ღ(¯`v´¯)ღ About Della Strickland ღ(¯`v´¯)ღ¸
Della Strickland loves being a southern girl with its long, sultry summer days, biscuits, beaches, and a long glass of cold, iced tea. She’s a farm girl at heart, has chickens and Chihuahuas. She loves good, fresh food straight from the garden, family, friends, and books.
Della has thirteen book presently on Amazon.
Tell us a little about yourself and how you were raised.
When I remember my growing up, I remember a lot of swealtery hot summers and a lot of hard work. But that was farm life. We were a big family, so there was little time for other things, but with a quilt and a book beneath a leafy, lofty shade tree, I stole as much time as I could to read.
What age did you realize you loved books and when did you start writing?
I have loved books since as far back as when I started reading. My older sisters began teaching me to read before I started school. So that would have been about five years old.
Is your favorite genre to read the same as what you like to write?
Yes. I love romance: short, long sagas, historical. It doesn’t matter.
Do you normally use an outline for the books you write, or do you just start with a few ideas?
Some I do bits and pieces. Some I get an idea and sit down and write a first draft in about six weeks or so. However, they come, I respect it and receive it.
Is there a special place you like to write?
Mostly, I write at my computer in a spare bedroom. I like it because it feels cozy, comfy, and secluded. Also, as a bonus, I get to lay down on the bed if I need to just go away in my head and figure out plot, characters, and even conversations in my head my characters might have. It seems like a win-win!
What do you find to be the most challenging part of writing?
Without a doubt, promotion!
Tell us about this book. What did you learn about yourself through writing it?
Out of the ash pile of burnout pain, Lilly A’mour and William Gallgher’s lives intersect one stormy at her parents’ motel in Myrtle Beach, her outside tears and his inside tears connecting in a way neither would understand until five years later. Then, they realized falling in love is easy, but fulfilling that vision for their lives will only come together if they let their love for Katie Marie, Will’s young daughter, lead the way through pitfalls as their pasts collide with their future, a future that is beginning to seem impossible. But could Lilly’s faith become the key to unlocking a future and holding a family together that seems destined for devastation?
In this part of my Snowflakes Series, Carolina Snowflakes, I led slightly with the hero of each story. In doing so, I learned that a man’s heartbreak in life goes as deeply as a woman. We need to tread softly around the people we love not to cause heartbreak, which goes to this Biblical commandment: Love your neighbor as yourself. As the Lord said it, “Love one another as I have loved you.”
What was your inspiration for starting this book or series?
Coming from a large family, seven children, and then having two of my own, it became apparent that, even though we are alike, we are each uniquely different. Knowing that God created each of us, and only one, we are like snowflakes…each unique; one of a kind. So, in this series, I try to celebrate the uniqueness of each of my characters with strengths and weaknesses, as any person would have. God gave us strength in areas to help us overcome weakness in others. As always, love is the guiding force that leads to happy endings in all my novels.
What’s one thing you wish readers would take away from this book?
In hard and challenging times, always trust in God. And also, lean on the people He has placed in your life to help you in your struggles. And always, always trust in His love for you, and be led by His love to heal in any situation.
What project are you working on now?
The sixth in my series, Snowflakes: The first three stores are in Nevada, Snowflakes in Nevada, which you will love if you like cowboys and cowgirls. Three in Myrtle Beach, Carolina Snowflakes, surrounding one family, the Noels. The third Carolina Snowflakes that I am working on now is aptly named, Watercolors of Unsung Love.
What advice would you give a new author?
If you want to be a writer, stick to it until you at least finish one manuscript or project. Then you will feel accomplished! It’s a good feeling that will give you confidence for the journey ahead.
Where do we find your books?
You can buy all my books from Amazon, or on my blog, dellastrickland.org, or my author page on Amazon, amazon.com/author/dellastrickland.