I'm thrilled to be part of Amber's Seasons of Love Blog Party and I'm thrilled to share a fun interview with Jody Hedlund, author of one of my favorite books of 2010, The Preacher's Bride. You can read that review here. Jody's next release will be The Doctor's Lady this Fall.
I like to read biographies (yes, I’m a history geek!). When I was reading about John Bunyan, I ran across the story about how his second wife, Elizabeth, bravely defended him in front of a court of judges after he’d been accused of unlicensed preaching.
I loved her courage and determination, and I decided I wanted to tell her story to the world. So much is known about some of the great heroes of the faith, but so little is told of the incredible women who stood by their sides and helped shape them into the men they became.
Can you share an interesting fact about the Bunyans or their romance that you learned in your research?
At the end of his life, John Bunyan wrote this in a deed, “The natural affection and love which I have and bear into my well-beloved wife, Elizabeth.” I thought his words were so romantic, especially after years of marriage. It just showed how much they’d grown to love and appreciate each other over the years.
Do you have any Valentine's Day traditions in your family?
On Valentine’s morning, I place a big pretty bag in the middle of the kitchen table with a little gift to each family member inside. Then I attach a piece of string to the gift and run it out to each individual’s spot and tape it to a special heart-shaped box of chocolates. One-by-one, my husband and children take turns pulling on their string and receiving their gifts.
Describe your perfect romantic dinner. What would you eat? Are you cooking or going out? What music would you play at dinner?
At this stage in my life, with five very busy children, ANY dinner I eat alone with my husband is romantic! Every Wednesday night after the kids are in bed, my husband gets Qdoba burritos for just the two of us. And occasionally, we’ll get take-out after the kids are in bed and have a quiet dinner alone. We love those times!
If you were planning a party, which three historical figures would you like to invite and why?
Of course, I would have to invite John and Elizabeth Bunyan, and Mary their blind daughter, simply because I would love to hear what they have to say about my retelling of their lives in The Preacher’s Bride. And I’d have dozens of questions for them about all of the details I didn’t learn during my research.
What is your favorite flower?
The lilac. I absolutely adore the sweet scent. But I’m also very fond of any type of flower my husband brings home for me. Even though we’ve been married for almost twenty years, he’s still very sweet about bringing me bouquets from time to time.
Do you have a favorite couple from the Bible? Why?
I’m quite fascinated by the story of Ruth and Boaz. It’s such a beautiful tale of a poor woman who sacrifices everything, and a rich man who falls in love with her and rescues her from deprivation. It’s just like a rags-to-riches fairy-tale.
How did you decide to write historical romance?
I’ve always loved reading historical romances and losing myself in the past. And I’m also a big history buff. So I was naturally drawn to writing about the things I love most.
Can you share an instance in your life when you clearly understood Christ's love for you personally?
Oh, I’ve had lots of those moments in my life. And now that I have children, I get glimpses of Christ’s love especially when I’m parenting. When I have to discipline or set boundaries for my children, I realize that I’m doing it because I love them and want them to grow into godly young adults some day. It’s a daily reminder that out of his love for me, Christ disciplines me too.
Do you have a favorite dessert? Will you share the recipe please?
Here’s one of my favorites, because it’s not only super-delicious but also very easy!
1 Box German Chocolate cake mix
(water, vegetable oil, and eggs called for in the cake mix directions)
1 (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk
1 jar (16 oz.) caramel, butterscotch or hot fudge topping
1 container whipped fluffy white frosting or 1 (8 oz.) frozen whipped topping, thawed
1 cup toffee chips or bits
1. Heat oven to 350°F. Make cake as directed for 13x9 inch pan; cool 15 minutes.
2. Poke top of warm cake every ½ inch with handle of wooden spoon. Drizzle sweetened condensed milk evenly over top of cake; let stand until milk has been absorbed. Drizzle with caramel topping. Cover and refrigerate about 2 hours.
3. Spread frosting over top of cake. Sprinkle with toffee chips. Store covered in refrigerator.
Giveaway: Want some yummy Godiva chocolate? What's your favorite dessert?
Also to one winner, Jody has offered a copy of her book, The Preacher's Bride. Please enter in the comments whether you are interested in one or both.
Please include your email in this format:
name (at) where (dot) com
Winner will be announced Monday!!