Friday, March 20, 2015

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The Dandelion Field
Author Kathryn Springer

Kathryn Springer’s contemporary, fiction novel, The Dandelion Field, is a top notch read! Newly released in January 2015, this story offers more than entertainment.

Personally, I’d experienced a demanding week at work. One day in particular I decided to stop and read The Dandelion Field after arriving home. My stress melted away as I perused the pages of this delightful, well written story. I’ve never experienced such a refreshing after reading fiction as I did that day!

Ginevieve and Ranie Lightly are two very important characters in this story and their stop off in Banister Falls, Wisconsin may just anchor this mother and daughter to one location….Or will it? Reasons arise for them to stay or go, which fuels this story with conflict. Kathryn Springer has captured the concerns and issues from two generations. I found myself wondering what was going to happen and concerned for how these character’s situations would finally turn out. I felt as though I knew Genevieve and Ranie and I like them. I’ve known people with similar personalities and situations and felt that this story rang true in comparison.

Kathryn uses such beautiful language and description. Her characters are varied in personality and their station in society, yet I feel that she knew how to convey their differences very well.

This novel will appeal to teens and their parents, because Kathryn has woven in the concerns that are important for both age groups. I know this for a fact because I’ve shown this novel to both age groups and the spark that lit their eyes—shone with interest! Let me tell you, people are standing in line for this wonderful read! I highly recommend The Dandelion Field as your next novel experience! Because this book includes discussion questions, this would make a wonderful book club choice. 

Questions for Kathryn!

How long did it take you to write The Dandelion Field? Also, have you desired to write this story for a long time or was this a recent inspiration?

I finished The Dandelion Field in about six months, but the story had been brewing in my mind for about six years! Initially, it seemed like it would fall into the category of women’s fiction, with the emphasis on the friendship between Evie and Gin. But when the editors at Zondervan read the proposal, they encouraged me to focus on the romance between Gin and Dan. I loved the idea of bringing those two characters “front and center”, so it wasn’t difficult to do at all!

The discussion questions that you include at the back of the novel were insightful and many readers can relate to them. What question would you particularly like to hear what the readers answered? Could you explain why without telling on the plot of your novel?

I think I’d choose number fiveJ

“From the time Gin was a child, no one really looked out for her best interests. Who are some of the people in your life who cared about you? Protected you? What are some of the barriers people use to protect themselves from being hurt?

I wouldn’t be the woman I am today without the influence of some strong, godly (and extremely patient!) women who looked past my mistakes, prayed for me and literally loved me to the Lord.

Gin found out that even when she thought she was alone, she wasn’t. God loved her and He placed people in her life who would not only spoke truth, they lived it. I experienced the same thing, and it makes me want to be that person for others!

Will there be a sequel to this story?

I’m writing Evie’s story right now! It doesn’t have a title yet, but it will be released in March 2016. Readers didn’t really get an opportunity to know Evie well, other than through Dan and Gin’s point-of-view, so I’m excited to be able to reveal more of her character! I’ll give you a hint about the hero, Jack Vale.
He made a brief appearance in The Dandelion Field but he didn’t make a very good impression on Evie! (Mmm. . .possibly because he was holding a baseball bat?)

How do you wish your readers to contact you?

I love to hear from my readers! You can contact me through my website at or on Facebook at kathrynspringerauthor. If you’d like to subscribe to my free newsletter, you can also visit my website. It will keep you posted on upcoming releases!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Debut Author – How Do I Get To Be One?

Pens of Praise
Next meeting…
Monday, mARCH 16 at 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Faith Church
2201  42nd Street, Manitowoc, WI  54220
   Faith Church is located next to Festival Foods
Not far from the Manitowoc exit off Interstate 43

March’s teaching is called Debut Author – How Do I Get To Be One? This teaching deals with turning our musings and big ideas into more than a hobby to pursue publication and touch the hearts of readers.  
The prompt, named “The Big Thaw” can be written in any genre of your choice. You may also bring a five-minute reading of your work in progress that you would like listening ears for. We are a safe place and encouraging group who love to learn and grow in the craft of writing.
Disclaimer: Warning you may end up loving to write!
Visit a local shop and bring your coffee or cappuccino with you.
Let us know if you’re attending so that we can save a seat just for you.
If you have questions or concerns call Becky McLafferty at (920)758-9196 or e-mail her or call Susan Kinney at (920)242-3631 or e-mail her
God’s blessings upon you as you write for His glory!