Shannon here: Historical romance author, Eileen Key shares insight into her characters’ romance in A Hint of Lavender which is included in the 4 in 1 novella collection, Sundays in Fredericksburg. Comment on any post dated April 12th – 19th for a chance to win the collection. Deadline: April 27th, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Eileen:
Interview with Gwen Zimmerman – heroine from A Hint of Lavender
- Are you open to your own romance?
Oh yes. Especially after I met Clay Tanner. Wow, he’s good-looking, interesting and funny.
- What’s the number one quality you’d require in a mate?
I feel his walk with the Lord is what I most want. I’ve seen my parents go through tough times and it’s only by leaning on the Lord they’ve made it. So he has to be a Christian. Which, right now, leaves out this guy next door! Sigh.
- Where is the worst place you can think of to find a mate?
I have friends who go to bars and other places to look for guys. I don’t think that’s where a guy who loves the Lord would be. Ergo, I stay at home.
- Where do you dream of getting married?
We have a wonderful church and I think walking down the aisle there would be awesome. I can’t imagine anywhere else.
- Where do you dream of spending your honeymoon?
Certainly not a cruise! I am a feet-on-the-soil girl. Anywhere my honey would swoop me away. It would be dreamy if he did the planning and surprised me.
- What would be the best gift a potential mate could buy for you?
My dream man would know my preferences. I’m not a diamonds and frills sort of girl. I’d probably prefer farm equipment! Say a John Deere tractor? He could put a bow on the grill.
About Eileen: Eileen Key retired after teaching school for thirty years. She is a freelance writer and editor, with two mysteries and three novellas published. Mother of three, grandmother of three, Eileen resides in San Antonio, Texas, where she is an active member of Grace Community Church. Learn more: Eileenkey.com
About the novella – A Hint of Lavender: After a rainy season, the Texas hill country is dotted with bluebonnets, Indian paintbrush, and other brightly colored flowers. Springtime is breathtaking. After a drought, not so much. The landscape holds less color but it’s still beautiful to me.
In Fredericksburg, TX, you can visit this colorful vista at any point in time because of the wildflower farms. The largest, the Wildseed Farms, grows an amazing variety of plants for seedlings. When I was there for research, despite the August heat, I could only imagine my character, Gwen, desiring to create fields which would yield such a magnificent sight. And turn a profit! Her dream of a lavender field could well come to fruition in this town. And her parents’ peach grove would be a reality. (Did I mention the sweet , juicy flavor of a Fredericksburg peach? I await the road side stands and their bounty every year. )
I hope you enjoy the romance which blooms between Gwen and Clay. It’s difficult when a strong believer encounters a wonderful person and discovers he doesn’t walk the walk. But God, in His infinite mercy, is in the business of changing hearts! Find a shade tree and a juicy peach and enjoy Sundays in Fredericksburg.
About the collection – Sundays in Fredericksburg: Come down to Fredericksburg, Texas, where four generations of couples encounter romance in Sunday Houses. Having become a schoolteacher to avoid marriage, Amelia Bachman finds her resolve crumbling before a smitten carpenter. Determined not to fall in love, Mildred Zimmermann carefully nurses an army medic crippled in love and war. Somewhat of a homebody, Trudy Meier isn’t sure she has the courage to love a roving reporter. Gwendolyn’s beautiful wildflower field is threatened by a geologist’s search for knowledge. Will these four women risk their hearts for the love a stranger?
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