Thursday, October 22, 2015

Fabulous Feature-Andrea Boeshaar

Today we welcome author:
Andrea Boeshaar

Three commenters will win a copy of
Andrea's book:

 A Thousand Shall Fall

Scroll down to see how.

Mary here. Andrea has had an amazing journey. One many of us can relate to. Her post below shows her strength and positive spirit. I'm so happy Andrea is visiting with us today. Pull up a chair, grab your coffee and come chat with Andrea. I asked Andrea to tell us how God led her on her writing journey. Here is what she said: 

Romance Done Write

I didn’t read much while growing up in my family’s suburban Milwaukee, Wisconsin home. I read what I was assigned for school, along with an occasional children’s novel like Pippi Longstocking and Little House in the Big Woods

When I was in fourth grade, I wrote my first novel, Little Miss Mouse. My mother kept it all these years and it’s now in my possession. I laugh when I read those ten handwritten pages. At the time, it was a laborious undertaking and it seemed as though I’d penned 200 pages. In junior high, I read The Saracen Lamp—probably the only novel I read at that age, but I still enjoyed writing stories and plays and singing folk songs with my guitar.

Shortly after graduating high school, I married my sweetheart. We’ve been married nearly forty years and raised three sons. When my boys were young, I became an avid romance novel reader. My best friend lived across the street and I often traded books with her and she recommended authors to me—authors like Shirley Busbee, LaVyrle Sprencer, and Kathleen E. Woodewiss. 

Soon I had ideas about writing my own romance novel. I signed up for a creative writing class at the local university, and learned some textbook techniques. My sons grew up to the sound of electric typewriter keys and the smell of Wite-Out correction fluid as I wrote and rewrote my many stories. 

It wasn’t until the fall of 1990 when I attended a workshop in Oak Brook, Illinois, led by Dr. Dennis Hensley, that I learned Christians wrote novels—and romances! I could not for the life of me, figure out how someone claiming to be a Christian could write romance. To me, the word romance was synonymous with explicit sex.

How wrong I was! But that initial, na├»ve question eventually led me to a saving knowledge of Christ. Not only did I read Dr. Hensley’s novel, but I read books by Louise Gouge, Lori Wick, and Elaine Schulte too. Their stories helped me understand the meaning of true faith and love--and, yes, romance.

In 1994, my first novel was published by Barbour Publishing’s Heartsong Presents line—a Christian romance. Since then, I’ve written thirty novels. They have been published by Christian companies such as Barbour Publishing, Summerside Press, Guideposts, Charisma House, Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, Prism Book Group, and Kregel Publications. 

For me, reading Christian romance led me (and ultimately led my sons and husband) to Jesus.

Now that’s what I call “romance done write!”

Andrea Boeshaar has been married for nearly 40 years. She and her husband have 3 wonderful sons, 1 beautiful daughter-in-law, and 5 precious grandchildren. Andrea’s publishing career began in 1994. Since then, 31 of her books have gone to press. Additionally, Andrea cofounded ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) and served on its Advisory Board for a number of years. In 2007, Andrea earned her certification in Christian Life Coaching and she’s now the purveyor of Steeple View Coaching for Writers and The Writer’s ER.

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In the autumn of 1864, spirited Carrie Ann Bell is searching for her runaway sister in the heart of Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. Disguised as a Yankee soldier, she stumbles into a skirmish near Front Royal—and instead of her sister, she finds trouble.

Colonel Peyton Collier of the Union cavalry division arrests her for impersonating an 
officer, but protects her from worse consequences. Soon the Southern girl finds herself drawn to the chivalrous Yankee horseman, discovering that her foe has become her ally—and more than that, someone she could love. 

But Carrie has promised to keep a dark secret, never suspecting that her silence might threaten the life of the gallant Colonel who holds her—and her heart—captive.


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A Thousand Shall Fall

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Thank you, Andrea, for joining us this weekend!

We enjoy chatting with you and are looking forward to reading your comments and questions. Or at least your hi, hello, or hey.

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Mary Preston said...

I'm quite sure she finds trouble. What a fabulous read this promises to be.

Morgan said...

Thanks for the interview and great giveaway! I love how Christian romances can bring so many people to Christ, whether they are the ones reading them or writing them! In middle school my best friends at church and I started reading the Christy Miller series by Robin Jones Gunn. Those books really helped me grow as a young Christian girl. It's really a series you can grow up with because it chronicles the lives of Christy and her friends from middle school through their married years. I highly recommend them for your granddaughters!
mdp94 (at) bellsouth (dot) net

Unknown said...

