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Welcome Laura Frantz, author of The Mistress of Tall Acre, to Author Spotlight! Keep reading to find out how you can enter to win a copy of Laura’s latest release.

Frantz_LauraIntroduce us to you as an author: When did you get bit with the writing bug? How would you describe your writing style?

I wrote my first story when I was seven years old and never stopped. Readers say my style is evocative and emotional. I certainly feel that way when writing them!

After you started writing seriously, how long was it before you were published?

40 years.

Aside from a cup of good, strong coffee, what helps you get all of your “brain cylinders” firing so you can write well?

Prayer and Coke Life (the healthy kind made with stevia).

Do you prefer reading physical books or e-readers?

I’m old fashioned enough to love a real physical copy, partly because I love book covers and the feel and smell of books.

Right this moment, what does your office look like?

I write at a 200-year-old desk in the loft of my log cabin in Kentucky. It’s tidy and the windows are open to woods and blue skies.

What do you least like about being a writer? Most like?

I like reviews least, at least for my own books, when they’re negative. I’m too sensitive and try not to read any of them, good or bad. I LOVE working from home, being able to keep my own schedule and have more family time as well as writing time.

What advice would you give to new writers?

Write your heart out. Create the book you wish you could find on the shelves but can’t. Read authors in your chosen genre who write better than you. Never stop writing if it’s your calling.

What was your biggest break?

When my dear editor, Andrea Doering, rescued me out of the slush pile and I had no agent, no web presence, no writing contacts, nothing. She is a true heroine!

Who’s your favorite character you’ve written so far?

I love my heroes most. Strangely enough, they are dearer to me than my leading ladies, my heroines. I wish I could pick one favorite male lead but cannot! I’m especially drawn to my native hero in Courting Morrow Little and my Revolutionary War officers, General Ogilvy and Colonel McLinn.

What drives you to succeed?

Knowing the Lord gave me the gift of writing. Not wanting to face Him in the end and have any regrets about misusing any gift He’s given me.

Tell us about your new release:912SGdzLmXL

The Mistress of Tall Acre is truly a book of my heart as I’ve wanted to write a marriage of convenience story for a long time, only I added a twist and turned it into historical suspense as well as romance. Set just after the Revolutionary War, it involves an old Virginia estate called Tall Acre, a hidden diary, and some historical fireworks.

If I could go anywhere, it would be…

Israel and India. After Scotland, that is!

Best indulgence:

Gigi’s Cupcakes. Any flavor will do!

How can readers connect with you online?

I love having readers join me at Facebook, Pinterest and my latest interest, Instagram.

Anything new for you on the book horizon?

I have three more historical novels releasing with Revell through 2019, thankfully.

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