Author Interview- Mona Hodgson

22 Jan

The celebration continues!  The Quilted Heart by Mona Hodgson released yesterday and I am thrilled to share Mona’s interview, as well as several giveaway opportunities.  I hope you enjoy this delightful author interview and will join us again Friday for a special character interview with Elsa Brantenberg.  Also, don’t miss the giveaway details given at the bottom of the post!

Welcome, Mona!  Thank you so much for joining us!

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Hi, Everyone! Britney, thanks so much for the opportunity to join you all here. I appreciate your interest in my Historical Fiction.

Mona, please share with us the inspiration for The Quilted Heart novellas.

Intersections inspired the concept of The Quilted Heart novellas.  First, a visit to Historic Saint Charles, Missouri, in 1999 and the desire to write a story set there. Then, the idea to use quilting and a quilted heart as a metaphor for a transformed heart in a series of talks for Christian Women’s Retreats. Next, a heightened awareness of the effects of Retinitis Pigmentosa on my extended family and a desire to tell the story of a women struggling with blindness. When I had an opportunity to write a grouping of novellas as a prequel to Prairie Song, Book 1 in Hearts Seeking Home, a wagon train series, all of the above factors intersected to create The Quilted Heart omnibus–Dandelions on the Wind, Bending Toward the Sun, and Ripples Along the Shore.

I am drawn to book titles and each of these novella titles has such special meaning, as does the title of the omnibus, The Quilted Heart.  How did you choose your titles?  The-Quilted-Heart-Omnibus

The poet in me loves imagery and metaphor. I mingled that with my appreciation for God’s creation and the characters’ situations for the titles to the novellas. Dandelions on the Wind, Bending Toward the Sun, and Ripples Along the Shore. The Quilted Heart is a transformed heart, again, a metaphor for the way God’s transforming love makes us into a new creation.

The Quilted Heart is full of historical details and descriptions.  How did you research the various aspects of life in Saint Charles, Missouri, following the Civil War?

I perused websites and books about Saint Charles and the Civil War, but, at heart, I am a hands-on researcher. In March 2012, I returned to St. Charles. I toured the area with someone from the tourism bureau, met with the archivist at the St. Charles County Historical Society, wandered through several museums in the area, and strolled the cobblestone streets and along the river.

One of my favorite things about these novellas is the spiritual wisdom that is shared when the women of the St. Charles quilting circle gather together.  Who are some of the special women in your life who have shared their spiritual wisdom with you?   

June Adams, after whom I fashioned the character of Hattie Adams—Miss Hattie–in The Sinclair Sisters of Cripple Creek Series. Patsy Clairmont, a National Conference Speaker, who said things like “Normal is only a setting on your dryer.” She wrote a book by that title.

TQHQuilts are so special and each one tells a story.  Are you a quilter and/or do you have any quilts that are special to you?

It was the imagery and metaphor that led me to first speak at women’s retreats about The Quilted Heart and then write these stories. I’m not a quilter, but I had two grandmothers who were and my Sis Linda is a quilter. I have the first quilt Linda made to commemorate the birth of my first daughter, Amy.

Rather than being three individual stories, the characters in The Quilted Heart can found throughout the novellas as well as in the Hearts Seeking Home series.  How did you decide to write these stories this way? 

I love exploring community, which leads me to write ensemble casts. I like to “live” in community with my characters from story to story (even series to series). In my first series, The Sinclair Sisters of Cripple Creek, the four novels feature four sisters and a sister-in-law whose journeys take place in the backdrop of a boardinghouse and mining community. In The Quilted Heart, it’s the farming and riverside community of St. Charles, Missouri.  In Prairie Song, the story that follows The Quilted Heart, the members of The Boone’s Lick Wagon Train Company, journeying west, provides the ensemble cast of characters.

Prairie Song

The Quilted Heart is a prequel to the Hearts Seeking Home series.  Prairie Song is the first book in this series and was released in August.  After reading The Quilted Heart, I felt like I was catching up with old friends in Prairie Song and I can’t wait to continue their stories!  What can you share with us about Book 2?  Do you have a release date? 

Mountain Whispers is the sequel to Prairie Song and the conclusion to the wagon train company’s journey west. Unfortunately, I don’t have a release date yet for Mountain Whispers but as I do, you’ll be able to find it on my blog and Facebook Mona Hodgson Author Page, https://www.facebook.com/Author.Mona

Thank you so much for taking the time to answer these questions!  How can readers connect with you online? 

