: Sewing

Vivian loves to sew. She even sews a flapper dress in the story!
Check out her book here.

Elinor from Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

Remember Elinor's love for painting and art? The way her hobby reflected the steady and level-headed, yet deeply feeling lady?



Now it's your turn! Does your favorite book character have a craft or hobby? What is the most unique craft/hobby that you've seen in a character?
Leave a comment to get your name in the drawing for Lavender Fields Inn by June Foster!

We'd also like to cordially invite you to join us for an Easter Facebook Party THIS FRIDAY March 24th! 

I love everything about Easter. I especially love Easter themed fiction. Although there are tons of Christmas novels and novellas, Easter themed novels are often left out. That’s why I’m so excited to announce an Easter Fiction Facebook Party on Friday, March 24th, 6:00 – 9:00 pm EST. You’ll have a chance to meet six authors including me and to find out more about their Christian Easter fiction.Did I mention the contests? Each author is offering one copy of their novels. There will be other prizes as well, but you’ll have to come to the party to find out what they are. ;)

Click this link to join the party.

Here’s the schedule for the authors who are participating:
6:00 pm Tamera Lynn Kraft
6:30 pm Jericha Kingston
7:00 pm Joan Leotta
7:30 pm Darlene Franklin
8:00 pm Wanda Porter
8:30 pm Amber Schamel



  1. I cannot just pick one craft or hobby from all the books I've read. I've enjoyed talented characters with their basket weaving skills, seamstress, making jams and jellies to sell, gardening so produce could be sold and canned, a lady draftmen(woman). Thanks for sharing. Looking forward to the party on 3/24 and hopefully nothing will prevent me from attending.

  2. Jennifer Chiaverini wrote a wonderful series, Elm Creek Quilters and it was centered around a group of Quilters who offered retreats for people who wanted to polish their skills. I loved these books and hated to see the series end!