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Lauralee Bliss

Lauralee Bliss

Lauralee Bliss is a published author of twenty Christian romance novels and novellas in both historical and contemporary genres. Lauralee was voted in the top four in a recent Heartsong Presents 2010 Reader’s Poll for favorite authors. Lauralee makes her home with her family in Virginia in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Q&A: Lauralee Bliss

Q&A: Lauralee Bliss

(September 2011)
The author shares about her 3-in-1 romance collection Red Rock Weddings (Romancing America): Visit beautiful Utah and experience the wonder of love experienced by three different women.

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.
The common thread that joined the books together was, of course, the state of Utah. But as one who loves scenic beauty, which Utah is known for in its multiple national park designations that display its scenic wonders – each of the books focus on a part of Utah’s natural setting – from the wild Colorado River and the unique arches of Arches National Park, to the mystery of the hoodoos of Bryce Canyon, to the mountainous Wasatch Range flanking the largest metropolitan city in the state, Salt Lake City. And together they paint a portrait of God’s hand in creation.

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 wanted to use the rocky ruggedness inherent in the Utah landscape to bring forth the idea of “ruggedness” within each of the characters. The characters struggle with different trials in their lives. As they let go and trust God, the seeming ruggedness of those trials can turn into a thing of beauty as well as knit them with the special person God has brought into their lives. This theme runs through each of the books in the collection.

Q: What was your inspiration for the original series? (And how much did your original plan change over the course of the arc?)
My inspiration was to take each of the stories a step further than normal formula romance. That is, allowing the characters to experience situations that may not be normally written about, and to do it with total sensitivity and a firm basis in biblical Christianity. Yes, there are some gritty issues tackled like immorality, issues that have tested a few of my readers it seems. But each story is built on a solid foundation of faith and the redemptive work of Christ in the hearts of the characters. I would not have it any other way.

Q: How does your faith influence your writing?
Faith is all that matters in this work I do and as a writer on the whole. I view writing novels as a ministry, a way to reach readers with nuggets of spiritual truth woven into the fabric of an enthralling story. It is God’s work in me through the words I write. Faith is what drives the story forward to reach the heart.

Q: What do you most hope readers get out of your fiction?
My hope is that readers will enjoy a good page-turning story while feasting on spiritual food that will nourish them in their Christian walk and affect those around them.I hope they will write me about their experiences with this collection. I look forward to it.


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