Friday, March 11, 2016

About Magnolia Lake by Emily Paige Skeen

Short romantic fiction from Prism Book Group
March, 2016

About the book:
Popular and beautiful, Cora Stephens has it all - including the perfect football-star boyfriend - until one fateful afternoon. Facing heartache and betrayal, Cora turns to long-time friend, Landon, for comfort. While his love for her grows, she does everything in her power to avoid getting hurt again - including flinging herself into the arms of another boy.
Then, just as Cora’s shattered world starts putting itself back together, life throws something her way that’s more horrific than she ever could have imagined. Through the emotional and physical pain, she begins to lose hope and abandon her faith. Will this once lighthearted, happy prom queen find her way back home?

A brief interview with the Author:

Emily, tell us, what do you love about this book?
The romance...definitely the romance. I’ve always been a sucker for a good love story, but watching this one develop out of the depths of my own mind was pretty exciting. Some of my favorite scenes to write were the romantic ones. There’s one in particular that comes to mind: Landon is about to kiss Cora and she’s panicking. I don’t want to give anything away, but that was a really fun scene to create!

Introduce us to the character you had the most difficulty with.
I’d say Jeff’s character was the most difficult for me to write. Drawing a believable line from the Jeff of the beginning of the story to the person he later becomes was challenging, to say the least. 

What do you hope readers will tell others when they’ve finished the book?
Like any author, I hope readers tell their friends how much they absolutely LOVED the book! But in all seriousness and above all else, I want readers to come away from this story feeling inspired. I want them to feel the power, faithfulness, and love of God. To know there’s no tragedy too big for Him. 

What are you reading now?
I’ve got a few books on my to-be-read list, including Julie Cosgrove’s Greener Grasses, Gay Lewis’s Clue into Kindness, and Anita Klumpers’s Hounded. I love to read for pleasure, but it’s often difficult to find the time.

What’s next for you?
I’m currently working on two novellas, one for Prism Book Group’s Christmas Cowboys series and one for their Love Is... series. After that, I plan on pitching an idea to my editor that I think fans of Magnolia Lake will be really excited about. This idea won’t be revealed until the details are all worked out, but it’s big!

Meet Emily:
Born and raised in a small Georgia town, Emily Paige Skeen takes from her own life experiences to create real, relatable characters for her novels. She loves to intertwine small-town charm with deep emotion and intrigue, creating stories that inspire readers.
When she’s not writing or chasing after her two youngsters - both under the age of five - you can find Emily reading, soaking up the sun whenever possible, or shopping. She, her husband, and their kids make their home in a tiny little town an hour south of Atlanta, on a five-acre plot of land right off a bumpy red-dirt road. Emily loves to sit and listen as the ever-present crickets and frogs perform their harmonious concerts in the still, quiet evening hours.
Writing has always been Emily’s passion, ever since she crafted her first sloppily hand-written story plastered over spiral notebook paper at the emotionally-charged age of thirteen. Now, she strives to encourage and inspire girls and young women with her writing. She believes that with a little bit of faith and a whole lot of love, anything’s possible.


  1. Thanks so much for having me on your blog, Lisa! I really enjoyed this interview. :)

  2. What a fun interview! I enjoyed learning more about Emily Skeen!