On Monday, we talked about Highland Hearts. Today I’d like to introduce you to its author, fellow Canadian, Eva Maria Hamilton.
I “met” Eva online soon after she signed her first contract with Love Inspired Historical, but it wasn’t until she made a comment on my Facebook page about wanting to visit the African Lion Safari, too, that I realized she lived near me.
In fact, she lives less than an hour away. As fellow newbie LI authors and fellow Southern Ontarioians, we became fast friends.
Last Saturday we even held a joint book signing together!
I asked her a few questions so we could all get to know her a little better.
What do want your readers to take away after the last page?
I want readers to take away the message that where there is love, anything is possible. If something is that important to you, never give up.
We talked about some great examples of that on Monday’s blog. Would you share with us a favorite character from a book you have read?
Here’s one from childhood – Ralph from The Lord of the Rings. Despite personal injury or rejection Ralph never backs down from his beliefs or his integrity. He is a leader not a follower.
Sounds like he might have inspired your hero. Could you share with us something that the enemy could have used to hurt you in some way, but God turned it around for good?
I had a truly horrible pregnancy. Without getting into detail I was in constant pain. A complete invalid. However I didn’t let that depress me. I dealt with it the best I could. And being unable to walk or even move much and thus stuck in my house I started writing. And that has turned into a blessing. I’m now a writer for Harlequin’s Love Inspired Historical line and loving every minute of it.
Wow, I had no idea! It always amazes me how God can turn our trials into triumph.
Do you have a life and/or a ministry verse (or for this book)?
The verse that resonates throughout Highland Hearts is Song of Solomon 2:10-13.
“My lover spoke and said to me, ‘Arise my darling, my beautiful one, and come with me. See! The winter is past; the rains are over and gone. Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come. The cooing of doves is heard in our land. The fig tree forms its early fruit; the blossoming vines spread their fragrance. Arise, come, my darling; my beautiful one, come with me.'”
Is there anything I didn’t ask that you would like to add?
Right now I am working on a proposal for Harlequin’s Love Inspired Historical line that is also set in 18th century Scotland.
To find out more about Highland Hearts and connect with me online please visit my website at www.EvaMariaHamilton.com where you can also view the book trailer I created. If anyone is interested in reading the first scene from Highland Hearts please follow this link: http://amzn.to/HighlandHearts
Here’s Eva’s official bio: Eva Maria Hamilton spent years studying people from all different areas of academia and brings that understanding of the human condition into each of her written pieces. An advocate for lifelong learning, Eva Maria Hamilton studied in both Canada and the United States, earning a diploma in Human Resources Management, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, an Honors Bachelor of Arts Degree in History, and a Master of Science in Education.
Your Turn: Could you share something that the enemy could have used to hurt you in some way, but God turned it around for good?
On Friday’s blog I will announce the recipient of the signed copy of Highland Hearts, chosen from those who left comments Monday or today, so be sure to check back.
I know there have been things that were painful at the time but God used to help me later, or to mold me somehow. Hard times are difficult though. I think it’s so cool you two live near each other!
Congrats on your debut, Eva, and best wishes for your next proposal. 🙂
Thanks Jessica! Yes, hard times can be extremely difficult to get though. Thank God for putting special people in our lives 🙂
Great interview! Just stopping by to show some love for a fellow LIH author. 🙂
That’s awesome! Thanks for visiting.
That’s very sweet of you Lily!
When my husband and I were first married we made a few bad financial decisions along with some bad luck with jobs. We were forced to sell our house, our car was repossessed and we had been without power for a couple of weeks; along with having two little ones at the time. Thankfully we never turned away from God and my husband became good friends with the new youth minister. Through the youth minister, (who talked my husband into starting a church plant in Ky), and helping my husband to get a job at Blue Grass Christian Camp! We have since cleaned up our credit, closer to God and our marriage is stronger. Plus we’ve had two more kids, four boys in all now. Life is still a struggle but God is always still right here with us!
Thanks for sharing. In these economic times, it’s especially inspiring to hear how God is carrying you through, strengthening your marriage, in the midst of the struggles.
Jennifer, I’m so glad someone was there to help you and you turned everything around! It reminds me of that saying that God may leave the door open but you have to give it a hard shove sometimes 🙂
So great to see more new Canadian Inspirational authors…congratulations Eva on your debut book 🙂 I’m hoping to have my 1st historical romantic mystery out in early fall:)
I think the enemy could’ve used my month’s stay in the hospital last summer and then a month later our children’s bike accident as something to make me want to give up…instead I just prayed more and journaled more often. These hard life experiences have turned into a blog to help people to keep going forward even when life is hard. So God definitely worked it out for good:)
Thanks for the great post!
Checked out your blog, Lorna. Really like it! Thanks for sharing.
Thanks Lorna and good luck to you too! Life can be a struggle sometimes and we need support to get through. Glad you’re out there helping people!
I got caught up in a gang, and could have died, or worse, still be living on the streets. My parents tried over and over to get me out God saved me. When I’m done school, I want to help others like me.
I admire your desire to help others, Ricki. So glad to hear the good things God is doing in your life.
I am so happy to hear that your parents hung in there and were able to get through to you and now you’re going to help others that maybe don’t have parents like you did – that’s wonderful Ricki! Good luck!
Great interview! Congrats on your book, Eva. I so want to visit Scotland! I saw a tiny part of it on a trip in college, but there is so much I didn’t see. Research trip, anyone? 🙂
Great idea! Hmm, where would I like to set my next book? 😉
Thanks Stacy! I hope you get to go to Scotland someday! 🙂
Last year my Husband got hurt at work and was home for 4 months to heal. Alot of people talked to me about it and wondered how we were getting along, saying that if it were them, it would be really hard on their relationship. Although it was very hard to see my husband in SOO much pain at times, it was NICE to have him around! I actually missed him when he went back to work! I’m thankful that God gave us the strength and patience to work together,build up our relationship, and keep it strong!
Thanks for sharing, Jennifer. Having a spouse injured or face a health crisis is always scary to contemplate. It’s encouraging to hear how God used it for good in your life. And glad to hear hubby healed eventually. 🙂
That’s wonderful Jennifer! I’m glad your husband is better now and that time together was a blessing in disguise for you both 🙂
Oh, yes. When my alcoholic daddy died at age 38, I was crushed, confused and angry. The Lord turned it around to make me compassionate, self-controlled, and strong.
I would love to win this book! Please enter my name, and thank you for a lovely interview.
That’s so encouraging. Thanks for sharing, Jen
38 is young Jeanette, I’m sorry. You’ve definitely persevered!
Looking forward to reading Highland Hearts and Sandra’s Shades of Truth but I’m a bit behind on reading right now. So many good books, so little time.
So true…and we have warm sunshine beckoning us outside here!
Thanks Judy! I agree with you both… My TBR pile continues to grow and I’m hoping to find some time to sit outside in this beautiful weather and relax with a good book 🙂