Rose Allen McCauley is happy to live in the beautiful bluegrass region of Kentucky on a farm surrounded by God’s creation. She has been writing for over ten years and has been published in several non-fiction anthologies and devotionals. She is thrilled for this to be her first published fiction because Christmas books are her favorites. She has a growing collection of Christmas books, and this one will takes its rightful place among them.
A retired schoolteacher who has been happily married to her college sweetheart for over 43 years, she is also mother to three grown children and their spouses and Mimi to three lovely, lively grandkids! You can reach her through her website www.rosemccauley.com or blog site at www.rosemccauley.blogspot.com
Rose invites everyone to visit her blog, and she hopes they will become a follower. Since her first book releases on Sept. 1, 2011, she will do a drawing that day and choose one follower to receive a hot-off-the-press copy of Christmas Belles of Georgia.
How long have you been writing?
All my life, but writing for publication the last ten years.
What do you hope readers take away from your book?
To remember the true “reason for the season” is Christ, and to live their lives for others as He did.
How did you find your publisher / agent?
I had submitted 5 or 6 other novellas to Barbour over the past 8 years, but this was the first one to be chosen for publication. Barbour is well-known for both their Christian fiction and non-fiction, and a great company to work for.
How long did it take you to write your manuscript?
I wrote the synopsis and first chapter in a couple weeks. Then after receiving the contract, I wrote the rest of the novella (20,000 words) in a little under a month. Next, I sent it off to three critique partners, and they helped me cut and refine it before sending it off to the publisher.
Tell readers about your book.
My novella is the second one in the book. It is named Nick’s Christmas Carol.
Four letters are mailed from Monticello, a small antebellum town in Georgia. Sisters once, now heirs to a historic plantation, each young woman must come to terms with the circumstances of her birth. . . .
When she learns in a letter she’s adopted, Holly feels betrayed by her parents—and she books a flight out of Missouri immediately. Will she ever be able to love again?
Raised in a wealthy, loveless home, Carol rushes to Monticello from college in Atlanta when she receives her letter. She’s searching for family, but finds instead a boy she once mistreated. Will he remember her? . . .forgive her?
In one year, Starr has lost her parents, boyfriend, and job, so she’s sure her letter is more bad news. When the attorney flies to California to offer proof, Starr takes a second look—at the message and the man.
Noelle always knew she was adopted—and she’s always loved the foreman on her father’s Texas ranch too. But he’s so distant. . .perhaps a trip to Georgia is the break in life she needs.
Will the sisters receive a traditional Christmas gift. . .of love?
Are you currently working on another book?
Always! Aren’t all authors? I have several in various stages–the thinking stage, the first words on paper stage, the proposal stage, and the waiting to hear stage!
What genres do you write in?
Christian romance and women’s fiction
What types of books do you read?
Most genres–romance, women’s fiction, contemporary, historical, some suspense if they aren’t too scary!, and non-fiction books of all types, especially Bible studies
What have you learned about publishing?
I once heard that the average length of time to publication for a writer is seven years, and it took almost nine years for me to receive my first fiction contract. So, don’t give up after the first year or two. Keep writing and learning to becoming the best writer you can be.
Tell us how readers can contact you (Twitter, Facebook, Blog, website, etc.).
My website is www.rosemccauley.com and my blog is www.rosemccauley.blogspot.com Since there are several Rose McCauleys on Facebook, the easiest way to find me is through the FB button on my blog page.