PT: Hello, Stephenia! So glad to welcome you unto the porch of the Diamond Mine. I always love to start the conversation with genre. Tell us a little about yours.
SM: Christian Historical Fiction. My books are usually set during the Civil War, but I do have some novels in the works that take place during different times in the 1800s. Some are romance, and some just have a romantic thread.
PT: Ah, just the perfect era for us. Even if it is a mite humid. The most comfortable time for all our antebellum layers is early in the day, while it's still cool. Why don't you tell our readers your idea of a perfect morning?
SM: The perfect morning would be one where I could sleep until I woke up on my own without an alarm clock! Then my boys would get along and play together—without it turning into an argument over something silly!—and my husband and I would enjoy a nice conversation while I make my coffee. Then the four of us would cook a big breakfast together and enjoy it out on the screen porch where the weather would be just right. I’d say that would be the perfect morning.
PT: Yes, ma'am, that does sound like a gentle way to greet the day. Indulge me just one other off the subject question. Are you the sort that enjoys pets? Cats? Dogs? Something other?
SM: We own two dogs and a cat, and I love all three. I’d have to say I’m a dog person, though. My husband bought me a puppy for a wedding gift, and she is my spoiled little fur baby. She’s 14 now, but still sweet and spunky.
PT: Let's get to your newest release, In His Eyes. Is there an overall Biblical theme?
SM: For In His Eyes, the overall biblical theme is God’s great love for us. No matter how we may see ourselves, or how others see us, as His children we are precious, loved, and beautiful. I used Isaiah 43:4 Since you are precious and honored in my sight and because I love you… on the dedication page because I felt it shows how He cares for us.
PT: What a great verse! And what a beautiful cover! Now we've come to my favorite part. I want to know those five things about Stephania that have absolutely nothing to do with writing.
SM: 1) I kill plants. I don’t mean to, I promise, but for some reason I just seem to have a
brown thumb rather than a green one.
2) I love to travel. I like seeing new places and experiencing as much culture as I can.
3) I’m a bit of a foodie. As long as it is not an insect or some kind of eyeball or organ, I will try pretty much anything. At least once.
4) I have sensitive ears and I can’t stand high-pitch noises. My boys have heard me yell, “Stop squeaking!” through the house on a fairly regular basis.
5) I have a degree in Animal and Dairy Sciences. I thought about going to vet school, and then I worked for a few years as a horse trainer. But God had other plans (and His are always better!)
PT: A writer with an degree in Animal and Dairy Science. You just don't see that everyday! But I'm sure that helps when you write in a time period of horse drawn vehicles! Stephenia, thank you so much for stopping by our porch and sharing with us.
SM: My pleasure!
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Winner of the 2012 RONE Best Inspirational Book of the year and author of six Historical novels, Stephenia H. McGee writes stories of faith, hope, and healing set in the Deep South. After earning a degree in Animal and Dairy Sciences, she discovered her heart truly lies with the art of story. She put pen to page and never looked back. Stephenia makes her home in Mississippi where she sips sweet tea on the front porch with her husband and two little boys and dreams up tales of days gone by. Visit her at www.StepheniaMcGee.com for books, updates, and more.