KIRKADE PRESS AND MY BOOK ADDICTION AND MORE WOULD LIKE TO PRESENT AUTHOR, NAOMI DATHAN TODAY!!!
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WELCOME NAOMI DATHAN!!
MBA&M:Tell our readers a little about Naomi Dathan
NAOMI: I am a widow with two daughters, a teen and a tween, and two rescued beagles with a vastly inflated view of their place in the universe. I love to write, paint ceramics and sing (I’ve never met a microphone I didn’t love).
MBA&M: What made you decide to write a Christian Historical Novel?
NAOMI: I’ve been fascinated with life on the prairie since my third grade teacher read my class Little House on the Prairie. But it wasn’t until I read The Children’s Blizzard by David Laskin that I became compelled to write Whither Thou Goest, I Will Go. Because I my world view is so saturated with my faith, all of my novels are Christian to a greater or lesser degree.
NAOMI: At the time I wrote that novel, I was the full-time caregiver for my husband, whose health was declining. Probably at least half was written in hospital waiting rooms and sitting by his hospital bed. When I went back to edit Jem’s story, I realized the impact of that – many of poor Seth’s health problems might have been avoided if only I’d written the story at a different stage of my life.
The other challenge major challenge was my love for the kids I wrote. How could I not love those funny little personalities? It was pretty traumatic to throw them into the dangerous storm.
MBA&M: How much research went into writing, and where did you go to find it?
NAOMI: Hi, I’m Naomi, and I’m a research-holic. The answer is, too much! I loved doing the research, loved throwing myself into that time and place. I read history, immersed myself into historical sites on the internet, and searched for photos.
NAOMI: My favorite books and movie are Pride and Prejudice, but I read a little bit of practically everything. As far as music, I love gospel, classical, pop, country . . . And I love it all more if it’s live. I love live music. I also love to karaoke.
MBA&M: Who is your hero, be it a person, character?
NAOMI: I adore Mahalia Jackson. She was an extraordinary vocalist, but also an extraordinary woman. Did you know that she was partly responsible for Martin Luther King’s famous “I have a dream” speech? He had several variations of the speech with different elements. During the March on Washington, he was speaking about something else when Mahalia Jackson leaned forward and said, “Tell them about the dream, Martin.” So he did.
MBA&M: Top reads that influenced my writing:
NAOMI: Well, as I mentioned before, the two primary influences for this book were Laura Ingalls Wilder and David Laskin. Many, many authors – too many to name — taught me how to write by example.
MBA&M: What is on the Horizon?
NAOMI: Practically as soon as I finish this interview, I’ll be beginning the sequel to Whither. Meantime, watch for my romantic suspense, The Temptation of Mrs. Emily Templeton, to be released in the next couple of months. It’s contemporary, and in some ways a very different book, so readers will have to let me know what they think!
MBA&M: How to buy the book
Barnes and Noble (http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/whither-thou-goest-i-will-go-naomi-dathan/1107762419) and
THANK YOU NAOMI FOR VISITING WITH US AND OUR READERS TODAY AND GOOD LUCK ON ALL YOUR FUTURE ENDEAVORS!!
Visit with Naomi at http://naomidathan.com/
WHITHER THOU GOEST,I WILL GO
File Size:382 KB
Publisher:Kirkdale Press (November 27, 2011)
Product Description(from Amazon)
Jem Perkins has it all – money, a fine house, a handsome husband, and a new baby boy. But when her family fortunes turn, Jem’s husband Seth leads her to a new home: a sod house on a Nebraska homestead.
It is a season of growth for Jem as she reluctantly confronts her new realities: back-breaking labor, dangerous illness, and mind-numbing isolation. She learns to embrace her new role as a capable woman and marriage partner and discovers an awareness of God’s hand in her life.
Then, on January 12, 1888, the history-making Children’s Blizzard sweeps across the land, ushering in a season of hardship she never expected. Can Jem’s confidence, marriage, and new-found faith weather the storm?
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