Monday, December 19, 2011

Roseanna White is here with a giveaway!

I'm so excited to feature Roseanna White today. Partially because she's my best friend, but also because Roseanna does a ton of stuff for Go Teen Writers.

Quick housekeeping note, and then we'll get to the interview and giveaway with the lovely Mrs. White: I'm putting together a thank you email for all the judges from 2011. If you entered contests this year, would you please take the time to write a quick note that I could send to them all? You can express appreciation for them giving of their time, and I'm sure they would love to know anything you learned from the judges' comments. You can send your thank you notes to Stepahnie(at), and if you would put "Thank you to judges" in the subject line, that would help me tremendously.

On to Roseanna!

In case you aren't familiar with who Roseanna is, she's the author of two Biblical love stories and Love Finds You in Annapolis, Maryland. She makes her home in the mountains of Western Maryland with her husband, two small children, and the colony of dust bunnies living under her couch. After graduating from St. John's College in Annapolis, MD, she and her husband founded the Christian Review of Books, where she is the editor. She is a member of ACFW, HisWriters, Biblical Fiction Writers, and HEWN Marketing.

This is the lovely cover art for Love Finds You in Annapolis, Maryland and a brief description:

In 1784 peace has been declared, but war still rages in the heart of Lark Benton.

Never did Lark think she’d want to escape Emerson Fielding, the man she’s loved all her life. But when he betrays her, she flees to Annapolis, Maryland, the country’s capital. There Lark throws herself into a new circle of friends who force her to examine all she believes.

Emerson follows, determined to reclaim his betrothed. Surprised when she refuses to return with him, he realizes that in this new country he has come to call his own, duty is no longer enough. He must learn to open his heart and soul to something greater … before he loses all he should have been fighting to hold.

4 1/2 star Top Pick from RT Book Reviews!
“White writes an unpredictable love story that will keep the reader cheering for the characters.”

Roseanna, you are being kidnapped, but your kidnappers are somewhat kind and offer to let you bring three of your favorite books to help you pass the time. What do you bring?

Euclid’s Elements – that’ll keep me busy and my brain from turning to mush. (Didn’t expect me to name a geometry book, did you?! LOL). Laurie Alice Eakes’s A Necessary Deception, because I’m in the middle of it now, and it would just be awful not to know what happens. 
And . . . um . . . a blank (thick) journal/notebook. Because if Roseanna can’t write, Roseanna gets cranky. And we don’t want to be irritating the kidnappers, right? ;-)

If you had to pick one book to read for the rest of your life, which would you choose. (In addition to the Bible. Will let you bring along that one as well because I know otherwise that would be your answer.)

Oh, good grief. Life with only one book other than the Bible?? I’d sooner perish! ;-) Much as I love all my fiction, I can’t imagine spending a lifetime with a single novel. So I’d probably vote for a book that would help tend my soul (which would need some tending with only two books!!), so I’m going to go for My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers.

Wow. This is a real learning experience for me. So far you haven't named a single book I would have guessed for you.

Let's switch gears and talk about your current release. What makes Love Finds You In Annapolis, Maryland unique from other books in the genre?

The pure genius! Kidding, kidding. ;-) For one thing, the Colonial / Early Federal era is a growing but still small segment of historical fiction, which immediately sets it apart. And I also worked off a premise not often used—a hero and heroine who are betrothed at the beginning. Lark breaks the engagement when Emerson betrays her, and the story is largely about how one woos back a broken heart. Not too many out there like that. =)

I've read Love Finds You in Annapolois, Maryland, and I have to ask ... do you think powdered wigs will ever come back in style? And will you be attempting to forge the way?

I don't claim to be a fashionista ... but seriously?
I am literally laughing out loud at this one! When I first started doing research on the era, the whole idea of powdered wigs made me groan, roll my eyes, and wrinkle my nose. Did I really have to have my characters wearing them??

The answer was actually no—they’d gone out of style with the younger generation by then. =) But I just finished up a book set five years earlier, and my heroine in fact DOES wear powder and wigs, and I’ve come to appreciate the style . . . within the pages of a book or in a picture, LOL. I think I’ll just leave it safely there though, thanks.

