I’m excited to welcome Rosslyn Elliott as my guest today! I first heard about Rosslyn through mutual friends and since meeting her online, I’ve loved getting to know her better through her blog. I’ve also heard amazing things about her writing and am excited about her new release, which sounds sooo good (more details below)!
Before we dive into the interview, here’s a little more about her…
As the child of a career military man, Rosslyn Elliott lived in four states and two foreign countries before she graduated from high school. She attended Yale University, where she earned her BA in English and Theater Studies. After five years working first in corporate New York City, then as a schoolteacher, she entered the Ph.D. program at Emory University and finished her dissertation in 2006.
Her study of American literature spurred her to pursue her lifelong dream of writing fiction. She has won awards for her writing, including the 2011 Laurel Award and the 2011 Lime Award for Fairer than Morning, which was also selected as one of Lifeway’s Ten Favorite Fiction Reads for 2011.
Rosslyn lives with her husband and daughter in the southern United States, where they enjoy working with horses and pampering their dogs.
Welcome, Rosslyn! Now on to the questions…
Opener Question: What seven words best describe you?
A light always shines in the darkness.
1) African safari or European tour?
European tour. Much though I love animals, I have a deep love of European history that first struck when I lived in England as a girl with my military family. I would be so excited to take my daughter back to see some of the things I saw twenty-five years ago. Plus, I never made it to Spain or Italy, and I would love to see some of the beautiful cities there.
2) Pepperoni pizza or veggie pizza?
Veggie. I like pepperoni, but I always have to order it to please the kids, and so I love a good veggie pizza if I have the chance to get one! Green pepper, black olives, mushrooms, yum.
3) Mac or PC?
PC. I think Macs are great, but in my youth I never had the money to get one, and so I developed a PC habit.
4) Shop ’til you drop or Shop only if necessary?
Shop only if necessary. I like buying new things and feeling pretty, but I’m trying to be frugal to satisfy other priorities, like my daughter’s education. Plus, I’d really like to own some land and horses one day, and there may be a chance of that in the near future. So I’m highly motivated.
5) Green light or red light?
Green light. Go for it! I saw a poster recently that featured a dog running across a field with an expression on its face of pure exuberance and joy. The poster said “Live like someone left the gate open.” I love that. We can take pleasure and joy in our lives just by appreciating the gifts we’ve been given, this beautiful world, the love of our friends and family. And we should never be afraid to explore or try something new, or make a new friend.
6) Sedan or SUV?
SUV, I suppose. I want a vehicle that can haul stuff around and work for a living. For now, the actual choice is minivan! In the future, it might be a truck.
7) Mountain cabin or beach resort?
Mountain cabin is much more my style. I love nature, and I’d like to ride a horse through the mountains more than on the beach. Plus, there’s more natural food for horses in the mountains. Can you tell I’m really preoccupied with this dream of horse ownership right now? 🙂 I can’t wait for the day when I post a picture of my first very own horse. I rode a lot as a child and teenager, but never owned—only borrowed or leased. I’m looking forward to teaching my daughter all the lessons that come with horse ownership: patience, compassion, responsibility, peace.
Wow, Rosslyn, I loved your answers, especially to the opener question and the “Green Light” question. I think you just motivated me to try something new! 🙂 And I love your passion for horses and the dream to own one or more someday. Your daughter is one lucky lady!
Thanks for being my guest today! I’ve loved having you here.
Music offers Kate sweet refuge from her troubles…
But real freedom is sweeter.
Westerville, Ohio, 1855: Kate Winter’s dreams are almost within reach. As the first woman to graduate from Otterbein College, she’ll be guaranteed her deepest wish: escape from the dark secret haunting her family. But with her mother determined to marry her off to a wealthy man, Kate must face reality. She has to run. Now. And she has the perfect plan. Join the upcoming musical performance–and use it to mask her flight.
Ben Hanby, Otterbein College’s musical genius, sees Kate Winter as an enigmatic creature, notable for her beauty, yet painfully shy. Then he hears her sing—and the glory of her voice moves him as never before. He determines to cast her in his musical and uncover the mystery that is Kate. Still, he must keep his own secret to himself. Not even this intriguing woman can know that his passionate faith is driving him to aid fugitives on the Underground Railroad.
A terrifying accident brings Kate and Ben together, but threatens to shatter both their secrets and their dreams. Kate can no longer deny the need to find her courage—and her voice—if she is to sing a new song for their future.
Sweeter than Birdsong is a stirring novel of hope and faith inspired by real historical people and events.
Blog Readers: Let’s talk…What’s the most unique pet you’ve ever owned? What has pet ownership taught you about life? Any fun animal stories to share?