Alice Knight is looking forward to her debut as it means she will be able to carry out her plan. She will have her first Season in London, she will meet her husband, and she will marry him. However, Alice struggles to make her feelings reconcile with her goals.
Alice is sure that, if she can only cling to her plans, she will manage without help from anyone — including God. A childhood friend returning unexpectedly, a charming gentleman who is not all he should be, and an American author with strange ideas about life all make her question the plan.
At first I thought the story was going to be slow, but as I continued reading, I was captivated by the story line!
In the story, Alice initially has trouble finding a proper young man who has a strong and genuine faith in the Lord like she does and who will be the right fit for a husband. As the story continues, a young man who is rich and well-off takes a liking to Alice, but his intentions are not straight. During this time, Alice also meets a very kind young man with a strong and evident faith in the Lord. Alice is unsure of whether to go with her head or her heart and is trying to find out what God’s will is.
This book was a fun tale and one that will encourage you in keeping your heart pure and waiting for the right one God has for you. Kellyn is an excellent author and I love how she mixed historical fiction with Godly, pure writing. It’s a wonderful book!
I heard about Kellyn’s blog tour for this new book, and was so excited to be a part! I asked her some questions on her writing as well as her relationship with the Lord, and I think that all of you – guy or girl – will be encouraged by what she shared! Also, when you are done reading, remember to check out her book!
Caitlyn: Hi Kellyn! Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
Kellyn: Of course! I’m a Christian & Historical Fiction author from North-Eastern Oregon who loves reading, writing, musicing, and farm-girling. I live on a ranch with my parents, little brothers, crazy border collies, selfish cat, conceited beta fish, and various cows and chickens. I’m a wannabe equestrian (horses are expensive!). I’m also a blogger and graphics designer!
C: When did you start writing, and what is your favorite part of writing?
K: I started writing when I was seven years old, but more officially when I was ten or eleven. So 9-6 years ago, depending on who you ask. 😉 My favorite part of writing is undoubtedly … writing! Seriously, though, I love creating first drafts. It’s a time when I get to write without any judgment, just whatever I want to say. It gives me a lot of freedom. I also enjoy outlining.
C: When did you start this book series, and can you share a short summary of what it’s about?
K: I started it in November 2015 – when I wrote the first book. The series, The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy, is about twin sisters living in the Victorian era – Alice and Ivy! It starts when they are eight and goes until they are adults with their own families. I tackle a lot of heavy – and not-so-heavy – themes, explore the lives of various characters, and hopefully allow God to shine through everyday life.
C: Any tips for fiction authors?
K: My #1 tip is always “Just keep writing!” but for someone who’s been writing a while, this is kinda obvious, so I’ll say something other than that. 😛
Here are a couple things to keep in mind:
1: Plot structure is so important!
You may think it’s a terrible idea to conform your novel to rigid lines … but a book without structure is a bad idea. Trust me. Basically, plot structure is your book adhering to a thematic arc – hook, inciting incident, first plot point, first pinch point, midpoint, second pinch point, third plot point, climax, and resolution. You can find out more about it on K.M. Weiland’s blog, Helping Writers Become Authors.
2: Learn the rules – but don’t follow them blindly.
Learn everything you can about grammar, punctuation, general writing, etc. … but sometimes you just might need to dance around the rules. This may blow your mind, but occasionally a sentence must end with a preposition! Not often … but sometimes! If something just feels right it just might be!
3: Know your audience.
It’s important to know who you’re writing for. When you begin, you may just be writing for yourself … but eventually you need to decide who your books are aimed at. This will help you know what to write, what is suitable for your audience, etc.
And … that’s about it! There is tons of other great advice out there, but this is just what comes to mind as I’m writing this.
C: What are some practical ways that you draw closer to Jesus and strive to live for Him?
K: Obviously spending time in His word and praying are important – and definitely doable on a daily basis! I think listening for His reply as well as telling Him about all your problems is important. Forming a habit of stopping and praying whenever something comes up in your life is a good thing to strive for.
Honestly, I sometimes don’t think living for Jesus has to be much. I don’t think He asks anything impossible of us. He asks us to follow in His footsteps as best as we can – but He doesn’t ask us to do it ourselves. He asks us to let Him do it for us! It’s not our strength – not our grace – not our faith … but His! Let Him guide you. I promise He won’t leave you hanging. 😉
Keep in mind that sometimes God asks different things of each of us. Some people need to go to Africa as missionaries to fulfill His will. Others do what pleases Him most by staying home and quietly witnessing to those around us. I personally feel that one of the best ways to witness to others is to be so kind, so joyful, and so content that people around us will go, “Hey, I want in on this Christian business!”
C: Favorite passage of Scripture, and why?
K: Psalm 8, without a doubt! There’s so much power and majesty in it. It’s beautiful poetry – but meaningful, too.
C: What is your favorite aspect of God?
K: The “aspect” Who created the world, Who knows the stars by name, and Who fashioned me before time began. The majestic side, I suppose. 🙂 Just appeals me in a kind of raw, untamed way.
Big thanks to Kellyn Roth for joining me today! Go check out her amazing new book, At Her Fingertips here!
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Kellyn Roth was born and lives on a cattle ranch in North-Eastern Oregon. Always fascinated with telling stories, she created crazy games to play with her little brothers as a child. Today, she writes Christian and Historical Fiction with a focus on truth and family. Find out more about her and her novels at kellynrothauthor.com