Okay, good. Because I might have to rethink our friendship if you start showing up to awards dinners in a powdered wig. (Though it could be an effective marketing tool. I have $10 with your name on it if you don one for your book signing. $20 if you wear one to the ACFW gala dinner....)

Me and Roseanna at the ACFW awards gala. Wouldn't a powdered wig complete the outfit?
So, you're not a fan of powdered wigs. If you could pick any fashion time period to live in, when would you choose?

Oh, this question gets me in a whole other way! I sooooo love old-fashioned styles. Let me go grab my favorite resource: Fashion: A History from the 18th to the 20th Century – The Collection of the Kyoto Costume Institute (which I found used for $5! Go, me!). I think a good compromise of all my favorite elements can be found in the 1850s. Ornate dresses with big skirts, but the hoop didn’t enter until the middle of the decade. Floor-length, well fitted, a variety of colors and fabrics . . . yes, I would be quite happy to live in 1850s clothing. In all seasons but the summer. Unless we’re transporting an air conditioner back in time with me. ;-)

Name 3 writers, dead or alive, whom you would love to have a conversation with and why:

Francine Rivers is number one. I admire her so much for her books, her personal story, and her faithfulness in both. I’d love to have the chance to talk with her someday and get to know the woman behind some of my all-time favorite novels.

Next would be Cervantes (with an interpreter, please, as my Spanish is non-existent). His Don Quixote is the world’s first novel, which makes him my instant hero. =) I’d love to see what he thinks about the industry he helped pioneer, about how it’s grown and evolved, and if he had any idea that crazy story he penned hundreds of years ago would still be required reading today.

Hmm, I actually have had conversations with lots of authors I really admire or just plain adore, so it’s hard to pick a third that’s in dream-land . . . guess I’ll go with another writer of the past and name L. M. Montgomery, who may have shaped my life and my goals more than any other author. I read and loved the entire Anne of Green Gables series, but my absolute favorites are her Emily books, since Emily is a writer. =) I read those as a pre-teen then again in college, at which point I realized how much I’d tried to become Emily, LOL.

I have yet to read the Emily books. (And weren't we just discussing what you could get me for Christmas...?)

Roseanna, you and I have bonded over the fact that we worked to get published while in high school. What are 3 things you wish you could tell high-school-writer-you?

Roseanna as a high school writer
1.) Don’t assume that talent is enough. You need skill too. Which requires work. And lessons. And a lot more information than you had available in the days before blogs and online writing groups. Learn the rules and then follow them. For instance, let me explain POV and Show V. Tell . . . ;-)

2.) Don’t try to have anyone else’s career. This path you’re on is yours, no one else’s. Don’t think you have to be Francine Rivers or Nora Roberts or Tom Clancy or Stephenie Meyer (who you wouldn’t have heard of yet) or anyone else. The Lord has a special plan just for you. So stop comparing yourself to other writers and go where He leads you. 

3.) You’re doing great! In spite of all the mistakes you’ve made (and will keep making), you have a passion that doesn’t waver, and it’ll see you through. It’s that passion that’ll help you learn those first two lessons, and which will keep you on the path in spite of rejection after rejection. That passion will give you patience—which you’re gonna need, baby. Never give up—and never stop improving.

Roseanna has offered to give away a copy of Love Finds You in Annapolis, Maryland to one lucky US resident, which would be an excellent Christmas read for anyone! To get entered to win, share something you love about Christmas. It can be a tradition your family has that you cherish, the peppermint mochas at Starbucks, watching How the Grinch Stole Christmas, or anything else that strikes your fancy!


  1. You know, Stephanie, I might be willing to accept that wager to wear the wig to ACFW if you sprang for it, and for the matching costume! ;-)

  2. Besides the obvious of that it's when we celebrate Christ's birth, my favorite part of Christmas is the creativity behind gift shopping. Crazy stores, late shipping and gift hiding are among the things I don't enjoy, but with many sibling, it gets really fun. :)


  3. Alyson, I know how you feel about not enjoying the hiding! We're trying to surprise my kids with kittens--talk about complicated! I've never tried to hide living things before, LOL. We've decided they'll be a Christmas Eve present. =)

  4. I thought hiding a little tikes slide was complicated. I'm glad I'm not you. :)I am the second oldest of seven children so the space in my closet gets filled up really quickly.Plus I share that space with my sister.

