Interview with Christian Romance Author – Melinda Kaffer

Hello Melinda and Welcome! How very nice to meet you!

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Tell us a bit about you where are you from and other than writing what else do you enjoy?

  I’m from Illinois.  I’m currently in Varanasi India.  I enjoy reading, playing the piano, and hiking.

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How did you start writing? What was your inspiration to create?

I have always enjoyed writing.  I suppose writing is much like breathing. . ., It comes naturally. I remember as a child/teenager, filling the pages of my diary.  I started keeping a journal, once I ventured off into the world.  I guess writing has always been therapeutic for me.

Who is your favorite author, is there anyone out there that inspires you?

I have many favorite authors.  Some are well known and some known by few.  I can honestly say, they all inspire me.

If you’ve published a series, what is the series about?

My first series is about the many different challenges of life.  The title of my first series is Women of Faith. There are three novels in the series:

  1. The Crooked Path Second Edition
  2. Whispers in the Night Two
  3. Hadaddahs Cry

Each novel tackles struggles that most people like to “sweep under the rug”. These novels are published under Melinda J. Abersold.

Crooked path

About The Book:

This edition is a complete revision of the first edition. The dialogue has been altered throughout, and the profile of one of the characters has been changed.

Esther Cox is faced with many challenges as the pastor of a small church in Williamsville Missouri. She is challenged with coping with the death of her husband Samuel and raising her teenage daughter whose heart has drifted from God. She’s faced with the controversial argument of a woman placed in a pastoral position. Deep within her heart, she longs for a man to step into the pastoral position. Will Esther be able to pick up the pieces to her broken heart when her world is completely turned upside down by her teenage daughter, Ruthie?  Will she be able to open the door of her heart to love?

David Fisher is a well-respected farmer in the small town of Williamsville and has been a member of the country church in Williamsville since childhood. His heart was broken over the death of his wife Sadie, and he was determined not to give his heart to another. Will he listen to the still small voice of God, and go down the path God has asked of him?  Will he open the shutters to his heart, and love again?

The Crooked PathThe Kirkus Review For The Crooked Path

In her first novel, Abersold, shows Christian prayer and faith at work in a small Missouri town.

As Christian romance, the book extends charity, love and forgiveness without stooping to vulgar sensationalism; think 50 tasteful shades of love. The story succeeds in portraying what the author imagines to be a simpler, cleaner life back in 1959. .

A gentle romance peppered with homespun expressions of faith in action, which will satisfy readers who trust in the Lord. . .

 

Whispers in the Night

 About The Book:

 Life as Ruthie Cox once knew it in Williamsville Missouri changes completely when she decides to leave the comfort of her mama’s care.  She starts life afresh with the man of her dreams, and oh how he showers her with love.  She delights in experiencing life as a city girl.  Yes, her lovebird introduces her to an element of thrill that she longed for while growing up in a very strict Christian home, yet her relationship with God grows in a depth that she had never experienced.

Buddy’s world is turned upside down, right side up and completely shaken when he falls in love with Ruthie Cox.  Their love was as close to perfect as perfect could be.  Ruthie not only fulfills his manly emotions, but she also introduces him to a relationship with God.  However, darkness from Buddy’s past lurks in their almost perfect world, threatening to destroy their future.  Will love overcome his dark mistakes?

All the while God is reuniting old flames and bringing restoration to even the bleakest relationships.

Meanwhile, back in the cozy town of Williamsville, love is in the air and promises are being kept.  All seems to be going wonderfully well until tragedy hits the life of a young woman recently graduated from high school.  Will the townfolks overcome the heartache that comes with the misfortune?

Whispers in the Night

 

The BlueInk Review for Whispers in the Night:

“Abersold has constructed an intriguing Christian-oriented romance . . . (and) cleverly introduces plot twists that keeps readers guessing.  Abersold is sincere in teaching a godly lifestyle through her characters.”

 

Hadassah’s Cry

About The Book:

 After Ruthie makes her way out of the dark pit of depression, she is faced with the challenge of reconciling with her family.  Her husband never left her side, and he encourages her that all things will work together for the good.  All but one of her family members welcomed her back with open arms.  Her rebellious daughter refused to allow Ruthie to live her past mistakes down.

Hadassah falls into the trap that the enemy of her soul had set before her by running with the wrong crowd.  She turns to alcohol and drugs to avoid facing the pain that eats away at her mind, and she allows her heart to harden against God.  Will she find it in her heart to forgive her mother?  Will she open her heart to God’s forgiveness?  Will she open her heart to love?

