Welcome! Let me pour you a cup of Ceylon Black Tea and we’ll get started. Please help yourself to an egg and olive finger sandwich. We’re having Lemon Pound Cake for dessert. Readers may find your recipes at the end of the interview.
Thank you for having me, Nancy. I just love having afternoon tea. I’ve been looking forward to having a chance to sit down and talk with you.
Tell me about your tea set.
The tea set was my grandmother’s. This is a good example of how a genealogist confirms or discredits a family story.
The story that went with the tea set when my mother gave it to me was that it was the set given to my grandmother by her mother when she was married in 1914. I found a contemporary newspaper article which said that her mother had given her a teapot, and people had stuffed money in it for their wedding gift to her. That much was right. Then I checked the bottom of the teapot and traced its origin. The codings identified the pattern, its date of production and the place of production. The date ended up being 1945; therefore, it wasn’t the same pot. My great grandmother died in the 1920’s. She couldn’t have bought it for my grandmother.
At least that one I could solve. One I’ve yet to clarify is the family story about my great great aunt who either sang in New York City in the opera or burlesque, depending on which side of the family we consult. 

Where do you live? Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I live in Leander, TX currently. I was born and raised in Central New York where I met my husband.
Our daughter graduated from the same school district as I did. Once she was off on her own, my
husband pursued his dream of becoming a school administrator, and I followed him to downstate New
York and later out to rural Eastern Oregon where lived for 13 years. During that time I wrote daily,
developing the novel series I am now publishing.
Are you a traditionally published or Indie author?
I am an Indie author.
What are your hobbies?
I’ve been an active gardener, traveler, and cook.My main hobby now is genealogy. For 47 years I have chased down information on ancestors, mainly
in New York and New England, but I have traveled as far afield as England, Scotland, Canada, Italy
and Barbados to research. I have put together an extensive family tree which I am now publishing
on a blog at It’s been a satisfying hobby, and I’ve been able to view history in
some sense through my ancestors’ eyes. I love their stories.Tell us about your current book. What was your inspiration?

My current book, Ysabet I: The Two-Edged Sword, is science fiction. I was inspired to write it because
of a fascination for the character of the empath, one who senses emotion. The first I ever heard the
term was in a Star Trek episode. A number of authors have treated the subject since. Ysabet is my own
interpretation of that psychic ability.

How did you become a writer? When did you start?

As a child I told stories and wrote poetry. I didn’t begin seriously trying to write a novel until long into
my adulthood. I remember thinking to myself… What would happen if…, and it flowed from there.
Once I started, I didn’t stop.

How long did it take you to finish your first book?

Years… It went through many, many rewrites, and sequels and other novels filled in between. As I
learned the craft of writing, I knew I wanted to share it with others.

Where do you like to write?

I have my own library/den where both the genealogical and novel writing take place. It’s quiet at
home with a minimum of distractions, and I have all my tools at hand.

Favorite author(s)?

In historical fiction, I have always loved Walter Edmonds. His most famous novel was Drums Along the
Mohawk. I watch for new books from mystery writers such as: Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child’s,
Michael McGarrity, James D. Doss, Lee Child and Janet Evanovich. Of authors’ of science fiction/
fantasy, I like Sharon Shinn, George R. R. Martin, Sarah Monette, Elizabeth Moon, and I’m currently
reading Michelle Sagara. I think it’s the idea of the series that attracts me to them. That’s why I like
your character, Jillian Bradley. We really get to know her over the course of the series.

How many books have you written, so far? Do you plan to write more?

In the Ysabet series I have completed five and am working on a 6th. I also have a fantasy completed,
and another science fiction.

Would you like to share a link where we can purchase your books?

It’s available in paperback and the Kindle version on:

What about a link to your website?

You may also find the links at:

It has been such a pleasure to have you over for tea. Thank you so much for sharing about your new book. I wish you every success!
Nancy Lanni’s Recipes:
Hard boiled eggs diced   
Green olives, sliced
Mayonnaise for binding


Cream together:
2/3 cup solid shortening (if using butter, cut milk to ½ cup)
1 ¼ cup sugar
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp lemon peel
1 tsp baking powder
1 ¼ tsp salt
Beat in:
2/3 cup milk
2 ¼ cups flour
3 eggs, one at a time
Place in buttered loaf pan. Bake 300° 1 ¼ hrs.





Welcome! Let me pour you a cup of Lemon Lift tea and we’ll get started. I made your favorite eggplant finger sandwiches. I’ve included your recipe at the end of the interview. Hope they turned out like yours! And we have custard pie for dessert.

Where do you live? Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I was born in New York, but grew up in Puerto Rico. I moved to Atlanta 10 years ago. Although I miss the beach, I have made Atlanta my home.

Are you a traditionally published or Indie author?

I’m an indie author.

What are your hobbies?

Do writers have time for hobbies? LOL! Seriously, I like to read, I love to cook, and visit museums. I like all forms of art.

Tell us about your current book. What was your inspiration?

My last published book is The Road Home. When I was writing this book I was going through a transition of faith, from a believer to a committed relationship with Christ. The book is not my personal journey, but Desiree’s (my main character) journey to finding true love.

