Friday, September 5, 2014

Carol Award Finalist: Mindy Obenhaus

A ripple in the crowd, a murmur, then a cheer.  Here at the Craftie Ladies, we salute our authors who rise to the top and prove that Christian fiction rocks!  
                     Today, we're talking to Mindy Obenhaus 

Her book  
is a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers award. 

 What inspired you to write the finaling book?
I’d have to say my setting. Ouray, Colorado is not only beautiful, it’s the Jeeping capital of the world. This tiny town of 900 swells to over 2000 people during the summer months with a lot of seasonal workers, many of them college kids. And we were all young once, right?

How many times have you entered the Carol Awards?
This is my first year to enter. Interestingly enough, I was ACFW’s Carol Award coordinator for the past four years. But when I got my first contract and was eligible to enter, I had to step down from that position.

What does an average writing day look like for you?
More glamorous than you can imagine. It starts at five AM with a trip to gym, followed by a quick shower and running our only non-driving child to school. That’s often followed by a Walmart run to stock up on more food for these growing boys, and any other errands that need to be done. After some quiet time with the Lord, I settle into my office, check emails and blogs before I pull up my WIP. From there on, it’s a little writing, followed by a little bit of procrastination and banging my head against the wall, possibly some housework (only in the most dire of procrastination modes), then, before I know it, my men are all home, uttering those annoying words, “I’m hungry.”

What can we expect to see next?
My second book, Rescuing the Texan’s Heart, is a September Love Inspired release and takes place in Ouray, as well. I’ve also contracted with Love Inspired for two more books, though release dates have yet to be determined.

Tell us about the finaling book.
Family means everything to Dr. Trent Lockridge. Growing up without a father, he always yearned for a family of his own. One long-ago  summer in Ouray, Colorado, he thought  he might build a future with beautiful  Blakely Daniels. But when he abruptly fled town, he broke her heart and left behind more than memories. Years later, Trent is shocked—and overjoyed—to learn he's a father. He'd like to earn back Blakely's love and trust— but it won't be easy. And the clock is ticking. He's got only a few weeks to prove that, this time.

Thanks for stopping by Mindy!


  1. Minday, this is so excitingg! Congratulations on finaling in the Carol Awards. This makes all of us look good. :-)

  2. I read the second one. Not sure how I missed the first one. Congratulations :) I'm going back and reading it.

  3. Congratulations, Mindy! I'm so thrilled for you.

  4. Congratulations. So exciting. And I love a good secret baby book.

  5. Thank you, ladies. It was definitely a very pleasant surprise. To be among such good company, some of my favorite authors, is an honor.

  6. Mindy, what cave have I been in? Congratulations. You deserve it.

  7. I love the cover from your upcoming book!
    Congrats on the final. We'll be rooting for you.

  8. Congratulations, Mindy! I'm thrilled for you.

    I'd love to hear where you were and how you reacted when you received the call/email notifying you that you're a finalist.

  9. Thank you, Leann, Merrilee, Terri and Sherri!

    Terri, I'll be counting those cheers. :)

  10. Keli, I was at home, in my office and it was very surreal. Since I'm usually the person making those phone calls, I was gobsmacked to be on the receiving end. Of course, once I hung up the phone the screaming began. :)

  11. Mindy, it's so cool that you got to experience the thrill of that call from the other end of the line. Wish I could have been the proverbial fly on the wall so I could have witnessed your joy.

  12. I'm so excited for you, Mindy!! Congrats!

  13. Congratulations on being a finalist in the Carol Awards, Mindy!
    I love the cover for your new story and it sounds like a great read!

  14. We are so proud of you, Mindy. You have worked hard on your craft and now you are being rewarded. You are a special person! We wish you all the best!

  15. Mindy, I love your new cover. I want to be there. I'll be cheering for you from my home this year. Congratulations on being a finalist in the Carol Awards.

  16. Missy, Janet, Lenora and Margaret, thank you so much. Being a Carol finalist is an honor I won't soon forget.


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