Another great interview! Thanks!! I'd love to be entered in the giveaway: miraclewelsh at gmail dot com

Connie Cortright said...

Wonderful article! I've known Andrea for several years, but didn't know this about her. She is a fantastic author. Thanks for the giveaway.

Abby Breuklander said...

Oh this sounds so good!!! I can't wait to read it for myself! alander87 at allcom dot net

Virginia winfield said...

I love civil war books.

Laurie Bergh said...

I grew up in Wisconsin as well and I also like the little house books. I like your remark "romance done write".

Ann Badder said...

Another good interview and thank you for the giveaway.

Kim Amundsen said...

Nice interview. kamundsen44ATyahooDOTcom

Stella Potts said...

So interesting that you was not an avid reader growing up. I certainly enjoy your books. Thanks for an opportunity to win a copy of this one. spotts06 at comcast dot net

Linda Buice said...

Sounds very interesting. Can't wait to read.

Mary Vee said...

Wasn't her post fun to read? This gives us awesome clues about her book. Definitely a must read.

Mary Vee said...

What a great suggestion! There are so many solid and good Christian romances like Andrea's out there. We do have clean books to read with great morals. Thanks for sharing with us, Morgan!

Mary Vee said...

Yeah! You are, Samantha! So glad you came and chatted with Andrea and me today.

Mary Vee said...

Hi Connie!
Don't you just love to read "the rest of the story?" Hope you stop by again. Each weekend an author shares how God has led them on their journey. Great blessings.
I'm so glad you stopped by to chat with us, Connie. I enjoyed meeting you.

Mary Vee said...

I know!! Doesn't Andrea's story sound awesome? Definitely a page turner. So glad you could join Andrea and myself today!

Mary Vee said...

Ah, a historical reader. What better way to dive into the past, learn a bit about history, and God's love. I'm with you, Virginia.

Mary Vee said...

Hi, Laurie,
Who knows, maybe you and Andrea know each other in some way.
I like when authors show their gift of words, too. Those three words. Humor and depth in one phrase.
Thanks for stopping by this weekend, Laurie. Loved chatting with you.

Mary Vee said...

Hi Ann,
It's a bit chilly out here. We've moved in closer to the fireplace. I always enjoy your visits.

Mary Vee said...

Hi Kim!
Hope all is well with you. So glad you came to our chat. Did you notice how many people came at the same time. Love when we have these get togethers. Thanks for coming.

Mary Vee said...

Hi Stella!
So nice to meet you. Did you know in a room full of writers there will be about half who didn't love reading as a child and half who did? And yet both halves produce great writers who love to read. I'm so glad you stopped by to visit with Andrea and me today.

Mary Vee said...

Hi Linda,
I really enjoyed chatting with you today. We have plenty of virtual coffees and pastries. Stick around and enjoy the gang here. Andrea and I love to meet new people!

Andrea Kuhn Boeshaar said...

I think you'll enjoy the story, Mary. :)

Andrea Kuhn Boeshaar said...

I will have to suggest that series to my granddaughter, Morgan. Thanks.

Andrea Kuhn Boeshaar said...

Thanks for stopping by, Samantha!

Andrea Kuhn Boeshaar said...

Aw, thank you, Connie!

Andrea Kuhn Boeshaar said...

Thanks for stopping by, Abby.

Andrea Kuhn Boeshaar said...

I love the Civil War era too, Virginia. What a tumultuous time in our nation!!!

Andrea Kuhn Boeshaar said...

Hi, Laurie -- a fellow Wisconsinite...Go Packers! :)

Andrea Kuhn Boeshaar said...

Thanks for stopping by, Ann.

Andrea Kuhn Boeshaar said...

Hi, Kim -- thank you for stopping by!

Andrea Kuhn Boeshaar said...

Thank you, Stella! I'm glad you enjoy my books. Glad you stopped by Mary's blog today, so I can say "hello"!

Andrea Kuhn Boeshaar said...

Thanks for stopping by, Linda.

Andrea Kuhn Boeshaar said...

Thank you for hosting me, Mary. I can't wait to see who else stops by. So fun to connect with readers. :)

Deanne Patterson said...

