Thanks for stopping in this week to meet our award winning author, Vickie McDonough.
Vickie McDonough is an award-winning inspirational romance author. She has written seven Heartsong Presents novels and six novellas and has more books coming out next year. Her Heartsong book, Historical Romance category in Heartsong Present’s 2007 annual contest. Her stories have also placed in several prestigious contests, such as the ACFW Noble Theme and Book of the Year contests, the Inspirational Readers Choice Contest, and the Texas Gold contest. She has also written books reviews for over seven years and enjoys mentoring new writers. Vickie is an Oklahoma native, wife of thirty-two years, mother to four sons, and has a two-year-old granddaughter. and the Bride, placed third in the Top Ten Favorite When she’s not writing, Vickie enjoys reading, gardening, watching movies, and traveling. Vickie loves hearing from her readers at firstname.lastname@example.org
Katrina: Thanks for being with us again this week, Vickie. We’ve learned a lot of interesting things about your personal life and how you came to be an author. Today, I’d like to get to know more about the stories you write and what the readers can expect. Could you tell us a bit about your latest release?
Vickie: My latest release is Oklahoma Brides. This is actually a repackaging of my three Heartsong novels. The stories are set in the Twin Territories, which are Oklahoma and Indian Territory and are stories about women who find themselves in difficult situations and must rely on their wits and their faith to survive.
Vickie: Not really, although I tend to joke a lot and sometimes comes across through my characters.
Katrina: During your writing, are there ever characters that emerge uninvited?
Vickie: In The Bounty Hunter and the Bride, the heroine advertises for someone to buy her farm after her young husband dies. She’s pregnant and far from her family. A well-dressed man comes to see the farm and decides that he wants the farm and my heroine and offers to marry her. Turns out that he’s a shady character and plans all kinds of devious disasters. Enter the hero, a sheriff-turned-bounty hunter, who comes to save the day!
Katrina: I can’t wait to see what happens in that story. It sounds incredible. Do viewers ever express how your stories have effected their lives?
Vickie: Yes, my books have tear-sheet questionnaires in the back that readers sometimes send in. It’s always encouraging to see how my books have touched someone. Give examples.
There’s a question on the tear sheet that asks: How has this book inspired your life?
Here are a few of the responses I’ve received:
–To appreciate what I have in this modern age and not make so much of “little” things
–To be patient and see the good in all
–I love reading about how Christ can use us to help others find the way
–Encouraged me in the problems of my own life
Katrina: I know hearing from your readers is very inspirational. What has been your greatest challenge in your writing career?
Vickie: To do the actual writing. I love being creative, but writing is hard work. It takes a lot of time to write, do rewrites and to proof the stories. Since I never planned to be a writer, I have a lot of insecurities about my writing. I persevere because I believe this is what God wants me doing in this stage of my life. And if I’m doing what He wants, He will give me the abilities to do that work.
Katrina: That is so true and I agree…writing is very hard work. In one sentence, explain why our readers should purchase your latest release?
Vickie: It’s a 3-in-1 prairie romance about young women in difficult situations who must rely on God and their wits to survive. I hope readers will be entertained and also encouraged in their faith walk.
Katrina: What is your greatest achievement in your career?
Vickie: The greatest achieve of my writing career is the wonderful friends I’ve made. My life is much richer for having met them. As far as writing awards, my book, Sooner or Later, won 1st place in the ACFW Noble Theme contest in 2004, I think. The following year, I was awarded my first book contract at the ACFW conference.
What awards have you been nominated for and/or received? Most of my books or novellas have been finalists and have placed 1st, 2nd, or 3rd in the Inspirational Readers Choice contest and the ACFW Book of the Year contest.
Katrina: Sounds like you’ve been very successful. If you weren’t writing, what would you be doing?
Vickie: Probably working part-time as an administrative assistant. Besides writing, I also baby-sit my two-and-a-half year-old granddaughter two afternoons a week, and I’m primary caregiver for my invalid mother.
Katrina: Wow! You’ve really got your hands full. In your opinion, what is your greatest piece of work?
Vickie: I think my best book so far is my newest Heartsong, Wild At Heart. It’s the story of a female dime novelist who accepts a rancher’s invitation to visit his ranch and get her facts straight about the west. The problem is, the hero is expecting a male author, not a pretty hat-pin wielding female who trouble follows like gnats on a horse.
Katrina: Again I thank you for joining us. We’ll be hearing more from you perhaps tomorrow and give the readers some insight as to where you’re headed in your career.
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