Patti's Porch

WELCOME AUTHOR GAIL KITTLESON
Sunday, January 29, 2017 by Patti Shene

FEATURED BOOK  With Each New Dawn

AUTHOR  Gail Kittleson

PUBLISHER  Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas

GENRE  Women’s Historical Fiction

STAND ALONE OR SERIES  Book two in Women of The Heartland series

TARGET AGE  adults

 

I AM PLEASED TO WELCOME AUTHOR GAIL KITTLESON TO PATTI’S PORCH. GAIL SHARES HER THOUGHTS ON WHY WE AS READERS ARE DRAWN TO CERTAIN HISTORICAL ERAS AND SETTINGS.

 

The Allure of Time and Place

 

by

 

Gail Kittleson

 

 

Certain eras tantalize us. The Roaring Twenties, the early Twentieth Century, when industrialization created such vast changes, or the Wild, Wild West entrance many.

 

The same is true of places. The other day, my seatmate on a flight said, “I don’t know where I’ll retire, but I do know it has to be near water.”

 

How do our “druthers” form? I’m not sure, but for me, the World War II era never loses its appeal.

 

As for place, the mountains have it in spades. Whether it’s the Mazatzals northeast of Phoenix or Glacier National Park, I never tire of the views. Rugged peaks inspire me, as do softer slopes like Oregon’s Blue Mountains or the Appalachians. In my humble opinion, nothing rivals the play of shadows on high spots.

 

Various characters in my novels quote, “I will lift my eyes to the hills...” Usually this occurs when they’re struggling with something, even at the end of their rope, so to speak.

 

The idea of the Almighty being “up there” implies power—the might necessary to solve whatever problem a hero or heroine faces. The act of looking up involves glancing away from our present circumstances and carries a tinge of hope.

 

During the past few years, I’ve discovered some medical evidence for why I feel better in higher altitudes.

 

Stepping out of an airplane or car in Denver or Payson, Arizona, or wherever the altitude has increased, almost always brings me sinus relief. Researchers now recognize that the effect of lowering the barometric pressure with an altitude increase also reduces the pressure inside one’s head.

 

Do most of our preferences for place have a similar physiological root? I have no idea—but our predilection for particular locales can be very strong.

 

Living in the shadow of Mount Emily in La Grande, Oregon, my husband always felt better when we drove out into the flat valley and he could see Emily from a distance. He’s adjusted to many places during his life, but this reaction to our minimal view bothered him a lot.

 

Readers ask me why I keep writing about World War II, and at first I said, “I have no idea.” But pondering leads me to think about my parents. The songs my mom sang as she worked in the kitchen were this era’s tunes. The war affected her greatly, since her two brothers went off to fight, and maybe the emotions of that time filtered down to me.  

 

Maybe there’s no rhyme or reason to many of our preferences. They just are. But when I slip into writing about strong 1940’s women who made do with rationing, the loss of friends and family, and still rose to meet our nation’s needs, I stand in awe.

 

Gail writes women’s fiction and facilitates writing workshops and retreats. She and her husband enjoy family in Northern Iowa, and the Arizona Ponderosa Forest in winter. On February 24, Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas will release With Each New Dawn, the WWII sequel to In Times Like These. As usual, Gail’s heroines make do with what life hands them, and overcome great odds. Connect with Gail:

Website

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Twitter

Amazon author page

 

Pre-order Gail’s next book, With Each New Dawn here.

 


Comments

gail kittleson From Iowa At 2/1/2017 9:56:31 AM

Can either of you trace what in particular draws you to your favorite settings? I''m curious - and am doing a workshop on this for a writers'' group soon. Btw, Patti, thank you for having me visit!

Gail Kittleson From iowa At 1/31/2017 11:16:24 AM

Patti, can you pinpoint what it is about the plains that entices you? I''m doing a workshop on this soon, so am really interested in your answer.

Patti Shene From SE Colorado At 1/30/2017 12:40:20 PM

Gail, I''d have to say, as much as I love the mountains, I have spent most of my adult life on the Colorado plains and have a deep love for those wide open spaces.

Gail Kittleson From Iowa At 1/30/2017 11:55:33 AM

Hi Ann, Thanks for stopping by. I''m curious what your favorite settings are? You too, Patti - guessing yours might be mountainous?

Patti Shene From SE Colorado At 1/29/2017 6:44:24 PM

Hi Ann. Thank you so much for stopping by. I have yet to read one of Gail''s fiction books. I read her Catching Up with Daylight, which I really enjoyed.

Ann Ellison From Texas At 1/29/2017 6:30:30 PM

Enjoyed the interview with Gail and I love her books.

