Welcome Penny Frost McGinnis!
Penny: Thank you. All of my stories are inspired by the hope I have in Jesus. In Home Where She Belongs, I wanted readers to see the hope Sadie found. She has just escaped an abusive relationship and moved to the island where she spent the summers of her youth with her grandparents and her friends, Lucy and Joel. Sadie needs to learn to trust again and find out there are good men, like Joel, she can count on.
LM: Home Where She Belongs is the first book in the Abbott Island series. How many books do you have planned? How did you come up with the location? (e.g., is it based on a real place, etc.)
Penny: I plan to write three. I have completed the manuscript for book two, Marigold and Johnny’s story and plan for book three to be Lucy’s story. Abbott Island is based on Kelleys Island, Ohio an island in Lake Erie. My husband and I love to vacation in that area. I’ve used some of the features of Kelleys Island to create the fictional Abbott Island. I chose to fictionalize, but wanted to incorporate the beautiful natural setting on Kelleys and the festivals and activities they have. By fictionalizing, I could use my imagination and add what I needed for the story.
LM: How did you come up with your characters? Do any of them have traits of you?
Penny: Sadie and Joel formed after a visit to Kelleys Island and spoke to me about their story. My
LM: What do you do to prepare for writing?
Penny: I often write in the morning, with a cup of coffee. I pray over whatever I am writing. If I forget to pray, the words don’t flow as well. I’ve learned that from experience. I like to sit in my recliner and especially love it when the weather is mild, and I can open my windows and listen to the birds.
LM: What is your favorite aspect of writing?
Penny: I enjoy incorporating nature in my writing, and I like discovering the characters and their conflicts. The last stages of editing, when the story is coming together, brings me great satisfaction.
LM: What is one thing you wish you could do?
Penny: My grandkids love superheroes and one day we were talking about what superpower we would like to have. I’d love to be able to teleport, then I could go where I wanted without driving or flying.
LM: What advice do you have for fledgling writers?
LM: Where can folks find you on the web?
Penny: At Hope for Today’s Heart where I blog and share book reviews and devotions: https://www.pennyfrostmcginnis.com/
About Home Where She Belongs
Tired of being a pawn for her father and an emotional punching bag for her ex-boyfriend, Sadie Stewart escapes to Abbott Island where she spent summers with her grandparents. Would the love and faith she learned from them be enough to fuel her new life? She wants to believe God's promises, yet broken trust holds her back.
Joel Grayson left the island long enough to train at the Police Academy. The community trusts him, even though he's failed. When he finds Sadie at her grandparents' cottages, his heart skips a beat. He'd love to get to know her again, but no one needs to share the hurt he harbors.
When Sadie discovers someone is sabotaging her future, she seeks Joel's help. As they are drawn together, will Joel let down his guard and let her in? Will Sadie trust the man who loves her and the Father Who cares?
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