When Margo Hansen read a book as a teen and didn’t like the way it ended, she decided to write her own book. Make that plural. Books.
Hansen will hold a book signing as part of Mount Olive Lutheran Church’s free Spring Splash Arts and Crafts Boutique. The event is Saturday, April 27, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., at 700 Western St. in Anoka.
Hansen of Bovey will sign copies of her latest book, the fifth in her Newly Wed series, titled “Mattie’s Unspoken Vow.”
The story centers on Mattie Morrison who awakens from a deep sleep to find an irate preacher has married her off to a stranger. She finally learns her husband’s identity when she runs into him in Sand Creek. Abel Newly has no idea she’s the bride he was tricked into marrying. To complicate the matter, he has other designs on Delphinia Digby. The plot thickens.
Expect what Hansen’s readers have come to expect in her novels – romance, mystery, adventure and a lack of profanity.
“Mattie’s Unspoken Vow,” a 322-page book, is available to order at book stores, $16.99, and at the Anoka boutique, $14. The price drops to $12 for more than one book purchase in the series.
For Hansen who has been writing for about 20 years, the best part is “I get to share a message of the gospel,” she said.
She also likes to create adventures with twists and turns and romance, a book her kids would enjoy reading, Hansen said.
Keeping stories fresh is sometimes a challenge, she said. She always strives to write page turners. She especially enjoys comments from her readers. One told her “I was up until 4 in the morning reading your book.”
Hansen wrote her first two books 20 years ago. She submitted to publishers a few times, but they basically remained untouched. It was one of her daughters who inspired her to get her Christian fiction books out to the public.
“She said, ‘if you don’t get these published, we’ll get them published after you’re dead,’” said her daughter, who was 15 years old at the time.
That set Hansen to thinking.
“Life’s short,” she thought. “If I want to see this happen, I want to be here.”
Her first book in the Newly Wed series, “Sky’s Bridal Train,” was published in 2011. Hansen followed up with other books in the series, “Jade’s Courting Danger,” “Emma’s Marriage Secret,” “Irena’s Bond of Matrimony” and, the last in the series, “Mattie’s Unspoken Vow.”
Hansen’s inspiration comes from her mother, Marilyn Nygaard of Ulen, who compiled her own family stories.
Hansen’s great-great grandmother on her father’s side, for example, sailed as a mail-order bride to Minnesota, via ship from Europe. To her surprise, she fell in love with a man she met during her lengthy voyage. Still, she married her intended from Minnesota.
Or in another family story, Hansen learned that her great-great grandmother on her mother’s side lived in Northfield.
She watched the James Gang rob the bank right across the street from where she lived. They were unsuccessful.
Hansen’s readers can expect nuances of these stories to show up in her books.
Among Hansen’s favorite reads are Christian fiction, westerns and mysteries. Some of her favorite authors and influences are Lori Wick, Tracie Peterson, Louie L’Amour and Alister MacLean.
“My books are not preachy by any means, but I do have a message in them,” she said.
Hansen is now busy researching and writing a new series taking place during a logging period in Minnesota.
Elyse Kaner is at firstname.lastname@example.org