Kathryn Springer took a moment to answer six questions about her book, Making His Way Home: Cole Merrick wanted to leave his past in the past, but that isn't the way it worked out.
Q: Small towns provide endless inspiration for a storyline. How did Mirror
Lake inspire you while writing Making His Way Home?
You're right about small towns! And I'm always inspired by the way the
characters care about each other and invest in each other's lives. Writing
about a close-knit group of friends makes me appreciate the people that
God has brought into my own life.
Q; What do you think readers will find interesting about this story?
Mirror Lake is celebrating its 125th birthday! The event committee holds a
competition in which couples are challenged to complete several ordinary
tasks . . . ordinary for 1887, that is! The competition brings together
characters from the previous books, and I hope it will make readers smile.
Q: The theme of confronting a forgotten past is so interesting. What did you
find compelling about this concept?
How one decision a person makes can shape some one else's life. Cole
Merrick had no idea that when he walked away from Grace it would change
the way she looked at relationships, how she looked at herself and even
the way she viewed God.
Q: How does your faith influence your writing?
In every book I write about two people falling in love, there is always a
greater love story woven throughout the pages. Love was God's idea in the
first place, so there's no way I can leave Him out of it!
Q: Why did you feel you had to tell this story?
I got to know Grace Eversea, a social worker who prefers cowboy boots to
heels, in Longing for Home, the fourth book in the Mirror Lake series. I
love stories about second chances so Grace finds herself face to face with
Cole Merrick, who happens to be her first love.
Q: Where do you get your best ideas?
When I'm walking our dog, Bailey, on the trails in the woods near our
home. The ideas just start to flow. . . the only problem is that I have to
head back to the house and write them down as quickly as possible before I