In a Grove of Maples by Jenny Knipfer / #Interview #BlogTour @maryanneyarde @JennyKnipfer



Sheltering Trees #1

In 1897 newly married Beryl and Edward Massart travel more than one thousand miles from Quebec to farm a plot of land in Wisconsin that they bought sight-unseen. An almost magical grove of maples on their property inspires them to dream of a real home built within the grove, not the tiny log cabin they’ve come to live in.

Misunderstandings and tempers get the better of them when difficulties and troubles arise. Just months after they wed, Edward leaves pregnant Beryl in the midst of the coming winter to tend the farm and animals while he goes to be a teamster at a northern Wisconsin logging camp.

Will Beryl and Edward walk into the future together to build their house of dreams in the grove of maples, or will their plans topple like a house of sticks when the winds of misunderstanding and disaster strike?





When and where do you prefer to write?

When I write varies, depending on how I feel. With my MS, I typically feel better at night. Later afternoon and after 8pm are my peak writing times, but sometimes I flip to the morning, if my energy level is strong enough.

I write on my iPad in a comfy chair with my feet elevated. My tactile sense and mobility in my fingers has suffered, so I only do a final edit on my computer. Regular typing presents a huge challenge for me.

Do you need peace and quiet when you are writing?

Sometimes. I’ve written when my husband has been watching TV or in a cafe, but I prefer it quiet.

If you had the chance to co-write a book. Whom would it be with?

I haven’t given that idea much thought but probably with one of my author friends that I’ve become acquainted with on social media.

Say someone asks if they can use your name in a book. Would you rather be the ‘good one’ or the ‘bad one’?

If you mean as a character and the protagonist or the antagonist, I’d rather be the protagonist.

Who would you like/have liked to interview?

Lynn Austin is one of my favorite authors. I’d like to hear more about her author/writing journey.

Looking at the past, Charlotte Bronte wrote my most favorite book, Jane Eyre. I’d love to sit down and chat with her.

Where can I find you when you are reading?

I like to read in my recliner or sitting in my rocker on my deck on temperate days.

Where can I find you when you are not writing/reading?

You can find me at my sewing machine, piecing a quilt block, at my table making some jewelry, or in my recliner watching a movie or TV series.

What goes through your mind when you hold your new book in your hands for the first time?

At first it seemed surreal, but now I simply rejoice and am thankful for the ability to write and publish my work.

How do you come up with a title for your book?

For all my books, except for Ruby Moon, I have the title first, before I start writing. My By the Light of the Moon series naturally evolved, as each book had to have “Moon” in the title.

My Sheltering Trees series book titles came with the idea of using a prepositional phrase as a title. I thought about it, mulled over, wrote possible titles down until my mind lit on just the right starting title. I went from there with the next books, as I took into consideration the plots and settings. To read about all the titles in the Sheltering Trees series, visit:

How do you pick a cover for your book?

My first series was a team effort between my first cover designer and myself. She found some based on my description, and I did likewise.

For my second series, I’ll be choosing the images, and my graphic designer will be putting them together. With In a Grove of Maples, I had in mind what I planned to look for before I started searching through various stock photos.

For the second book in the Sheltering Trees series, Under the Weeping Willow, I hired a photographer and a model, because I could not find the pictures I wanted. Since the third book, On Bur Oak Ridge is set on the farm I live on, I will use a photo of my own for the background image of that cover. The last book cover is yet to be determined.

Thank you, Jenny Knipfer and The Coffee Pot Book Club


About the Author 

Jenny lives in Wisconsin with her husband, Ken, and their pet Yorkie, Ruby. She is also a mom and loves being a grandma. She enjoys many creative pursuits but finds writing the most fulfilling.

Spending many years as a librarian in a local public library, Jenny recently switched to using her skills as a floral designer in a retail flower shop. She is now retired from work due to disability. Her education background stems from psychology, music, and cultural missions.

She holds membership in the: Midwest Independent Booksellers Association, Wisconsin Writers Association, Christian Indie Publishing Association, and Independent Book Publishers Association.

Jenny’s favorite place to relax is by the western shore of Lake Superior, where her novel series, By The Light of the Moon, is set. A new historical fiction, four-part series entitled, Sheltering Trees, will be released in 2021 and 2022. Jenny is currently writing a novella series entitled, Botanical Seasons


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