How did you become a writer? When did you start?

I started writing when I was 14 years old. I just had so many stories that would come into my head that I needed a way to get them out. I have always loved writing; it was the one thing that made me happy. After my college I stopped for a while because life took over, but God showed me my way back and I’m not leaving it this time.

How long did it take you to finish your first book?

Although I published a devotional in 2010 (Growth Lessons), my first book is The Road Home and it took me two years to get it ready for publication.

Where do you like to write?

I need a view to write. I have a chaise in my bedroom near a window. Recently I rearranged my office and now I have two windows, one in front of me and one next to me, so that has become my new favorite place, but as long as I have a window to look out of I can write anywhere.

Favorite authors?

I have a few, but I can think of Elizabeth Elliot, Precarious Yates, Nicholas Sparks.

How many books have you written, so far? Do you plan to write more?

I have published two, but I have written a total of 12 some of which are in the process of being edited. Yes, I plan to write as long as God gives me the energy to do so.

Would you like to share a link where we can purchase your books?

Here are all my books on


Barnes & Nobles

These are the links to the book

What about a link to your website?

Thank you so much for visiting with us today, Naty. It was a real pleasure to have you over for tea and we wish you great success with your books.


2 slices of bread

1 Eggplant

1 egg or ½ cup of egg substitute

1 slice of Swiss cheese

Alfalfa Sprouts



Salt & Pepper to taste.

Non-stick spray



Peel and slice the eggplant. On a bowl beat the egg or place the egg substitute. I put salt and pepper to the egg mixture. (Sometimes I would also add garlic powder). Spray a skillet with the non-stick spray. Submerge the eggplant slices and cook on med-high until they are golden. Once the eggplant is cooked, build your sandwich with the bread, cheese, lettuce, tomato, eggplant slices and alfalfa sprouts. (1 eggplant is enough for 3-4 sandwiches depending on the size) Enjoy!




Nancy Jill’s Cozy Custard Pie

1 9″ unbaked pie shell

1  13 oz can evaporated milk                                       

7 oz milk

3 eggs

3/4 c. sugar

1/4 t salt

1 t vanilla

ground nutmeg 

Directions: Heat oven to 400 degrees. Combine evaporated milk and milk in a microwave safe container (such as large glass or plastic measuring cup) and microwave for 3 minutes until milk is scalded. (A film will form when it is.)

In a mixing bowl (or stand mixer if you have one) beat the eggs until lemon-colored. Gradually add sugar, mixing well. Add salt and mix in. While mixing, slowly add the scalded milk until blended. Add vanilla and mix in. 

Slowly pour mixture into unbaked pie shell and dust with nutmeg to taste. (See picture.)

Bake at 400 degrees until firm or knife inserted in the middle comes out clean. About 40 minutes.





ADA BROWNELL                           

     Welcome! Let me pour you a cup of Lady Grey tea and we’ll get started. Please help yourself to a chicken salad sandwich and a scone. We have macadamia feast cake for dessert.

Q Where do you live? Tell us a little bit about yourself.

A I am a transplant to Missouri from Colorado. I grew up in a large family of poor folks—seven of us redheads—which includes Mom. Dad and one girl and boy escaped that distinction. But all of us are a bunch of tenacious achievers who know how to work and do it, and it extended into the next generation.
I’ve written for Christian publications since age 15 and along the way began reporting for newspapers. I spent 17 years as a staff reporter squeezed between raising our five children. I worked 14 of those years for The Pueblo Chieftain in Colorado, and am now retired. I still write op-ed pieces for newspapers and for Christian publications.

Q Are you a traditionally published or Indie author?

A My latest book, Swallowed by LIFE, is an Amazon Create-Space book. My first, Confessions of a Pentecostal, was published by Radiant Books, a division of the Assemblies of God’s Gospel Publishing House.

Q What are your hobbies?

A Gardening, games, singing in groups, playing the piano and organ.

Q Tell us about your current book. What was your inspiration?

A I wrote Swallowed by LIFE because when our 31-year-old daughter was diagnosed with an aggressive form of lymphoma, she had nothing to turn to except the Word and secular ideas. The Word is sufficient, but facts we know from medical science add incredible information that shows we’re more than a body. I had access to much of this as a medical reporter, but also did research. Although I had an agent/publisher when I completed the book, he went bankrupt. I didn’t go forward with the book for years, and changed it from a four-part book to what I have now. The first section was similar to what I have now, with the second section dealing with losses with illness and aging, difficult chronic illness, etc. The last section was about choices such as power of attorney; living wills, burial or cremation, and what different denominations and religions believe about each; and the last part on why we should leave a “testament” (literally a testimony) and legacy to friends and family. By pitching the four-part book at conferences, I learned publishers expected anyone who writes such a book to be a minister or someone with a huge following.

Q How long did it take you to finish your first book?

A I had no office when I wrote Confessions and because my husband worked shifts and did paperwork at home, I created it with him sitting across from me at the dining room table, often interrupting and talking to me. I imagine I completed it in about six weeks, but it’s only 26,000 words. I completed the first draft of The Belle of Peachville, except for the first six chapters, in five weeks during ACFW’s Novel Track—80,000 words.

