Two on Tuesday with Linda Ellen

This week’s guest for the Two on Tuesday author spotlight is sweet historical romance author, Linda Ellen. Known for writing romance rich with history, love, heartache, and real life, her novels include stories from her ‘30’s and 40’s series based on her parents’ romance and life together, to a sweet WWII trilogy packed with history, romance, and humor, to 1870’s proxy brides.

Linda’s Two on Tuesday Facts:

  1. I became an author kind of by accident. I’ve always loved to read and I had even tried my hand at writing an Oregon Trail story in the 1980’s, but gave it up after 200 pages, lol. Around 2009, I had stumbled upon fanfiction for Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman and for three months I was totally addicted. After exhausting nearly every story I could find, I had an idea for a plot of my own. It was a cute 4-chapter story of Sully and Michaela later on in their marriage, based on a practical joke my husband had done to me early in our marriage. It took off like a rocket. Suddenly, I had fans begging for more, so I ended up writing 28 short stories and 4 full-length novels in DQ fanfic. The last novel is a whopping 65 chapters and has the distinction of having garnered more reviews by far than any other DQ fic. I have fans all over the world who—even after 6 years of no new DQ stories—still beg me for more. After all of the time and work I put into my stories, my husband suggested I write something I could ‘sell’. I started with a story based on my own parents’ tempestuous romance in the 1930’s, and it grew to three books spanning 1937 to 1957 (The first book is titled Once in a While). After that, a WWII trilogy packed with swing music and historical facts, plus as many Burma Shave jokes as I could fit in (not heard of Burma Shave? Oh, you’ve got to read my book Her Blue-Eyed Sergeant and find out what that is!!). My proxy bride books came next, and they are still going strong. I have 11 published titles now. I have so many ideas for new books, but need more hours in the day to write them! Just now, I’m writing a modern-day sequel to my 1870’s award-winning sweet historical romance novel Sweet Love at Honey Landing. And yes, I got the idea from my DQ fanfic days.
  2. I love being able to research something for my books by actually seeing a plot element in person—like when my husband and I were able to get on board an authentic B-17 at our local regional airport for my book Her Blue-Eyed Lieutenant. (See picture below.) What a fun day! The plane was so much smaller inside than I had pictured. It’s amazing that our brave heroes of WWII flew in those aircrafts and survived enemy bullets piercing the outer shell, bombings, and the extreme cold of flying at 20,000 feet! It made me appreciate them even more.

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Linda is available to connect with readers on Facebook and Twitter. More information on her books and much more can be found at her website: https://lindaellenbooks.weebly.com/

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Two on Tuesday with Jenny Knipfer

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This week’s guest for the Two on Tuesday author spotlight is Wisconsin Christian historical fiction author, Jenny Knipfer. In her inspirational series, By The Light of The Moon, she creates complex characters and plots through a split timeline and multiple view points. Her characters traverse caverns of emotional pain to reach healing.

Jenny’s Two on Tuesday Facts:

  1. In my first novel, Ruby Moon, I include a recipe for an herbal healing balm. One of my characters in the book is an Ojibwe medicine woman and influences and teaches the main character, Jenay, about herbal medicine and the deep inner healing which can be found. I have always been interested in natural medicine, and it was fulfilling to be able to include a little natural healing wisdom in my first novel.
  2. I started writing my first novel the day I was no longer able to work due to my continuing disability with multiple sclerosis. It has been a challenge for me to write. My hands don’t function well, so I write on my iPad with one or two fingers and edit on my computer. Autocorrect is both a blessing and a curse. 🙃 Sometimes I speak what I want to write with the help of my iPad. Combatting fatigue and muscles which don’t function correctly is a daily battle. In my second novel, Blue Moon, I highlighted multiples sclerosis through one of my characters and wrote about what I know. I hope it brings awareness to a disease that many people live with.

Jenny is available to connect with readers on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest. More information on Jenny’s books can be found at: https://jennyknipfer.com/

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Two on Tuesday with Wendy May Andrews

This week’s guest for the Two on Tuesday author spotlight is sweet historical romance author, Wendy May Andrews. Known for her “swoon-worthy happy endings,” her novels include stories from proxy brides and orphan trains to tales of the English aristocracy.

Wendy’s Two on Tuesday Facts:

  1. I became an author based on a dare from my husband. I love to read – my nose would always be buried in a book. He challenged me to write one instead of reading all the time. I didn’t think I could do it but decided to give it a try. And now I love writing almost as much as reading. That first book even got published!
  2. My hubby and I love to travel. We now often combine my writing with travelling – researching my books, finding great location inspiration for my books, historical research, and so on. The best research trip was three years ago when we went to England (see photo below) – I have one complete series based on the research and a second one is being written.

History Centre

Wendy is available to connect with readers on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. More information on her books can be found at: https://wendymayandrews.com/

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Two on Tuesday with Melina Druga

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This week’s guest for the Two on Tuesday author spotlight is  historical fiction and nonfiction author and historical blogger, Melina Druga. Utilizing extensive research, her novel Angel of Mercy is the first in a trilogy following nurse Hettie and her family as they navigate the challenges and heartbreak World War 1 brings.  

Melina’s Two on Tuesday Facts:

  1. I wrote my first historical fiction novel when I was 10 years old. It was about two sisters in an 1840s Ohio canal town. I still have it, although the writing was done in pencil and, after more than 30 years, is so light I can barely read it.  It was the first of many novels. Angel of Mercy, however, is the first novel I’ve opted to share with the world.  But it won’t be the last.
  2. Angel of Mercy was inspired by the hard rock song “Mama” by My Chemical Romance from the album The Black Parade. The song references war imagery, and the album’s liner notes feature a sepia photograph reminiscent of World War One. If it weren’t for that song, Angel of Mercy wouldn’t exist and neither would any of my works-in-progress. (See below for the vlog discussion.)

Melina is available to connect with readers on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Goodreads, and Pinterest. More information on Melina’s books can be found at: https://www.melinadruga.com/

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Two on Tuesday with Diana Lesire Brandmeyer

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This week’s guest for the Two on Tuesday author spotlight is Midwest-based author of both historical and contemporary romance, Diana Lesire Brandmeyer. Known for featuring strong women characters in her novels, A Bride’s Dilemma in Friendship, Tennessee, features the tagline, “She promised to protect her home and sister. He accepted a man’s property, neither of them expected an arranged marriage.” It is the first book in her Frontier Legacy series with the second available in September 2020. 

Diana’s Two on Tuesday Facts:

  1. I said I’d never write historicals and then I moved into a house built before the Civil War (see photo below). It used to be a roadside inn and I was hooked on stories that had to have happened there. There were rumors of the army camped in the front yard and Al Capone visiting a few times.
  2. Goats have always fascinated me since I worked at the petting zoo at Six Flags. I wrote about one in a children’s book, The Trouble with Ralph and more recently, the goat, Mr. Jackson, who is quite a character, appears in A Bride’s Dilemma in Friendship, Tennessee. My neighbor had a goat for a while that would come to visit me and often tried to get into the house. Word of warning – never feed a stray goat; he’ll love you forever (see photo below).

Diana is available to connect with readers on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Goodreads, and Pinterest. More information on Diana’s books can be found at: http://dianabrandmeyer.com

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