After much finagling and many calls to Mildred Colvin’s exclusive agent, I was finally given access to interview this extraordinary author <see hand waving in a flourish>. We are very blessed to have her with us today … And isn’t it amazing, she has the same name as one of my critique partners and writer on this website <wink!>. How cool is that?!
So, Ms. Colvin, tell us a little about yourself.
I am a wife, mother, and grandmother. My family is very supportive of my writing. I honestly don’t know if I could do it without them. I write Christian romance, both contemporary and historical. My favorite historical time period to read and write is the late 19th Century. I also love writing about ordinary people in small towns who have problems just like we all do. Besides writing, I also enjoy making quilts. Several of my quilts have been used as fund-raisers for charity. Even more go to my children.
Mama’s Bible is one I wrote many years ago and never did anything with it. I recently decided to get the manuscript out and see if I could now. Mama’s Bible is a story of the Oregon Trail as Katie’s family starts out running from the law and head west for a new start. They join a large wagon train where Katie makes friends with Rachel and attracts the attention of two men, Clay and Jason. The choice of who she marries is not so much hers as it is theirs. Her life on the trail becomes harder than she could’ve imagined and she has to do some serious growing up. Yet through all of the losses she suffers, she gains so much including a new life and a happily ever after. The sequel to Mama’s Bible, titled Home’s Promise will be releasing in July 2012.
Mildred—may I call you Mildred? How many books do you have published and where can they be found?
I currently have 16 books published. Eleven were published with Barbour Publishing, and the twelfth one will be released September 1, 2012. The title is A Cascades Christmas and is a 4-in-1 collection with three other authors. It’s set in Washington State in the late 1800s in a logging community. The title of my story is Home for the Holidays. You can find all my books on amazon.com, barnesandnobel.com, and many at smashwords.com as well as most online bookstores.
Wow. What are you working on right now?
I am currently finishing the sequel to Mama’s Bible. It is titled Home’s Promise and continues Katie’s story as well as tells Rachel’s story after they have settled in their Oregon home.
What possessed you to become a writer?
I write because the stories are there. So many ideas develop that I can’t write them all down. I’m not sure I could stop writing if I wanted to. I am usually working on 3-4 stories at any given time while more crowd my mind wanting a turn.
I bet that keeps your critique partners on their toes ;o).
I see you’ve done some independent publishing. What do you like least about it?
I think what concerns me most with Indie-publishing is that I am now responsible for the editing of my books. I want to provide the best possible read I can for those who open my books. I don’t want typos or any glaring errors for anyone to stumble over. I’m very thankful for the critique groups who catch so much that I miss. After they decorate with red all over my pages, I go through, make changes, and often do rewrites. When that’s done, I read from the beginning, carefully looking for anything else that needs to be changed. Next, my husband reads the book, making notes as he goes through it for me to change. I’m always amazed at what he catches after the story has been gone over so much. But when he finishes and I make those changes, I read it again and sometimes catch a few more things. I don’t guarantee an error-free manuscript, but I’ve found many errors in traditional, professionally edited books, too. What I will promise is that I’ve done my best to provide a good read.
You must have some really awesome critique partners :o).
Ahem. What do you like best about self-publishing?
That’s easy. I don’t have to write a synopsis! Also, I don’t have to wait months and months to receive either an acceptance or rejection for a proposal I’ve sent.
How do you get to know your characters?
I do a character chart first, but my characters don’t actually come to life until they are developed within the pages of the story. I have been told that my characters seem real, each with their own personality. I hope all my readers find that true because each of my characters become very real to me.
Very true. You always have well-developed, loveable characters.
What are your favorite themes to write about?
I tend to write about forgiveness a lot. It’s not intentional on my part, and I’m not sure why it is. The truth is, forgiving is a very important part of our growth as people.
Which is why you are so forgiving to your critique partners … right?
Where can we find you on the internet?
Mildred’s Amazon Author page
http://www.infinitecharacters.com (Ha! That’s us!!!)
Thanks for stopping by, Mildred—she said I could call her that :o).
Mildred is giving away free digital copies of her e-book, Mama’s Bible, to ALL commenters who request one in the comments below within the next week. All ya gotta do is ask …