Saturday, April 19, 2014

Author Interview with W. Richard Lawrence

Today I'm blogging over at Stitches Thru Time with an author interview with Richard Lawrence! Here's a sample.

I'm excited to introduce you to one of my long time friends! Richard Lawrence (or Mr. Lawrence as I've known him) and his wife were two of my speech and debate coaches in high school. I knew then that he'd written a whole line of homeschool science curriculum, but I was very excited when I heard that he's recently released a Christian Suspense!

Mr. Lawrence, thanks so much for joining us today! Please tell us a little about yourself.

I live in northern Colorado with my wife, Debbie, who works as my sounding board while I’m putting my fiction stories together. Debbie and I have backgrounds in electrical engineering and have written 12 award winning science books together. We also ran a science supply company for several years. After a publishing company picked up our books we shut down the business. I then decided to try something different, which I have found I really enjoy – writing fiction. I now write complex high-tech stories filled with distrust, deceit, murder, treachery, faith, love and at times, the ultimate sacrifice.
I come to the table of writing with a little different background than many authors. I grew up in a military family which means we moved a lot. I spent nine years in Germany and three in Hawaii, plus I have lived in several different states. By the time I was seventeen, I’d lived in seventeen different places. Once I moved out on my own, I worked as a technician in the Army before going to college for Electrical Engineering. After twenty years in the high-tech world of integrated circuits, I left the engineering field and became an author. This background has given me a unique perspective which I believe comes across in my writings.  

What made you decide to become a writer?

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Happy Birthday Jefferson! #Giveaway and Interview with Murray Pura

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary...

Rembrandt's Thomas Jefferson
The man that penned these infamous words and put freedom in writing for Americans was born on this very day, 271 years ago. To commemorate the birthday of this American Hero, I've invited friend and fellow author Murray Pura to share some interesting facts about this Virginian. He's written a best selling short story on him that released in February!


In celebration of Jefferson's Birthday, we're giving away a kindle copy of BOTH volumes of the Declaration of Independence series on Thomas Jefferson and Samuel Adams!

Murray, thank you for being with us. we're honored to have you here today! I loved the part of your story discussing Jefferson's original wording in the declaration. Is it true that some of the founding fathers wanted to outlaw slavery right off?

 Jefferson owned slaves but it seems to me he wanted to be done with it personally as well as give America a clean start that was void of such an abuse of human rights. All the delegates agreed with his original draft where he abolished slavery EXCEPT South Carolina and Georgia and it was to appease them and remain united in the face of the British army that Jefferson's section on abolition was deleted. He was incensed.

 What made congress choose Jefferson to pen the Declaration?

That was the influence of John Adams and Ben Franklin, particularly Adams. He knew Jefferson had a lively mind, was well-read, and wrote with eloquence and passion. He persuaded Congress to let Jefferson write the first draft which would then be subject to Congress approval - and edit.

 What was Jefferson's personality like?

 More of an introvert. Didn't like crowded social occasions. Didn't like the city. Not one for speaking a lot, he preferred to talk via his quill and writings. A quick wit and a nimble mind, highly intelligent, fluent in a number of languages, always inventing something (like the lap desk he wrote a great deal of the Declaration on), exploring the natural world and recording his observations (thanks to him we know what the weather was like on July 4th), or reading a book. He was warm to his wife and family, less so to others in the sense he was not a hugger and kisser, yet he was not an icy man, just  more subdued and withdrawn than friends like the Adams brothers or Ben Franklin.

 As you've studied Thomas, what is it you like most about him?

His energy and passion for all of life, God included, that makes him seem to me to be as fresh and curious and energetic as a man who possesses eternal youth.

 Jefferson was a lawyer, was the profession in any way different than it is today?

In Colonial America there was little in the way of cross-examination allowed, little in the way of the defense calling witnesses in support of its case, little in the way of trial by jury. Often enough the prosecuting attorney and the judge were the same person so, as you can imagine, the defendants were inevitably found guilty. Any hope of success could only lie in a defense attorney's ability to sway the judge or judges with his powers of logic and oratory.

Wow. Sounds like Jefferson had his work cut out for him. Thank you so much for joining us today, Murray! 

 Murray Pura was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, just north of the Dakotas and Minnesota. His first novel was released in Toronto in 1988 and was a finalist for the Dartmouth Book Award. Since that time he has published ten more novels, two collections of short stories, and several nonfiction titles including the Zondervan books Rooted and Streams and the Baker devotional Majestic & Wild. He has been a finalist for several awards in the US and Canada and in 2012 won the Word Award of Toronto for Best Historical Novel. Murray lives and writes in southwestern Alberta and is currently published by Barbour, Baker, Harper One, Zondervan, and Harvest House as well as several other publishing houses – he works with publishers in Canada, America, the UK, and Holland. His releases for 2013 include the novels: Ashton Park, The Rose of Lancaster County, A Road Called Love, Seven Oaks, The Painted Sky, Whispers of a New Dawn, Beneath the Dover Sky, The Name of the Hawk, and An Amish Family Christmas. His diverse writing spans many genres including: historical fiction, contemporary fiction, literary fiction, romance, adventure, western, suspense, fantasy, Amish, and inspirational. Most of his work is available in ebook format for Kindle, Kobo, and Nook as well as in paperback.

View the DOI Series on Amazon! 
 Thomas Jefferson by Murray Pura
Samuel Adams by Amber Schamel
Next installment coming soon!

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