Meet and Greet is a regular feature on my blog. Be forewarned…Unlike the typical interview, these brief questions will get to the true heart of my guests…or at least the heart of what’s in their kitchen. Grab a latte (or other beverage of your choice), find a comfy chair, and prepare to make a new friend.
How’d you like the alliteration in my blog title today? I’m thrilled to welcome Carla Olson Gade as my guest this week! Carla is one of the first writers I met online when I started blogging a few years ago. She warmly welcomed me to the community, and I’ve loved watching her career grow. She has a great love for history, so of course I had to ask her to choose between two hunky heroes of classic film. (To see who she picked–and to learn how you can win a copy of her latest release–keep reading!)
A native New Englander, Carla Olson Gade grew up in an historic Massachusetts town and now lives in rural Maine with her husband and two young adult sons. Her love for writing and eras gone by turned her attention to writing historical Christian romance. Represented by MacGregor Literary Agency, she is the author of The Shadow Catcher’s Daughter (Heartsong Presents) and “Carving a Future” in the Colonial Courtships novella collection (Barbour). Carla is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Maine Fellowship of Christian Writers. She has judged several writing contests and the Inspirational Reader’s Choice Contest (RWA). Throughout the years Carla has been a conference planner and taught many ministry groups, workshops, and courses, presenting on Christian growth, genealogy, writing, and adult literacy.
Welcome, Carla! On to the questions we go….
Opener Question: What seven words best describe you?
Inquisitive, Creative, Intuitive, Patient, Reserved, Tenacious, Faithful
1) European tour or Alaskan cruise?
European for certain! I would love to tour the lands of my ancestors. England, Wales, Scotland, and Sweden. That would be the thrill of my life.
2) Jump in with both feet or Enjoy the view?
I’m an observer, but once I get on board I jump right in!
3) Nachos and cheese or Mac and cheese?
Nachos and cheese! I tend to like spicy foods.
4) Jimmy Stewart or Cary Grant?
I’m a romantic at heart and love watching classic movies. Since Joel McCrea isn’t an option, I’ll go with Cary Grant.
5) Dress shirt or Sweatshirt?
I love to dress in a pretty blouse, but you’ll most often find me dressed casually. And living in Maine I need to dress warm. A sweatshirt for me!
6) Chocolate cake or Carrot cake?
Chocolate. Mmmmm! I might say Carrot, but often they are made with raisins and coconut frosting which I detest.
7) Indoors or Outdoors?
Although I’m a bit of a homebody and you’ll most often find me at my computer, I adore being outside, especially on a warm fall day.
I agree, Carla. I’m usually indoors, but fall is a time of year I love to get outside and enjoy the perfect temperatures. As far as carrot cake, I’m with you…I love it as long as nuts, raisins, or coconut are not involved. And I love that you’re a classic movie fan. I have to say my favorites are the Thin Man movies. They have mystery, suspense, romance, and humor…a perfect combination.
Thanks so much for being here today! I enjoyed getting to know you better.
Glassenbury, Connecticut, 1752
Ship figurehead carver Nathaniel Ingersoll has apprenticed for many years under his Uncle Phineas and hopes to become a master ship carver in his own right. Indentured servant Constance Starling arrives on the Connecticut coast too ill for anyone to accept. Has Nathaniel jeopardized the future he has worked hard to achieve for the welfare of a weakly servant?
Blog Readers: Let’s talk…What’s your favorite classic movie of all time? Any favorites with Jimmy Stewart or Cary Grant?
*Giveaway Details: Carla has offered to give away a copy of Colonial Courtships! All you have to do is leave a comment. (For extra entries, you can Tweet or share this post on Facebook…I’ll add an extra entry for each. Just make sure to mention it in your comment.) Winner will be announced in next Monday’s post. Good luck!
**The winner of last week’s Julie Lessman giveaway is Jennifer Dove! I’ll contact you this week with details.