Laurie Kingery’s interview

» Posted on Oct 14, 2008 in Blog | 11 comments

If you want to be entered in the drawing for Hill Country Christmas, please leave a comment with your email address or email me at The drawing ends Sunday night.

Laurie Kingery’s interview:

1. What made you start writing?

I’ve been writing since I was a kid, before I could really spell, then went on to write Beatles stories to entertain the girls in junior high (I know, I’m dating myself.)But as far as a serious career, I started in the midst of the historical romance book in the ’80’s and thought if I did enough research, I could do what these authors were doing. I was fortunate enough to sell my first submission.

2. How long have you been writing? When did you sell your first book?

Serious,for-publication writing, since the mid-80’s. My first book was published in 1987.

3. How do you handle rejections?

Better than I used to. I don’t cry—much, anyway—and I email all my writer friends for sympathy , and indulge myself in some way—chocolate, shopping, or both. ☺

4. Why do you write?

When I was writing for the general market, it was because I enjoy telling stories and the extra money I could earn from telling them well. Now that I write inspirationals, I still enjoy telling stories of course, but my chief motivation is to glorify the Lord and show Him to others.

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

I should say cleaning my house ☺, but I suppose you want the truth—reading.My TBR pile is horrendous.

6. What are you working on right now?

The first book of a new series for Steeple Hill, tentatively titled MARRYING MILLY.

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

Unconsciously, yes. I doubt that my heroines would react in a way I would not. I always learn about myself when I write.

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

HILL COUNTRY CHRISTMAS is the story of an impoverished young woman in a small Texas town after the Civil War who unexpectedly comes into great wealth. She learns wealth doesn’t bring true security—only a close relationship with the Lord does. She also learns that the man whom she thought she loved is not who she thought he was, and that the mysterious drifter who brought her the news of her inheritance may actually be the man God has chosen for her.

9. Do you have any advice for other writers?

Read everything, but especially in your genre. And be disciplined about your use of the internet. Don’t even have it open during your writing hours. I didn’t have the internet when I started, and while it made research tougher, I also got more writing done.

10. How important is faith in your books?

Absolutely essential. If you take God out of the picture, it wouldn’t be the same book at all.

11. What themes do you like to write about?

My books often involves journeys. I think that’s a metaphor for life, which is a journey, or a process. I also like the themes of redemption and that people are often not what they seem.

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

Of my previous books in the general market, when I wrote as Laurie Grant, THE DUCHES AND THE DESPERADO, because I mixed characters from England and the Old West, and they’re so different. I’m doing that again in MARRYING MILLY.

13. What is your writing schedule like?

Very irregular, since I still work outside writing (as an E.R. nurse on the night shift. I write mostly in the afternoons, till dinner. When I’m on deadline I may start earlier and work later, depending on my other work schedule.


  1. Margaret, I want to thank you for having me on your website, which is beautiful, by the way! I love the flamingos.
    Blessings, Laurie Kingery

  2. The interview was great and Laurie’s book sounded very interesting. If you would enter me in the drawing that would be wonderful! Thank you.

  3. Hill Country Christmas sounds like a wonderful story. I love to read Christmas stories because they are so heartwarming and meaningful. Thank you for the opportunity to win this book.

    Cheryl C. (aka Cheri)

  4. Wonderful interview! I love learning about new authors and Laurie’s book sounds great! Please enter me in the drawing.


  5. What a wonderful, touching holiday story line! Please enter me in your fun giveaway drawing. Many thanks, Cindi

  6. Hi Laurie,

    I love heartwarming holiday stories. Hill County Christmas sounds like the perfect book to curl up with on a cold day.

    PS: ICU nurse here. Cheers

  7. I love historicals and Christmas-themed books. In fact, I’m already reading Christmas books because I don’t get many read if I wait until December. Thanks for the giveaway – and what a beautiful cover!

    cjarvis [at] bellsouth [dot] net

  8. What a pretty cover – I’d love a chance to win! Thanks…

    ryanx6 at msn dot com

  9. What a great interview! Laurie, I’m feel the pinch of conviction over your comment about staying away from the internet while writing! Ack. I need to sign off. 🙂

    Please enter me in the drawing.

    missytippens [at]

  10. Hi Margaret! Great interview, and Laurie’s book sounds wonderful. Please enter me in your drawing. Thanks! Blessings, Patti Jo 🙂


  11. Laurie is one of our ACFWOhio writers and I would love to win her book.

    Go Laurie!

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