Chatting with Stephenia McGee!

I am so excited to welcome Stephenia McGee to the blog today! Guys, she is just the sweetest person EVER! I have actually met her in person twice (both at CFRR events), and just adore her. And I adore her writing, which is what we’re here to talk about!!! Next week she has a book coming out called The Cedar Key. It’s fantastic!! Here’s more about the book:

The Cedar Key: A Small Town Southern Contemporary by [Stephenia H. McGee]

The Cedar Key

Releases October 6, 2020


Could the key to Casey’s future be hidden in someone else’s past?

Casey Adams unexpectedly inherits an old Victorian house full of other people’s memories. Stuck in a quirky little Mississippi town, Casey’s hope for a fresh start died as soon she had to lay the grandmother she’d just met to rest.

But Grandma Ida carried secrets beyond the grave.

Before her death Ida carefully planned a trail of clues to help Casey unlock the Macintyre family secrets and finally explain why the family abandoned her. But each of Ida’s letters will only come from Casey’s handsome—and often frustrating—new neighbor. As Casey pieces together the stories behind the objects filling her grandmother’s house, she embarks on a heart-stirring journey that rattles her foundations, ignites her faith, and leads her to a startling discovery that will reshape her future. But only if she can face the lies that have been slowly tearing her apart.

Links to purchase:

Amazon / iBooks / Kobo / B&N / Author Website


Welcome Stephenia!! I am delighted to have you hear today. Can you start by describing your writing process?

1. Get up with the sun. 2. Sneak through the house, hoping not to alert children or dogs to my movement. 3. Make a giant cup of coffee. 4. Try to create a world of words while the rest of my people sleep.

I need a couple of hours of complete quiet in order to write, and being a homeschooling mom means I really only get that time first thing in the morning. I envy the writers who can put down words with interruptions and noise, but I’m not one of them. Writing is like building a precarious house of cards, and every “Hey Momma!” knocks it down and I have start over.

I applaud you for your early morning routine. Hopefully the giant cup of coffee helps! When you are not writing, what do you like to do?

I enjoy cooking (but not dishes! Ha.) Reading, of course. And spending time with the love of my life and our two boys.

I also hate dishes! What’s your go-to bible verse during times of difficulty?

Everything happening the world these days hurts my head and my heart. There’s a lot of anger and uncertainty. A lot of fear. But over and over God tells us not to be afraid and to lean on Him. My two go-to verses are Joshua 1:9 where God tells us not to be afraid or discouraged because He is with us wherever we go, and John 15:5 which reminds me to always stay connected to the true vine. I really can’t do anything apart from Him, so I’m thankful He is always with me.

Love these verses! What are you working on next?

I’m working on a fun new time travel series. In each book, characters visit a B&B and find an object in their room that sends them on an adventure through time. I’ve finished the first story, which takes a trip on a wagon train, and I’m currently writing the second book, where my character has to save her grandparents’ romance while juggling one of her own.

That sound so fun!! Can’t wait to read them. What do you want your readers to get from reading The Cedar Key?

Casey’s story is about the lies we believe as women. She struggles with finding her identity and worth while looking for her place in the world. In Casey’s story, I want readers to see the power of family and friendship. I want them to see how God mends all wounds and reshapes our futures, and I hope they see that they are worth far more than just their looks or accomplishments.

Amen! Thank you so much for stopping by today. It’s always a pleasure talking to you!!

Have you preordered your copy yet? What are you waiting for? 🙂

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