  5. First off, this interview was so much fun to read!

    My favorite part about Christmas is how my perspective changes. I really start to think about the humility of God and in Him coming down as a baby just to be with us. Just so that He could call us His own. That kind of love and sacrifice makes me strengthen my resolve to be my very best for Him. :) Obviously this isn't something that should only be thought about during Christmas time, but during this time of year it reminds me to be that much more for Christ. :) And I'm an extremely forgetful person so I need those reminders! ;)

  6. Hahaha . . . may I just say that this post made me laugh so hard! Writing buddies are terrific! Hey, Roseanna, I love your posts.

    Hmm, I may have to pick up that costume book you were talking about, Roseanna. I've finished the first draft of a book that is set in the fifteenth century (I think), but I usually base my time period around what I want them to wear. I know what my females wear, but I have a hard time with what the males should wear.

    Also, I've never read the Emily series, even though my mom has all the Anne books (which I've read most of). I should check them out.

    What I love most about Christmas would probably be seeing my younger sibs open presents. Right now my youngest brother is only two, and we've had a baby (three or younger) in the house since my parents had my oldest brother. I love how excited the little ones get, and how they never want anyone to help them open THEIR presents. :D

  7. :( We can't have any kittens, because our older cats would kill them (they're very territorial, but I'm thinking we should be able to get another cat or two in another year or so, because Annabelle, the mama cat, is about ten, and her daughter is less than a year younger).

  8. Roseanna, you don't have a colonial dress lying around?!

    Clarebear, you made me get all teary. (In a good way!) :)

    Becki, that's my favorite part too! Though McKenna's really sweet about letting Connor (18 months) help her open presents :)

  9. Shameful, isn't it?? Laura Frantz has one, though! If y'all haven't read her books, you're missing out on some truly spectacular Colonial fiction. The Frontiersman's Daughter, Courting Morrow Little, and the newest one, The Colonel's Lady. All soooooooo good!

  10. In addition to the true meaning of Christmas, my very favorite parts are the glow of Christmas lights in the window and a thick blanket of snow on the ground.

    Sadly, we don't have snow yet and time is running out. I even live in MN! I'm being cheated!

    Roseanna, I love the Emily books and I have just started "Utmost". Really thought-provoking so far!

  11. Wow! This is THE funnest interview I have EVER read. Had me laughing. :) I felt like I could see you two sitting side by side. :)

    These lines really encouraged me. Thank you, Roseanna! "That passion will give you patience—which you’re gonna need, baby. Never give up—and never stop improving."

    Now, a Christmas tradition that has stuck through the ages is that the day we decorate the Christmas tree (usually the weekend after Thanksgiving), we watch the movie The Santa Claus. Over and over. Usually five or six or seven times. :) We can all quote it!

  12. 1) I *love* the name Lark.

    2) The kidnapping question -- and the whole "powdered wig" business -- made me laugh.

    Hmm...there's not much I don't love about Christmas, but besides the obvious things, I love the atmosphere. The music, the tree's lights blinking and lighting up the room, the cold weather outside and the heater and cocoa inside -- I love it all. And no Christmas is complete until I've watched *Home Alone*.

    Plus, I won't lie, giving/getting presents is fun. Especially the suspense involved in both sides of it.

  13. Oh my word, I thought I was the only one whose favorite were the Emily books!!! WOOHOOO! Loved this!
    ~ Mirriam

  14. Haha! I thought the first question was really creative.. and then the whole interview just got pretty hilarious. So FUN! You know that people are good writers when you can hear them having fun through words, and I have to say that Steph and Roseanna are two of those people!:D

    Emily books? Ooh, gotta love anything with your own name so I think I'd better check 'em out... ooh, and Love finds you, of course!

    Oh, please, Roseanna, please wear the wig to the dinner and the signing! I love when people do that kind of stuff. If I was coming I'd wear one too. ;)

  15. Thank you Roseanna for both your post and for your giveaway. I'm excited now.

    One Christmas tadition we have as a family is to watch White Chrismas (with Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, VeaEllen, and Rosemary Clooney) and the Muppet's Christmas Carol. We also have an advent calender that we do each day (or try to) with a short devotion and then sing hymns afterwards.

