Blog Hop Tour Answers — about my debut novel


One of my good friends and writing partner, Morgan Tarpley of “Pens on a World Map,” asked me to participated in a blog hop tour. The questions are about the novel I wrote last year.
Also a friend and fellow blogger will be continuing this blog hop tour and answering these questions too for next week, so please check out her blog (information at this post’s end). Thanks!
1) What is title of your working book?
Permelia Cottage
2) Where did the idea come from for the book?
I think I was born an Anglophile! And I love English cottages–old English cottages. I would like to live in one for at least a month and tour the countryside. Sorry–I digress–the thought of being in a rural English cottage started thinking of storylines that could take place there. The plot just grew from that.

A lovely cottage I saw in England

3) What genre does your book fall under?

Christian Contemporary Fiction
4) Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
My lead characters would be played by Emma Thompson, Colin Firth, Alexis Biedel and Jensen Ackles.
5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Can an old English cottage bring renewed faith and healing to several troubled hearts?  

6) Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I met an agent at a writer’s conference and my book proposal was requested. I sent it. Currently, I am waiting to hear back. Fingers crossed!
7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
About eight months to first draft.
8) What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

I’m not exactly sure which books this one would compare too, but I can name other authors who write in this genre and whose themes are similar to mine.

9) Who or what inspired you to write this book?

I like to believe that God inspired me to write it. Most of my ancestors came from England and Scotland so the location idea came from my love of the country my family originated. The actual plot coming from life in general–the struggles we face and how we can overcome them if we focus on God.
10) What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
Sometimes we struggle with forgiveness. If someone does something to us–either real or imagined on our part–we have difficulty forgiving them. I believe Permelia Cottage teaches that we can forgive, if we turn it over to God. Isn’t that why Jesus came–the ultimate forgiveness?

Next week, January 23, please visit my blogging friend (below) for the next stop on this blog hop book tour!
Cindy Pye: Denim and Roses
Thanks for stopping by and reading!


  1. Donna Fletcher Crow

    Carole, what fun to meet a soulmate! Morgan said i should visit your blog. All I needed was the name "Teacup Journal" Yes! Do visit me at, choose tour my garden to see pictures of my teacups.

    have you read Norah Lofts' books about houses? Wonderful stuff. Also Elizabeth Goudge–the heart of the Family trilogy.

  2. Carole Lehr Johnson

    Donna, thanks so much for visiting my blog! I will be glad to visit your site and take a look. I love teacups–could you tell?!

    I have read Norah Lofts–in fact I am reading Pargeters right now! Have not seen her book about houses, but I will be sure to check that out. Also, I have a copy of Glastonbury which is one of my favorite books.

    So many books, so little time! So nice to 'meet' you!


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Carole writes inspirational fiction for lovers of tea and scones, castles and cottages, and all things British.


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