Therese Stenzel’s interview

» Posted on Sep 11, 2008 in Blog | 15 comments

If you want to enter the drawing for a copy of Therese’s story, An English Bride Goes West in the book A Bride by Christmas (4 stories in one book!), please leave a comment with your email addy or email me at The drawing ends Sunday evening.

1.What made you start writing?

I was offered a teaching position at Oral Roberts University and I said no because I was going to be a writer. There had been this story buzzing around my head for months so that rejected offer made me sit down and write the story-all 100,000 words of it and I had no idea how to write!

2.How long have you been writing?

Seven years non-fiction, five years fiction which produced four full length historicals and two novellas

When did you sell your first book?

Signed contract Sept 07 the book came out Sept 08

3.How do you handle rejections?

I get discouraged at first but I find if I don’t write I get depressed—God is serious about this calling He’s placed on me! Over time, I noticed the rejection letters were getting more specific and offering feedback so that encouraged me

4.Why do you write?

Because I feel God has called me to be a writer

5.What would you be doing with your free time if you weren’t writing?

Shopping! I’m seriously addicted to the TV show, What Not To Wear and I love fashion and finding clothes that work for me—and I just found my dress for the ACFW awards banquet—wahoo!

6. What are you working on right now?

Rewriting a Scottish historical that I love.

7.Do you put yourself into your books/characters?

I don’t intend to but I’m sure the character’s reactions—fear, anxiety, folding into the fetal position come from my inability to handle stress—why use logic when you can go straight to panic?

8.Tell us about the book you have out right now.

It is an anthology, titled, A Bride By Christmas. My novella is An English Bride Goes West four individuals must become a bride or find a bride by Christmas to avoid dire, and I mean DIRE circumstances

9.Do you have any advice for other writers?

Get connected to other writers, and sit down and write. (John Grisham has a sign over his desk Butt To Chair)

10.How important is faith in your books?

Very important. It is one of the areas I try to show how the characters grow and it tends to be a theme that God is working on me as well

11. What themes do you like to write about?

I love marriage of convenience stories. I love the challenge of making them plausible.

12. What is your favorite book you’ve written and why?

I loved writing my turn-of-the-century British East Africa book titled, Blue Africa because the heroine was very comical—especially since she spent half the book trying to pass herself off as her brother.

13. What is your writing schedule like?

I write during the day while my three kids are in school. On the weekends it’s impossible.


  1. Therese, your story sounds very interesting. I work better in almost everything I do when time pressure is involved, though I don’t know about picking out a mate to be married to for life. That sounds kind of spooky to me to consider. Margaret, I don’t mean to intend to enter my name twice for this book, I did want to comment on the interview though.
    Pam Williams
    cepjwms at yahoo dot com

  2. I enjoyed this interview, and your book sounds like a winner. I love reading anthologies, and Christmas ones are my favorite. Anthologies are a wonderful way to get a “taste” of new authors.

    Cheryl (aka Cheri)

  3. Therese,

    Oooh. This book sounds wonderful. Historical bride of convenience and mail order bride stories are my all time favorites. This sounds like just the book to read when I curl up in front of the pellet stove on a cold December day. I’m putting it on my Christmas list.

  4. Sounds like a great story and a cool book, I would love to be entered in the drawing.

    ladystorm282001 at yahoo dot com

  5. Therese, I can’t wait to read your novella and find out what those dire circumstances are 🙂
    Thanks, Margaret, for another great interview and a chance at the book.

  6. Great interview, Therese! Congrats on the release of your first fiction book. I’m sure many more will follow.

  7. Way to go Therese!! I”m looking forward to reading your first book. Great interview.

  8. Wonderful interview! I always enjoy learning new things about an author. Like Therese I also enjoy a good marriage of convenience story. Please enter me in the drawing.


  9. Sounds like a great boook. I enjoyed the interview. Please enter my name in the draw.
    sarahwoll at hotmail dot com

  10. What a fun and interesting interview. I am so happy to have been introduced to Therese via your site! She writes genres that I really enjoy. Her anthology about he women needing to be married before dire circumstances happen! Please enter me in your delightful book drawing. Many thanks to you…..Cindi

  11. I can’t wait to read your books they sound like very good read. Tell us more about the scottich historical that you are writing.

  12. Please don’t forget to leave your email address or email me at if you want to be in the drawing. I have to have a way to get ahold of you.


  13. The title alone sounds interesting. I’d love to be entered.

  14. Kimmyl asked me about the Scottish historical I’m working on. Here is a short blurb…My English heroine travels to Scotland and finds herself bartered/wed/widowed/and kidnapped by a rival clan all within 48 hours.
    Central theme: Learning to rely on God’s strength and not your own.
    Beautiful and naïve, Laren MacFife had simple romantic notions about men and marriage. She wants to marry an Englishman who loves the Lord. Now a widow to an aged Scottish husband and hiding a dreadful secret from her captors, all she wants is to escape this heathen land and return home to civilized England, but all her plans come to naught and she is forced to rely on strength from a higher source.

  15. I hope it’s not too late to enter! I also love marriage of convenience stories, I look forward to reading these! Thanks for the chance to win:)

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