Today, we have author, Penelope Powell back with us to answer a few more questions and tell us a bit more about her new book, A FURROW SO DEEP.
Welcome, Penelope, thanks for taking the time to chat with us. Why don’t you start by telling us a bit about yourself.
I’m a collector of sorts. my mother gave me set of depression glass salt and pepper shakers when I was a teenager and I’ve been adding to that since. I think I’ve even gotten my daughter hooked. We look for antique dishes at every antique mall.
So, you’re newest novel, A FURROW SO DEEP released earlier this year. Can you tell us what it’s about?
After thirteen long years, Karen Braden returns home to inherit her grandmother’s bed and breakfast, hoping it will provide the kind of future she wants for herself and her daughter. There’s only one problem—she’ll have to face the past and the one man she’s never stopped loving: Dean Anderson.
In the years following Karen’s hasty and unexplained departure, Dean built a portfolio of auto dealerships, yet he remains unfulfilled. When he sees Karen again, his hurt resurfaces, clashing with the love he’s always had for her. Determined to find out why she left him all those years ago, Dean discovers there’s more at stake than just getting answers.
As the truth begins to unravel, Dean and Karen must decide if they can forgive past transgressions and trust God to help them forge a future, better than either could ever anticipate.
What’s your favorite scene from the book?
I love the scenes between Emily and Dean. My favorite is when she’s explaining the events surrounding her premature birth. Here’s a short excerpt:
“You know what a preemie is right?”
“Yeah I do.” He directed his eyes back to his coffee, hiding the sudden anxiety her news brought. “So tell me what happened.”
She took a long slurp of her drink. “Okay.” She leaned forward to catch his eye. “I was born almost a month early, so they put me in one of those incinerators.”
He winced. “You mean incubator?”
“Yeah that’s it.” She giggled as if the mispronunciation was incidental.
What’s your least favorite scene and why?
I think I can safely say most of us hate having drama in our own personal lives. But it makes for good reading. In the prologue, Karen is placed in a vulnerable position and given an impossible decision. It puts you on her side, makes you want her to get a happy ending.
Where can we get a copy?
What one book or series do you wish YOU had written and why?
I wish I’d written Hinds Feet in High Places. It’s a classic parable, depicting that in spite of our fears, and the trials we face, God promises to be with us. I read it to my daughter when she was younger, and the essence of that truth has stayed with us.
What’s the most difficult part of the writing process for you?
Getting rid of distractions better and having a set time for it everyday, which is advisable by veteran authors.
What one piece of advice would you give to new writers?
Write. Don’t give up. And don’t hold onto your manuscript too tightly. By this, I mean be open to change and suggestions to make it better.
Thanks so much, Penelope!