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Author Match #1

Author Amanda TruName: Amanda Tru

Location: small town in Idaho

Family: Four young children, one wonderful husband, and a cat named Gray Wolf

Number of books you’ve written: 29 and counting

What genre(s) do you write? Christian fiction / romance. My current books include Romantic Suspense, Contemporary Romance, Historical Romance, and Time Travel Romance. I also have a children’s book series written under the pen name J. Lasterday. (This is the exception to the Christian Romance! 🙂 )

Favorites

Favorite ice cream: I’ve never actually tasted real ice cream, nor will I ever, thanks to a severe milk allergy. But in my fantasy world, I imagine any and all ice cream as divine.

Favorite writing snack: chocolate chips. Note the aforementioned milk allergy. There is only one brand I am not allergic, too, which has convinced me that my milk allergy might actually be a good thing. I think I like chocolate way too much.

Three favorite books (not written by you):

  1. Pride & Prejudice (of course, I have to include a Jane Austen)
  2. The Horse and His Boy (my parents read the Chronicles of Narnia to me when I was a child and it helped spark a love of reading. This one is my favorite.)
  3. This third one is tough because there are SO many favorites to mention. But I’m going with “The Honorable Imposter” by Gilbert Morris (This is the first in the series that sparked a love of Christian fiction and history.)

 Just for Fun:

What are you looking for in a reader?

Someone who enjoys a good story, appreciates something with a little depth that might make you think, likes a unique take on things, and has a great sense of humor.

Name a food you hate: Green beans. I make my kids eat them, but I’ve already done my time, and won’t go near them.

Where did you go on your first date with your now husband?

We went fishing! We made a wager that whoever caught the least number of fish would pay for the movie we were seeing later. I won! He caught zero fish. I caught one. About three inches long. J

If you were a book, what color would your cover be:

Blue. But I’d be a new kind of book cover that looked different shades of blue from different angles. One day I may appear more navy, the next, more aqua. I’m not an ordinary blue.

Random or strange fact about you:

I helped pay my way through college with scholarship pageants. I was once Miss Boise!

If you could visit the setting of a book, which book would you go to?

Narnia. Not during the era of the white witch, of course.

The most unique book you’ve ever written:

The Yesterday series. It’s a Christian time travel romance, and I really don’t know any other series like it.

If you think Amanda Tru is a good author match for you, check out her books on Amazon!

Author Match #2

Name: Cathe Swanson

Location: Wisconsin

Family: Husband, 3 sons, 3 daughters-in-love, 3 granddaughters and 5 grandsons

Number of books you’ve written: 5 published, at least 15 more in progress!

What genre(s) do you write? Contemporary Christian romance and romantic suspense

Favorites

Favorite ice cream: peppermint

Favorite writing snack: carrots.  Okay, it’s really candy, but it SHOULD be carrots.

Three favorite books (not written by you J): The Amelia Peabody series by Elizabeth Peters (yes, I know it’s cheating to list a series), Found Treasure by Grace Livingston Hill, and The Nine Tailors by Dorothy Sayers. Ask me tomorrow, and I might have a different list.

Just for Fun:

What are you looking for in a reader? I hope my books will appeal to Christian women who can see life honestly, laugh and cry in the same book (sometimes in the same scene), identify with the flaws of my very human characters and like them anyhow.

Name a food you hate: biscuits and gravy

Where did you go on your first date with your now husband? to the gym

If you were a book, what color would your cover be: maybe a sort of rosy pink. Or maybe periwinkle or aqua.

Random or strange fact about you: I am an unashamed hoarder of fabric and craft supplies. Sooner or later, I really do use it all. In the meantime, it’s all neatly organized and labeled in Rubbermaid totes and pretty boxes.

If you could visit the setting of a book, which book would you go to? One of the books I’m writing now is set in St. John, in the U.S. Virgin Islands. That sounds nice right now!

The most unique book you’ve ever written: The book I’m writing now, Frangipani, is probably the most creative book I’ve written, with some unique plot twists.

If Cathe is your perfect author match, check out her books on Amazon!

Author Match #3

Name: Kari Trumbo

Location: Small town in central Minnesota

Family:  Two daughters, two sons, one husband, one cat, and one bunny

Number of books you’ve written: 35 published

What genre(s) do you write? Inspirational romance, both historical and contemporary

Favorites

Favorite ice cream: chocolate

Favorite writing snack: m&ms

Three favorite books (not written by you): The Secret Garden, Les Miserables, and The Lord of the Rings trilogy

Just for Fun:

What are you looking for in a reader?  Someone who loves forgiveness and “second chance/reformation” stories

Name a food you hate: oysters

Where did you go on your first date with your now husband? Dancing (we were young)

If you were a book, what color would your cover be: Purple 

Random or strange fact about you: My degree specializes in Criminality and Deviance

If you could visit the setting of a book, which book would you go to? Montana or South Dakota. I love South Dakota

Most unique book you’ve ever written: An Imperfect Promise. It’s a little bit different from what I normally write. I love it, but it just doesn’t “fit” with my other books.

