I’m so excited to welcome Joanne Bischof here! I connected with her online and can’t wait to get to know her a little better today. I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews about her debut novel, Be Still My Soul. For details on how you can win yourself a copy, keep reading. 🙂
Married to her first sweetheart, Joanne Bischof lives in the mountains of Southern California where she keeps busy making messes with their home-schooled children. When she’s not weaving Appalachian romance, she’s blogging about faith, writing, and the adventures of country living that bring her stories to life.
Welcome, Joanne! Let’s go straight to the questions so you can get back to home-schooling your kiddos. 🙂
Opener Question: What seven words best describe you?
Shy. Curious. Homespun. Clumsy. Messy. Dorky. Chocoholic.
1) Country mouse or City mouse?
Definitely country mouse. I live in a tiny town with no stop lights, no fast food restaurants, and we give one another directions by saying things like, “Head that way and when you get to the sleeping dog, take a left.” I tend to get lost and overwhelmed in the city…though I do love visiting for all the sights and sounds…and Trader Joes.
2) Gourmet chef or Chef Boyardee?
I have to confess that lately I’ve been a lazy chef, but that’s gotta be my pick. I love baking and discovering new recipes. We have a garden, so we’re always out there gathering fruits and vegetables. We also keep chickens which make the best fried eggs and quiches. With 3 little ones, including a 9 month old, I don’t find the time to cook as much homemade lately, but I’m hoping to get back in the swing of it.
3) Indoors or Outdoors?
Ooh that’s a hard one! I’m gonna say outdoors. Our house is only 900 square feet for 5 people, which is pretty cozy, but we picked it for the amazing back yard. I love the outdoors, especially up here in the mountains with all the trees and autumn colors. It’s worth having a smaller inside space, and a little more room to roam beneath the sky.
4) Fast and furious or Slow and methodical?
Can I say both? There’s times when I dive in head first without thinking, like my crafting life or a new story idea. But I’m learning to be slow and methodical. As a homeschooling mom of three, I’ve had to teach myself organizational skills, but we still have a ton of fun being spontaneous.
5) Sweet silence or Blessed noise?
Sweet silence sounds heavenly, but blessed noise is my normal. There’s always a little one underfoot and all the noise that three kiddos can make. Plus, when I write, I tend to listen to folk music which helps me get into my world and drown out the sound of the dryer, the dishwasher and all the other things calling my name.
6) Apple pie or Pumpkin pie?
Pumpkin hands down! Fall is my favorite time of year and just one more reason to indulge in all things pumpkiny.
7) Hike in the Alps or a day at the beach?
Day at the beach! Though we’re in the mountains, we’re just a few hours from the coast and a beach day is one of our favorite retreats. I’m a champion boogy boarder. Ok, I’m not really, but the kids and I have fun in the waves.
Wow, a boogy boarder…I’m impressed, Joanne! I can relate to you on so many of your answers. Sweet silence does sound heavenly, but it’s a rarity in my house too. I’m also a gourmet chef wannabe who barely has time to fix grilled cheese sandwiches. Someday we’ll get our kitchens back, right? 🙂 How fun to learn more about your household and the small town where you live. As a city dweller, I can only imagine how peaceful it must be to live away from the hustle and bustle.
Thanks for being my guest today! It was a treat to have you here.
Be Still My Soul
Pretty Lonnie Sawyer is shy and innocent, used to fading into the background within her family, and among the creeks and hollows of the Appalachian hills. Though her family is poor and her father abusive, she clings to a quiet faith. But when handsome ladies’ man and bluegrass musician Gideon O’Riley steals a kiss, that one action seals her fate.
Her father forces her into a hasty marriage with Gideon—a man she barely knows and does not love. Equally frustrated and confused by his new responsibilities, Gideon yearns for a fresh start, forcing Lonnie on an arduous journey away from her home in Rocky Knob.
Her distant groom can’t seem to surrender his rage at the injustice of the forced matrimony or give Lonnie any claim in his life. What will it take for Gideon to give up his past, embrace Lonnie’s God, and discover a hope that can heal their two fractured hearts?
Blog Readers: Let’s talk…Are you a city mouse or a country mouse? If you lived in a town with no stoplights and no fast food restaurants, how would you keep yourself entertained?