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
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?

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
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?)

always been fascinated with historical Chicago, and I thought an Oliver
-type story would fit in well. When I began researching for A Girl Like
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?

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?

God’s love is real and He wants to be a vibrant part of each person’s life.

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About The Author

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.