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Monday, July 27, 2015

Johnnie Alexander - Where Treasure Hides

Good Monday Morning Readers!

Today,  Johnnie Alexander visits Lagniappe to discuss her latest release, Where Treasure Hides.

Welcome, Johnnie!


Tell us a little about 
Where Treasure Hides.

Alison Schuyler, a Dutch-American artist, doesn’t expect to fall in love while waiting for her train at London’s Waterloo Station. Especially not with a British soldier on the eve of war. But she’s enchanted by Ian Devlin’s heroic kindness to a young Kindertransport boy. And by Ian’s heart-flipping grin.

The turmoil of war, and an obsessed Nazi officer, may keep the couple apart for a while, but nothing can separate two hearts destined for one another.

As they face their own unique challenges, Alison and Ian struggle to survive without losing hope in God’s promises for their future.

Artist Alison Schuyler spends her time working in her family’s renowned art gallery, determined to avoid the curse that has followed the Schuyler clan from the Netherlands to America and back again. She’s certain that true love will only lead to tragedy—that is, until a chance meeting at Waterloo station brings Ian Devlin into her life.

Drawn to the bold and compassionate British Army captain, Alison begins to question her fear of love as World War II breaks out, separating the two and drawing each into their own battles. While Ian fights for freedom on the battlefield, Alison works with the Dutch Underground to find a safe haven for Jewish children and priceless pieces of art alike. But safety is a luxury war does not allow.

As time, war, and human will struggle to keep them apart, will Alison and Ian have the faith to fight for their love, or is it their fate to be separated forever?

If you could be any character, from any book who would you be? Why?

This is such a fun question. And with so many possibilities, how can I choose just one? However, I once quipped to a friend that I had resigned my seat on the Jedi Council to become a Lothlorien Elf.

I’m not really a fan of science fiction or fantasy, but I loved the original three Star War movies and several of the books, and I’m a huge Tolkien fan. My favorite of his books is The Silmarillion which tells Middle Earth’s creation story and the history of the elves.

I’m intrigued by Tolkien’s imaginative world and would love to inhabit it. Except when Sauron is spreading his evil shadow across the land.

What Bible verse speaks to you the most? 

Colossians 3:1-3 is my “life” passage. This Scripture urges us to set our hearts and our minds on things above where Christ is seated at the right hand of God (paraphrase). We are to deliberately focus, both emotionally and intellectually, on what is heavenly and eternal because our lives are hidden with Christ. 
These verses dwell deep within me and often provide comfort and joy.


What is the best non-writing advice you ever received? 
My mom used to say, “Don’t wish your life away.” I still hear that whenever I say, “I wish . . .” Of course, now that I’m a mom and a grandmom myself, I better understand the wisdom of those words.


What led you to choose the genre in which you write? 
My fascination with World War II history gave me little choice! A few years before The Monuments Men movie was released I had delved into the Nazi looting of art and knew I wanted to include that in a novel. I’m switching to contemporary with my next release, but I still have at least one WWII story I’d like to write.


What is your hope for the readers of your books? 
Both Alison and Ian rely on specific Scriptures as they face their own challenges during the war. My hope is that readers will also hide these verses in their hearts for their difficult times. I also hope my readers close the last page with a sigh of contentment even while wishing the story hadn’t ended. Alison and Ian have lingered in my heart for a very long time—I hope they linger in others’ hearts, too. J


What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful? 
If you love Where Treasure Hides, please tell your friends about the story; leave a positive review on Amazon and other retail sites; and request your library purchase a copy. 
Please let me know if your book club reads the novel. I’d love to chat!

 What can we expect from you in the future? 

My next novel, Where She Belongs, is the first of three contemporary romances in the Misty Willow Series. It releases from Revell in January 2016, and I’m hard at work on the second book in the series. I’ve also recently signed a contract for a historical novella, tentatively titled The Healing Promise, for Barbour’s Courageous Brides collection. The story takes place in Nebraska in the late 1870s.
  
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LIGHTNING ROUND 

Pride and Prejudice or Gone with the Wind? Pride and Prejudice
C.S. Lewis or J.R.R Tolkien? Tolkien
Socks or slippers or both? Socks (I love socks!)
Vacation: Beach or Mountains? Mountains
Birthday Card: Email or Snail Mail?  Snail mail


Johnnie Alexander writes inspiring stories that linger in the heart. Where Treasure Hides, her debut novel, won the ACFW Genesis Contest (2011) and Golden Leaf Award (2014). The first of her three contemporary romances, Where She Belongs (Misty Willow Series), releases from Revell in January 2016.

She also has won Best Novel and Best Writer awards (Florida Christian Writers Conferences), and Bronze Medalist (My Book Therapy Frasier Contest).

A graduate of Rollins College (Orlando) with a Master of Liberal Studies degree, Johnnie treasures family memories, classic movies, road trips, and stacks of books. She lives in the Memphis area where her morning chores include feeding dogs, cats, chickens, and a small herd of alpacas. 





Johnnie, thanks for sharing!

Johnnie's, question to readers:

Many people risked their lives during WWII to protect valuable art. In Where Treasure Hides, Alison risks her life to protect her father’s greatest masterpiece, a portrait of her deceased mother. Is a “thing” ever of more importance than a person’s life? And if not, why are so many willing to sacrifice themselves to protect what they value?



Readers, thanks for visiting Lagniappe.


I pray you find 
"a little something extra" 
in each of your days.

Marian

2 comments:

Johnnie Alexander said...

Hi, Marian. I'm so excited to visit with you and your readers. Thanks for inviting me!

Marian Pellegrin Merritt said...

Johnnie, It's a pleasure to have you here!