Who doesn’t like a good mystery? I’m sure there are a few, but most people do like mysteries. What about a mystery within a mystery. Faith Blum’s new novella is just that. First there’s the mystery of who tried to dupe five mail-order brides. Then Adelaide finds out someone is claiming she’s a runaway bride. What happens to her? Find out in Blessed Assurance.
About the Book
Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine
O what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God
Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.
Adelaide lost her parents a year before and now a rich man in town is making unwanted advances toward her. Desperate, she writes to two men and quickly accepts the one from Cheyenne, Wyoming. On the final leg of her journey, in a stagecoach with four other mail order brides, her suspicions are confirmed. Will she ever find a man she can truly trust?
Faith Blum started writing at an early age. She started even before she could read! She even thought she could write better than Dr. Seuss. Now that she has grown up a little more, she knows she will probably never reach the success of Dr. Seuss, but that doesn’t stop her from trying.
When she isn’t writing, Faith enjoys doing many right-brained activities such as reading, crafting, playing piano, and playing games with her family. One of her dreams is to visit Castle City, Montana, someday to see the ghost town she chose for her characters to live in. She currently lives on a hobby farm with her family in Wisconsin.
There are many ways to connect with Faith online. All of them can be found in one convenient place: http://FaithBlum.com. On her website you can find links to her various social media sites and both of her blogs as well as learn about any events she has coming up.
Today she has graciously consented to visit me here and answer some questions. So let’s find out a little bit more about Faith Blum.
How would you describe your book to someone who has not yet read it?
Blessed Assurance is a mail-order bride story with a twist. The young man Adelaide wrote to is real, but he never wrote the letter. Plus, someone else comes to Cheyenne claiming that Adelaide is a runaway bride. I guess Adelaide kind of got into a bit of a mess. But it’s nothing God can’t turn around and use for the best.
Is there a message in your book that you want your readers to grasp?
God will always work things out His way. It might not be the way you thought it should be, but it will always be for your good.
How much of the book is based on real life (either yours or someone you know)?
Nothing that I know of.
How did you get the idea for the novella?
This novella is a spinoff of my novel, The Solid Rock. Adelaide and the four other mail-order brides were introduced, but the ends of their stories would have made the novel too long and complicated, so I wrote novellas about them instead.
What scene or bit of dialogue in the book are you most proud of, and why?
This part is a little long, but it is my favorite part.
Mr. Reese looked Bradley Connor over. “I’ll be right back.”
Mr. Harris and Mr. Connor looked at each other. He was gone for two minutes before he came back with a piece of paper in his hand.
After Mr. Reese settled into his chair, he spoke, “Do you mind answering a few questions, Bradley?”
Bradley shrugged. “I guess not.”
“Good. Are you a born-again Christian?”
Bradley blinked once. “Yes.”
“What do you mean by that phrase?” Mr. Reese asked.
Bradley shifted in his chair. Where was he going with this? “It means that I surrendered my life to God so that I could be born of His Holy Spirit through the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.”
Mr. Reese smiled slightly. “Thank you. How far are you willing to go to earn someone’s trust?”
“If I really care for that person, I’m willing to do whatever is necessary.”
“As a Christian, aren’t you supposed to care for everyone?”
Bradley took a deep breath and smiled. “Yes. So I should be willing to do that for everyone, too. Although, I don’t do it as much as I ought.”
Mr. Reese chuckled. “Who do you love more than anything else?”
“If you were to marry, would that change?”
“I hope and pray not. If it does, I pray someone points it out to me.”
Mr. Reese stared at him for a few minutes. “How old are you?”
Bradley started. “What?”
Mr. Reese raised his eyebrows. “Do you have a problem with the question?”
Bradley cleared his throat. “I just wasn’t expecting it. I’m twenty-six.” Out of the corner of his eye, he saw Adelaide lean against the doorframe.
Mr. Reese leaned forward, resting his elbows on his knees. “When you enter a courtship, are you willing to court the young lady for at least six months before you ask her to marry you? Assuming of course that the courtship lasts longer than a month to begin with.”
“What are you doing?” Adelaide asked.
“Let him answer the question and then I’ll answer yours.”
Bradley pondered the question. With closed eyes, he said, “If—and that’s a big if—I were ever to court a woman, I would take my time. I haven’t ever thought of an exact period of time since I never planned to marry, let alone court a woman, but if she is most comfortable with at least six months, I will respect her wishes.”
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything about your book?
I don’t think there is anything I would change about Blessed Assurance. Of the three novellas I have published this summer, Adelaide’s was my favorite.
What inspired you to write your first book?
If you mean the first book I published, that would be a short story contest based on a picture. I was too old and my story much too long to enter, but it got the wheels turning and A Mighty Fortress was the result.
Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you’ve learned as a writer from then to now?
Don’t rush through the publication process. It’s exciting to get a book published, but don’t let the excitement cause any rash decisions.
Considering a book from the first word you write to the moment you see it on a bookstore shelf, what’s your favorite part of the process? What’s your least favorite?
My favorite part of the writing process is writing the rough draft. I love letting the characters take control and wreaking havoc with my ideas for the plot. I love getting a story started and seeing where God takes it. My least favorite part would be editing. It’s hard to spot all the typos and make sure it all fits.
What’s up next for you?
In the next few months, I’m planning to publish a short story, a box set of my three novellas, and an audiobook of my first novel. I’m also working on my next novel series called Orphans of the West.
Thank you for having me on your blog!
You’re very welcome, Faith. Anytime!
Faith’s sister, Naomi, graciously hand painted two beautiful bookmarks for this giveaway. There will be one lucky winner. The bookmarks are made with Adelaide in mind. Aren’t they gorgeous?
Faith’s Blog Tour Schedule
Bookish Orchestrations-Tour Introduction
Letters from Annie Douglas Lima-Excerpt
With a Joyful Noise-Excerpt
Rebekah Lyn Books-Excerpt
Blue-Brown Books-Author Interview
Singing Librarian Books-Excerpt
God’s Peculiar Treasure Rae-Excerpt
Ramblings of a Young Author-Review
Jaye L. Knight-Excerpt
Rachel Rossano’s Words-Excerpt
The Abrahamic Adventures-Excerpt
Writings, Ramblings, and Reflections-Character Interview (Adelaide)
Bookish Orchestrations-Tour Conclusion and Winner