Andrea has been writing stories and poems since she was a little girl; however, it wasn’t until 1991, after she became a Christian, that she answered God’s call to write exclusively for the Christian market. Since then she has had more than 25 novels published as well as numerous novellas and nonfiction pieces.
Welcome, Andrea. I’ve been wanting to ask you some questions for a long time, so thank you for giving me this opportunity.
Q. You write both contemporary and historical fiction. Do you have a particular era that you like more than others? If so, what is it and why do you like it?
A. I began my writing career creating historical fiction. Then suddenly historicals weren't selling, so I switched to contemporary. The market slowly came back around and after 10 years of writing contemporary fiction, I find myself back at square one, rewriting the novel I began back in 1994. I'm returning to my first love -- the historical. What a blessing it's been. As for my favorite era, it's pre and post Civil War -- 1860-1870. However, I enjoy writing about the 1890s as well.
Q. What issues of that time period inspire you to create a fictional story?
A. In Unwilling Warrior the issue was the Civil War and escaping from New Orleans before the Union attacked the city. In my next book, Uncertain Heart, the issues pertain to my character's inner conflict more than what's going on around her politically. In my 3rd book in the series, the issues involve medical care at that time (1866). Unlike today, most people back then went to the hospital to die, not receive life-giving care. In book 4 in my Seasons of Redemption series, the issues surround leaving all one knows, family, friends, and home, and moving Southwest into the Arizona Territory where life is primitive at best in some areas. It's shaping up to be a fabulous series.
Q. Your stories are often about family discord and broken relationships. What is the impetus behind these topics? What do you hope to accomplish with these themes?
A. We live in a broken and hurting world. My message is always God can (and does) mend broken hearts. I experienced His heavenly touch in a very personal way. There are so many people "looking for love in all the wrong places," as the country-western song goes. I want my stories to cause readers to look up and search for God.
Q. I see you dedicated Unwilling Warrior to your husband. How wonderful that you have his support!
A. Yes, I'm a bit high-maintenance. My husband has never called me that, but I think I am. I have Fibromyalgia and small fiber neuropathy, so I have some major pain issues going on. Dan massages my arms and wrists when they ache from writing for too many hours at the computer. He makes dinners when I'm too absorbed in my story to get away and fix a meal. He takes care of my van so I never drive off without any gas in the tank. And the list goes on and on. I hereby nominate my hubby for "Man of the Year" award. (grin)
Q. What else would you like to say to your readers:
A. First of all, I'd like to say a big THANK YOU to my readers. I would be nowhere if not for them!
Secondly, I'd like to invite readers to pick up a copy of Unwilling Warrior and start the journey in my Seasons of Redemption series. Readers will go from New Orleans to Jericho Junction, Missouri, to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to Chicago and back to Jericho Junction before traveling onward to the Arizona Territory. Come along for the fun! Book 2, Uncertain Heart, will be released in October. And here's a secret for the special readers enjoying this blog: Jericho Junction is a fictitious town in Missouri. I've placed it just west of St. Louis.
Thank you for a great interview, Andrea!
More about Andrea: She has been married for over 30 years. She and her husband Daniel have 3 grown sons and 4 grandchildren. Andrea served on the Advisory Board of ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) and is one of the organization’s cofounders. In addition to her own writing, Andrea is a certified life coach and helps writers organize, prioritize, set goals, and work toward publication. For more about Andrea, visit her web site at: www.andreaboeshaar.com. She also writes a blog where she gets personal about the writing life at: http://everythingwriterly.blogspot.com.
Unwilling Warrior takes place during the War Between the States. I enjoyed the New Orleans setting, having set one of my own Civil War era stories there. Valerie Fontaine makes an excellent heroine, strong and winsome, courageous and fearful. Benjamin McCabe is not the typical hero from this era. He’s not a soldier and doesn’t even take sides in the conflict. Instead, Benjamin is more concerned about accurately recording the War for future generations through photography. A solid Christian, he also tries to meet his commitment to find his lost brother, a minister, while taking on a new role as guardian of the lovely Miss Fontaine. This is a charming story and a good launch for Andrea’s Seasons of Redemption series. I also enjoyed the first chapter of Uncertain Heart, Book 2 in the series, which was included at the end. As always with Andrea’s books, you will not be disappointed.
Unwilling Warrior is published by Realms, a Strang Company. ISBN: 978-1-59979-985-8
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