Welcome Penelope to the blog.

How did you come up with your title?
Initially, I titled the book Home Somewhere, which is rather bland but it fit with the story. However, my publisher, Nicola Martinez, asked me about changing the title to Angel of the L Train. I realized how much more that phrase tied together the momentum of the plot and the heroine's troubles. It was perfect and I was grateful for the switch.
How much of the book is based in real life?
There are some things in the story that originated in real life. For instance, when my father retired, he bought a trailer. he and Mom went as far south as Florida, as far north as Canada, and as far west as the Mississippi River. Once, when my sister, her friend, and I went on a camping trip with a tent, my parents recommended a particular campground on our route. I was surprised to see many empty trailers in the camp, but it provided me with a great backdrop for one part of this story. In addition, I've ridden on the New York City subway trains–including the L line, which is always interesting though at times a somewhat daunting experience for me.
What books have most influenced your life?
My favorite book of all time is Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte. My second favorite is Ravenscroft by Dorothy Eden, due to the fact that I could not stop turning the pages as I read it–even the second and third time. I have thoroughly enjoyed all the classic Gothic romantic suspense books of Phyllis Whitney, Mary Stewart, Victoria Holt, Barbara Michaels and several others, which were popular when I was young. I relish a bit of mystery mixed in with a romance along with a questionable hero who the heroine is not sure she can trust.
What is the hardest part about writing?
The most difficult part of writing for me is crafting the synopsis. Encapsulating the plot of a 74,000 word book into two paragraphs, or worse two sentences for a pitch, is agonizing. Putting down the essence of the story and making it sound sensational is a huge challenge.
In no more than
Ten (10) words, what is the spiritual takeaway for your reader?

Gossip is highlighted as a grave danger in this book.
Is there anything edgy/possibly controversial in your book? If so tell us what that is in
Twenty (20) words or fewer.

The heroine accepts a job at a tabloid that features scandalous stories about celebrities.
What is your hero's main character flaw?
The hero cannot accept and trust in Christ's forgiveness for sin. He refuses to believe he is worthy of such a profound gift.
What is your heroine's main character flaw?
The heroine does not acknowledge the hero's good works, focusing instead on his past and assuming she cannot trust him.
What makes your hero heroic?
Despite the negative view the heroine harbors about the hero's past, he never gives up caring about her and even risks his life for her.

what makes your heroine heroic?
The heroine realizes she was wrong about the hero and admits it, eventually getting him to let go of his preconceived notion about not being worthy of forgiveness.

Be inspired by this song. Delacey "The Subway Song"

 

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