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· While posing for a photograph spinsters should avoid looking desperate or deprived. A serene smile will show that your circumstances are by choice and not for lack of beauty or character. From--A Vision of Lucy is the 3rd book in the “A Rocky Creek Romance” series:
Trouble may follow Lucy wherever she goes, but with the help of God and the rugged, reclusive David Wolf, she'll never face adversity alone.
Lucy Fairbanks dreams of working as a photographer at the Rocky Creek newspaper. If she can earn money making photographs, then maybe her father will see that what she does is worthy, more than just a distraction. And her deepest hope is that he'll see her as an artist, the way he thought of her deceased mother, a painter. But trouble follows Lucy on every photo shoot: a mess of petticoats and ribbons, an accidental shooting, even a fire.
When Lucy meets David Wolf, a quiet, rustic man who lives on the outskirts of town, she thinks she can catch the attention of the town with his photograph. She doesn't count on her feelings stirring whenever she's near him.
Two things happen next that forever change the course of her life: Lucy meets someone who sees her as no one else has-as the compassionate, creative young woman that God made in His image. And Lucy helps David uncover a secret that forces him to change his perspective on an event that left him deeply-scarred.God's arms are around this unlikely couple as they discover the truth about long-held assumptions and the importance of forgiveness.
What inspired this series of books?
The idea for each book in my Rocky Creek series came to me in different ways. You just never know when the next idea will hit. A Vision for Lucy was inspired by photographer Julia Shannon of San Francisco who, in 1850, took the family portrait to new heights when she shockingly advertised herself as a daguerreotypist and midwife. My heroine doesn’t deliver babies but she does create chaos with her photographs.
What project are you currently working on?
I’m working on a new series: Brides of Last Chance Ranch. It takes place in Arizona Territory—the last place a gal would expect to find a husband. The title of the first book is Dawn Comes Early and it will be available March 2012. My story “Snow Angel” will be in the Log Cabin Christmas collection in September.
What is your favorite past time when you are not writing?
Starting stampedes, falling out of trees, being chased by outlaws and burning down a church. Wait! That’s not me, that’s Lucy.
What is your favorite character trait to write about?
My favorite trait has to be passion. The first question I ask when developing characters is what is he or she passionate about? Next, I need to know the reason behind a particular passion. Photography means everything to Lucy but that’s only because she believes that a camera can reveal more than the naked eye. She hopes that her camera will eventually help unravel the secrets that haunt her.
Where is the silliest place you ever got an idea for a book?
I can’t think of silly place but if such a place existed it would have to be around water. Give me a running faucet, garden hose, shower or even a leaky roof and my muse is happy.
What do you want readers to take away from this book?
My main goal is to give a reader an entertaining and uplifting read. Life is tough and if I can make a reader smile I’m happy. If along the way my book makes a reader think or have a greater understanding of God or a greater appreciation for the past, I’ve done more than I set out to do.
Tell your readers one funny thing about yourself.
I flunked eight grade English (I wasn’t that great in history, either—all those dates and battles!). Still can’t diagram a sentence. Nothing in my background prepared me for being a historical writer—except my wild imagination.
How long have you been writing?
It seems like I’ve been writing all my life. I wrote my first “book” in fifth grade. I’ve been published for close to twenty-five years. Yikes!
Thank you for joining us today to talk about your new book! Best of luck to you. Salena, Thank you for having me, it’s been great fun!
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