The story of how a woman's faith and trust in God grew out of hardship and tragedy in the early 1800's.
Hannah, at only seventeen, has been married only a few months when her new husband Caswell announced to her they would be traveling west to work with his uncle.
Hannah hated the idea of leaving her family, her home and all she knew to travel with a wagon train west.
While with the wagon train, they endured severe storms, livestock stampedes and death. But one of the worst things the young couple had to face was being left behind by the wagon train, when Caswell appears to have come down with a contagious disease.Follow Hannah's adventure through hardship, and tragedy as she travels the wilds of the western wilderness.
What inspired you to write your first book? How did you come up with the title?
My first book, A Rose Blooms Among the Thorns, took me many years to write. I carried an old boot box around with me, which contained notes for my first book. This book, even though it is fiction, is based on my own life. It is about domestic abuse. I wrote it to show other women that there is life after abuse. The title tells it all, deep down among all the thorns on a bush can be found a beautiful rose.
What is your current work-in-progress? Care to share a little with us?
My current work-in-progress is a book titled, Freedom’s Voyage. It is a book based on my 10th great-grandmother’s life. She came to America on the ship, Mayflower. She was one of four women to live through the first winter. It is slow going because of all the research I need to do for the book. I want to be as accurate as I possibly can.
Do you have any verses, motivational sayings, quotes that are close to your heart? What are they, and why do they stand out to you?
Hebrews 13:5 is my favorite verse. “Let your conversation be without covetousness: and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”
This verse reminds me that no matter what I am going through at the time I am not alone. God promised me He would never leave me.
What are some of the challenges to bringing your writing to life? (Research, experience, psychological, logistical, etc)
My first book the challenges was experience. I was going to have to travel back in time in my own life and write about what was there. With my other books some of the challenges I go through to bringing my writing to life would have to be research. I want to make my book as real for the time period as I can.
Tell us a little about yourself, perhaps something not many people know.
I’m 66 years old – I’m a great-grandmother. I grew up in Louisiana – I worked as a Licensed Nurse for 35 years before starting my dream job, writing.
What was your favorite book growing up? What are some now? What about the author and their work resonate with you?
My favorite book growing up was called, Cecilia’s Locket. I guess, “Gone with the Wind” is my favorite book of all times. Some of my favorite authors are Beverly Lewis, Lori Wick, and Debra Shiveley Welch.
What resonate with me about the author and their work is the fact they write about real life and still have Christian values throughout their work.
Do you have a career in the “real world” when you’re not putting your author hat on?
No, not now. I worked for 35 years as a LPN. I am retired and now writing is my career. I love writing.
Are you a planner or a pantser when it comes to writing? (Planner – work it all out; Pantser – write by the seat of your pants)
I would say my choice between the two I am a Pantser. But really I am a Dreamer. I don’t plan anything! 90% of my writings came to me in dreams. I wake up in the morning and write what I dreamed about the night before.
If you had to do it all over again, what would you change about your writing or publishing experience and why? Also, do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
I would have never signed with that first publisher. They were so bad that they are not in business anymore. Now, I am among many authors that self-publish and I love having total control over my books.
My advice for aspiring authors would be to write about what you know. If you want to write on something you are not sure about then do lots of research – then do more research.
If you truly have the dream to write then set down and start writing – let it flow from you. Don’t worry about grammar at first just get your words on paper.
Is there anything you would like to say to your readers and fans?
Yes, thank you – thank you for buying and reading my books. I’m an author and can’t seem to find the words to say more than thank you. I have loved writing from a young girl and now that I can write full time that is wonderful. To know that someone is reading and liking what I write is beyond words for me.
About: CISSY HUNT
CISSY HUNT Books:
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The story of a woman's journey back to her childhood home, seeking what she believes she left behind.
Matilda planning a special announcement for her husband, Winston, prepared a exceptional dinner of his favorite foods. What she wasn't prepared for was Winston had his own announcement.
Her life drastically changed the evening of Winston's announcement.
Packing up her pride and personal belongings, Matilda traveled back to her childhood home. The old home she grew-up in with her widowed mother. Downcast, angry, and dejected she arrives home.
Her life spinning out of control. Depression and loneliness tries to consume her. Tilly desperately seeks for what she believed she left behind in her childhood home.
A ROSE BLOOMS AMONG THE THORNS
The story of a woman's journey from domestic abuse - through healing - to forgiveness.
After finally receiving the divorce that LaRae believed would set her free from domestic violence, she ends up staying on the run from place to place, because her ex-husband, James, continued to stalk her.
When she finds herself free of James, LaRae struggles through the up and downs of trying to make a peaceful life for herself. A life free of the violence that left her with scars of fear and pain, not only physically, but emotionally as well.
LaRae finds a friend that helps point her on a path that leads to hope, healing, and a new life.
I grew up, attended school, and spent my young adult life around and in central Louisiana. I have been a Licensed Practical Nurse for over thirty-five years, during part of that time I was a travel nurse. Now I live with my husband in Northwest Arkansas in the beautiful Ozark Mountains. We live out of town in the country, where I fell in love with the peace and beauty of the area.
We live a simple life in that we love to night fish and work in our yard.
I have been an ordained minister since August of 2007. I am called to minister to hurting women who carry the emotional scars of domestic abuse.
For as long as I can remember I have always loved to write. Growing up a shy person, when I couldn't express myself verbally, one only had to hand me a pen and paper and out would flow my thoughts.
I have written poetry most of my life and now my life-long dream has come true. I have become an author. I write Christian fiction books. I try to write on matters that women go through such as domestic abuse, growing faith, and divorce.