Rebecca DeMarino is a historical romance author who lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. She inherited her love of baking and gardening from her mother, a love of horses, reading and writing from her dad, and the wanderlust gene from both parents. To Follow Her Heart is book three in The Southold Chronicles series from Revell.
An interview with Rebecca:
What kinds of interesting things have you done in your life? Having grown up with a dad who was a Navy pilot, then marrying an Air Force officer, I’ve lived and traveled to many places and been fortunate to meet many interesting people. I’ve vacationed or researched in Washington D.C, Long Island, England, Italy, the Caribbean and Mexico. On one cruise, my daughters and I visited a banana plantation in Caracas, Venezuela!
What books have influenced your life the most? Jane Kirkpatrick’s novels. The first one I read was A Gathering of Finches, and I fell in love with the story and her writing.
What is your writing process? When I write I’m pretty much all or nothing because I need to submerge myself in the story. I’m usually in my office before sunup with a cup of coffee laced with coconut oil in my hand. After time with God I write most of the day. I surface once or twice for something to eat, and perhaps bring fuel (Peanut M&M’s or Hot Tamales) with me back to the office. If I’m struggling with a scene, I get out and take a brief walk and admire the sunshine or flowers. It refreshes me and I’m ready to carry on.
Why do you feel you had to tell this story? Since high school knew I wanted to write a novel. But the inspiration didn’t come until much later, in 1999, when I took my mother to Long Island to see the lighthouse named for our ancestor, Barnabas Horton. She grew up hearing stories about how he’d come across the pond in the 17th century on a little ship called The Swallow. She passed them on to her children in an oral tradition that came down through the centuries. In Southold, we visited Horton Point, and found much information about Barnabas, my ninth great-grandfather, but not so much about Mary, the woman who married him when he was a widower with two small boys. When we came home, Mary’s story kept tugging at my heart and I began to write in hopes of giving her a voice, as well as the other courageous women who left home and family in England for the wilds of New England. The story sold as A Place In His Heart to Revell as a three-book series! I truly believe it was all about God’s timing, which is a spiritual theme in that first book. My new release, To Follow Her Heart, is the conclusion to The Southold Chronicles, and a spiritual theme that surfaced as I wrote is found in Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you . . .”
Are there other books in the works? I just finished a fourth manuscript that is not a part of this series, but is a historical romance set in the late 18th, early 19th century, and is based on real lives, as was The Southold Chronicles.
What do you want readers to take away from your book? I write purely to entertain, so I truly hope my readers are! If they are able to escape from their world for a few hours of reading fun then I’ve done my job, I think. But I’m a Christian and writing from a Christian worldview, spiritual threads emerge in my stories. I hope that is always true. I begin my writing day with a devotional and a prayer taken from Psalm 19:14, “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.”
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To Follow Her Heart
In 1664 Patience Terry is devastated to learn that Captain Jeremy Horton’s ship has been shipwrecked off the coast of Barbados. There were no survivors. She had hoped that Jeremy would someday give up the sea and settle down with her in Southold, Long Island.
Unaware his memorial service is being planned, Jeremy sails aboard a British warship with secret orders to attack New Amsterdam and claim it for the British Crown. When he makes his surprise return to Southold—and to an overjoyed Patience—it’s not quite the happily-ever-after his beloved had hoped for.
With a finely tuned sense for authentic historical characters and settings, Rebecca DeMarino plunges you into a world of tall ships, daring journeys, and yearning hearts.
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