ANN BRODEUR is an award-winning novelist who writes inspirational and contemporary romances offering sweet hope and happy endings. When she’s not reading, writing, chasing after her kids or enjoying long chats with her husband, Ann can be found drinking coffee, that’s been reheated several times throughout the day. She aspires to someday drink a hot beverage in one sitting. Her debut, SNOWBOUND IN WINTERBERRY FALLS released Nov 6, 2020 by Anaiah Press.
Let’s learn a bit more about Ann Brodeur.
How or why did you become a writer? I’ve always wanted to write. A couple of months ago I discovered my diary from when I was ten years old. In it, I’d written how I wanted to become a Christian author someday so that I could tell people about Jesus with my words. Looking back over my career in the non-profit world, I can see how everything I did led me to writing novels (like grant-writing amongst other things).
Why do you write Christian Fiction? I write Christian Fiction because it gives people hope that general market and literary fiction can’t give them. It’s about writing the stories God has placed on my heart and letting Him lead as I write.
In the summer of 2019 I was challenged by a family camp speaker. In his sermon he threw out this challenge – with the little talent God has given you, how can you use it to make the most impact for God? I come back to this challenge every so often to remind myself of why I’m writing the stories I do.
Tell us something interesting about yourself. (Can be funny, serious, or spiritual) I hated chocolate up until my third trimester when I was pregnant with twins – then I couldn’t eat enough!
Tell us a little about your books. (General not a specific book promo but you can list titles.) I write stories with sweet hope and happy endings. My debut novel released at the beginning of November, SNOWBOUND IN WINTERBERRY FALLS, a contemporary inspirational Christmas romance. At the moment, I write contemporary inspirational romances but I do have some other novel ideas I’m eager to jump into which would be considered women’s fiction and historical fiction. Those stories (in my head anyway) don’t have a strong romantic thread and may not even be considered romance by the time I’m done. There will definitely be the hope aspect and at the moment, happy endings for all the stories I plan to write.
Tell us a little about your current book. (1 paragraph) SNOWBOUND IN WINTERBERRY FALLS is a novel about uncovering the pain of the past and trusting God’s leading. It’s a story of redemption and second chances, set in the fictional town of Winterberry Falls, Vermont during the most celebrated season of all, Christmas. A winter storm thrusts my heroine back into a town that only holds bittersweet memories for her, and onto the doorstep of the man who’d stolen her heart and disappeared twelve years earlier. The only way to protect the woman he fell in love with is to stay out of her life, but what’s a guy to do when she shows up out of the blue? And how will he ever keep her safe from the secret that will destroy her family when she’s stuck in town indefinitely?
Why do you consider this book a modern-day parable? It’s a story most any one can relate to. Have you ever been lied to? Has someone kept something from you as a way of protecting you? Have you ever had that wrestling match with God wanting to do things His way, but just not ready to give up yours?
This story grapples all of those things and more, but through it all there’s a message of hope. If we confess our sin, God is faithful to forgive us. If we follow His lead, blessings will flow.
SNOWBOUND IN WINTERBERRY FALLS
Unwrapping their past – one secret at a time.
Owning her own PR firm is all reporter Stephanie Clark wants for Christmas, but the idea of running a prestigious election campaign in the country’s capital throws her stomach into knots. A last minute vacation road trip to focus and seek God’s direction for her life ends up in disaster when she gets caught in the worst snowstorm to hit Vermont in over a decade, crashing her into a small town and the one person she’d rather forget.
There’s a BookSweeps going on from Dec 7-16. Category is Holiday Inspirational Romance and my book is up for a giveaway there (as well as a couple of other ACFW writers). The link to include (if you’re inclined to include it, but don’t feel that you have to since Dec 16 is the last day): https://www.booksweeps.com/giveaway/december-2020/inspirational-romance-holiday-extravaganza/