Today on Writer Wednesday we welcome Joanne Bischof’s, author of Daughters of Northern Shores.
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Books Writers Read
Growing up, my parents read the Little House series to my sister and me many times over. These books are some of my dad’s favorites and he continues to read them again and again to this day! Because of that, following along with the Ingalls’ family adventures was a special part of my childhood. Laura’s way with words and how she could create a setting with such vivid pictures in my mind really sparked my imagination and her stories also sparked my love of history and savoring the simple joys in life like family, faith, and country living.
What book did you read that made you first want to be an author?
It’s hard for me to remember a time when I didn’t want to be an author; it was just always how I longed to be able to express myself with words on the page. As I grew older, and began to mature from children’s stories and adolescent novels to the world of Christian historical romance, The Red River North books by Lauraine Snelling were some of the first novels I remember reading and savoring. They opened my eyes to a whole new world of storytelling and Lauraine’s books definitely stirred in me a longing to be a Christian historical author one day. A few years back, she read and endorsed one of my own novels, which was an honor like no other!
What was the last book you read, just for fun?
The last book I read for fun, happened to also be one that I had the privilege of reading for endorsement: The Seamstress by Allison Pittman. Oh. My. Word. This novel took my breath away. I was captivated by every page and when I reached “The End”, had to reread the final pages once more just to make peace with the fact that the story was really over and to say goodbye to those precious characters. I smiled, sighed and shed tears. It is such a stunning read and I can’t recommend it enough and am definitely going to be reading it again!
What books are currently on your nightstand?
I’m always thumbing through a selection of non-fiction books and in addition to my favorite devotional, Streams in the Desert, I’ve been reading The Sacred Search which has been an inspiring look at marriage from a Christian perspective. On the fiction front, I’ve recently nabbed Far from the Madding Crowd on audio CD from the library. I recently watched the movie (twice!) and adore it from end to end, so am really looking forward to the novel itself.
What upcoming release are you most looking forward to?
I am so eager for the release of Whose Waves These Are by Amanda Dykes. Not only is she one of my critique partners and dearest friends, but she’s a gem of a writer. Such a wordsmith who can create the most captivating moments within story. Readers are in for an impeccable treat with her WWII-era debut novel set in small-town Maine. It holds so much heart!
Joanne has a long-standing passion for romance and a budding fervor for theology. She is more and more awed by how wondrously the two go hand in hand.
So depraved are we in our sinful state—so in need of a Savior—that the love story between God and his people is nothing short of astounding. A quenching of the thirst to parched souls. A light that makes the darkness tremble. A freedom from the bondage of pain and sin. Joanne is beyond thankful to be a part of this great love story and writes books to not only portray the glorious wonder of human love but to reflect the ultimate romance and rescue that comes through Christ.
More about Daughters of Northern Shores
Sequel to the critically-acclaimed Sons of Blackbird Mountain
Aven Norgaard understands courage. Orphaned within an Irish workhouse, then widowed at just nineteen, she voyaged to America where she was wooed and wed by Thor Norgaard, a Deaf man in rural Appalachia. That the Lord saw her along the winding journey and that Aven now carries Thor’s child are blessings beyond measure. Yet while Thor holds her heart, it is his younger brother and rival who haunts her memories. Haakon—whose selfish choices shattered her trust in him.
Having fled the farm after trying to take Aven as his own, Haakon sails on the North Atlantic ice trade where his soul is plagued with regrets that distance cannot heal. Not even the beautiful Norwegian woman he’s pursued can ease the torment. When the winds bear him home after four years away, Haakon finds the family on the brink of tragedy. A decades-old feud with the neighboring farm has wrenched them into the fiercest confrontation on Blackbird Mountain since the Civil War. Haakon’s cunning and strength hold the power to seal many fates, including Thor’s which is already at stake through a grave illness brought to him as the first prick of warfare.
Now Haakon faces the hardest choice of his life. One that shapes a battlefield where pride must be broken enough to be restored, and where a prodigal son may finally know the healing peace of surrender and the boundless gift of forgiveness. And when it comes to the woman he left behind in Norway, he just might discover that while his heart belongs to a daughter of the north, she’s been awaiting him on shores more distant than the land he’s fighting for.