It’s funny how I got emails from two quilt book/novel authors about a week apart! I’m always happy to share and host a giveaway, so of course I said Yes too when Mona Hodgson emailed me about it!
She quickly sent me “The quilted heart” and I started reading it in the car when I wait for my son at the bus stop, as we all sit there for about 30 min after picking up my oldest daughter from middle school. This book is 3 novellas in one and I thought it was so funny that the main character in book #1 is Maren, who’s an immigrant from Denmark!! (like me) and there’s quilting too in it of course
About Mona (from her website)
A daughter, sister, wife, mother, and grammy, Mona Hodgson is also a speaker and author of 40 books, historical novels and novellas for adults and children’s books, including her popular Sinclair Sisters of Cripple Creek Series. Her children’s books include bestseller, Bedtime in the Southwest picture book and board book, Real Girls of the Bible: A 31-Day Devotional, The Princess Twins Collection, and many more. Mona’s writing credits also include several hundred articles, poems and short stories, which have appeared in 50 different publications.
When Mona isn’t writing, she might be speaking for a women’s group, book club, school, or at a conference for writers and librarians. Or hanging out with family and friends.
I asked Mona the same questions as last week’s author, here are her answers
Questions for author
From Bea Lee (BeaQuilter)
How long have you been a writer?
I’ve been writing for publication for 30 years.
When did you decide you wanted to write?
I was 30 when my hubby and I attended a weekend retreat for law enforcement officers and their families. During a meal time, a writer asked for couples who might be interested in being interviewed for a magazine article she was working on. While my hubby and I sat at a round table with her and her mini-recorder, list of questions, and tablet and pen, I wondered about the possibility that I could be a writer. This fall, I will celebrate 30 years of writing for publication.
What’s the name of the first book you wrote? And what is it about?
I started writing for magazines and had a newspaper column. My first book, Friendly Differences, an Early Reader, released in 1998. Dozens of children’s book followed. My first novel was published in 2009, and now I have several historical and novellas published as well. Including The Quilted Heart.
Tell us about your historical fiction novel collection, The Quilted Heart.
Broken hearts, like a quilt, can be pieced together.
Once a week, Elsa Brantenberg hosts the Saint Charles Quilting Circle at her farmhouse on the outskirts of the riverside town of St. Charles, Missouri. The ladies who gather there have all lost men to the Civil War, and are facing their painful circumstances together in friendship. Some will choose to rebuild their lives in war-torn Missouri, while others will seek a fresh start on the Oregon Trail.
How long have you been quilting?
Actually, I’m not a quilter. Two grandmothers were, and my Sis Linda is. But I am intrigued with the craft and skill, the historical significance of quilts and quilting, and how quilting circles brought women together. That’s how I came to write the stories about the Saint Charles Quilting Circle in THE QUILTED HEART. My Sis Linda and a local quilt shop owner serve as sources for quilting research for my stories.
What’s your favorite color (for quilts) or color combination?
My Sis Linda made me a lap quilt using my favorites—aqua and lime with brown. The quilt drapes the thinking / plotting chair in my office.
Tell us a bit about where you live and your family
I live and write in central Arizona with my hubby, Bob. But I have the privilege of traveling as a author and speaker for research and book promotions as well as speaking for women’s groups, book clubs, writers and librarians, and schools.
Here’s where you can connect with Mona online
And of course Mona is giving away a book too!!