Lawana Blackwell: The Inside Scoop! with a giveaway

Lawana Blackwell



The Inside Scoop!


Lawana Blackwell

and her Victorian novel

A Haven on Orchard Lane

Bethany House


I grew up in…Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

I was inspired to write my first published novel by…my mother.

The books that have most influenced my life are…biographies, actually!

My biggest challenge when writing is…staying focused.

One of my favourite authors is…Rosamunde Pilcher.

If I wasn’t a writer, I would be…a geologist. I fell in love with rocks on a family vacation to Tennessee in 7th grade. South Lousiana has none beyond the size of gravel.

The superhero talent I would love to have is…to fly. As tempting as it is to ask for speed for getting everything done, I’d love to soar over rooftops.

A Haven on Orchard Lane

In difficult circumstances, Charlotte Ward, once a famed stage actress, tries to restart her career–only to experience disaster. Against her better judgment, her estranged daughter, Rosalind, comes to her mother’s rescue and moves her to a quiet English coastal village.

Charlotte is grateful to get to know Rosalind after years apart. As one who has regrets about her own romantic past, it’s a joy for Charlotte to see love blossom for her daughter. For Rosalind, however, it’s time away from teaching–and now she must care for the mother who wasn’t there for her. And what could be more complicated than romance?

Together, mother and daughter discover that healing is best accomplished when they focus less on themselves and more on the needs of others.

My latest novel can be described by these 5 adjectives…Victorian, British, multi-plotted, humorous, reflective.

My main character is…Charlotte Ward, age 50, former London stage actress. Plump, thrice-married, regretful, hopeful, and compassionate.

My main characters resemble….Charlotte represents all older women who wish for do-overs. Her daughter, Rosamund, age 27, represents younger women who stuggle to reconcile the past with the present, and find themselves surprised by life’s gifts.

A previously unknown fact about this novel is…the setting, fictitious Port Stilwell, is loosely based upon the seaside town of Beer, Devon.

My story’s spiritual theme is…forgiveness.

While writing this novel I learned…how to portray two mistreated boys without wallowing in misery every scene.

The title was chosen by…my editors at Bethany House. They always chose my titles after asking for my suggestions. Choosing titles is not my gift, and I’m grateful that they’re good at it.

As an author, the hardest scenes for me to write are…romantic scenes. I don’t know why, but I would rather make you smile than swoon. Which is why some of my romantic scenes are humorous.

The story I’m currently working on is…another Victorian.

You may not know this about me, but I…worked hard to overcome shyness.

If I could be a character in any novel, I would want to be…Flannery Curry in Patricia Hickman’s Tiny Dancer.

Thanks Lawana!

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52 Responses to Lawana Blackwell: The Inside Scoop! with a giveaway

  1. I like a mixture of both! The humor and romance :) Your a new author to me; thus book sounds great! :)

  2. Aaron McCarver

    Hey Lawana,
    I am so excited to dive into another one of your books and equally excited to hear you are working on another one! Blessings to you.

    • Lawana Blackwell

      Why, hello Aaron! How long has it been? Since CBA convention in New Orleans, I think? Thank you for your encouragement. I see that you’ve been quite busy with stories yourself! Great to hear from you!

  3. So glad to have a new Lawana Blackwell book! It depends on my mood! Sometimes I prefer the humor other times I just want to swoon and say ah sweet! But humor is always a winner in my book!

  4. I actually find both humor and romance difficult to write because I worry that it will be cheesy. I am so excited that Lawana has a new book out. I have her other series on my keeper shelves. Thanks for the interview and the giveaway!!

    • Lawana Blackwell

      The key to writing humor that’s non-cheesy is restraint, Loraine. Aim for a smile, not a laugh. Read PG Wodehouse for fine examples of dry humor. But romance…I’m glad I’m not the only one who has trouble with it! Thanks for my place on your keeper shelves!

  5. I usually prefer a humorous book over a romance, but not always. A book with a mix of both sometimes catches my eye.

    • Lawana Blackwell

      Mine too, Virginia! Especially when you combine courtship with awkwardness — lots of humor fodder there.

  6. depends on my mood, but right now I’d say humorous 😊

  7. Connie Saunders

    I really enjoy humor in a story but I don’t consider myself someone who can make others laugh so I would probably have better luck writing romance!

  8. I love both, a humorous romance and I’m hooked!

  9. Janet Estridge

    I would rather write something more humorous. Romance isn’t what it’s cracked up to be and seeing the bright side of life does wonders for the soul.

  10. I love a book that can make me chuckle, or bring a smile to my face, but also love a good romance=)

  11. For me, it would be equally difficult to write something humorous and romantic. I love to read both, however. Lawana’s book sounds like one I’d like to read. The cover is lovely.

  12. This isn’t a choice, but I’d write something historical if I were an author. Add in a splash of humor and romance and it’d be even stronger. :-)

  13. Terrill Rosado

    Since my favorite sub-genre is romantic comedy, I would have to include both in my writing. I’d like to say it would be heavy on humor and wit, but I think I’m more funny than others think I am. :)

  14. I don’t know if I can be humorous, so romantic it is.

    • Lawana Blackwell

      Don’t try to force humor, Annie, and you may be surprised. Notice different quirks people have as you go through your day. Above all, laugh at yourself!

  15. I think I’d rather write something humorous…I think I would feel awkward writing something romantic.

    • Lawana Blackwell

      A kindred spirit you are, Adrienne! I feel awkward with every sentence, every word, of a romantic scene.

  16. Andrea Stephens

    If I could write, I would like to write a humorous romance.
    I’ll leave that to the professionals though.
    I love Lawana’s books and look forward to reading this one!

  17. Humor is always great in a book!

    • Lawana Blackwell

      Absolutely agree, Amanda. Wouldn’t we have done better in school if our textbooks had included some subject-related jokes here and there?

  18. Joanna Stricker

    I’d rather write something humorous.

  19. I have patrons in our church library that would love to read this. It would be fun for anyone to read.

  20. I’m not much of a writer, but I love reading humorous books with some romance thrown in.

  21. I LOVE her books–and so need to get this one! =D Love this inside scoop!

  22. I’ve loved her previous books and am excited for this one! I would rather write something romantic, but I also like humor. Thanks for the giveaway!

  23. It changes but right now I’m all for humor. =D

  24. Humorous, for sure!

  25. I love The Widow of Larkspur books. This one, I’m sure, is just as good.

    • Lawana Blackwell

      Thank you so much, Terri. I believe you’ll enjoy A Haven just as much. I know it’s expected for an author to praise her own work, but I never have. I suppose by the time I finish writing one, I’m ready to move on. But this one is easily my favorite.

  26. Always romantic!

  27. Lawana Blackwell is my new favorite author. I have read several of her books (The Gresham Chronicles) and I am currently in the midst of this newest one right now. I love how the characters are fleshed-out, how they can make me laugh, gasp and sometimes even cringe. But my very favorite thing about her writing is that the characters seek God’s face. They strive to be the kind of child of God that God’s Word directs us to be. I love that. As one who seeks to hear God’s voice and direction, it is wonderful to find such characters in her books as well.

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