Today I’m excited to welcome author Jill Stengl to my blog to talk about her new novel of the French Revolution, Until That Distant Day.  I had the opportunity to ask her a question about the characters, as you’ll see below (and make sure you scroll all the way to the bottom to enter the giveaway for an autographed copy of the book and some Parisian tea, shown in the last picture!).  But first, here’s a little more information about the book and its author:

Back Cover Description
Colette and her brother Pascoe are two sides of the same coin, dependent upon one another in the tumultuous world of the new Republic. Together they labor with other leaders of the sans-culottes to ensure freedom for all the downtrodden men and women of France.
But then the popular uprisings turn bloody and the rhetoric proves false. Suddenly, Colette finds herself at odds with Pascoe and struggling to unite her fractured family against the lure of violence. Charged with protecting an innocent young woman and desperately afraid of losing one of her beloved brothers, Colette doesn’t know where to turn or whom to trust as the bloodshed creeps ever closer to home.
Until that distant day when peace returns to France, can she find the strength to defend her loved ones . . . even from one another?
“Jill Stengl is one of the rare authors with the ability to transport the reader to another world–a delightfully rich world of scent and sight and sound.” – Kim Vogel Sawyer, bestselling author of Echoes of Mercy

“Award-winning author Jill Stengl has created her greatest work yet in the inspiring and moving Until That Distant Day.” Jill Eileen Smith, bestselling author of the Wives of King David series.
Author Bio
Jill Stengl is the author of numerous romance novels including Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award- and Carol Award-winning Faithful Traitor, and the bestselling novella, Fresh Highland Heir. She lives with her husband in the beautiful Northwoods of Wisconsin, where she enjoys her three cats, teaching a high school English Lit. class, playing keyboard for her church family, and sipping coffee on the deck as she brainstorms for her next novel.

She blogs at Books, Cats, and Whimsy. Do stop by and follow her to keep up with all her writing and reading-related activities!

Question from Annie:

Tell me about one of your characters who you would NOT want to know in real life.  What makes this character interesting, and why does he/she work well in the story?

Answer from Jill:

The first character who came to mind was Pascoe, because he would exhaust me mentally and emotionally and I already have enough people like that in my life!

But I think the person I would truly be most uncomfortable around would be Arnaud Lamorges, owner of the weapons forge. Arnaud is a huge, physically powerful man with a straightforward mind: He cannot imagine his leaders among the sans culottes behaving or speaking dishonorably or deceitfully. This blind trust and his lack of education make him a useful tool to unscrupulous politicians. He is both a faithful friend and an implacable enemy. His mere physical presence would be intimidating to me!

He loves his young wife with single-minded devotion and would do anything in his power to make her happy, yet she also fears him for reasons she keeps to herself. Arnaud’s role in the story is crucial, and my heart aches for him yet.
Thank you for a fun question, Annie. That one made me think! And thank you for joining my blog tour. J

Until That Distant Day Launch Tour Schedule (visit any of the blogs below to see more information about the book and read more people’s questions and the author’s answers):

May 5
Tales of Goldstone Wood
Edgy Inspirational Romance
Fullness of Joy
The Inkpen Authoress
Covers and Ink
May 6
Blooming with Books
Quoth the Girl
The Wonderings of One Person
May 7
The Writer’s Window
Jill Eileen Smith
The Writer of Dream Things
May 8
Letters from Annie Douglas Lima
Rina’s Reading
To Find a Castle
May 9
To Be a Person
Writings of Rosie
May 10
Seasons of Humility
Notes by Oywen
The Overweight Bookshelf
May 11
Too Read or Not Too Read
Bluerose’s Heart
May 12
Mel’s Shelves
Labor Not in Vain
Creative Madness Mama
May 13 – Giveaway Winner Announced
Tales of Goldstone Wood
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