I’m pleased to have Allie Pleiter visit my blog again today as she talks about her upcoming release, Homefront Hero (Love Inspired Historical). I was even more excited about her visit when I realized her story is set during the Great War, an era I’ve grown increasingly fascinated with since starting work on my own historical romance series, recently contracted by Abingdon Press. Homefront Hero is definitely a book I’ll be looking forward to reading!
Please welcome Allie:
I wish I could say I seek to write a certain story, but it is probably more truthful to say that stories seek me.
When I stumbled upon a WWI airmen's leather helmet, and read a story of the owner's heroic act, the concept of heroes--celebrated and otherwise--began to intrigue me. What if an arrogant man finds himself celebrated for reasons he considers false? What happens to a man haunted by the very thing that makes others admire him? These things slowly wove themselves into the character of Captain John Gallows.
When I discovered the Red Cross "Knit Your Bit" campaign to knit socks for soldiers, I knew I'd finally found the right book to utilize my passion for knitting. Knitting socks brings out the best in Leanne and the worst in John. The self-possessed captain is forced to learn in the spotlight as a publicity campaign to convince boys to join the ranks of volunteer knitters. Leanne is ready to see her worth in the world and her place in the war effort back home. They are God's perfect partner for each other, but it takes danger, conflict, and struggle for them to see it. If I've done my job right, you as the reader see them fall in love long before they see it for themselves.
About the book:
Dashing and valiantly wounded, Captain John Gallows could have stepped straight out of an army recruitment poster. Leanne Sample can't help being impressed—although the lovely Red Cross nurse tries to hide it. She knows better than to get attached to the daring captain who is only home to heal and help rally support for the war's final push. As soon as he's well enough, he'll rush back to Europe, back to war—and far away from South Carolina and Leanne. But when an epidemic strikes close to home, John comes to realize what it truly means to be a hero—Leanne's hero.
An avid knitter, coffee junkie, and devoted chocoholic, Allie Pleiter writes both fiction and non-fiction. The enthusiastic but slightly untidy mother of two, Allie spends her days writing books, buying yarn, and finding new ways to avoid housework. Allie hails from Connecticut, moved to the midwest to attend Northwestern University, and currently lives outside Chicago, Illinois. The “dare from a friend” to begin writing has produced two parenting books, fourteen novels, and various national speaking engagements on faith, women’s issues, and writing. Visit her website at www.alliepleiter.com or her knitting blog at www.DestiKNITions.blogspot.com