    About the tme period clothing, I love the Civil War era clothing with the hoops, dresses, and all of that but I also love the 1950ish - 1960ish clothing. I love that then women would still wear skirts and dresses a lot but that they could wear pants if they wanted to.

    My family and I actually attened and participated in a Civil War Ball in June. It was so much fun!! We had to learn the dances, practice, come up with costumes, and so much more. We really enjoyed it and hope to do it again. The girls had hoop skirts and the guys had the time-period suits.

    Never underestimate the skill of the actors in movies and plays and such when they are doing historical dancing. It's hard work!!

  16. We usually do Christmas child shoe-boxes(whatever they are called!) and I really enjoy that. I also love decorating the Christmas tree to Micheal W. Smith's Christmas album :) Stephanie I love some of those questions you asked her :) and you bet :) If that happens I will expect pictures. The wigs look pretty...but the powder would through me off I have to admit. Thanks for doing the interview and giveaway! Sierra
    Keep Growing Beautiful ♥ (Cause You Are!)

  17. HA - the Emily series landed on my front porch this afternoon. That was wicked fast, Roseanna White.

  18. This was a really fun interview! Please enter me in this giveaway! The ideal Christmas is where Jesus is first and the world (or my home) is blanketed in snow. Making snowmen, snow-angels and having a snow ball fight- Ohh! Then coming home to a smoking cup of Hot Chocolate- Christmas bliss!

  19. Please don't enter me into this giveaway since I'm not a US resident. :)

    I'd love to have a conversation with Lucy Maud Montgomery too! She is just such a fantastic author, I'd love to "pick" her brains. :D Roseanna, it's wonderful that you chose My Utmost For His Highest. It's a really good book.

  20. Well, I was out yesterday evening completing another Christmas tradition--my kids each picking out an ornament. =) Now that I'm back, rested, and have coffee, time to reply! ;-)

    SO GLAD everyone's getting a laugh. You all should read some of the snarky emails Stephanie and I exchange . . . ;-)

    And reading this interview did indeed remind me that, while writing it, I'd determined to get Stephanie the Emily books for Christmas--which I then totally spaced until she had me look over the post before it went live. LOL. Merry Christmas, best friend of mine!

  21. Ellyn, you don't have snow yet in MN?? Wow. Color me amazed.

    Rachelle, so glad it was encouragement!

    And I'm so glad to see so many other Emily lovers around here!! And of course, y'all have some great Christmas favorites. =)

  22. Okay, we obviously need to take up a collection for the Powdered Wig for Roseanna Fund. Send your donations to . . . ;-)

  23. 4readin, that Civil War ball sounds like SO MUCH FUN!! I wore a hoop skirt to my prom. Which means I know the dangers of sitting ON the hoop, rather than in between them. Won't be having my heroines do THAT! ;-)

    Now, everybody go get yourselves a cup of hot chocolate--topped with whipped cream and cinnamon of course--and settle in with a good book, Christmas music playing in the background . . . ;-)

  24. In my family me and my siblings never know when Christmas is going to be. Our parents surprise us sometime in December bye waking us up and telling us Merry Christmas.

  25. So, I can totally tell that you two ladies are BFFs! I love that!

    As far as traditions go, on Christmas eve, my family fondues. We have done this since I was in the womb. It is so wonderfully unique to our family. As I love this tradition so much, I have brought it into my marriage. It is a fun, slow meal to enjoy laughter and love with others.

    On a completely different note, I almost wore a hoop under my wedding dress. Glad I thought better of that. Sitting down would have been difficult. But it was oh-so fun to wear it around the bridal boutique!


  26. I love making Christmas cards out of edging scissors, glitter glue, black paper, and the cards we received last year. My family doesn't do it every year, but I love it when we do :)

  27. I love the lights

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  28. These are great questions and the answers rock! We tried to hide a puppy one year...didn't work :)
    I love the time we spend together with our family, relaxing and enjoying being together. We eat lots of sweets and drink Russian Tea!


  29. I remember more than one Christmas when my children were small that I set up a train set and finally just scooted it under a chair with a flap that went to the floor, instead of taking it apart each night when I played with it after they went to bed (before Christmas). I loved trains!

  30. Clarebear was our winner - congratulations!