Friday, April 19, 2013

One Way to Plot That Next Novel: See What Merrillee has to say...


Merrillee Whren is an award-winning author who writes for Harlequin Love Inspired. She is the winner of the 2003 Golden Heart Award for best inspirational romance manuscript presented by Romance Writers of America. She has also been the recipient of the RT Reviewers’ Choice Award and the Maggie Award for Excellence. She is married to her own personal hero, her husband of thirty plus years, and has two grown daughters. She has lived in Atlanta, Boston, Dallas and Chicago but now makes her home on one of God’s most beautiful creations, an island off the east coast of Florida. When she’s not writing or working for her husband’s recruiting firm, she spends her free time playing tennis or walking the beach, where she does the plotting for her novels. Please visit her Web site at connect with her on Facebook at
It is a pleasure having Merrillee with us for the next few days. I asked Merrille to let us know what was behind her writing her newest book, A PLACE CALLED HOME.
Here is what Merrillee tells us.
The idea for A Place to Call Home came about when we lived in Massachusetts. One winter day I noticed a huge icicle hanging from the house. It was very pointed, and I wondered whether it was dangerous. I also wondered whether it could be used as a weapon to kill someone. The icicle would melt, and there would be no murder weapon. In the story, no one uses an icicle as a murder weapon, but I wanted to explore how someone would deal with serving time in prison for a crime they didn’t commit. The story evolved from there.

Here is a hint of what Merrillee's book is about.
After serving six years in prison for the false charge of manslaughter in the death of his wife, Kurt Jansen must overcome a world of bitterness if he wants to start a new life. But his first priority is securing a restoration job to pay a private investigator to find the real killer and a lawyer to get his kids back.
Hiring a convicted wife-killer isn't what kind-hearted Molly Finnerty bargains for as part of the prison ministry she supports. However, she begins to believe Kurt's claim of innocence and gradually finds a great deal to like about him—perhaps more to like than she should.
Can they overcome the past and find forgiveness and love?
Merrillee has several traditionally published books, but A Place to Call Home is her first indie published book. It is available as an e-book, but it will eventually be available as a print book.
Merrillee will generously give away a copy of A Place to Call Home to one commenter as you share your thoughts about the following.
Since I got my e-reader for Mother’s Day one year, I have enjoyed reading e-books and love being able to take a multitude of books with me on one device.
Do you prefer to read e-books or print books?



  1. Good info about your book. I like to read both ebooks and print books. Sometimes late at night usually I prefer the ebook my Kindle. but during the day I like to hold the print books in my hand. would be interested in reading yours too. Janea (Providence)

  2. Janea, I love my Nook and find it so easy to hold. Thanks for your comment.

  3. Shirley, thanks so much for having me on your blog.

  4. I prefer to read the paperback books. but I'm willing to do the ones online too. I have not yet gotten myself one of those ereaders.

    Thanks for telling about your book. It sounds really good.
    Andrea Contre

  5. Andrea, thanks for stopping by. You can even read e-books on your smart phone, if you have one. I love having multiple ways to read a book.

  6. I prefer print books. There's just something about being able to physically flip through the pages. I have a Kindle and a TON of books on it, but I still prefer to read paperback books.

    By the way, your book sounds really interesting! I can't wait to read it!

  7. Thanks, Hannah. The print book will be out in a few weeks.

  8. Hi, Merrillee! A Place to Call Home sounds interesting...and I love the cover....I just want to sit in that rocking chair and read. When traveling, I like my Fire, but at home I'll read both paper and ebooks. Good to know you are a Golden Heart winner!