About the Book
Book: Persuade Me Not
Author: Joanne Markey
Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance
Release date: April 4, 2023
Forgiveness is only a prayer away… or is it?
As the oldest daughter at Kellynch Station, Elizabeth Elliot prides herself on her exemplary public image. In fact, women could learn a thing or two by following her example—her public example.
There are things Liz doesn’t want known, and she guards them closely. In fact, keeping everyone except her best friend from ever seeing the truth behind her impenetrable facade is the only thing she can control.
Enter Michael Page. Unassuming and too stubborn for his own good, Mick bucks trend by bringing sheep back to cattle country. Just a small flock at first, but their numbers are growing. There’s just one problem to deal with now. Liz Elliot.
With all her airs and fancy ways, and the unreasonable demands she makes of the town and its people, Liz is a walking antagonism. Maybe he should’ve stayed home after that first meeting, but something keeps bringing him back. If nothing else, someone has to foil her outrageous attempts to do who-knows-what with the town.
Then a carefully worded slip of the tongue hints at a mystery that might be worth digging into.
As the truth comes to light, and Liz’s carefully crafted world comes crashing down, who can either of them trust?
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About the Author
Originally from Australia, Joanne Markey now lives in Ohio with her husband and seven children. When she’s not reading or writing, you might find her wandering the property with her kids in search of whatever seasonal treasure they’re trying to find.
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I don’t remember exactly when it was that I first started thinking about writing Persuade Me Not. I know I was still writing Persuade Me, the first book in the Daughters of the Bush series. At the time I started writing, I only planned to write one book in that setting. However, the more I wrote, the more I thought about the other characters. And somewhere along the way, I started thinking that, if Liz ever got her happily-ever-after, it would have to be with someone unexpected.
That idea slowly took hold. It would have to be a man as unlike her father as it was possible to be. Someone humble and down-to-earth. Someone with both the integrity to dig deeper to find the truth, and the stubbornness to knock down all the walls Liz had put up.
Right about then I came across an interesting coffee table book about old shearing sheds in Australia. Being an Aussie living in the US and finding that book on the shelves in a store here meant I instantly bought it. And after flicking through the pages, another idea started to form…
At one point in time, Clermont—the town where my book is set—had a substantial wool industry. Which meant sheep. Which meant it could theoretically be possible for there to be a run-down shearing shed on one of the cattle stations in that area. And, to Walter Elliot, what could be worse than running sheep in cattle country?
As far as Walter Elliott is concerned, he is a cattleman with a long and illustrious heritage. Therefore, only those who emulated his lifestyle would be worthy of the attention of his daughter. (Obviously, no other man would rise to the heights of perfection as he, but they could try.)
I don’t know if there are any sheep in the Clermont area now, but if there are, they’re not a big thing. I don’t remember ever seeing any when I lived there as a kid. It was cattle country, and sheep were something we saw when we were driving to visit my grandparents in Victoria (south of the dingo fence, in other words).
With all of that in mind, if, for the sake of the story, one man brought sheep back… and that one man ended up being stubborn and determined to uncover the truth… we’d have a book.
And that is how Persuade Me Not came to be.
Interview with Joanne
- Which part of the book was the most difficult to write?
The accident. Despite knowing how it would end, leading up to it was hard because I knew someone was going to get hurt. How hurt ended up being a result of a survey of my beta team who all objected strongly to any major injuries so it ended up being less traumatic than I had originally planned. It was still hard to write though and I tackled those chapters (the before, during, and after) as quickly as I could and sent them out to my team all at once so they would know how it turned out and wouldn’t be left hanging.
- What inspired this book?
Persuade Me was meant to be a standalone, but the nearer I got to finishing the writing of that book, the more the idea that I needed to give Liz her own story pressed on me. I went right from one book in the series to the next, eager to give both sisters their deserved happily-ever-afters. I wasn’t sure how that would turn out with Liz, or if anyone would want to read about this nasty person, but I think she grows on you. It just takes a little longer than it does with some characters.
- Which author influenced you the most?
Grace Livingston Hill. Hers were the books I read so many times I couldn’t pick them up to read them yet again and so I started trying to write my own. It seemed… possible, this idea of writing about people and places and turning all the imaginings in my head into stories. And I think that is due in part to seeing how well and how easily she wrote, setting her books in her lifetime and writing about the things she knew. While I love historical and regency novels, I prefer to write contemporary because that is what I know.
- What are you reading right now?
I’m reading back through some Alistair MacLean books that I haven’t read in several years, plus some I’d never owned before. I just finished one book and the next I plan to read is River of Death. It sounded interesting.
- Describe your view as you’re sitting in your writing chair.
My view changes depending on where I sit when I write. At this very moment I’m looking across the dining room table into the garage which has been converted to a playroom. There are, naturally, toys scattered everywhere and our two youngest daughters are happily playing with their dolls.
Sometimes I write at night to finish up a chapter and when that happens, my view is of a completely darkened room where the only lights are a faint glow from the clock, and various electronics around the room. The mirror is attached to the wall at the foot of our bed, and as I sit leaning against the wall, I can see my reflection faintly lit by the light of my screen. I try to avoid looking at that much because my brain wants to delve into the spooky… the fantastical idea of looking up and seeing eyes staring back at me. My brain knows that isn’t possible, but my brain is also very good at imagining any scenario it wants to.
Other times I’ll be sitting at the picnic table. The view from there is open fields, woods, and rolling hills.
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