It was my pleasure to join you all here, Britney. Here’s where you can find me online:

www.monahodgson.com/blog

https://www.facebook.com/Author.Mona

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/602227.Mona_Hodgson

http://www.pinterest.com/monahodgson/

http://www.novelcrossing.com/author/3004/monahodgson

https://twitter.com/MonaHodgson

 

Giveaway Opportunities:

1.  BUZZING ABOUT BOOKS DRAWING

I am giving away one copy of The Quilted Heart here on my blog.  See Monday’s post for details and comment to win. 

2.  BLOG TOUR DRAWING

 Leave a comment here, then comment on Mona Hodgson Author Page before Friday, January 31st to enter the BLOG TOUR DRAWING for one of three signed copies of The Quilted Heart. Tell Mona which blog you visited (Buzzing About Books) and commented on! You can enter once for each Participating Blog you visit and comment on. 

3.  BOOK RELEASE PARTY

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Don’t miss Mona’s Facebook Release Party for THE QUILTED HEART!

Please save the date for a Book Release Party on Facebook, Friday, January 24th! You’ll find her in the Notes Section on her “Mona Hodgson Author Page” from 4 pm to 6 pm (Mountain Time). To calculate what time this is for you, click here: http://www.thetimezoneconverter.com.

Mona will answer questions, give away prizes, and share photos and behind-the-scenes stories about the three novellas included in The Quilted Heart omnibus, set in Saint Charles, Missouri.

 

14 Responses to “Author Interview- Mona Hodgson”

  1. Amyc January 22, 2014 at 7:15 am #

    Thank you! I am loving learning more and more about Mona!

    • Mona Hodgson January 22, 2014 at 8:50 am #

      As persistent you are, Amy, surely you will win a copy of The Quilted Heart. So glad we can provide so many opportunities. Happy Reading! Mona

  2. Mona Hodgson January 22, 2014 at 8:53 am #

    Britney, what fun to have you share in the celebration of The Quilted Heart with me. Thank you for this opportunity to connect with your followers. Blessings! Mona

  3. myrecentfavoritebooks January 22, 2014 at 10:56 am #

    This sounds like a wonderful book! =)
    I love quilts and stories about them!

    • Mona Hodgson January 22, 2014 at 11:38 am #

      Good to see you here. I appreciate your interest in The Quilted Heart. Can’t wait for you to read it! Blessings, Mona

  4. Elizabeth Dent January 22, 2014 at 11:29 am #

    Britney and Mona , I loved your interview . Mona the cover on your book is awesome and I am sure the book is too . Thanks and blessings
    lizd225(at)gmail(dot)com

    • Mona Hodgson January 22, 2014 at 11:39 am #

      Hi, Liz! So glad you enjoyed the interview. Yes, WaterBrook Multnomah does a great job on my covers. Blessings and Happy Reading! Mona

  5. Judy B January 22, 2014 at 1:39 pm #

    It was great learning a little about you Mona. I found this interview to be very interesting. I’m not a quilter either and like Mona I have family members that are. I have two women cousins that quilt and my cousin Howard loves quilting and he is good at it! How did he get started? His wife Wava roped him in! They are both retired and quilt to their hearts desire!.

    I love the cover of this book and I love that tattered relationships and broken hearts like a quilt can be pieced together by God’s love. I am looking forward to reading, The Quilted Heart.

    Blessings to you Britney and Mona!
    Judy B

    • Mona Hodgson January 22, 2014 at 4:51 pm #

      Hi, Judy. Good to see you here. Glad you enjoyed the interview. I loved your story about your cousin Howard and Aunt Wava. Fun! The cover for The Quilted Heart is one of my favorite. Blessings and Happy Reading! Mona

  6. Savurbks January 22, 2014 at 2:47 pm #

    Thank-you for hosting this interview…very interesting! I am amazed at how developed the storyline was in “Dandelions on the Wind” for a novella! Well done! (I look forward to reading the others…especially all together in one book!)

    • Mona Hodgson January 22, 2014 at 4:52 pm #

      Thanks for joining us here. Glad you enjoyed the interview, and I appreciate your interest in The Quilted Heart. Blessings! Mona

  7. Melanie Backus January 22, 2014 at 4:45 pm #

    What a great interview! Britney, your questions are wonderful and Mona, from what you said, this book comes from the heart. Thank you for what you both do.

  8. Jan Hall January 22, 2014 at 4:58 pm #

    Having read Prairie Song I really want to read The Quilted Heart. I think it will be fantastic to get more of the background for Prairie Song.

  9. faithful acres homestead January 23, 2014 at 10:54 am #

    I had Prarie song as Diana won it and already had a copy,but when Mona said that the omnibus was the prequel to it, I saved it for last…smile. I like reading things in order. I loved reading this, and for those who have no read the book , it gives such insight into the characters and the story.
    Blessings
    Linda Finn
    faithfulacresbooks@gmail.com

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