Thursday, December 10, 2015

Author Elaine Marie Cooper and Road to Deer Run

Today I'm celebrating the release of Road to Deer Run (CrossRiver Media) by Elaine Marie Cooper. Elaine is a multi-published, award-winning author, and she has so kindly stopped by for an interview.

Welcome, Elaine! Tell us about your favorite reader encounter or piece of fan mail/email/FB message. 

It’s so difficult to narrow it down. I think the readers who have expressed being challenged by their faith when they read my books are the most satisfying responses. Knowing that my books have prompted them to consider their Christian walk in view of the fictional stories I weave allows me to see a small way that God uses my writing for His glory. Praise God!

Amen! While writing Road to Deer Run, how did God meet you on the page? 

I remember getting so caught up in the scenes I was writing that I
would literally weep over what the characters were going through. I put myself in their shoes and cried with them. I also found the characters saying or doing things that helped me sort through my own views of good vs. evil, despair vs. faith. It was a spiritually uplifting yet an emotionally draining experience at the same time.

Where is your favorite place to people watch for inspiration?

Since my grandchildren live out of state, I travel a great deal. I love to people-watch and observe quirks and/or expressions in the faces of others when “on the road.” One time I sat next to a man on a flight and, without staring (too much!), I studied his slightly peculiar mannerisms. I used his personality to pattern the character of the doctor in Promise of Deer Run. (It releases in June, 2016.) If strangers only knew when an author is sitting near them… LOL!

Ha! So true! If you wrote a letter to your younger self at whatever age you first dreamed of writing a book, what would the opening line say? 

“Take heart. You think you’re only writing for yourself today. But someday, God will use your words to reach many.”

Sweet advice. Now to stretch your writing muscles, 

please give us the summary of Road to Deer Run in Haiku. 

This is FUN!
Soldier found wounded.
Nursed by angel of mercy.
Love is in the air.

That was beautiful! And Road to Deer Run sounds fantastic. I can't wait to read it. Thanks for stopping by today, Elaine, and congratulations on your new release. 

Road to Deer Run is available now in paperback and ebook.

Elaine Marie Cooper is the award-winning author of Bethany’s Calendar and Fields of the Fatherless. Her re-release of the Deer Run Saga begins with Road to Deer Run and will be followed by Promise of Deer Run (June 2016) and Legacy of Deer Run (December, 2016). Her passions are her faith, her family, and the history of the American Revolution, the setting for her historical fiction novels. You can read more about her on her website.


  1. I love the haiku questions, and Elaine did a great job. I'll have to try that with my books.

    1. Hi Sherrie! It really was fun and I loved Keely's creative questions. Thanks so much for coming by and Merry Christmas!

  2. What a fun and interesting interview!