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TO CLAIM HER HEART
by Jodie Wolfe
Welcome, Jodie. What made you decide to write about the Cherokee Strip Land Run of 1893?
Almost 20 years ago my mother-in-law showed me the place where one of her relatives had claimed a piece of property during this last great race in our country. The original homestead was partially built into a hillside and lay in ruins crumbling, but I could already imagine characters who sought out that piece of land.
What is the theme of this book?
The importance of letting go of bitterness. My hero, Benjamin David says this to my heroine, Elsie Smith, “You can’t keep holding on to the bitterness, or it’ll eat you alive. Don’t allow Satan to win. He desires for you to be discouraged, defeated, and unforgiving, but God has better things in store for you, if you’ll allow Him to work in your life again.”
Are there any historical items from your husband’s family in the story?
|Rose of Sharon quilt|
What was one of the interesting things you learned when researching for this book?
The run itself has many intriguing facts. There were nine different starting places along the Kansas border and part of Oklahoma Territory south of the Cherokee Strip. It was mind-boggling to hear about the numbers of folks who competed trying to win a piece of property—over a hundred thousand. If you’ve ever seen the movie Far and Away, it accurately pictures what the race must have been like.
Name a fun tidbit about your new release.
At the beginning of each chapter, I have quotes from Mrs. Wigglesworth's Essential Guide to Proper Etiquette and Manners of Refined Society. My characters usually do the complete opposite of whatever advice is given. I’ve had such positive feedback from advanced readers in regard to Mrs. Wigglesworth that I have an ebook of her sayings that released on May 21.
Wow! Two books released in a week. Is Mrs. Wigglesworth an actual person?
Chuckle. No. It’s all been made up in my mind. :) Hopefully, readers will have as much fun reading the quotes as I had in writing them. I'll be giving away a free copy of Mrs. Wigglesworth's sayings to one of your commenters.
Please tell us a little about your novel, To Claim Her Heart.
In 1893, on the eve of the great race for land, Benjamin David prays for God to guide him to his Promised Land. Finding property and preaching to the lost are his only ways of honoring his deceased fiancée. He hasn't counted on Elmer (Elsie) Smith claiming the same plot and refusing to leave. Not only is she a burr in his side, but she is full of the homesteading know-how he is sadly lacking.
Obtaining a claim in the Cherokee Strip Land Run is Elsie Smith's only hope for survival, and not just any plot, she has a specific one in mind. The land's not only a way to honor her pa and his life, but also to provide a livelihood for herself. She's willing to put in whatever it takes to get that piece of property, and Elsie's determined to keep it.
Her bitterness is what protects her, and she has no intentions of allowing that preacher to lay claim to her land . . . or her heart.
Where can readers find you online?
Mrs. Wigglesworth's Essential Guide to Proper Etiquette and Manners of Refined Society
Where can readers purchase To Claim Her Heart?
Thank you for the interview, Jodie. Do you have any closing thoughts?
I believe we all have had times in our lives where it’s easy to wallow in bitterness because of the trials we’ve gone through. Believe me, I get it. I’ve been there, but I find that I do best when I make an active choice NOT to linger in the bitter feelings. When I give them to God (sometimes over and over again), it’s then that I can move forward in the hope and joy He desires for us to walk in.
Jodie, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Jodie is offering an eBook copy of Mrs. Wigglesworth's sayings to one commenter to this blog post.
Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through May 29, 2018, and remember to leave your email address so I can contact you if you’re the winner.
The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of Bidding on the Bouquet by Catherine Castle is Perrianne. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.
Till next time … keep on smiling.
My latest book is out – Her Reason to Smile, a novella. Here is the cover, and you can read more about the book and the first chapter here.