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About the Book
Book: Run With the Wind
Author: Judy DuCharme
Genre: Christian fiction
Release date: 2016
Linney Merritt loves her life in the Florida scrub where she assists her Pa in raising and taking cattle to market. The new cowman, Cyrus John, appreciates the chance to start over. Marrying holds no interest for either, but they can’t help but be drawn to each other. And then, just before Christmas, they find themselves fighting together to save the life of a calf, all while discovering the One who can remove fears and provide forgiveness.
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About the Author
Judy DuCharme is a crazy Packer fan and would rather be walking near the water than at any shopping mall. She is smarter than a fifth grader, having taught them for 22 years, specializing in fun, hands-on, basic science. In case anyone wondered, the cutest grandson in the world belongs to her. And he’s smart, too. Judy descended from the family that founded the first Mennonite/Amish congregation in this country in the mid-1700s. So, with such a heritage, she loves the Lord, loves to worship, and loves to teach Bible studies
More from Judy
Have you ever watched You Tube videos of cows giving birth? Well, I have. And that’s because Linney Merritt helped birth the calves in the late 1800s in mid-Florida. And that’s why she had no interest in giving birth herself. So when the new hand arrived, it turned her plans topsy-turvy, but she was not going to budge. With humor and tenacity, Linney and Cy learn to work together on her pa’s ranch and consider other possibilities.
Judy, welcome! My readers often want to know why an author writes what they do. Can you tell us why you decided to write fiction?
I’ve done non-fiction football devotionals, but I think and talk in stories. My parents and siblings are story-tellers in the sense that we tell and retell events in our lives as stories.
I would imagine that coming up with a good story line can be a challenge. How do you come up with your plots?
Plots and ideas are always running around in my mind. The ones that won’t leave or seem to develop are the ones I go with. I’ve had the experience of the characters just taking off with the story as I’m writing. It’s a little weird and kind of cool – I just try to write fast enough to keep up and not miss anything.
One question I often hear is do you ever name your characters after people you know?
I have. Sometimes I mix up the names, and often the names used are those consistent with the time and place.
Writing well takes work and time. How do you research for your stories?
Someone told me, and it was in Little Women as well, to write what you know. I like to add: and research what you don’t. I visit the places if I can, read books, research online, interview those who know the area, the time, the place. Every book is different. I wrote two historical books about the area where I live in NE Wisconsin. I visited the islands, walked around them, checked their archives, went through the lighthouses and listened to the stories.
Back to story lines, do real life stories get turned into fiction plots?
They become part of the story. I incorporate a lot of the history, actual or anecdotal, into my books. I may change a few details to make it fit the story.
Have you ever read a book that made you cry?
Often. And I love it when I’m going over final edits of my books, knowing exactly what’s about to happen, and I still cry or laugh.
Judy, it was nice to get to know you better. Thank you for being with us today.
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