If Kari sets your literary heart pattering, find her on Amazon!

Author #4

Name:  Alana Terry 

Location:   Alaska

Family:  One husband and three boys 

Number of books you’ve written:    28 and counting 

What genre(s) do you write? Christian Suspense, Christian romance, Christian women’s fiction 

Favorites

Favorite ice cream: anything that doesn’t hurt my teeth to bite into

Favorite writing snack:  unsalted cashews and of course, coffee

Three favorite books (not written by you):  Les Miserables, Anna Karenina, and Safely Home by Randy Alcorn

Just for Fun:

What are you looking for in a reader? – Someone who enjoys reading about real life and how God is always there in the messy.

Name a food you hate: anything with too much cheese

Where did you go on your first date with your now husband? A little diner in Long Beach

If you were a book, what color would your cover be: teal

Random or strange fact about you: My husband fell in love with me before we actually met. You can read a fictionalized version of our story in my Sweet Dreams Christian Romance Collection.

If you could visit the setting of a book, which book would you go to?  Since I read quite a few thrillers, I’d have to say I wouldn’t want to visit any of them! But I would love to visit Prince Edward Island after reading Anne of GG

The most unique book you’ve ever written:  Flower Swallow.  This book is told from the point of view of an orphaned boy in Korea and quickly became my favorite book.  He has since shown up in my other series and still is a favorite, not just for me but also for my readers.

If you’ve fallen for Alana Terry’s profile, find her books on Amazon!

 Author #5

Name: Carol Moncado

Location: Southwest Missouri

Family: Husband, 4 kids, Mr. Benny and Jett – 2 dogs who weigh a combined 12 pounds

Number of books you’ve written: 35, published 30

What genre(s) do you write? Contemporary Christian Romance, mostly with royals or royal adjacent

Favorites:

Favorite ice cream: cookies n cream

Favorite writing snack: peanut butter m&ms or Teddy Grahams

Three favorite books (not written by you):

Short Straw Bride by Karen Witemeyer

The Unveiling by Tamara Leigh

My Stubborn Heart by Becky Wade

Just for Fun:

What are you looking for in a reader? Someone who needs a little escape

Name a food you hate: veggies

Where did you go on your first date with your now husband? Rich Mullins concert

If you were a book, what color would your cover be: green and blue plaid

Random or strange fact about you: moved into my first house on Friday the 13th – on Elm Street and put an offer on our second house on 06/06/06

If you could visit the setting of a book, which book would you go to? Narnia with the Pevensies

Most unique book you’ve ever written: I’ve started Medieval knights on a distant planet with some advanced technology (like universal translators). The hero is the emperor knight. The heroine is a starship captain.

If you think Carol is “royally” awesome, check her books out on Amazon!

Author #6

Name:  Chautona Havig

Location:   California’s Mojave Desert

Family:  A husband, nine kids, 5 bestekids, a cat, bleach (whose name I refuse to capitalize on principle), and searching for the perfect papillon we plan to name Neville.

Number of books you’ve written:    over 70 in print… a couple hundred in various states of progress

What genre(s) do you write?  Contemporary Christian women’s fiction, romance, romantic suspense, suspense, mystery, and serial novels. Additionally, I write historical romance, romantic suspense, and mystery.  I also have contemporary and youth fantasy series.

Favorites

Favorite ice cream: in winter, double-chocolate fudge brownie.  In summer, Baskin Robbins’ Daiquiri Ice.

Favorite writing snack:  tangerines.  Also, sour cream and onion chips dipped in cottage cheese.

Three favorite books (not written by you):  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, The Chronicles of Narnia (we have them all in one single volume, so it counts), and Alana Terry’s Out of North Korea. These are my favorite as of typing this up.  However, seconds have passed, and I think maybe now they are Cathe Swanson’s Snow Angels, Sarah Monzon’s Book Nerds & Boyfriends, and Julianna Deering’s Drew Farthering Mysteries.  Of course, now that that second has passed…

Just for Fun:

What are you looking for in a reader? – Someone who will love me for myself–warts and all.  Wait… you said reader.  Yeah. That.  Because I write as a flawed person about flawed people. 

Name a food you hate: pretzels from a bag.

Where did you go on your first date with your now husband? Confession time. We never went on a date.  We went from best friends to engaged in the span of what might have been a rhetorical question.  Kevin is under orders NOT to tell me if it was.  After all, he’s the fool who still said: “I do.”

If you were a book, what color would your cover be:  aqua

Random or strange fact about you:  I was named after apartments in Bakersfield, California

If you could visit the setting of a book, which book would you go to?  I’m dying to write this book that takes place in Greece, so I’d want to visit there–the land of Eleni by Nicholas Gage.

The most unique book you’ve ever written:  That’s a toss-up between the Journey of Dreams series where people wake up in places they’ve always dreamed of and never go home again, or the fact that I wrote a secular book about a kid who kidnaps Santa Claus when I’ve never invited that “man” to our Christmas celebrations.

If Chautona’s your cup of tea (or can of Coke!) you can find her books on Amazon!