Redemption’s Hope by Kathleen D. Bailey: Author Interview, Tour, and Giveaway with Celebrate Lit.
About the Book
Book: Redemption’s Hope
Author: Kathleen D. Bailey
Genre: Christian fiction
Release date: July 22, 2022
Two distinct sets of villains. Two orphaned children. A man without a country and a woman with too much past…All in a rambunctious young country where anything goes, especially in the West. Seriously. What can go wrong?
In this latest installment of the best-selling series, “Western Dreams”, join Jenny and White Bear as they cross the historic West in an epic story peppered with grit, guns, and glory that award-winning author Kelly Goshorn calls “a sweeping tale of faith, dedication, and perseverance set in the American west.”
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What makes your main characters tick?
Looking back over my work, I see a theme of Coming Home – to
Christ and the person He has for you. My tag line is “A Home for the
Heart.” For Jenny and White Bear, that’s especially true. She’s made
a good life for herself in the Oregon Country, but she’s never
forgotten him. He’s a man without a country, and the only place he’ll
be fully at home is with her.
What was the highlight of writing this book?
Jenny’s “dark night of the soul” on the snowy plains. I’ve never been
a saloon girl, but I have not led a blameless life, and I went through
the crucible with her. We all need to be reminded that God loves us
no matter what, and that He HAS washed our sins away.
Did you have an “aha” moment where everything came together?
Again, Jenny’s dark night of the soul. That was when I realized what
this journey is really about for her. Hint: It’s not White Bear.
Are you working on your next book already? What can you tell us?
“Redemption’s Hope” is part of a series, three novels and two
novellas, all stemming off my first book, “Westward Hope,” a story of
the Oregon Trail. The series is called “Western Dreams,” and when I
finished the fifth book I thought I was done with the West. Ha ha,
nobody’s ever done with the West. I still haven’t done a cattle drive or
a barroom brawl. I’m starting a new Western series, “Western
Promises,” dealing with the odyssey of Michael Moriarty’s brother
Tom. (Michael is the hero of “Westward Hope” and Jenny’s business
partner in the horse farm.) Tom is stuck in Ireland during the Famine
and other troubles, until Michael sends him the money to emigrate.
So Tom’s story, the steerage and the wagon train, will be the first two
books in ‘Western Promises.”
What authors would you say influence your writing?
I’ve always wanted to write like Brock and Bodie Thoene, the sheer
scope of their historical fiction. For prairie stories I can’t go wrong with
What famous author do you wish could be your mentor?
Snelling, Bodie Thoene or Lynn Austin.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I love to travel. But I’m older and on a limited budget, so it’s mostly
around New England now.
What’s your favorite writing snack?
Earl Grey tea in a china cup. Doesn’t matter what season.
When did you write your first book? Is that first one published?
I’ve been fooling around with fiction most of my life. But the first one
that mattered was “Westward Hope,” and it is indeed published. And
has sparked the rest of this incredible journey.
How long, on average, does it take you to write a book?
An average of a year. The Jenny book was more complex in its
setting, but I already knew the characters from the previous books, so
it averaged out.
What has influenced you the most as a writer?
Learning that it’s not about me. I spent my whole “day job” career in
journalism, mostly for newspapers (remember those?) There was
some sense of a calling, at least to tell the truth, but not nearly what I
feel in inspirational fiction. Above all, it’s telling the old, old story in a
Do you write in one genre or several?
Historical romance is my “home” genre. I have a contemporary series
tucked away in the computer, but it hasn’t been the right time.
“Westward Hope” and “Settler’s Hope” were historical romances.
“Redemption’s Hope” is more Christian Historical Fiction. There’s
romance, but the sheer scope of the book brings it closer to historical
What genre would you choose to write that you don’t already?
I would love to be able to do mystery or suspense. I don’t feel I have
the plotting chops to do that right now, but never say never…
About the Author
Kathleen D. Bailey was a child in the 50s, a teen in the 60s, a young adult in the 70s, and a young mom in the 80s. It’s been a turbulent, colorful time to grow up, and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it and written about most of it.
More from Kathleen
The “Western Dreams” series
The Oregon Trail was one of the premier events in American history, with people giving up everything to see what waited on the other side of the continent. Some had nothing to give up, and they joined a wagon train simply to survive. That was the case with Caroline Pierce O’Leary, a gently-bred widow whose young husband died before they could make a go of their farm. What would happen, I mused, if Caroline took the skimpy proceeds from selling her farm, signed on as a cook for a wagon master, and worked her way West? And what would happen if the scout on that particular wagon train was the man who had betrayed her years before, and they had to work together to cross the prairie? What if, what if, what if?
Everyone who hopped on a wagon for the Western Migration had a story, and I knew I’d found mine. As Caroline and Michael Moriarty struggled to rebuild their relationship, a host of other characters formed around them like a snowball. The loving Harkness family, who befriended Caroline on the way down from Ohio. Pious matrons who looked down on her and their harried husbands. Jenny Thatcher, the saloon girl who breaks from that life to save Michael’s. And Pace Williams, the wagon master, a man who had seen too much of life before he even took to the trail. The first book in the Western Dreams series, “Westward Hope,” debuted in September 2019.
I fell in love with Jenny and I fell in love with Pace. Jenny followed her new friends to the muddy Oregon hamlet where they settled, and Pace gave up the trail to make a life in the Oregon woods. But I wasn’t done with either of them – they had their own stories to tell. Pace battled his own demons and his love for Michael’s sister Oona, and it was enough to give them their own book, “Settlers Hope,” published in July 2020. I also spun off two novellas, “The Logger’s Christmas Bride” and “The Widow’s Christmas Miracle,” from the bigger books, and these were published with Pelican Book Group’s Christmas Extravaganza.
Jenny Thatcher demanded her own book, and she had a lot to offer. Saloon girl, wagon train scout, hotel cook and maid, horse breeder. Jenny could do anything, and she’d already proved it in the first two books. But Jenny had some unfinished business – the handsome Indian brave who’d saved her life, early in the westward journey. She’d never forgotten him, and White Bear had never forgotten her. What if she left the horse farm, and all she’d achieved in Oregon, to take to the trail again and find him? And what if he had the same idea? What if they crisscrossed the known world, picking up strays and meeting historical figures before coming together in New Orleans? (Honestly, what better place to reconnect with a lost love?) And what if the forces of evil split them up again, so they had to keep searching?
Though Jenny accepted Christ as her Savior sometime in the second book, her past continues to haunt her, and she wonders if she can ever be good enough for God. She’s physically given up the saloon life, but her inner doubts remain. White Bear struggles with a different facet of their union: can he sentence her to the criticism and censure of the white world if they marry?
The epic journey of two larger-than-life people formed the basis for the third Western Dreams book, “Redemption’s Hope,” out July 22, 2022. Like Caroline and Michael, Pace and Oona, Jenny and White Bear find their answers in the Risen Christ.
Am I done with the West? Not likely. While I’m working on new novels set in other time periods, the West and my personal Western Dreams keep tugging at me. What happened to the Harkness family, Caroline’s friends, when they went to California? What happened to the ragged Smith children Caroline befriended? What happened to Jenny’s traveling companion, the would-be miner Noonday?
And how can I give this up when I haven’t written a cattle drive or a barroom brawl?
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To celebrate her tour, Kathleen is giving away the grand prize package of $50 Amazon card and copy of book!!