Welcome Cynthia! We're so glad you could visit us today. Tell us about your book.
Hi, Amber. Thanks so much for hosting me.
Under Prairie Skies is the second book in my Prairie Sky Series and carries with it the theme of “iron sharpening iron” (Proverbs 27:17). In Book One: Under This Same Sky, readers are introduced to Charlotte Stanton as the spoiled cousin of heroine, Becky Hollister. In this second installment, readers get a glimpse of the reason behind Charlotte’s jealous nature when she meets handsome newcomer, Chad Avery. The Lord uses them to sharpen each other by exposing their weaknesses and turning them into strengths.
Where did the inspiration for your story come from?
After Becky and Charlotte parted ways in Book One, I knew readers would want to know why Charlotte had been such a stinker. So I decided to delve deeper and give her a story all her own.
Your book seems to deal with family difficulties. Can you tell us why you chose this topic?
My intention was not to dwell on family issues, but more so on how the Lord uses people to “sharpen” each other. In Under Prairie Skies, Chad and Charlotte both have issues that need dealt with. As iron sharpens iron, the Lord uses them to refine each other and draw one another closer to Him.
What do you hope readers walk away with after reading Under Prairie Skies?
It’s my prayer that in reading Under Prairie Skies readers will see how God can use people to speak His truths into each other’s lives and “spur one another on to love and good deeds.” (Hebrews 10:24) All in a spirit of love and encouragement.
Why did you choose this setting?
I’ve always had a fascination with nineteenth-century America. I grew up watching Little House on the Prairie and have such a respect for how life was back then when neighbors helped neighbors, a handshake was all it took to seal a deal, and honesty, integrity, and faith in God were the rule.
What are you working on next?
Currently, I’m working on Book Three in my Prairie Sky Series entitled, Under Moonlit Skies, which is slated to release in September, 2019. It is the story of Charlotte’s younger sister, Esther and takes place in 1858, three years after Under Prairie Skies ends. I’m excited about this third installment in the series, part of which takes place in historic Cincinnati, Ohio in the Pre-Civil War era. I’m enjoying the research as I write.
Very interesting. Looks like you have some great stuff going on. Thank you so much for being with us!