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AUTHOR H. L. WEGLEY WRAPS UP PURE GENIUS SERIES
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART SIX
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WELCOME AUTHOR BILL GARRISON
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WHAT DO YOU MISS?
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WELCOME AUTHOR CAMILLE EIDE
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART FIVE
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DINOSAURS AND THE BIBLE
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WELCOME AUTHOR GINA WELBORN
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POINT TO POINT TO POINT
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART FOUR
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WELCOME AUTHOR ANE MULLIGAN
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BY THE NUMBERS
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WELCOME AUTHOR ADA BROWNELL
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WELCOME AUTHOR JENNIFER SLATTERY
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART THREE
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WELCOME AUTHOR REBECCA DeMARINO
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SITTING IDLE
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It's Hot Out Here! by CHERI SWALWELL
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART TWO
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WELCOME AUTHOR CAROLE BROWN
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WHY DO WE DO WHAT WE DO?
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AUTHOR H. L. WEGLEY RETURNS
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART ONE
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WELCOME AUTHOR AVA PENNINGTON
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6/20/2014

UNEXPECTED ACTS OF KINDNESS
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REVIEW OF THREE NON-FICTION BOOKS
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6/7/2014

AN INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR RENEE BLARE
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5/30/2014

SEVEN WAYS TO STRETCH SPIRITUALLY BY ADA BROWNELL
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WHEN FINE IS NOT REALLY FINE
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MOMMY MEMOIRS BY ANN VAN DE WATER
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4/19/2014

PLAY BALL!
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JOE THE DREAMER BY AUTHOR A. B. BROWNELL
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4/12/2014

ON THE PINEAPPLE EXPRESS BY H. L. WEGLEY
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THE THIEF BY STEPHANIE LANDSEM
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3/29/2014

HUMOR AT THE HOSPITAL
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3/26/2014

HEAR NO EVIL BY MARY HAMILTON
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3/22/2014

WHEN THE ROAD GETS LONG AND LONELY
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3/19/2014

INTRODUCING RYAN'S FATHER BY JUNE FOSTER
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WHERE ARE YOU THE MOST VULNERABLE?
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3/13/2014

INTERVIEW WITH WRITER BROOKE COX
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3/8/2014

Patti's Porch Welcomes Author Rebecca Carey Lyles
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3/1/2014

Flying for Jesus by Lee Carver
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2/22/2014

Putting Out the Fleece by Paula Mowery
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2/15/2014

What We Can Learn From the Olympics
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2/12/2014

Hush, Little Baby by Deborah M. Piccurelli
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Baby, It's Cold Outside!
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A Matter of Perspective
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Introducing The Pure Genius Series by H. L. Wegley
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1/25/2014

Monopoly!
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1/21/2014

welcome author Cheri Swalwell
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1/17/2014

What Did You Mean By That?
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Wildlife Video
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1/10/2014

My Best Reads of 2013
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The Dumbest Kid in School
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1/3/2014

Good-bye to 2013
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1/1/2014

Focusing on What Christmas Really Means
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One Spectacular Christmas Display
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Where are You Going This Advent Season?
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Shared Experience
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Facing the Monster
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Review of Reign by Ginger Garrett
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I'll Be Happy When...
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5/14/2013

Sing Praises - Whether You Can Sing or Not
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I Can't Do This!
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5/2/2013

BREAKING THE RULES
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4/28/2013

WELCOME AUTHOR TINA PINSON
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4/21/2013

Vulnerability to Fear
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Faith and Fear
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4/15/2013

Those Temporary Interruptions
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2/21/2013

Grand Prize Winner at Int'l Wildlife Film Festival
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Starsongs Giveaway Contest
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2/3/2013

Taking Stock
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Welcome Author Janet K Brown
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1/26/2013

Winter - Bah Humbug!
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1/22/2013

Welcome Author Tanya Eavenson
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Welcome Author Margaret Brownley
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1/16/2013

Travel Writing = Nearly Shooting Peacocks
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1/12/2013

Water, Water Everywhere - or Maybe Not
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1/9/2013

The last Day of the Christmas Season
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Accountability in the Extreme
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1/2/2013

The day after Christmas
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It's Dec 22nd - And We're Still Here!
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12/22/2012

The Next Big Thing - Blog Hopping
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Vanquishing the Christmas Blues by Linda Rondeau
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Christmas Rayne by Joi Copeland
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12/12/2012

The Christmas Stalking by Lillian Duncan
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12/8/2012

News From Nashville & Beyond
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Author Susan Sleeman offers great advice about wor
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11/13/2012

Welcome Home!
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11/13/2012

Confessions of a first book editor
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Going Home
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11/13/2012

GPCWC in Restospect
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11/13/2012

Vacation in the Adirondacks of New York
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11/13/2012

I am pleased to welcome author Staci Stallings
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11/13/2012

Meet Award-Winning Journalist And Author Ada Brownell
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11/13/2012

An Interview with Author Eddie Jones
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