Fiction Focus: Q&A With ‘Nathan of Silver Falls’ author, Rebecca Woods

“Nathan of Silver Falls” is the fourth installment in the “Silver Falls” series and was released on Dec. 11, 2012. You can buy it, and its three predecessors, from and

Rebecca Woods, author of the “Silver Falls” series, took some time to give us a glimpse at the person behind the book by answering a few questions.

CF: In 100 words or less, tell us what “Nathan of Silver Falls” is about.

RW: In another rollicking Silver Falls adventure, Nathan attempts to escape the long tentacles of the bank to get back to farming, all the while managing the rambunctious triplets and a few unwelcomed changes in his family. Meanwhile, Caleb Layne returns to Silver Falls with his youngest daughter, Emma, who soon meets the handsome Hayden Larssen and a strictly forbidden love is born! As in the past, David Harrison continues his quirky antics in bringing progress to the area while also trying to marry off his “old-maid” of a daughter, Susannah. Charming, romantic and still full of fun!

CF:What inspired the “Silver Falls” series?

RW: In 1991 I received a phone call asking if I would babysit a child full time for the school year. I was very reluctant, but the parent was so desperate that I finally agreed. Within hours, my phone began to ring, each time with another desperate parent who “just happened to have heard” that I was babysitting. Each time, I wanted to tell them “No!” I had 3 children of my own and a baby to care for… but each time they were so desperate that I eventually consented. By the end of a few days I was babysitting 25 children! Most of them were after school, but it was a crazy madhouse event either way! After an entire school year of keeping a white board on the front door just so I could keep track of who was coming and going I really wanted to do something for myself… so I wrote a book! It was an awesome adventure, like watching a movie in my mind! I could hardly type fast enough to keep up with the characters and dialog. In 21 days, it was done.

CF: How do you find time to write and juggle the demands of everyday life?

RW: Try to stay organized, pray for opportunity and ideas, and make it a priority. It’s usually a challenge.

CF: Which author(s) inspired you most in your writing endeavors?

RW: That would be a toss-up between Kate Wiggins and LM Montgomery. I love the way that Montgomery weaves several plots into a book to keep the story moving. That has probably influenced my style most, but Kate Wiggins was the author who inspired me to try my own hand at actually writing a book.

CF: What book are you reading right now?

RW: The balance ledger of my check book. (laughs) Other than that, the most recent book I read was “There Is No Death” by Sarah Menet, a near death experience where the subject is shown the future. Her “predictions” have been remarkably accurate. Fascinating read!

CF: Which author, outside your genre, do you admire most?

RW: Emma Orsca.

CF: If you were to try another type of genre, which would it be?

RW: A post apocalyptic book or cataloging of near death experiences.

CF: If “Nathan of Silver Falls” were turned into a movie, who would you want to play the main characters?

RW: (laughs) Nice fantasy! Definitely, Rosamund Pike as Hannah and Matthew Macfadyen as Nathan.

CF: What’s your favorite movie?

RW: “Pride and Prejudice” – all the many different versions of it.

CF: In 25 words or less, what advice would you offer to aspiring novelists?

RW: If something’s worth doing, then it’s worth doing well. Start with a prayer and write from your heart about things that interest you. Be original.

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