Kelly Anders had lost yet another relative when her cousin died in a fatal car crash. Now, she’s promised herself to do her utmost for her cousin’s husband and children. Daily she brings faithful diligence, giving kindness and love to them with her whole heart. But deep inside, she feels selfish and hypocritical in her care of them, clinging to the knowledge that they are the only family she has left. Without them, she would be completely alone. What caught her by surprise, was fighting against a strong attraction for her late cousin’s husband.
Brent McKenzie had promised himself he would never marry again. He would care for his children without help. But he has a soft spot for his cousin-in-law, Kelly, who has lost all of her immediate family, save his children. She’s utterly alone in the world and he wants to help the sweet natured young woman, as she helps his kids with their grief. But he doesn’t need her or anyone else to help him. He doesn’t even need God…does he?
Interview with Rebecca
VH: Hi, Rebecca, and welcome to the blog! I’m so excited to have you join me today. A big congratulations on the release of At Last My Love! Tell me a little bit about your writing journey. When did you first start writing?
RT: Thank you for having me on your blog, Vanessa, and the opportunity to speak of my novel. I started out creating stories to entertain myself. Being a mother of three sons, my first two sons were very close in age, and I found myself too busy to read or even watch much television. As I was ironing one day, it occurred to me that I could make up my own stories seeing as how my hands were forever busy but my mind had room to wonder. Within 4 years, I had 5 detailed stories floating around in my mind. And that was just the start.
VH: What’s the hardest part about writing for you?
RT: The prose. “Showing” the story to the reader instead of “telling” the tale. Engaging the reader’s senses into the character’s mind and senses. I hope everyone will see much improvement in time.
VH: What authors have deeply influenced your writing?
RT: Oh, my. So many. Although I only have one story set in Regency time, I feel so inspired by Julie Klassen, Michelle Griep, and Erica Vetsch. Their writing is so tremendously good. My first book I ever wrote was set in 1870s Texas, and it will be the first in a series of 10 books (I hope). Recently, Karen Witemeyer’s writing has inspired me to work on that series.
VH: What’s one of your best pieces of advice for an aspiring author?
RT: If the author is a Christian, then the most important thing is to seek God’s guidance and wisdom for what stories to write. Pray before you write and let Him guide you. Otherwise, don’t give up. Keep writing. It may take a long season, but finally reaching your goal is worth all the work and tiring hours at the computer.
VH: What’s your favorite type of character to write?
RT: For the heroine, a kind-hearted, if a bit stubborn woman with a tendency to help those in need. For the hero, a rather reserved, even brooding fellow with a quiet courage. A real man’s man.
VH: At what point did you realize you wanted to publish? How did you decide to go indie?
RT: I realized I wanted to publish my stories about 20 years ago, yet life was a little too busy then. Last year I decided I could indie publish my work, seeing how many are doing so now. Indie publishing makes it easier to let people see your writing and know your voice.
VH: Tell me a little bit about At Last My Love!
RT: At Last My Love was the fifth story of my original stories. I now have nearly 30 stories floating around in my head to be written at some point. I was inspired for this novel as I took a walk, while strolling with my youngest son, who was two at the time. It only took me two days to have the outline of the story cemented in my mind, which I quickly proceeded to write down so as not to forget any of the details. My own fear of being alone, with no family, really fed into Kelly’s story. And I was able to feel her struggle at wanting to trust God even when she might be floundering at the thought of being completely alone. With Brent and his mother, Ruth, they were not going to let her feel she wasn’t cared for. They knew she needed someone and they would make sure they were that family she needed. And Brent needed forgiveness, which he felt he had to somehow bring to the table before he spoke to God. We can’t fix ourselves. Jesus does that, and Brent had to come to that realization.
VH: What was the inspiration behind this book?
RT: I had read a description of another book from a secular author–I don’t even remember the author’s name now–but I was unhappy with the story idea. I thought, I don’t think I would like that story. And I never did read it either. However, on the heels of that negative attitude came the beginnings of a story, which became At Last My Love. I can’t explain it, but it just happened. Also, the name of the book was inspired by the song they dance to at the ball. It was “At Last” by Etta James. I actually listened to that song over and over as I wrote that scene. Then I named the book from it with the first four words of the song.
VH: What do you hope readers will take away from your writing?
RT: I always want my stories to wrap the reader with warm feelings of family and love, through good and bad times, and to always find their hope in God, letting Him take center stage in their life. And most assuredly know that the answer to every problem is found in Jesus. That is the most important thing for readers to understand.
VH: What do your upcoming projects look like?
RT: I am editing two other contemporary romances, one set in New York City and the other in Savannah, Georgia. But I have others that are historical which I hope to work on this summer. V
VH: Thanks so much for chatting with me today, Rebecca, and congrats again!
About the Author
Rebecca Trump started her writing as a way to pass the time while doing housework when her children were small, entertaining only herself for a time. As the stories became more intricate, a dream bloomed that she could share them with others through the publishing world. Married to her Army veteran husband for 30+ years, God blessed them with three sons. Rebecca, raised in Tennessee, and her husband from Pennsylvania, yet God still brought them together in His timing. Spending most of their married life up north, they call Tennessee home again.