la·gniappe (lnyp, ln-yp) n.
Chiefly Southern Louisiana & Mississippi
1. A small gift presented by a storeowner to a customer with the customer's purchase.
2. An extra or unexpected gift or benefit.
I hope these entries give you a little something extra with posts about this southern gal living in the north, about writing, author interviews, new releases, and occasional photos from my photography sojourns.
Thanks for reading!
Marian P. Merritt - Lagniappe
Where the Bayous Meet the Mountains
Monday, July 13, 2015
LoRee Peery - Where Hearts Meet
Good Monday Morning Readers!
Today, LoRee Peery visits Lagniappe
to discuss her latest release, Where Hearts Meets
Shattered by the loss of her parents, Deena pours her love into her patients at an assisted living facility. When the son of one her charges starts showing up to spend time with his mother, Deena's wary heart is warmed by his attention to his mother...and to her. Simon is plagued by his ex-wife's disappearance years before. When he meets Deena, who closely resembles the woman, he fears his attraction is based only on Deena's looks. But she exhibits a warmth his ex-wife never had. Dare he risk his once broken heart? As two lonely souls pursue a tentative, budding love, secrets and lies come forward to tear them apart. Can Simon and Deena overcome loss and allow their hearts to mend?
As usual, I went through files for ideas and read news clippings, made a
few notes, and brainstormed. The title came and seemed perfect. I have a list
of possible names and chose Deena Shores and Simon Hart. She’s a receptionist
at a memory care facility where Simon’s mother is a resident. The tagline
hasn’t changed: Are obedience and trust in God enough to keep Deena and Simon
from chasing memories?
The forty wordsI kept before
me as I wrote: Deena strives to keep her attraction for Simon secret while
caring for his mother. Simon looks into Deena’s dark eyes, sees his wife, and
relives her disappearance. Will his obedience to God override the chance Deena
may vanish as well?
weren't a writer, what would be another dream job?
I once thought it’d be rewarding to volunteer at a Christian pregnancy
center. At home I’ve always dreamt of creating quilted wall hangings where fabric
creations draw an observer into a garden or a visual story place. Neither is a
job. I consider writing an adventure I can’t ignore, rather than a job.
you to choose the genre in which you write?
As a girl I loved the adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn. I read the
Pollyanna series, horse stories, Nancy Drew, Zane Grey. There seemed to be a
call to romance in those westerns. What clinched romance for me was Gone with the Wind, which I read at age
thirteen. When I first started writing, I played around with suspense themes
because I like the tension of solving crimes, but reading a cozy mystery isn’t
deep enough characterization for me. In the end, I’m all for happily-ever-after,
which equals romance.
some of the challenges (research, literary, psychological, or logistical) you
faced in bringing this story to life?
I once met a woman with advanced dementia, still living with her husband
on their farm, and that experience haunted me for a long time. I tucked away my
notes, wondering if I could ever write about such a character. At the time of
my first draft for Where Hearts Meet,
I’d never been in a facility focused on memory care, though I’d visited friends
and family in assisted living. God’s timing warms my heart. I attended an open
house at a new facility after I’d written this story. Now, a dear friend
anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Oh, yes. Don’t let anyone try to convince you to believe writing is
easy. I need the Lord’s strength from idea to revision and on through
promotion. There’s probably a spot in most projects where I say, “I can’t do
this without You, Lord,” instead of “Let’s write this together, Lord.” The
rewards are worth it. First and foremost, I’m doing what I believe the Lord has
called me to do. My characters struggle the same as real people do. The times
my hero and heroine take off without me are times to giggle and let the fingers
fly. I still do a swiveling happy dance in my chair (a squeal or two escapes as
well) when I get the email with a new contract. Reviews and comments from
readers make me smile and tear-up at the same time.
What’s the worst job you’ve had and how has it helped your
Though I loved the exploring playful times on the farm when
I walked endlessly and enjoyed the outdoors, chores was a challenge at times. The
chicken coop and barn and hog pen were yucky during my growing up years. It
doesn’t take much of a trigger and I can smell those places. I remember losing
my rubber boots in the muck of the corral. Any farmer will say animals stink. They’ll
agree weather plays a part. Overall, I’d never trade my farm experience. I
learned how to work, whether I felt like it or not. I learned to appreciate
God’s creation and Nebraska, the state of my birth.
What can we expect from you in the future?
I know my plans, but the Lord directs my steps. (Grinning.) I
have a Christmas novella with my editor now, a story in the works, and two to
polish and submit.
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Christian romance author LoRee Peery writes to feel alive, as a way of contributing, and to pass forward the hope of rescue from sin. She writes of redeeming grace with a sense of place. LoRee clings to I John 5:4 and prays her family sees that faith. She has authored the Frivolities Series and other e-books. Her desire for readers, the same as for her characters, is to discover where they fit in this life journey to best work out the Lord’s life plan.She is who she is by the grace of God: Christian, country girl, wife, mother, grandmother, sister, friend, and author. She’s been a reader since before kindergarten. One day she slapped a story in her lap. “I could write better than this.” (Lofty assumption, eh?) Her dear hubby challenged, “Why don’t you?” Thus her writing journey began many moons ago.
LoRee thanks for sharing! Readers thanks for visiting Lagniappe! Loren's Questions for you:
Has dementia or Alzheimer’s struck someone close to you?
I pray you find a "little something extra" in each of your days! Marian