This week Martha Rogers joins us to tell us about her book Love Stays True. Welcome, Martha. Please share with us about your book.
Love Stay True is loosely based on the love story of my great-grandparents, Manfred and Sarah Louise (Sallie) Whiteman. The idea came to me as I read one of his letters to her a week or so before the battle of Nashville where he was captured and held as a POW until April of 1865. She didn’t hear from him after that and had no idea if he was dead or alive, but she waited for him until his return home in June 1865 when they were married.
What is the take-away from Love Stays True?
Not only is Sallie separated from Manfred, but she has turned away from God because of her circumstances and all that has happened to her. She feels God had abandoned her. When Manfred returns, she welcomes him with open arms because her love stayed true no matter how far away he was. She then realizes that God is waiting for her with open arms because His love stays true no matter how far away we go from Him.
That’s fantastic. 🙂 What’s next for you?
I’m working on the third book, Love Never Fails, of this series with a deadline of August 1. Book 2, Love Finds Faith, will be released in January 2014.
Excellent! I’m sure everyone will be anxiously awaiting future books in the series. I’ve read several of your books, Martha. Is there any one in particular that stands out in your mind as a favorite?
My favorite book is Christmas at Holly Hill. I absolutely loved writing that book. I love Christmas books anyway, so this one was a real joy. Another thing that makes it special is that I brainstormed ideas with a precious woman and her daughter at wellness retreat. They gave me the idea of a prodigal son and an orphanage. I dedicated the book to the two of them, but Mrs. Amy passed away before the book was released.
I can see why that book is so special to you. I always like to ask at least one fun question, so here is yours. Since it’s summer time, please tell us where you would go if you had a dream vacation.
My dream vacation would be to go back to Austria and Switzerland. I stayed in a little town in Switzerland and had a view of the Alps from the hotel window that was truly magnificent. Another teacher and I traveled down to Zermatt and rode a tram to the top of Klein Matterhorn and gazed at the Matterhorn. Oh my, what a sight.
That sounds picturesque. Thanks so much for sharing with us, Martha!
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Do you know anything about your family history? If so, what was the most interesting thing you discovered? If not, have you thought about going back to find out more about your parents and grandparents?
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Martha Rogers is a free-lance writer and the author of the Winds Across the Prairie and Seasons of the Heart series as well as the novella, Key to Her Heart in River Walk Christmas and Not on the Menu in Sugar and Grits. The first book in her third series, The Homeward Journey, is now available. She was named Writer of the Year at the Texas Christian Writers Conference in 2009 and is a member of ACFW and writes the weekly Verse of the Week for the ACFW Loop. In addition to fiction, Martha has contributed to compilations by Wayne Holmes, Debra White-Smith and Karen O’ Connor as well as various devotion books. Martha is a frequent speaker for writing workshops and the Texas Christian Writers Conference. She is a retired teacher and lives in Houston with her husband, Rex. Their favorite pastime is spending time with their nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.