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Michelle De Bruin’s new book came out from Mantle Rock Publishing in September.
When Logan De Witt learns of his father’s sudden death, he returns home to the family’s dairy farm. During his stay, he discovers his mother’s struggle with finances and his younger sister’s struggle with grief. Concern for his family presses Logan to make the difficult decision to leave his career as a pastor and stay on the farm. As a way to make some extra money, he agrees to board the teacher for their local school.
Karen Millerson arrives from Chicago ready to teach high school but her position is eliminated so she accepts the role of country school teacher. Eager to put her family’s ugly past behind her, Karen begins a new career to replace the trust she lost in her own father who had been in ministry when she was a child.
Logan and Karen both sense a call from the Lord to serve him, but neither of them expected that one day they would do it together.
Can Karen learn to trust again? Will Logan lay aside his grief in exchange for God’s purpose for his life?
Where did the idea for this book come from?
The idea for this book came from my family history and Dutch heritage. I also wanted to help people know how to handle loss and grief well.
How long did it take you to write this book?
Tell us about your revisions…
I worked with a freelance editor. She helped me develop the characters and strengthen the plot line.
When did you know your manuscript was ready for submission?
When the freelance editor and I had reached the last chapter.
What happened along the way in your submission process?
An agent expressed interest in my manuscript but decided not to offer representation. I had taken a class with Kathy Cretsinger through ACFW and remembered that she owned a publishing company. I met their requirements for submission so sent them a sample.
When and how did you get the offer on your book?
I received an offer in February 2018. Kathy e-mailed me.
Tell us about the editorial process…
The editorial process was good. My manuscript was originally 97,000 words but the publisher preferred manuscripts between 80,000 and 85,000 words. The editor helped me make the best cuts.
Did you get to participate in the cover process?
Yes. The publisher sent me a questionnaire about my characters and what I would like to see on the cover of my book.
How long did it take from offer to having the first copy in your hand or on screen (e-book)?
What marketing are you doing for this book?
Participating in Facebook parties, appearing on blogs, telling local bookstores and churches about it, and selling at craft shows.
Where can you be found online?
Michelle De Bruin is a worship leader and spiritual services provider. She lives in Iowa with her husband and two teenage sons. A romantic at heart, Michelle is always looking for glimpses of God’s love through the window of a good story.
Where can your book be purchased?
Amazon (ebook and paperback): https://www.amazon.com/Hope-Tomorrow-Michelle-Bruin/dp/1945094583
Barnes and Noble (paperback): https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/hope-for-tomorrow-michelle-de-bruin/1129589055
SM Ford writes inspirational fiction for adults, although teens may find the stories of interest, too. She also loves assisting other writers on their journeys.