Author Stories Podcast Episode 815 | Nan Rossiter Interview

Today’s author interview guest is Nan Rossiter, author of Promises of the Heart: A Novel (Savannah Skies Book 1).

The first novel in a new series from bestselling author Nan Rossiter tells the moving story of a couple struggling to start a family and the young foster girl with a heart condition who changes their lives forever.

“A multi-leveled, beautifully written story that will glow in readers’ hearts long after the last page is turned.”—Kristan Higgins, New York Times bestselling author

Can the course that they’ve set for the future handle a slight detour…?

Macey and Ben Samuelson have much to be thankful for: great friends, a beautiful—if high-maintenance—Victorian house on idyllic Tybee Island, and a rock-solid marriage. The only thing missing is what they want the most. After her fifth miscarriage in six years, Macey worries that the family they’ve always dreamed of might be out of reach. Her sister suggests adoption, but Macey and Ben aren’t interested in pursuing that path…until a three-legged Golden Retriever named Keeper wags his way into their home and their hearts.

Harper Wheaton just got kicked out of another foster home and it won’t be the last if she keeps losing her temper. She’s not sure why she gets mad; maybe because no family seems to want a nine-year-old girl with a heart condition. She loves her social worker, Cora, but knows that staying with her forever isn’t an option. Will she ever find a family to call her own?

As a physician’s assistant, Macey meets lots of kids. Harper Wheaton’s a tough one, but Macey knows the little girl has already struggled more than most. It gets Macey and Ben to thinking about all the children who need homes. Then Harper goes missing, and one thing is suddenly crystal clear: life is complicated—but love doesn’t have to be.

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Nan Rossiter grew up in Pelham, New York. Some of her earliest memories include riding a green Stingray bike–complete with a banana seat and sissy bar–to the Pelham Library which, at the time, was a tiny cave like space tucked beneath Hutchinson Elementary School. It was from the shelves of this library that Nan first discovered the magic of books. Some of her favorite characters included Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle and Harriet the Spy. Nan later moved with her parents to a quiet country road in Barkhamsted, Connecticut and went on to graduate from Rhode Island School of Design. After freelancing for several years, she began writing and illustrating books for children, including RUGBY & ROSIE (Dutton Children’s Books), winner of Nebraska’s Golden Sower Award, and THE FO’C’SLE: Henry Beston’s Outermost House (David R. Godine). In recent years, Nan has turned her attention to writing contemporary fiction. Her books have been highly acclaimed by reviewers from Publisher’s Weekly to Booklist. Her seventh novel, SUMMER DANCE was the 2018 winner of the Nancy Pearl Book Award, and her newest novel, PROMISES OF THE HEART, will be released by Harper Perennial in February, 2020. 

Nan continues to live on a quiet country road in Connecticut with her amazingly supportive husband and a noble black Lab named Finn who diligently watches her every move and can be roused from a nap in a distant room by the sound of a banana being peeled or a cookie crumb hitting the floor. Finn also finds writing to be a humdrum pastime and makes sure Nan doesn’t spend too much time doing it, insisting on two long walks a day, no matter what the weather. Nan and her husband are the parents of two handsome sons who have struck out on life journeys of their own, and after college, have decided to pursue careers in aviation. Lastly, Nan is a member of P.E.O. International and she hopes her P.E.O. sisters–and other new readers–will find her books to always include the threads of faith and family.

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