Q Where do you like to write?

A I’ve had an office for years now and it’s a blessings. I started writing at the kitchen table between the time the kids went to bed and my husband got up to go to work for the railroad at midnight. But I once had a idea for a story while I was rocking a colicky baby. I sent the older children for paper and pen, wrote it out on the rocking chair arm, got up early the next morning and typed it up and sent it. It appeared in The Pentecostal Evangel in six weeks. The editor needed that article for that edition.
But let me add, a noisy newsroom also is a wonderful place to write. First, you are motivated by a deadline or an editor breathing down your neck; Second, people respect that you are working; Third, you know payday is coming!

Q Favorite author(s)?

A Nothing tops the Bible. Whatever Bible book I’m reading becomes my favorite because it is rich with truth, encouragement and motivation. I also like Max Lucado, Billy Graham, Peretti. Word Painting by Rebecca McClanahan for writing advice. I was hooked on historical romances by Janette Oke, but then the Prairie Rose series by Catherine Palmer became my all-time favorite. I still like that one, which I’ve probably read close to a dozen times, but today’s Christian writers are producing so much great fiction it’s difficult to choose just one.

Q How many books have you written, so far? Do you plan to write more?

A I have only two published books, but I have chapters in five others. Then, I have a teen novel, Joe the Dreamer and the Mystery at Sir Henry’s Castle and Imagine the future YOU, that I plan to self publish. I’m hoping for a traditional publisher for the historical Christian romance. I have other non-fiction books for teens, which were used as curriculum, and plan sequels to both novels.

Q Would you like to share a link where we can purchase your books?

A Paperbacks and the Kindle version of Swallowed by LIFE are available on Amazon at

The paperback is also available at  Barnes and Noble
I plan to have Confessions available on Kindle soon.

Q What about a link to your website?

A My blog is serving as my website now:

Ada, it’s been lovely getting to know you and hearing about your work. I wish you the greatest success in the future. Thanks for stopping by!

Read a Summary of “Swallowed by LIFE” by Ada Brownell

Do you know you are more than a physical body? Evidence shows our body is constantly dying and being renewed cell by cell and about every seven years is totally rebuilt – even our bones. We start as an egg about the size of a dust mite, yet we were the same person in the womb we are today. We may lose limbs, gain and lose weight, have vital organs removed and mechanical or transplanted parts inserted and we’re still the same person. Inside us is life, and a soul and spirit which were designed by God to live forever.

“Swallowed by LIFE” is subtitled “Mysteries of Death, Resurrection and the Eternal.” The book speaks about this mystery; how you know what to believe; the wonder of life with all its electrical systems; the awesome truth about cell death and regeneration; brain death, and other mysteries of the change from mortal to immortal; where we go when our body dies; resurrection; a glimpse at what we will do in heaven; God’s mercy  after man’s rebellion when He promised a Redeemer way back in Genesis to deliver us from death; and leaving a legacy here.

Questions and answers are included for study groups.

        Paperback and Kindle versions are available.

        The paperback is $10 from me – usually $12.95 on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

        The Kindle version is $3.95 on Amazon, but free for download May 18-20.

        The link:


ADA BROWNELL spent 17 years as a newspaper reporter, mostly at The Pueblo Chieftain in Pueblo, CO.  She has sold approximately 275 articles and fiction stories to 45 Christian magazines and wrote one story on assignment for US Magazine. She is author of two books, Swallowed by LIFE, and Confessions of a Pentecostal. She and her husband, Lester, have five children—one in heaven.









Welcome! Thank you for stopping by today. It’s lovely to have you join me for a cup of tea. Please have a tomato and ham sandwich and a scone. We’ll be having decadent flour-less chocolate cake for dessert.

Where do you live? Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I am from Pittsburgh, PA and I struggled with fear and anxiety for over 15 years. I published a book at  on how to deal with fear and stress based on my experiences and interviews with various professionals.

Are you a traditionally published or Indie author?

 I am  a regular published author. My publisher is Treble Heart Books.

What are your hobbies?

 I like sports, watching movies and hanging out with my family and friends.

Tell us about your current book. What was your inspiration?

-Well since 1990, I struggled with fear and anxiety. I talked to counselors and kept notes on my experiences. One day I realized I could get my notes published so I started to write my book and I found my publisher. Eventually I got my book published  and now I write articles to help promote my book.

How did you become a writer? When did you start? 

I was always a good writer and I took a lot of writing classes in school. So I was always a writer in a sense.

How long did it take you to finish your first book? 

I did the research since 1990 and started to get my notes published which took a year and a half.

Where do you like to write? 

I write using my computer at home.

Favorite author? 

I like Donald Trump and his books.

How many books have you written, so far? Do you plan to write more? 

I have written only one book and for now I just promote my current book. Maybe down the road I will write another book.

Would you like to share a link where we can purchase your books? 

My link is

What about a link to your website? 

It’s the same at

It’s been a pleasure to have you today, Stanley. Thank you again for doing the interview. I wish you the best with your book.