Rachel Wilson has committed to work in Cologne, Germany, for one month. Consigned to a tiny apartment, she looks forward to completing her responsibilities to the museum so she may explore Europe and begin her new life.
John Viteri is a confident museum curator, but when he arrives at his new job in Germany, he struggles to find God’s plan for his life.
Thrown together, will Rachel and John allow God’s providence to guide them or will they choose their own path?
What inspired you to write this book?
I know this isn’t very romantic, but I wrote this novella as a challenge. A publisher asked for an exotic locale with three elements. I chose Cologne, Germany. That meant I had to use a porch swing, a fluffy pillow, and hmm, I forget, but I know I got it in there!
I love porch swings!
Are your characters or plots based on anyone or experiences in real life? Or are they completely fictitious?
Sometimes the stories I write are based on real life with a tad of embellishment, but this story is completely fictitious. However, I have been a tour guide before just not in a museum.
What are your feelings about sequels? Is this a possibility for your novel?
I personally love sequels. What is better than reading about characters and then reading about what happens to them later. But in regards to A Month in Cologne, I’m not sure. The thought did occur that Jamie needs his own story. He is such a sweetie. And I have thought about doing a prequel surrounding Mary and Reuben and their mystery meeting in WWII Germany. I guess you’ll just have to wait and see.
What is your favorite time of day to write?
My favorite time to write is when it is quiet, which isn’t very often! I generally write from about 5:30 a.m. until 8:00 a.m. then try to squeeze some time in after lunch.
Are you a full time writer? If not, what fills your day?
Am I a full time writer? That is a tricky question. Okay, maybe it shouldn’t be but it is. Writing is the only work I do that I get paid for. When I’m not writing, I’m a housewife, mother, girl scout volunteer, homeschooling parent, and a homeschool co-op teacher and administrator.
Wow! You are one busy lady!
When did you start writing and why?
I started writing about three years ago after I read a novel and thought, “Hey, I do could this.” I convinced my cousin that we should write a novel together, only she became too busy to help and I wrote the entire novel on my own. And the rest is history.
What genre do you like to read the most? Why?
My favorite genre to read is historical romance. The reason I enjoy historical romance is for one, I love reading about love. And two, I love history. Learning about how people lived in the past fascinates me.
What is the last book you read or are currently reading?
I just finished Duo by Sarah Schofield. An amazing young adult story which I hope has a book three.
Fast & Furious questions…Ready?
Favorite Ice Cream? Butter pecan
Favorite Song or Band? Oceans by Hillsong United
Favorite Super Hero? Batman!
Favorite Princess? Belle
Favorite flavor of lip balm? Strawberry
Food you can’t stand? Oysters
What annoys you? Open cabinet doors
Jeans or Sweatpants? Sweatpants
The day is not complete without…Coffee!
One Word that best describes yourself…Obsessive
Thanks for the interview, Felicia. It was great having you here!
Sit back and enjoy an excerpt from A Month in Cologne
He set his fork down, wiped his mouth, and stared at her face. He never wanted to forget how she looked at this moment. The light shone atop her head and highlighted her natural radiant beauty, stray strands of hair graced the length of her long neck, the silver necklace surrounded by sapphires glistened against her skin.
“Don’t talk. Just let me look at you.”
Shyly, she lowered her eyes then suddenly said, “I need to go to the ladies’ room. Excuse me.”
Rachel pushed away from the table and he rushed to stand. The door to the restroom closed and he threw his napkin on the table and dropped his head in his hands.
What was he doing? They hadn’t known each other that long. Even if she had added to his list of requirements for potential life partners, was that a reason for him to act like a love-simpering fool?
Best just to be glad she was staying in Cologne a little longer then he could take time to see if he really was falling in love with her.
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