Today, I'm happy to say that Maureen Lang has graced us with a lovely interview, plus a chance to win one of her books!
Welcome! I’m so excited to be interviewing you! First, I would love it
you would start by briefly telling us how your writing journey
My passion for writing began at a very
young age! When I was little, my mother
would tell me bedtime stories—she would read from books sometimes, but often she
just make something up. So I learned stories really started in the imagination,
and it felt natural to make up my own. Later, when I was in high school, an
English teacher invited me into an elective class on writing, and one of the
assignments for everyone was to submit something to a real editor. It could have
been a poem, short story, article, novel or novella—anything, really, just to
get that first rejection behind us and to learn a few things beside: we could
survive rejection, and we weren’t alone. Every one of us was rejected. But I
have to say the rejection I received for the sample chapters of a novel I sent
was probably one of the reasons I’m still writing today. The editor took the
time to send me a personal letter explaining that while she couldn’t publish my
work, she was impressed by the quality from someone so young (I was sixteen at
the time and explained in the cover that this was part of an assignment). She
encouraged me to keep writing, and so it was one of those moments that could
have shaped my future very differently had she been less kind.
So began my endeavor into professional publication. A few years later I
joined critique groups to hone my craft, going to writer’s conferences and
learning everything I could about writing. Of course I kept reading all the
time, because that’s one of the best ways to learn how to write, by seeing what
Please share with us one fact about you that not many people know.
feel free to have fun with the question!
I have a backwards tooth. Every time I’ve gone to a new dentist, they mention
it and call in the hygienist to have a look. Evidently I was born with it.
Thankfully, it’s a back tooth so very few people outside my local dental office
are aware of it!
Which fictional literary character most inspired/inspires you?
I’m inspired every time I read a book I enjoy! But to recall some of my first
inspiration, a very long time ago I read a trio of books Kristin Lavransdatter
by Sigrid Undset. I
thought the heroine was incredibly brave and romantic. Of course, I was writing
secular romances back then so my tastes may have changed over the years, but I
recall that series as having a powerful impact on my writing. A more recent
example for a Christian heroine would be anything by Lynn Austin, Siri Mitchell,
or Tamera Alexander, three of my favorites!
What inspired you to choose the setting for your novel?
I’ve always wanted to write a book set in the west, and so I was dabbling
with some research material centering around rogues and scoundrels of the
American west. I read about a man who single-handedly robbed several coaches by
pretending he had an entire gang of robbers behind him. He carved sturdy sticks
to look like rifles, placed them just high enough in a canyon so from below they
couldn’t be identified for what they really were, then he put on a mask and
stopped the coaches at the best spot with his “gang” behind him. He was
eventually caught, but I thought I’d have my hero get away with it—and let his
guilty conscience convict him. But because of that act, I knew I needed a
western setting. Denver was a fairly large and established city by the time the
Gilded Age came along, which was exactly what I needed for my semi-reformed
rake. That’s how All In Good Time
to be set in Denver.
If you could be best friends with any of the characters in your
who would it be? Why?
I’d love to be best friends with my heroine, Dessa. She loves to cook and
clean! If I could just get her to cook dinner for me and my family . . .
What are 3 things you like to do to relax?
Well, obviously not cooking or cleaning . . . Actually, reading is my number
one choice, but I also like to watch a movie if it has a clever plot and a
romantic thread. I have a child with Fragile X Syndrome, a genetic disorder of
the brain that has severely limited his ability to take care of himself. He goes
to school for a few hours a day, and so when he’s home I’m pretty busy. As sweet
as he is, it can be frustrating, too, since he’s nearly 18 and my caregiver
tasks have been pretty much the same all these years. While he has free roam of
the house, I do need to be aware of what he’s doing, and that’s where my Kindle
Fire comes in handy. I can basically watch a movie while I’m making sure my son
is safe, because the Fire goes where I go.
I also like to have long chats with my husband! We do daily
“debriefing” sessions where we catch up on each other’s day, and it helps me put
life in perspective. I find it very refreshing!
What book(s) are you reading, or have read lately?
I just read several books for a contest I helped to judge, so that kept me
busy for about a month. I also belong to a book club so we choose a new title
every month. Right now we’re reading a secular title called The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane
, but it’s
too soon for me to have formed an opinion yet, other than that the writing is
lovely. In the last few months, I also enjoyed Ruth Axtell’s new book, Moonlight Masquerade
, Siri Mitchell’s Unrivaled
, and Ann Gabhart’s Words Spoken True
What piece of writing advice have you received that was most
helpful to you?
That we learn
best from what we do
best and can improve the rest. Confidence
plays such a large role in everything we do, and writing isn’t any different.
When we believe what we write has value, it inspires us to keep going. That’s
why whenever I give a critique, I try to sandwich any suggestions for
improvement between praise for what they’re doing right.
Where can readers connect with you?
My website hosts my blog, www.maureenlang.com
welcome new readers! I also love getting emails at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you so much for giving me the pleasure of an interview with
And I wish you the very best with your newest release!
Thanks for having me!
Ms. Lang has been generous and is offering a copy of either her latest book, All in Good Time or any one of her other 10 titles as a prize. If the winner is a US resident they will receive a print copy, or an ecopy if they prefer, but if the winner is not a US resident they will receive an ecopy.