Author Interview – Edwina Kiernan – Pearl’s Promise

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ABOUT THE BOOK

Pearl's Promise

Title: Pearl’s Promise
Series: Gems of Grace #2
Author: Edwina Kiernan
Publisher: Moliant Publishing
Release Date: May 1, 2021
Genre: Christian Historical Romance

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A duty-bound heir. A dejected spinster.

An encounter that could ruin both their families’ demands for their futures…

Horrified to see the man she had always dreamed of marrying saying his vows to someone else, Pearl Acton’s devastation only seems to confirm one of her deepest fears – that she’ll remain unseen and alone, never mattering to anyone.

And when her family falls on hard times and seeks to marry her off to a wealthy suitor as soon as possible, her other deepest fear seems inevitable – being trapped in a loveless marriage, just like her parents.

Until an encounter with a quiet and soulful heir, Nicholas Dalton, sparks a fragile hope that perhaps Pearl might save her family’s fortune and marry for love.

But when circumstances on both sides of their families take drastic turns, the promise of happiness seems irrevocably shattered.

As Pearl and Nicholas each strive to uphold their family duties, they soon discover that things aren’t quite what they seem. But is it too late to escape their crushing obligations and forge a new path – together?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Edwina Kiernan

Edwina Kiernan is a Christian writer, and author of the well-received Inspirational Regency romance novel, Ruby’s Redemption.

An enthusiast of classic novels and history, Edwina combines her faith, imagination, and research in hope-infused tales set in times past. Her latest novel is the second in the Inspirational Regency romance series, Gems of Grace.

A lifelong word admirer, with Welsh and Irish heritage, she started writing stories early in childhood. She still loves to learn, taking courses from places like Oxford University and the Beau Monde, for both fun and further education.

When she’s not writing, Edwina loves spending time with her dashing husband and lively little son, reading and studying the Bible, getting lost in a captivating novel, and drinking more types of tea than most people realize even exist.

For free gifts, updates, and lots of classic and historical fiction goodness, join her mailing list at EdwinaKiernan.com

AN INTERVIEW WITH EDWINA KIERNAN

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

When I was little. I was constantly writing stories on every scrap of paper I could find, and had notebooks filled with little stories that I loved to imagine and invent. As happens all too often, for many years I listened to the naysayers who said that it was too unstable a career. I always did some form of writing, but it was only last year that I decided it was time to do what I’d always wanted to do – and more importantly, what I feel that God has given me to do for Him, and refocus my main efforts on fiction. I am so glad to finally be doing what I believe I was made to do.

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

First and foremost, I’m a wife and mama, then a writer. I also live with chronic illness, which has a huge impact on my day to day life and abilities. For fun, when I’m not writing, I love reading. Paperback, eBook, audiobook – I love them all, because they allow me to read a lot more at times when I usually wouldn’t be able to – for example, I can listen to audiobooks while I’m cooking or read a few pages of an eBook while I’m waiting for something. It’s great! I also enjoy creative and design based things. Warning: don’t get me started talking about fonts, because I could literally talk all day about them!

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

Obviously, I love reading historical romance – I would happily travel back in time and embrace the manners and decorum that society today has lost. (Plus, the dresses were gorgeous!). I’ve always loved reading the classics, too, because those were actually written back in the day, and I love the language and descriptions to really get a feel for what everyday life was like back then. Plus, I’ve recently discovered Christian romantic suspense, and I love it! I’m a huge fan of all things mystery/detection/deduction, but I don’t like graphic, violent or scary novels. Christian romantic suspense is clean, and usually not creepy. I’m binge-reading Christy Barritt’s ‘Squeaky Clean Mysteries’ series at the moment and loving them! They’re fun, upbeat, hilarious, suspenseful and full of faith, and they don’t glorify the crimes that the protagonist is solving.

What is your favorite vacation spot? And why?

I’m not a huge vacation person. Maybe it’s because I find travelling so exhausting due to my health issues. As long as I have my husband and son (and some good books!), anywhere can be a happy place. Though, obviously, I love places that are steeped in history… anywhere with castles or ruins is a bonus!

Who did you have in mind as you wrote the book?

I didn’t have any real people in mind as I wrote the characters – I usually tend to invent and picture the characters themselves rather than basing their appearances or traits on a particular real person.

Which character did you enjoy writing most?

I really enjoyed writing Nicholas. He’s a bit scatterbrained and disorganised on the surface, but he’s so deep and poetic and loyal. And I truly loved writing the bond that he had with his horse, Eirwen. There was a lot of depth to explore with Nicholas’s personality and all the things that happen to him throughout the novel.

As a former K-12 school librarian I have to ask – what is your favorite children’s book?

I have two: The Horse and His Boy (Narnia) by C. S. Lewis (which I still love and read regularly to this day), and George’s Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl (which I read so many times when I was a kid that I can pretty much remember everything in it even though I haven’t read it in about twenty years)! I always wanted to make George’s medicine, but never did… And I have always wanted a talking horse like Bree… Both of those books are just delightful.

What advice would you give to a child or teen who wants to be a writer?

Write, write, write, and read, read, read. Read books that are written well, and you will learn a lot from them about how to write well. Keep writing and practising, and you will improve your skills. Never listen to people who tell you that it’s silly or impractical or impossible to be a writer, but always listen to trustworthy editors and readers who offer you advice on how to improve your craft. Don’t expect everything to be perfect right away – it’s a marathon, not a sprint, and, like any skill, the more you do it, the better at it you’ll become. Keep writing. Keep going. You can do it.

Thanks for joining me today, Edwina. I also have a chronic illness and I appreciate your accomplishments in spite of your illness – I know how challenging that can be.

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