1. How did you come up with the title?
The wonderful, creative minds at my publishing house came up with that one. We wanted something that would communicate the whole idea of the coldness that comes with grief and God’s ability to thaw us out, bring us back to life. Wildflowers from Winter was one of the idea tossed out there. After learning that the snowier the winter, the more wildflowers there are in the spring, I knew that was the one. It fit so well with the theme of the story.
2. Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
The message is intimately tied to the title. I hope, after reading my story, that readers would see that we worship a God of redemption. He is able to take the barren lifeless things in this world—the barren lifeless places in our hearts—and make them new. Make them beautiful.
3. How much of the book is realistic?
Thankfully, not too much! Bethany, Evan, and Robin go through a lot in this story. The only piece that is a bit biographical is the back story behind Robin and Bethany’s friendship. Like Robin, I gave my life to Christ as a freshman in college. And like Robin, I wrote my best friend (we grew up together) a very passionate email about what Christ had done in my life. And like Bethany, the email understandably scared her. Her life went one way. My life went another. We grew apart.
4. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your book?
Oh, writers are a neurotic bunch. Or maybe that’s just me! It’s almost impossible for me to read my work and not want to hide under a pillow and change something. Something as simple as a word or a phrase can drive me batty.
Those are all smaller things.
As a whole, I wouldn’t change anything. I love the story and I love my characters’ journeys.
5. What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Probably getting the grief right. Because I’ve never gone through what Robin goes through in this novel, I was very nervous about making it authentic and respecting the readers who have gone through what Robin experiences in the novel. I did a lot of research on grief and I read Richard Mabry’s book, A Tender Scar, which really helped me get inside Robin’s head.
I’m always very humbled and grateful when readers say I portrayed her grief in a very realistic way.
6. Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I feel like God always teaches me something with each novel I write. For this one, it wasn’t so much the book’s content as the journey it brought me on. I had to surrender this story more times than I can count. I felt like God really used this book to teach me to further trust in Him.
7. Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I’ve always been a writer. As soon as I could wield a pencil and string words into a story. My mom had notebooks filled with my stories tucked away in her basement. I truly believe it’s a passion God planted in my heart when He created me.
8. Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Oh, there are so many! It’s so hard to pick only one. But I guess if I had to, I’d say Francine Rivers. She’s written two of my all-time favorite stories. Redeeming Love and the Mark of the Lion trilogy. Both of which carried me away to a different time and place and drew me closer to the Lord in the process.
9. Tell us your latest news.
My next book, Wishing on Willows, is in the works and will hit shelves on March 19, 2013. This is Robin’s story, who is an important secondary character in Wildflowers from Winter.
10. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Just that I love every single one of you. Thanks so much for reading and I hope my stories bless you. I’d love to connect, so please don’t be afraid to say hi or find me on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or my blog. Also, if you read and enjoy Wildflowers from Winter, I have a bunch of fun extras on my website.
About the Book
A young architect at a prestigious Chicago firm, Bethany Quinn has built a life far removed from her trailer park teen years. Until an interruption from her estranged mother reveals that tragedy has struck in her hometown and a reluctant Bethany is called back to rural Iowa. Determined to pay her respects while avoiding any emotional entanglements, she vows not to stay long. But the unexpected inheritance of farmland and a startling turn of events in Chicago forces Bethany to come up with a new plan.
Handsome farmhand Evan Price has taken care of the Quinn farm for years. So when Bethany is left the land, he must fight her decisions to realize his dreams. But even as he disagrees with Bethany's vision, Evan feels drawn to her and the pain she keeps so carefully locked away.
For Bethany, making peace with her past and the God of her childhood doesn't seem like the path to freedom. Is letting go the only way to new life, love and a peace she's not even sure exists?
ISBN: 978- 30773038-1
Release Date: May 8, 2012
Format: Trade Paperback
Price: $9.99 U.S. / $11.99 Canada
Buy Links: Amazon, waterbrookmultnomah.com
About the Author
Katie Ganshert was born and raised in the Midwest, where she writes stories about finding faith and falling in love. When she’s not busy plotting her next novel, she enjoys watching romantic movies with her husband, playing make-believe with her wild-child of a son, and chatting with her girlfriends over bagels and coffee. She could talk books all day and is often spotted around town pushing a stroller, walking a dog, and reading—all at the same time.
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