When Logan inherits an estate from his aunt, he anxiously packs up and moves from his hometown, Savannah Georgia.  He hopes to start life anew.  Will the memories from his past keep him from pursuing a future?  Will he find the intimate relationship with God he longs for?  Or will he continue in condemnation?

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The Kirkus Review for: Hadassah’s Cry

Final volume of Christian romance trilogy that solves all problems in a godly fashion, as characters from The Crooked Path and Whispers in the Night grow older but still resolve difficulties through prayer, love and fellowship.  Everything fall into place for readers who enjoyed the previous looks at small-town life . . .

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m about to complete the last novel of my second series, titled Broken Dreams.  There are two novels to this series:

A Thread of Hope.

Overview for:  A Thread of Hope

A Thread of HopeMaggie Jenkins felt suffocated by the cold darkness of yesterday’s mistakes.  She silently wondered how she had allowed herself to slip into such a dark abyss.  It mattered not which direction she turned, the shadows of yesterday lurked down every avenue.  She had grown accustomed to the weight upon her shoulders that came from the heavy blanket of regret.  So much so, that she was able to venture out amongst “normal” people with her head held high.  She learned to tune out the whispers and block out the cold sneers.  But she would never learn to forgive herself for the life she had provided for the only ray of sunshine in her life.  Her son, Toddy. You see, Maggie was a professional prostitute.  Maggie simply held on to a tiny thread of hope that one day God would smile down upon her.  Todd was an introvert.  He loved hiding away in his own prison.  In his early teenage years, he started drinking Jack Daniel regularly.  He loved reading books that revolved around darkness, mainly because he related to the horror of thick darkness.  He loved his mom, Mag’s, the best he knew how.  About the only thing, he could give her credit for was her honesty . . . even though her line of profession was about as dishonest as the day is long.  He was determined to find a way out of the dark pit that he found himself sucked into.  Deep in his heart, he knew there had to be something better for him.  He was sick and tired of watching his only relative give herself to one man after another.  He had no idea who is dad might be or where he lived.  As for grandparents, they threw Mag’s under the bus when she got knocked up with him.  Jenna and Grant were two broken-hearted vessels who were destined to become one.  They both suffered from a bad divorce, but they bounced back stronger than ever.  After Jenna’s ex-husband left her for a younger woman, she struggled with God and trust issues.  Her only consolation was knowing that she had a beautiful daughter, Tessa, to look after.  Grant, on the other hand, drew his strength from God when his ex-wife walked out on him.  When God brought the two of them together, they became powerhouses for humanity.

Tessa and Hunter were best friends.  Hunter desired to take their friendship to a more serious level, but Tessa is determined to maintain a healthy friendship.  She had high ambitions and no time for a serious relationship.  Tessa desired to become a psychologist, and she knew that she would have to study hard in order for her dream to come true.  Her whole world changes when a stranger moves to her cozy little town.  Tessa falls head-over-heels in love, leaving Hunter broken hearted.

 

Secrets (not yet completed)

 

What was it like creating back to back stories that link?

I loved it!  For me, it seemed each book brought more life to the novels. 

What has been your most proud moment as an author?

When I held my first novel, The Crooked Path, close to my heart. 

 Was there ever a time you wanted to pick up your laptop, and then launch it out the window with frustration?

No.  I never had a problem with “writer’s block”.

Are you a “plotter” or a fly by the seat of your pants “pantster” as a writer?

I’m more of a “plotter”.  However, I have been known to be a “pantster”. *Smile!

 What three tips would you give any aspiring writer?

  1. Read daily
  2. Write daily
  3. Listen to your inner voice

So… where can we get your books?

Amazon and other online bookstores. 

Melinda J. Abersold

Melinda J. Kaffer

How would you define what being a successful writer means?

One who never stops learning and writing.

Does a big ego help or hurt writers?

I believe it hurts writers.  One should stay humble.

Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?

Yes, I read them.  I’m thankful all of my novels have received good reviews.  Nevertheless, I believe a bad review is equally important. 

What was your hardest scene to write?

The death of one of my main characters in Whispers in the Night.

 How have your family and friends accepted your career as a writer? Are they supportive?

My husband is a poet, and he’s my best admirer.

What would you like readers to know?

Please be real and supporting.

 (Hidden Gem: From Melinda, the first five people to contact me via email, I will send them a copy of my first novel. The Crooked Path. I will send it directly from Amazon. melindajabersold@gmail.com)  {from eve: “How cool is that?}

 

You can reach Melinda in the following ways:

authormelindajabersold.com

facebook.com/melinda.abersold

melindajabersold@gmail.com

 

 

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