Author Interview – Michelle De Bruin

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Promise for Tomorrow
By Michelle De Bruin
Christian Historical Romance
Paperback & ebook, 290 Pages
November 19th 2019 by Mantle Rock Publishing

Living a life of faith isn’t going the way Logan and Karen hoped until some special visitors arrive and offer them their future back.

Karen Millerson dreamed of teaching high school but now finds herself boarding with a farm family and teaching country school. She is engaged to marry Logan De Witt and is getting prepared to share in ministry with him. But when she gets blamed for the tragic fire at the school, Karen’s future grows uncertain.

Logan De Witt is working to clear his family’s name with the bank. But when he breaks his leg, hindering his ability to work the farm, Logan is faced with life-changing decisions. When his best friend can’t offer the help he requested, can Logan find a way to care for his family and court Karen at the same time before his love for her destroys all of them?

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Other Books in the Series

Hope for Tomorrow
By Michelle De Bruin
Christian Historical Romance
Paperback & ebook, 294 Pages
October 23rd 2018 by Mantle Rock Publishing LLC

When Logan De Witt learns of his father’s sudden death, he returns home to the family’s dairy farm. During his stay, he discovers his mother’s struggle with finances and his younger sister’s struggle with grief. Concern for his family presses Logan to make the difficult decision to leave his career as a pastor and stay on the farm. As a way to make some extra money, he agrees to board the teacher for their local school.

Karen Millerson arrives from Chicago ready to teach high school but her position is eliminated so she accepts the role of country school teacher. Eager to put her family’s ugly past behind her, Karen begins a new career to replace the trust she lost in her own father who had been in ministry when she was a child.

Logan and Karen both sense a call from the Lord to serve him, but neither of them expected that one day they would do it together.

Can Karen learn to trust again? Will Logan lay aside his grief in exchange for God’s purpose for his life?

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About the Author

Michelle De Bruin lives in Iowa with her husband and two teenage sons. She has a bachelor’s degree in Religion with a Christian Ministry emphasis, and in Music. Michelle is the spiritual services provider for an organization that offers services for people with mental and physical disabilities. She has been a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) since 2015. Michelle writes inspirational historical romance about people who live in rural communities. Characters that bring to life the delights of farm and small-town living, whispers of Dutch heritage, and Christian faith make Michelle’s stories distinct. A romantic at heart, Michelle is always on the lookout for glimpses of God’s love through the window of a good story. Her first book, Hope for Tomorrow, released in 2018. The sequel, Promise for Tomorrow, released November 2019.

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An Interview with Michelle De Buin

  1. When did you first know you wanted to be an author?

Can you believe, I didn’t ever think I’d be an author? I admired many good writers in my teens and college years, but I never dreamed I would ever write published books.

  1. When you are not writing, what other hats do you wear? What do you do for fun?

I am the spiritual services provider for an organization that provides services for people with physical and mental disabilities. In this role, I lead retreats, create and teach Bible lessons, write devotionals, and offer grief counseling. I am also a wife to my husband Tom, and Mom to my teenage sons. For fun, I like to play the piano and lead worship on Sunday mornings. I also find an office supply store like Office Max to be a good time. I enjoy browsing the aisles of planners, colored file folders, post-it notes, pens and pencils, and office furniture. Just telling about it makes me want to go shopping!

  1. What is your favorite genre to read? What about that genre draws you?

My favorite genre to read is also the genre I write in, Christian Historical Fiction. I’m drawn to this genre by the things I learn about a historical era or setting, as well as by the layers of spiritual truth written into the story. Christian fiction serves as an effective tool to demonstrate how faith shapes us and how God works in a person’s life.

  1. What historical figure do you admire and why?

I admire William Wilberforce, and I admire him because he chose to live his faith out in the world as a politician. He stayed in the fight for 20 years to end slavery and represented many other good causes during his career in the British parliament.

  1. Because I am a K – 12 school librarian I have to ask – what is your favorite children’s book?

My favorite children’s book is the Dr. Seuss book Go Dog Go by P.D. Eastman. I read it to my boys over and over again when they were small. There is one page in that book that stands out to our family as sort of an inside joke between my husband and I as Mom and Dad, and our sons. It is the page with the illustration of the wide bed where a whole pack of colored dogs are supposed to be asleep. The words on that page say, “Now it is night. Night is not a time for play. It is a time for sleep. All dogs go to sleep. They will sleep all night.” I would quote that portion of Go Dog Go to my little bedtime snubbers as a reminder to follow the dogs’ example to go to sleep and stay that way all night.

That is a favorite from my childhood as well.

  1. Every year I organize a Young Authors Day for the kids at our school. What advice would you give to a child wo wants to be a writer?

Wow. Good for you, Jane, for organizing the Young Authors Day. That will reap a rich harvest in so many young lives that may end up being so much more than you realize. For a child who wants to be a writer, I would tell them to keep a diary or a journal so that they can pay attention to what makes them laugh, notice what brings them confidence and makes them feel strong, learn to tell the truth, and master helpful and uplifting speech. Then they can put that all together as their own unique voice to share with the world in whatever form the choose.

Thank you for joining us today, Michelle. My readers and I always enjoy learning a little more about authors in these interviews.

You can read my previously published review of Promise for Tomorrow here.

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