A Conversation with Laura Frantz

INSPYs 2016-Laura FrantzHappy Monday! As we begin a new week, the Advisory Board welcomes respected author, Laura Frantz today. Laura is a Christy Award finalist, an INSPYs finalist, and she’s a fan favorite. This year, her novel The Mistress of Tall Acre (Revell) is honored on the 2016 shortlist in the Historical Romance category.

We chat with Laura about the inspiration of The Mistress of Tall Acre plus she gives us a sneak peek into what’s next.

The American Revolution is finally over, and Sophie Menzies is starved for good news. When her nearest neighbor, General Seamus Ogilvy, finally comes home to Tall Acre, she hopes it is Book - Mistress of Tall Acrea sign of better days to come. But the general is now a widower with a small daughter in desperate need of a mother. Nearly destitute, Sophie agrees to marry Seamus and become the mistress of Tall Acre in what seems a safe, sensible arrangement. But when a woman from the general’s past returns without warning, the ties that bind this fledgling family together will be strained to the utmost. When all is said and done, who will be the rightful mistress of Tall Acre?

Triumph and tragedy, loyalty and betrayal–you will find it all in the rich pages of this newest novel from the talented pen of Laura Frantz. – Goodreads | Amazon

What inspired you to write The Mistress of Tall Acre?

So many of us have lost touch with this particular time period in history, our very beginnings. It’s not considered the ‘sweet spot’ in historical fiction like the 19th-century. I’ve thought a lot about how the American Revolution tore up the very fabric of our society, how many lives were changed, and how much we owe our freedom to those founders we know so little about. I thought writing about the fallout just after the war, specifically genteel Virginians, and how they fought to resume normal life would be interesting and moving. I hope readers agree!

Can you share with us any teasers of what’s next?

Oh yes, happily. My next novel returns to the Kentucky frontier, 1777, and is titled A Moonbow Inn, and releases January 2017. Cover art is underway now and the title implies a night scene, something rare in CBA fiction. Can’t wait for you to meet my surveying hero and inn-keeping heroine!


+ What are you listening to? Cam’s “Burning House” and “Mayday.” Also anything violin/fiddle related like Cal Morris’s, ‘The Prayer.”

+ What are you watching? Poldark and Cranford after Downton Abbey

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+What are you reading or what’s on your nightstand? The Poldark series by Winston Graham, a whale of a novelist

Thanks so much for joining us today, Laura. We appreciate you taking the time to share with us the journey of The Mistress of Tall Acre and answering some of our “fun” questions.


I was born and raised in Kentucky, living first in Ashland, Mammoth Cave, Bowling Green, and then Lexington. But my heart has always been in Berea, Madison County, the place my family has resided since the 18th-century. I came to know Christ there at the age of 12, was baptized, and spent my childhood roaming through the woods and swimming in the rivers of my books.

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  • Staci

    Nice interview with a talented author. I enjoy Laura’s work!

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