By Molly Noble Bull
Today I am interviewing Sharlene MacLaren—a fellow author and a good friend. Sharlene has written several successful novels, and I was privileged to endorse two of them. Tell us the titles and a little about each of your published novels. Also, tell us about your upcoming novels and include your web address.
1.Through Every Storm – A tender love story about a young couple struggling through the loss of a child and a failing marriage, ultimately finding hope, healing, and new beginnings. (Contemporary Romance)
2. Little Hickman Creek Series: – (Kentucky - 1895-96)
Loving Liza Jane – A schoolteacher finds love and an instant family.
Sarah, My Beloved – A mail-order bride arrives in Kentucky only to discover her betrothed has wed another. And then someone else steps in to offer his hand.
Courting Emma – A tough-as-nails boardinghouse proprietress houses an array of beefy characters—and then along comes the handsome preacher.
3. Long Journey Home – An embittered, recently widowed pastor and a divorced woman find unexpected love and happiness.
4. The Daughters of Jacob Kane Series: – (Sandy Shores, Michigan – 1904-06)
Hannah Grace – Feisty, independent Hannah has her life all neatly planned—until the new sheriff comes to town!
Maggie Rose – Mission-minded Maggie takes a job at an orphanage in NYC, never expecting to fall in love with a hardnosed newspaper reporter. (*Coming July 2009)
Abbie Ann – The witty, carefree, and lively Abbie gets a dose of “real life” when her best friend contracts a deadly disease and requests that Abbie marry her husband and take on the task of raising her infant daughter. (*2010)
Great. Now tell us who Sharlene MacLaren is when she isn’t writing and promoting books. What are your hobbies? Likes? Dislikes? And tells us as much about your family as you feel comfortable telling.
After 31 years of teaching second and fourth grades, I decided to say, "Bye-bye, Students!" and "Hello, Writing World!" and it's been an interesting, exciting, challenging, heart wrenching, and inspiring adventure to say the least. One thing I know for certain—God dropped a seed of passion for writing in my heart back in the summer of 2000, and He's been growing it ever since. I have been married to the love of my life for 33 years and have two wonderful married daughters and three precious grandchildren. I enjoy music, reading, Bible study, spending time with family and friends, and traveling. We share our West Michigan home with our loveable collie named Dakota and a big ol’ fat cat named Mocha.
How do your religious beliefs affect your writing?
I write romantic fiction with Christian themes. All of my stories are stories of hope, healing, and forgiveness—minus the ‘preachiness’. My ultimate aim in writing is to point my readers to Christ and His plans and purposes. If only ONE person drops me a line to say he/she felt challenged in his faith or made a first-time commitment to follow Christ, then - wow! - that is all the encouragement I need to continue on this writing journey.
Will your future books be historical novels? If not, what other kinds of books can we expect from you?
I enjoy writing in both historical and contemporary genres. You can expect to see another contemporary stand-alone book releasing later in 2009 (title to be determined) and the continuation of my historical series, The Daughters of Jacob Kane.
Thanks for sharing with us this month, Sharlene. Come back soon.
I would love for all of to read my short story "Time for Love" in the February issue of Christian Fiction Online.
See you next time.