Happy New Year. It's the first Monday of the month, so time for another author interview. This time, I'm bringing you Michelle de Bruin. She is a fellow Mantle Rock Publishing author and writes historical romance. I think you're going to enjoy this one.
Thanks for joining us today, Michelle. What first inspired you to write?
I never thought I would ever write books. I enjoy reading, and admire people who have written, but I never expected to be one of them.
My main concern with writing is to communicate spiritual truths that portray God accurately. My own relationship with the Lord and spiritual growth inspire my writing. I have a religion degree from our local liberal arts college, so my background and inspiration for writing all tie together in my creation of real and interesting characters who are dealing with life's struggles and perplexities just like all of us are. We want to win and overcome in our own personal contexts, so hopefully when the reader sees my characters gaining victory and resolution, they will feel encouraged and maybe even see their own challenges in a new way.
That's a great goal. I know your stories include some Dutch influence. Where did the Dutch heritage come from? Tell us more.
I have a Dutch heritage. My husband has a Dutch heritage. Both of our parents and extended families have a Dutch heritage. My maiden name is "Van Zante," which is quite Dutch. My married name is "De Bruin," (pronounced Dee Bryan) which is also very Dutch. The town of Pella, where I live, was settled by Dutch immigrants in the 1840's who left Holland and settled in the Midwest in search religious freedom. This area of the state has many of those descendants still living here farming the land, working in business, pursuing careers, and raising their families.
Wow. How hard was it for you to do the research for a historical novel? Is that something you enjoy?
Not too hard. Historical research is something I enjoy, so finding accurate facts for the time period is interesting to me. I've acquired photo albums and various documents from my family on genealogy, church history, and farming practices to help me get a good start for writing historical fiction.
Nice. Will there be a third book in the series? What else are you working on for the future?
Yes, there will be a third book in the series. It will be titled "Dreaming of Tomorrow," and will release November of 2020.
I have ideas for more stories that center around the town used as the setting in the third book.
That sounds like fun. Okay. One last question. Tell us something fun about yourself that not many other people know already.
I have a personalized license plate on my car from the college I mentioned earlier, Central College in Pella, Iowa. The license plate is red, a perfect match to the Ford Focus I drive. The white letters and numbers on the license plate say 4EVER35. I put this on my license plate because I graduated with my bachelor's in religion when I was 35 years old. I commemorated that occasion with this saying on my license plate because I knew I had gone as far as I could on my own in getting my education. Any further venture into a career and ministry was up to the Lord. Of course my physical age is no longer 35, but as far as my dependence on the Lord goes in relying on his guidance and provision, I will always be 35.
That's definitely interesting! Thanks for your time today, Michelle. We look forward to seeing more about you and your books.
If you liked what you read above, keep scrolling to see more about her story and where to find her online.
Karen Millerson dreamed of teaching high school but now finds herself boarding with a farm family and teaching country school. She is engaged to marry Logan De Witt and is getting prepared to share in ministry with him. But when she gets blamed for the tragic fire at the school, Karen's future grows uncertain.
Logan De Witt is working to clear his family's name with the bank. But when he breaks his leg, hindering his ability to work the farm, Logan is faced with life-changing decisions. When his best friend can't offer the help he requested, can Logan find a way to care for his family and court Karen at the same time before his love for her destroys all of them?
Want to know more? Check it out here.
Michelle De Bruin is a spiritual services provider. She lives in Iowa with her
husband and two teenage sons. A romantic at heart, Michelle is always looking for glimpses of
God’s love through the window of a good story.
You can follow her here.
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