Author friend Cynthia Roemer is visiting us today for a little chat about her new release, Under Moonlit Skies!
about the author
Cynthia Roemer is an award-winning inspirational author with a heart for scattering seeds of hope into the lives of readers. Raised in the cornfields of rural Illinois, Cynthia enjoys spinning tales set in the backdrop of the 1800s prairie.
Her Prairie Sky Series consists of Amazon Best-Seller Under This Same Sky, Under Prairie Skies, and Under Moonlit Skies, which released September 10, 2019.
She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and writes from her family farm in central Illinois where she resides with her husband of twenty-five years and two college-aged sons.
Share five favorites.
C: movie: It’s a Wonderful Life
secondary character: Barney Fife of The Andy Griffith Show
book: The Frontiersman’s Daughter by Laura Frantz had a profound impact on my writing.
genre or time period: historical/historical romance set in mid-1800’s
fictional couple: Charles & Caroline Ingalls (Little House on the Prairie)
B: We have so much in common!
What is your favorite activity or hobby not related to books?
C: I love being in God’s creation! I enjoy taking long walks with my husband on nature trails. I think we’ve hit most every state/national park within a hundred miles—give or take one or two. LOL!
B: Oooo! We need to exchange notes if you’ve come across any notable campgrounds!
Describe Under Moonlit Skies.
C: Under Moonlit Skies is a blend of prairie romance and pre-Civil War tensions.
B: I’ll try not to overdo the ooooo-ing but oh my, this sounds delightful!
Share an interesting research moment for your current release.
C: While researching Under Moonlit Skies, I discovered the First National Road (aka The Cumberland Road) ran from Cumberland, Maryland to Vandalia, Illinois. This road, which I previously never knew existed, allowed for much of our nation’s westward expansion.
So, my husband and I took a day trip to check out the museum in Vandalia, and I wrote about this forgotten piece of history on my blog: Discovering the First National Road. So interesting! It provided the perfect mode of transportation for my characters in Under Moonlit Skies.
B: My jaw literally dropped when I saw this! Guess who is going to drag her family to Vandalia for an educational experience?! Yep, this gal!
What are some of the challenges you faced while writing your current release?
C: Under Moonlit Skies is a rather diverse novel which required a generous amount of research (which I love!). It begins on the Illinois prairie and ends in the thriving city of Cincinnati, Ohio during the pre-Civil War era.
In striving to be as historically accurate as possible, I not only researched the time period, but also the origin of words, individual buildings, and, in this instance, the cycle of the moon. Readers may not always realize the research that goes into my novels, but it’s my hope that the accuracy of the details will give an authentic feel to the novel and characters.
B: I completely appreciate dedication to research!
What is your reading style?
C: Print is definitely my preferred choice of reading style. There is nothing like the feel of a book in hand and turning pages to advance the story.
B: This is true!
What are you working on now?
C: I’ve just begun research for my fourth book which I’m pretty certain will be a standalone novel set during the latter part of the Civil War and post-Civil War era. The past couple of weeks I’ve been brainstorming ideas and developing new characters.
The outline is pretty vague at the moment, but I do know it will involve more actual historical events and people than my Prairie Sky Series. I’m looking forward to the challenge and learning more history as the story progresses.
B: Oh, how exciting!
What’s your writing style?
C: I’m a bit of both a pantser and a plotter, I think. I start with a theme verse and a loose outline and then let the Lord and my characters take me where they want to go from there.
B: It’s good to be flexible.
Do you have any writing quirks?
C: I have notes everywhere! LOL! I jot down tidbits of information, ideas, etc. and then have to piece them together as I write.
One oddity I’ve noticed is that there are days I get stuck and barely write more than 300-500 words and when I get in the shower or away from the computer doing other things, the ideas start to flow!! Go figure!
I guess my brain is more at ease and the Lord brings ideas to mind. As soon as I’m able, I write them down before I lose them. LOL!
B: That has to be the challenging part, getting them down before they’re lost!
about the book
Under Moonlit Skies by Cynthia Roemer
Her life was planned out… until he rode in.
Illinois prairie ~ 1859
After four long years away, Esther Stanton returns to the prairie to care for her sister Charlotte’s family following the birth of her second child. The month-long stay seems much too short as Esther becomes acquainted with her brother-in-law’s new ranch hand, Stewart Brant. When obligations compel her to return to Cincinnati and to the man her overbearing mother intends her to wed, she loses hope of ever knowing true happiness.
Still reeling from a hurtful relationship, Stew is reluctant to open his heart to Esther. But when he faces a life-threatening injury with Esther tending him, their bond deepens. Heartbroken when she leaves, he sets out after her and inadvertently stumbles across an illegal slave-trade operation, the knowledge of which puts him, as well as Esther and her family, in jeopardy.
Prairie Sky series
Let me know if you’ll be adding Under Moonlit Skies (or all the Prairie Sky series titles) by Cynthia Roemer to your tbr! I’m hoping to fit in a series binge-read soon!