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Frances Devine

Frances Devine

Frances Devine grew up in the great state of Texas, where she wrote her first story at the age of nine. She moved to Southwest Missouri more than twenty years ago and fell in love with the hills, the fall colors and Silver Dollar City. Frances has always loved to read, especially cozy mysteries. She is the mother of seven adult children and has fourteen wonderful grandchildren.
Q&A: Frances Devine

Q&A: Frances Devine

(January 2011)
The author shares about her 3-in-1 historical romance collection Windy City Brides (Romancing America): Will faith see three couples through pivotal moments in Chicago’s history?

Q: Your 'Romancing America' book started out as separate titles for the Heartsong Presents readers. Tell us how the individual novels are linked together into a larger picture.
Windy City Brides is a compilation of three historical romance novels -- A Girl Like That, Once a Thief and Sugar and Spice all feature stories of the same family in Chicago in the years preceding, during and after the turn of the century.

Q: When you were originally writing the series, how much were you focused on each individual title -- and how much were your eyes on how each piece fit into the larger story?
I wrote the second book , Once a Thief, first -- so my focus was on my characters and story. When I realized my heroes' parents had a story of their own to tell, I went back and wrote A Girl Like That. By that time, I realized the three books were linked, so my focus was on the series as well as the individual books. Sugar and Spice wrapped up the series.

Q: What was your inspiration for the original series? (And how much did your original plan change over the course of the arc?)
I've always been fascinated with historical Chicago, and I thought an Oliver Twist-type story would fit in well. When I began researching for A Girl Like That, I was mesmerized with all the facts I found about the great Chicago Fire. Further research revealed the disastrous sinking of the Eastland, a steamship that went down with hundreds of vacationing passengers, so I included that in the final book. I hope I portrayed the courage and grit of the people of Chicago during those horrible occurrences that changed the city.

Q: How does your faith influence your writing?
I sincerely hope my faith is revealed through the characters in my stories and how they deal with life issues.

Q: What do you most hope readers get out of your fiction?
That God's love is real and He wants to be a vibrant part of each person's life.


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