PM: I am so pleased to say I have Autumn Macarthur back in this morning for a coffee break with me! Autumn is a wonderful author and has become a great friend as well, so let’s welcome her here and get to know her even better a year later!
AM: Thanks, Paula, I’m so glad to be back, and I’ve loved getting to know you better over the past year.
PM: You have created so many loveable and remember-able characters in your stories, I wonder if you could tell us which of them you can relate to the most?
AM: I’m glad you think that about my characters. 🙂 I relate to ALL my characters, and there’s secretly a little bit of me in all of them.
The secret part is that I’m not telling which bit! But the faith and personal growth lessons the characters gain are the same ones God is teaching me as I write.
This is a tough question! I probably relate most to Claire in Midnight Clear, having spent my own wilderness years angry with God. That book was sooooooo healing to write. God snuck it up on me – I didn’t know Claire had a big issue let alone what it was till I was drafting Chapter 7.
The character I’d most like to be like is Anita in Teapots & Tiaras. Love her attitude! That girl rocks plus-size. No body shame or diets for her!
PM: What is one thing about you that your readers would be shocked to know?
AM: LOL, now how to answer this one? The serious answer: you know that saying “every saint was once a sinner, and every sinner is a potential saint”? Let’s just say – I have a past. Thanks to God, it’s now well in the past and forgiven.
The fun answer: I’ve tandem skydived twice. First time I was so terrified I screamed all the way down. Next time a skydiving team was back in town, I knew I had to jump again to overcome that fear. Second time was great! But twice is enough. Never again!
PM: In your humble opinion, what do you think is missing in Christian Fiction today, or at least what would you like to see more of in Christian Fiction?
AM: Christ! It breaks my heart to see how little Christian fiction really shows Jesus making a difference in the characters’ lives. I don’t want preachy stories with sermons and salvation scenes in every book, but if God isn’t right in there with the characters, if they don’t somehow change and grow even a little in their relationship with Him, I’m not sure it should be labelled Christian.
PM: If there was a news story about your life, what would the headline say?
AM: LOL, easy. Queen of Procrastination Finally Meets a Deadline!
PM: What’s your favorite color? Any reason why?
AM: I love most colors, especially browns, purples, greens, blues.
Lately I’ve been drawn to teal green a lot. It’s a beautiful, restful color. Reminds me of the colour of the sea, when you look down into it from a boat.
PM: What was the most unique inspiration you have had for one of your stories?
AM: I’m not sure of that one. I find inspiration everywhere. Story ideas just keep coming. Sometimes nothing seems to inspire them, the idea is just there. Something I see on the internet. A news item. Something a friend says. People-watching when I’m out (not so much now as I’ve become very stay-at-home. A minor character in a previous book wants his or her own story. I have such a long list of story ideas. I need to keep writing a long time (till I’m 150 should do it) to write them all, and new ones arrive regularly!
PM: I know you have a deep love for the animal kingdom, and have written them into your stories, but tell us do you have any family pets that currently own you?
AM: LOL, “own you” is right! We share our small house with three cats, plus a neighbor’s cat we frequently mind as she travels a lot. Jeremy Boxer Bear is my special boy, a cute little tabby. He just decided to move in one day, though it took me six months to tame him enough to just stay in the room when a human was in it, let alone touch him! We also live with two guinea pigs, funny little characters. We’ve set our little garden up to be a little wild, so we also have many birds and hedgehog visitors. There’s even a rare variety of newt in our tiny pond!
PM: What is it you hope most to get across to your readers in your books?
AM: That there’s nothing too bad for God to forgive. He loves us so much, and He wants us sharing all our life with Him. He wants us to surrender all our guilt, worries and fears to Him, so He can give us peace and joy instead. LOL, sermon over! I hope my books aren’t preachy, but I do want there to be a faith message in every one.
PM: Why don’t you tell us a little about your current / upcoming projects – The Billionaires and Chapel Cove?
AM: I’m so excited about both of these, though they’re very different! Chapel Cove Romances started from several readers asking for more stories with older couples. Marion Ueckermann, Alexa Verde and I came up with the idea of three friends all coming back to their small home town around their fortieth birthdays. That’s only the start! We hope to do 12 books, but with new characters and story ideas popping up all the time, I have a feeling that will grow!
Billionaire Protectors is a totally new direction for me – Christian romance with suspense, co-authored with Alexa Verde. This is a full-co-authoring, so the books aren’t quite like either of our solo books, but have a blend of both our voices. I don’t normally do suspense, and yet I’m enjoying it and finding my brain CAN do suspense, after all. Makes sense. Alexa and I actually met, over five years ago, in a Harlequin writing group for aspiring Love Inspired Suspense authors! Much as I love those books, I’m glad to be indie. We get better covers!
PM: How can readers keep in touch with you and your new releases?
AM: Lots of ways! I have a weekly reader newsletter with book news from me and my author friends. Readers can sign-up here and get a free romance novella: https://dl.bookfunnel.com/xgzyx4s1fh
Or just get the free ebook – you don’t need to tick the box to join my newsletter unless you really want to!
I’m in a fab shared Facebook group with my closest author friends, Marion and Alexa, as well as this awesome book blogger, Paula Marie!
If you use Facebook, you’re welcome to join in the fun there: https://facebook.com/groups/247218999320897
Or anyone who doesn’t do Facebook or want weekly emails can follow me on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Autumn-Macarthur/e/B00N9KRHKY/ or BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/autumn-macarthur and only get emails when I have a new release.
It’s been fun having coffee with you today, Paula! Thank you!