Welcome, Andrea. It's a true pleasure to see you here on Mary Vee!s blog? Always a pleasure visiting with you, Mary. Andrea ,I'm so excited to see you have a civil war historical fiction book out. I have not seen many civil war historical fiction books published recently and they are one of my absolute favorite to read . I'm hoping tonhaveca chance to read yours. I follow your blog and fb Mary .

Trixi said...

Before I gave my life to Christ, I read secular romances (Harlequin) and the steamier the better. But after I became a Christian those stories started to become sickening to me. I love romance books but I just couldn't stomach the world's view of what they considered "romance" (explicit sex scenes). I think Lori Wick was one of the first authors I discovered who wrote Christian fiction. I truly knew what inspirational romance was really suppose to be after that & I was hooked! God centered love where the couple seek Him in their relationship & a sweet romance develops! After that I discovered so many other genres (Amish, Historical & Suspence) and I will read NOTHING but Christian :-) Now I have a bookshelf packed with various books and authors plus my Kindle!!

I loved reading the author interview & how Christian romance lead your family to Christ! That is just the neatest thing :-) Thanks for sharing your journey with us, Andrea, such an inspiring story....blessings to you as you write (and read) for His glory and our reading pleasure! Thank you for the chance to win a copy of "A Thousand Shall Fall", sounds like a great book!

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Andrea Kuhn Boeshaar said...

Thank you, Deanne. I enjoy reading about the Civil War era also. I dug in and did a lot of research for this book. I hope you will enjoy it.

Andrea Kuhn Boeshaar said...

Hi Trixi...I am so glad that you stopped by Mary's blog. It was great to hear from you. I think you'll really enjoy my new book.

Andrea Kuhn Boeshaar said...

Hi Trixi...I am so glad that you stopped by Mary's blog. It was great to hear from you. I think you'll really enjoy my new book.

Anonymous said...

I enjoy civil war historicals and it would be wonderful to read how Carrie and Colonel Peyton's relationship develops.
marypopmom (at) yahoo (dot) com

Connie said...

Thank you for this interview with Andrea and the review of her book. The Civil War era is a favorite of mine and I am sure I will enjoy it. I would love to win a copy but I will ask my library to add it to their collection.
Thank you and blessings!
cps1950 (at)gmail (dot) com

Mary Vee said...

I know. This is such an awesome way to make friends!

Mary Vee said...

Such a joy to see you today. There are a lot of historical books out there, but you're right, not many on the Civil War. I was at a bookstore today, taking in the wonderful scent and thumbing through real live pages. OOOOOO I loved it!!
Now that we know Andrea wrote a Civil War book we can really look forward to reading this one and future books of hers.
So glad you stopped by today!

Mary Vee said...

Hey, Trixi! So nice to see you today.
You are another testimony to the benefits of Christian fiction. My one shelf has grown to more than two full of wonderful Christian fiction books. Aren't they fun to reread? Even the second time the thought comforts or strikes my heart, leading me to some good for Christ.
I love chatting with you. And look forward to your next visit.

Mary Vee said...

Hi MaryAnn!
Yeah! Another civil war reader! This was such an important time in our history. I imagine, if Andrea were up to it, she could spend the rest of her life just writing stories from that period of time. So much happened. So many possibilities.
I loved chatting with you, Maryann!!

Mary Vee said...

What a fabulous idea. I have found that a request for a book not in the library is usually met with the same book being bought and added. Thank you so much for doing that. We could all help our favorite authors in this way.
Blessings on you as well, Connie!
Loved chatting with you.

Patty said...

So neat that Andrea's writing led her to the Lord!


Janice said...

I would love to see a copy of that first ten page story! Great beginning with a successful ending, especially the part about becoming a Christian through reading romance novels, Christian version. So glad I got to read this great interview. Your blog always inspires me, Mary.
Blessings, Janice

Janice said...

I would love to see a copy of that first ten page story! Great beginning with a successful ending, especially the part about becoming a Christian through reading romance novels, Christian version. So glad I got to read this great interview. Your blog always inspires me, Mary.
Blessings, Janice

Mary Vee said...

Hi Patty!
Yah know, God knows the exact way each of us need to respond to his calling. Doesn't mean that everyone will. But God puts in place the right incident so that all may come to know Him. Isn't He a loving God? Loved chatting with your, Patty.

Mary Vee said...

I'm curious, too. Maybe someday she'll post it on her website.
So glad you had time to stop by, Janice!!