An Interview With Sweet Romance Publisher Pure Read
What got you interested publishing Sweet Romance books?
My name is David, and my wife Larna and I pastored churches for almost 20 years. During that time we met many creative people - writers, dancers, artists. We worked with creative teams all over the globe, and when we stepped aside from actively pastoring a local church I was struck by the number of creative writers out there with no knowledge how to get their work before a hungry and appreciative audience. PureRead publishing was the result.
We work with a small team of chosen Christian writers, passionately producing clean reads in a number of popular genres. I also write fiction non-fiction, mostly christian teaching, children's and training products for writers. ~You can check out our PureRead website at http://pureread.com.
Tell readers a little about the A Time For Love series.
Time for Love is such an amazing series of stories. Terri Grace is one of our most popular and prolific authors, and her books always hit the mark for readers. Many of our stories are inspired by Scriptures, and informed by life experience. I think that would sum this series of romantic tales up. You can feel the gentle breath of God on each one, but the journeys they portray are rich with drama and the challenges that accompany each of the protagonists to their ultimate happy-ever-after. I particularly love when a series carries characters and storylines across the series, and that readers can enjoy a deepening connection as they read from one book to the next. A Time For Love accomplishes this amazingly! It really is a collection of books that you can't stop reading!
Also, tell readers a little about the Young Love Historical Romance series.
Young Love Historical Romance is now on it's third volume! The first two series, each with ten books each, were hugely popular and some of our bestsellers. This third collection carries on the tradition of fabulous characters and non-stop romantic adventure. Each story is a great read in itself, and can be read alone, or even better read them all as part of this feel-good series. Each story in the series charts the journey of an individual young bride. Every bride has her own unique challenges as she heads out to an unknown future on the wild Western frontiers.
In addition, tell readers a little about the Welch Brothers of Beaver Hills series.
The Welch Brothers of Beaver Hills follows the lives and romantic fortunes of The Welch family. The journey of each brother and the wives God has chosen for them is each a satisfying standalone read, but the whole series together provides and even richer adventure for keen readers of clean Christian Historical Romance! One of the things I love most about this family saga is that it shows that age is no barrier to romance. The brothers are all very different, yet each is able to discover the gold within themselves and the treasure of a good wife!
If you could live the life of one of your characters, would you?
I think that the lives portrayed in many of our historical tales would have been very hard ones. The challenges they faced are ones we can only begin to imagine today. I'm not sure that I would like to live the life they had to live, but would certainly love to have the quality of faith, courage, endurance and love that many of them display.
What's your favorite character that you have published and why?
Funnily enough, out of all the characters that we have created, I think my favorite is an elderly lady who owns and runs a Mail Order Bride bridal Agency. Her name is Molly White and she turns up in several of our series as a master matchmaker, notably the Seven Sons of Jethro and Seven Sisters of Oakwood. In both of these Molly plays a key role in matching brides and grooms through sometimes challenging, and even hilarious, circumstances. We also have a couple of Mystery books she appears in, The Bridal Train Murder and Death on the Love Boat.
Do you have any real-life stories that you have incorporated into one of your books?
All of our stories draw inspiration from real life. We also allow readers to get in touch with us with ideas that they have for stories. Many of these are inspired by true tales from their own family histories.
If you had to choose a different career other than publishing, what would it be?
Myself and my wife pastored churches for many years, and whatever I do I want it to serve the Kingdom of God. I guess if I was not publishing it might be something like public speaking, or even running a creative arts school.
What is your favorite book that you have ever published and why?
One of the books that I am particularly fond of is titled, Orphan's Redeemer. It is one of our earliest stories and one that had me in tears when I was proof reading before publication. It beautifully shows the power and importance of forgiveness in a person's life, regardless of the harshness of their history. I still find the story deeply moving even today. Orphan's Redeemer can be found in the 6 book boxset of the series it was part of called, Beauty For Ashes 6 Book Boxset.
What do you like to do with your time when you're not publishing?
I do love to read, and without wanting to sound over spiritual I enjoy spending time in personal prayer. I have four kids, two teens and two younger boys so I also spend plenty of time building legos and watching cartoons! :)
What's a fun fact that your readers might not know about you?
I personally write and publish books about prayer and deepening relationship with God, and run an online Bible School that I was commissioned to develop for a church planting movement. I am also a big fan of coffee and chocolate - although I'm sure that is not unusual!
What do you have in store for your readers next?
As well as more wonderful romances, we have been working with some amazing writers on our first cozy mysteries. These stories are proving to be a whole lot of fun and I'm sure our audience will absolutely love them!