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About the AuthorAward-winning, Christian author Caryl McAdoo prays her story brings God glory. Of her best-selling novels, readers love her historical Christian romance family sagas most, but also enjoy their contemporary cousins, Caryl’s Biblical fiction, her new historical mystery series, and tales for young adults and mid-grade booklovers as well as the new picture books for the still younger set. The majority of reviewers award her stories five-stars and praise Caryl’s writing style and the depth of her characters, feeling as though they get to know them well. The prolific writer loves singing the new songs God gives her almost as much as penning new novels—hear a few at YouTube! She’s been married to Ron fifty-five years, and they share four children and twenty-seven grandsugars. The McAdoos live at The Peaceable in the woods south of Clarksville, seat of Red River County in far Northeast Texas, waiting expectantly for God to open the next door.
More from CarylAs the chicken population grows at The Peaceable Farm & Bookery, troubles come–all based all on the true story! One of our beautiful ‘Golden Laced Wyandotte’ hens got broody and wanted to sit on a nest and hatch a clutch of chicks! The wee peepers, designated the “Songsters” and named Reba, Celine, Loretta, and Miley (the last by a reader’s daughter), experience the famous and proverbial “pecking order” chickens are so famous for. In human terms that can be called bullying though, and so Goldie, their mother teaches the girls how to respond those bully chickens! Grami loves her “backyard birds”, and so does O’Pa! She expects the name of the twenty acres she and O’Pa live on in Red River County—The Peaceable—to be the spur for all its inhabitants to cohabitate peacefully with one another—and that includes the chickens! She and O’Pa, her husband of fifty-five years have bought an incubator to hatch purebred chicks then raise fine, healthy birds to their laying age—usually four to five months—before finding them forever homes. We love our flock, and the babies grow so fast. Watching them is so much fun and relaxing, too! Grami knows each hen and rooster by name, and they all are so affectionate! They come running whenever I head out the door (mostly because they want to see if I brought any food! 😊) I love thinking about what they are saying to each other with all their clucking and purring and cackling! This is why the books are partially written from the hens’ point of view as our first animals’ series, The River Bottom Ranch Stories featuring horses and goats and dogs among other wild animal characters. And all those farm animals were real ones that we owned and loved, too—like the chickens! This series ‘Grami’s Stories for Children’ also has a narrator speaking throughout—that’s me, Grami McAdoo! I talk to the children through a few pages full of dialogue to teach them about poultry and things of God. In NEW CHICKS at the Peaceable, I talk about bullies and how Jesus teaches us to respond, how they can be scary, but God is always with us and sends His angels to protect us! The illustrations are photographs of our real chickens and The Peaceable Farm & Bookery. In the back of the book, there are a few pages of “Chicken Terminology” and fun “Chicken Facts” to teach the little ones more about the wonderful world of chickens! I pray the precious little ones so dear to God’s heart will love the story and be blessed by it! 😊
- If a reader were to ask you what author you are like, what would you answer?
I’d say Bodie Thoene. Her novels make me laugh out loud and make me cry, both from happiness and sorrow. I’ve read about everything she’s written. Authors I have been compared to in reviews are Janette Oke (LOVE COMES SOFTLY series), Mark Twain (HUCKLBERRY FINN and TOM SAWYER), and Margaret Mitchell (GONE WITH THE WIND)
- What helps you to write? Do you eat snacks, listen to music?
These things don’t “help” me to write, but I usually always write in the morning, before and after breakfast, so it’s black coffee before and sweet coffee after. Fox News is usually playing on the TV in the background the whole time. As far as helping me to write . . . I guess that honor would go entirely to Holy Spirit.
- If you could travel back in time, what time period would you go to? No doubt, the days when Jesus was here, walking the earth as a man. I know my heart would break for His terrible death that ended such a young life.
- What is your favorite hymn and why?
Oh how I so love hundreds of hymns, but for a favorite I can name “Trust and Obey.” To my way of thinking, that’s exactly what our Christian walks boil down to. If we are trusting Him, we have perfect peace, no fear, and no worry no matter WHAT is going on around us. If we trust Him, we KNOW He is on the throne and in control! We believe His promises and trust Him to keep them! My mama always said “Actions speak louder than words!” It is so easy at any time of day or night for me to say, “I love you, Father.”, but it’s obedience that SHOWS Him just how much I love Him. Obedience to both His logos and rhema words. Scripture says obedience is better than sacrifice. He has sorely tested me in the area of obedience and while I can’t claim 100%, I’m surely in the high ninety percentile. He’s told me to do some pretty wild and crazy things, but I am of the opinion if I even THINK he’s told me to do something, I’d rather step out and look the fool—He knows my heart and why I did it—than miss the opportunity to show Him I love Him.
- Share with me a few of your favorite things.
In this life, my favorite thing is to be in God’s manifest presence through praise and worship. He inhabits our praises! Music is one of my favorite things, Being creative—new songs (hear on my YouTube channel, Caryl McAdoo), paintings, crafting, landscaping, decorating my home. Animals are some of my favorite things. Spending time with family and friends. I love visitors and visiting! I love my life with my husband.
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Library Lady’s Kid Lit, January 11
Artistic Nobody, January 12 (Author Interview)
Splashes of Joy, January 12
Texas Book-aholic, January 13
Guild Master, January 14 (Author Interview)
Locks, Hooks and Books, January 15
Happily Managing a Household of Boys, January 16
Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, January 17
Cover Lover Book Review, January 18
Girls in White Dresses, January 19
A Reader’s Brain, January 20 (Author Interview)
Lights in a Dark World, January 20
For Him and My Family, January 21
Fiction Book Lover, January 22 (Author Interview)
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