Monday, August 27, 2012

Cathy Richmond's "Through Rushing Water"

Title: Through Rushing Water
Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Cover blurb: Sophia Makinoff is certain 1876 is the year that she’ll become the wife of a certain US Congressman, and happily plans her debut into the Capitol city. But when he proposes to her roommate instead, Sophia is stunned. To flee the upcoming nuptials, she signs up with the Board of Foreign Missions.

With dreams of a romantic posting to the Far East, Sophia is dismayed to find she’s being sent to the Ponca Indian Agency in the primitive Dakota Territory. She can’t even run away effectively and begins to wonder how on earth she’ll be able to guide others as a missionary. But teaching the Ponca children provides her with a joy she has never known—and never expected—and ignites in her a passion for the people she’s sent to serve.

It’s a passion shared by the Agency carpenter, Willoughby Dunn, a man whose integrity and selflessness are unmatched. The Poncas are barely surviving. When US policy decrees that they be uprooted from their land and marched hundreds of miles away in the middle of winter, Sophia and Will wade into rushing waters to fight for their friends, their love, and their destiny.

1) How did this story come to you?
The trial of Standing Bear is the most important event in 1870s Nebraska, yet few outside our state have heard of it. While researching the events leading to the trial, I discovered one of the teachers at the Ponca Agency was Russian. A woman with the same name taught at Vassar College. Why would anyone leave what must have been the most comfortable job in the U.S. for the hardships and heartbreak of an Indian reservation? She would have been surrounded by people with a different skin color, different language, different culture. Their enormous needs must have overwhelmed her and their enormous faith humbled her... just as I had experienced when I went with my church on mission trips to Jamaica. I knew I'd found my heroine for Through Rushing Water.

2) Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.
Through Rushing Water is the second book in my contract with Thomas Nelson, so it was my first time with a deadline. I'm relieved to say, I made it! With God all things are possible!

3) Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
I have grandbunnies! My daughter has two pet rabbits, Natty Bunpo and Professor Fritz. My son has a contract to write a children's book - at the ripe young age of 26. The most unusual place I've ever lived is Nantucket Island.

4) What are you working on now and what's next for you?
Ideas are scampering around my head like untrained puppies - I'm trying to figure out which one is ready for paper training!

5) Parting comments?
Through Rushing Water is dedicated to those who went out to change the world and returned with a changed heart. Have you gone on a mission trip? Were you amazed to see God in action? Surprised at the changes within you? This book is especially for you!

6) Where can fans find you on the internet?
I love to hear from readers!,, and Twitter @WriterCatherine.


  1. I enjoyed Spring for Susannah, and am looking forward to reading Through Rushing Water!
    Thank you for the giveaway!!
    Lisa Nelson

  2. Thank you for the chance to win Rushing Waters

  3. The cover is beautiful!!!


  4. Lisa, Thanks for your kind words on Spring for Susannah! Thank you for joining us Nylnestill! And Melissa, yes, Thomas Nelson does a great job with covers! The background is based on photographs I took along the Missouri River, where the Ponca reservation used to be.
    Blessings on your mission!

  5. Thank you for the good interview - enjoyed learning more about Cathy. I love the story and enjoy books set in the West or Dakota territory! I would enjoy reading this book and thank you for the opportunity at a chance to win a copy of Cathy's book!


  6. THROUGH RUSHING WATER looks like a wonderful read.

    I love the thought of ideas bounding around like puppies.


  7. I love Cathy's debut novel...thanks for the chance to read her latest one.

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  8. I love the title. rdunson at knology dot net

  9. Such a beautiful book cover! I would love to read your featured book 'Through Rushing Waters'. Thank you for the interview and opportunity to win a copy. Thank you & God bless you and your writing career!! ~Dawn

  10. Thank you for your interview. It is good to know about new authors. I look forward to reading your book, thanks for a chance to win a copy. God bless you both.

    Glenda Parker

  11. Okay, this is weird. My comments keep disappearing. I want you to know how much I appreciate your visit to this interview. Thank you Lori, Marybelle, Karen, Deborah, Dawn, and Glenda!
    Hope this doesn't disappear!

  12. i loved her first book.


  13. I loved your first book and can't wait to read the next one! You have such a wonderful gift. Thank you for sharing it with us!

  14. Through Rushing Waters sounds so good. I enjoyed the interview too!

    Cathy, has your son always had the desire to be an author? Sounds like he is following in your foot steps. Only 26 and is writing a children's book. I would love to read it when it is published. Blessings on you and your family!


  15. Thanks, Aimy, Cheryl, and Judy, for visiting! Ben's a great source of pithy comments - always an interesting take on life. He's an actor and singer, too. He'd be a perfect successor to Garrison Keillor. Are you listening NPR? No prejudice here ;-).
    Okay, off to draw a name from the hat!