"With an intriguing plot line and well-developed characters, McAdoo... delivers an engaging read." (Publisher's Weekly)
I love the cover of this new historical Christian romance. The colors are vibrant and the image is intriguing. Today I am interviewing the author, Caryl McAdoo, who makes her debut as a romance author with VOW UNBROKEN, which was released only this month by Howard Books. Welcome to Catherine's Blog, Caryl. Let's start out with a few facts about you.
CL: How would you describe yourself?
CARYL: Strong-willed, gregarious Christian psalmist, novelist, wife, mother, and Grami.
CL: Tell us a little about your childhood?
CARYL: For my first eight years, I grew up an only child in the country outskirts of Northwest Dallas riding horses. My sister arrived that year, then a brother three years later. I thoroughly enjoyed helping Mama with my real-life baby dolls. I read every horse book I could get my hands on, loved movies on Saturday, and took dance lessons on my roller skates.
CL: Great heritage for a well rounded author. What is your favorite quote, by whom, and why?
CARYL: Ah ha ha ha! One of my favorite quotes is “Only God Writes in Stone, the rest of us rewrite!” but I didn’t know who said it, so I googled it and the first four options were ME!
CL: LOL. May I quote you then?
CL: What do you think is more important–-a good plot, or good characters?
CARYL: Good characters. Who care how good the plot is if you don’t like the people? Who wants to journey with jerks?
CL: Good point. Now tell us the story of VOW UNBROKEN.
CARYL: I’d love to! Desperate young widow Susannah Baylor recruits War of 1814 veteran Patrick Henry Buckmeyer to help transport her hard won cotton harvest from the Red River Valley to market in Jefferson, Texas. Due to his reputation for being a lay-about, she’s doubtful he’ll be much count, but is left with few options. He finds her ill-prepared, bossy, and much too anxious, but has admired her strength and beauty from afar for years. She expected insolence, but never such kindness and generosity. Troubles, trials, and dangers arise, but love and determination overcome every one. Tempers flare and sparks fly, and her heart faces the worst danger of all—breaking.
CL: SIGH! Sounds divine. The perfect book to curl up with. What is your favorite quality about yourself? Then tell us your least favorite quality?
CARYL: My favorite quality is obedience—to God and His Word, no matter what’s going on or how foolish it makes me look. My least favorite is a too-quick temper, better than it used to be--though not where it’s supposed to be--but praise the Lord, one day, it will be.
CL: What books or people have influenced your writing?
CARYL: THE BIBLE, THE ART OF DRAMATIC WRITING by Lejos Egri and THE HERO'S JOURNEY by Christopher Vogler. Dwight Swain’s TECHNIQUES OF THE SELLING WRITER is also a good one, certainly worth a mention!
Thanks so much for taking time to talk with us, Caryl. Since the book is called "A Lonestar Novel," I assume there will be more to come in this series. We look forward to hearing how God will use your books to bring glory to His name. Many blessings.
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Caryl McAdoo found her niche in writing Christian romance before writing VOW UNBROKEN. She co-authored 2 non-fiction, 3 mid-grade chapter books, and 4 novels with her husband Ron. For every good blessing—including 14 grandchildren—she gives God glory. Caryl lives a country-life with her husband of 45 years and four grandsons they’re rearing in Red River County located in far northeast Texas.
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