MY WRITING JOURNEY ~ GOD’S PERFECT PLAN — Cynthia Roemer
Today I’m happy to welcome author Cynthia Roemer as she shares about her writing journey. Read through to the end as she also shares the first page of her latest release.
My writing journey spans three decades, beginning while I was still in high school. I dreamed of writing and publishing a novel by the time I turned sixteen. (A bit ambitious for a young high schooler, I know.) While that didn’t happen, I never let go of my dream of being a published novelist. It stayed with me through my college years, as I entered the work force, as I married, and as I raised my two sons. My story sat untouched for many years, churning inside me as though awaiting the right moment to emerge.
Then, in 2012, the Lord began to revive my dream of novel writing as I joined the American Christian Fiction Writers association and began honing my craft, finding critique partners, and gaining feedback from contest judges.
Now, here I am, a lot of hard work and five years later, with my debut novel, Under This Same Sky, finally going to print. It’s been an up and down journey, one I couldn’t have traveled alone. The Lord has walked alongside me each step of the way. There were times I wanted to give up on my dream, but He refused to let me. In times of discouragement, He never failed to send just the right bit of encouragement and direction.
In my novel, my main character, Becky Hollister, endures a lot of hardship and loss, causing her to question whether God really cared for her. In response to her doubts, the Lord embarks her on an unexpected journey—one very different from what Becky would have chosen for herself. And along the way, Becky discovers, that instead of losing everything, she’d found what she needed most.
Sometimes God’s plan differs from what we envision for ourselves. For me, it was to wait on His timing. For Becky, it was to embrace a different sort of life than she’d planned for herself—a better one. God only asks us to trust, and He’ll reveal His good and perfect will for our lives.
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11) NIV
And now for some tough questions:
What genre do you write?
I write inspirational historical romance. However, for the longest time I resisted calling it romance. When I thought of romance novels, I imagined them full of scenes dredged in physical attraction. Under This Same Sky is not that at all. It is first and foremost a rekindling of love between my main character, Becky Hollister, and the Lord. But it also includes a very tender awakening of love for the hero of my story, Matthew Brody—a love that grows out of respect and admiration as much as physical attraction.
Why did you choose the time period you chose?
I’ve always had a fascination with the 1800s and prairie life. I grew up watching Little House on the Prairie and have always been drawn to things of the past—old oak barns, butter churns, log cabins. Anything wooden and old immediately grabs my interest. I love going to events and places that feature aspects of “The Good Ol’ Days” when times were simpler, people were honest and God-fearing, and a handshake was all it took to seal a deal. I’m as old-fashioned as they come and have a fetish for the American frontier, so the mid-1800s was the perfect setting for Under This Same Sky.
How much of your life is in your book?
Not much of my life, per se, but Becky does have some of my qualities. I’m the youngest of three girls and was very much a “Daddy’s girl”. I preferred to help my dad with chores and be outside much like my main character, Becky. As the older of two daughters, with no sons, Becky’s father depended on her working alongside him in the field as a son would. Becky is also similar to me in her quiet, yet determined nature.
Tell us about your next book to be published.
My next book will be Book Two in my Prairie Sky Series entitled: Under Prairie Skies. It is set to release in late spring or early summer, 2018. It is the story of Becky’s cousin Charlotte, a spoiled red-head who meets her match in the handsome, elusive stranger, Chad Avery. I’m excited to delve deeper into their story in the coming months.
About Under This Same Sky:
~ She thought she’d lost everything ~ Instead she found what she needed most. ~
Illinois ~ 1854
Becky Hollister wants nothing more than to live out her days on the prairie, building a life for herself alongside her future husband. But when a tornado rips through her parents’ farm, killing her mother and sister, she must leave the only home she’s ever known and the man she’s begun to love to accompany her injured father to St. Louis.
Catapulted into a world of unknowns, Becky finds solace in corresponding with Matthew Brody, the handsome pastor back home. But when word comes that he is all but engaged to someone else, she must call upon her faith to decipher her future.
Cynthia Roemer is an award-winning inspirational writer with a heart for scattering seeds of hope into the lives of readers. Raised in the cornfields of rural Illinois, Cynthia enjoys spinning tales set in the backdrop of the 1800s prairie. She writes from her family farm in central Illinois where she resides with her husband and their two college-aged sons.
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First page preview:
UNDER THIS SAME SKY
Illinois – May 8, 1854
Nothing could have prepared her for this.
Becky Hollister gripped her horse’s mane, pressing her
heels into his flanks. Samson raced along the muddy path, the
sound of his hooves echoing in the stillness. The vast prairie
loomed ahead of her like an endless sea. Miles from the nearest
neighbor or town, she had no choice but to keep going.
Would she make it in time?
The sun sank lower in the western sky, illuminating the
line of thunderheads to the east. Becky shifted her gaze from
the remnants of the devastating storm, her attempts at prayer
skewed by images of her fallen family and shattered home. Why
didn’t You help them, Lord?
Tears stung her eyes. She alone could save Pa now.
Sweat streamed down the horse’s neck and withers. His
“Come on, boy. Pa’s depending on us.” The memory of her
father lying face-down on the ground, spattered with blood and
dirt, flashed through Becky’s mind. She smacked the reins across
Samson’s neck, and he surged forward, giving her all his strength.
A piercing howl of a wolf sounded in the nearby timber.
Samson lurched sideways, almost causing Becky to tumble. She
tightened her hold on his neck, struggling to regain balance.
A dark figure appeared on the path ahead, half hidden behind
a fallen branch. Becky pulled back on the reins, straining to
distinguish the shadowy horse and rider. The dim light of evening
toyed with her eyes. Treacherous men sometimes roamed
the area. She hadn’t considered her own threat of danger when
she’d left their only gun with Pa.
As the rider edged closer, Becky’s heart pounded in her
ears. Should she turn aside or press forward?
With each breath, Samson’s sides heaved under her. He
was too fatigued to outrun the stranger. She’d have to risk it.
Clicking her tongue in her cheek, she dug her heels into Samson’s
flanks. She could only pray the person was friend, not foe.