Today’s guest on Inner Source is me: Fay Lamb. I bet that until you learned Pat Dyer created Gabe Miller, the alligator farmer, that you might have wondered if it was me–unless you know both of us. That’s because Pat and I are both crazy Titusvillians who aren’t too afraid of gators, and we even attend the same church. How’s that for small town?
Here’s a little about me. It’s from my bio, so please excuse the self-promotion.
I’m an editor, writing coach, and author, and it is my desire that my emotionally charged stories remind the reader that God is always in the details. I’ve contracted two series. Stalking Willow and Better than Revenge, Books 1 and 2 in the Amazing Grace romantic suspense series are currently available for purchase. Charisse and Libby the first two novels in my The Ties That Bind contemporary romance series have been released. I have also collaborated on five romance novellas: The Christmas Three Treasure Hunt, A Ruby Christmas, A Dozen Apologies, The Love Boat Bachelor. and this our latest, Unlikely Merger. I am also the author of The Art of Characterization: How to Use the Elements of Storytelling to Connect Readers to an Unforgettable Cast.
I truly love to meet readers, and you can find me on my personal Facebook page, my Facebook Author page, and at The Tactical Editor on Facebook. Yes, I’m the Tactical Editor. I’m also active on Twitter. Then there are my blogs: On the Ledge, Inner Source, and the Tactical Editor. And, yes, there’s one more: Goodreads.
I wrote Digger Grant’s portion of the story, and here’s how he came to life for me:
The creation of Digger Grant is an unusual story. He started out as one of the older kids in the Fourteen Quarters Repertory Company, whom I sent to the airport to provide a ride back to the hotel. The entire concept of the story was much different when I began. You see, I wanted Mercy to think horribly of the hero at first without understanding why she felt that way. After all, she’d never met him. He was a stranger. Digger was to be the one innocently giving Mercy that vibe–since the repertory company was putting on an actual Broadway play based upon Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist. The hero was to play the villain, and Digger was in character as one of the kids in the play, practicing for the performance, unable to shake off the persona of an innocent kid mistreated by the villain’s ilk.
That was the plan.
Then Digger spotted Mercy, and he began to act older than his nearly eighteen years. He began to take up Mercy’s time. They had unforgettable moments that made me laugh, and based upon my relationship with my husband, if a man can make you laugh at yourself and with him, he’s a keeper. For me, the original hero couldn’t follow up Digger’s act, and the story just didn’t hold up without putting Digger in the hero’s spot. Old hero was written out. Digger was made an adult, put in the lead, and he pretty much became one of my favorite characters that I’ve written in any of the Write Integrity novellas in which I’ve been blessed to take part.
Well, Digger and Jonathan, my surfing cowboy from A Ruby Christmas.
More About Unlikely Merger:
No longer needed as her father’s nurse, Mercy Lacewell attempts to step into his shoes at his acquisitions firm. That means travel, engaging strangers, and making final decisions—nothing she feels equipped to do. If her best friend has her way, Mercy will simply marry one of the single, available men she meets, but they overwhelm her. So handsome and kind. And so many. Even if she felt obliged, how could she ever choose?
Should she shove all attraction aside and focus on her father’s business, or is God warming her heart with the possibility of forever?
Our authors at Write Integrity Press love collaborating on novellas. Here are a few of our other works:
Mara Adkins, a promising fashion designer, has fallen off the ladder of success, and she can’t seem to get up.In college, Mara and her sorority sisters played an ugly game, and Mara was usually the winner. She’d date men she considered geeks, win their confidence, and then she’d dump them publicly. When Mara begins work for a prestigious clothing designer in New York, she gets her comeuppance. Her boyfriend steals her designs and wins a coveted position. He fires her, and she returns in shame to her home in Spartanburg, South Carolina, where life for others has changed for the better.
Mara’s parents, always seemingly one step from a divorce, have rediscovered their love for each other, but more importantly they have placed Christ in the center of that love. The changes Mara sees in their lives cause her to seek Christ. Mara’s heart is pierced by her actions toward the twelve men she’d wronged in college, and she sets out to apologize to each of them. A girl with that many amends to make, though, needs money for travel, and Mara finds more ways to lose a job than she ever thought possible.
Mara stumbles, bumbles, and humbles her way toward employment and toward possible reconciliation with the twelve men she humiliated to find that God truly does look upon the heart, and that He has chosen the heart of one of the men for her to have and to hold.
Romance is a joke.After the love of Brent Teague’s life came back into his world only to marry someone else, Brent is through with women. He might be through with being a pastor, too. Brent was so sure that God brought Mara Adkins home to him so they could marry and live happily ever after. Six months after her wedding to another man, that theory is obviously a dud. If Brent could be so wrong about that, who’s to say he’s not mistaken about God calling him to pastoral ministry? Tired of watching Brent flounder for direction, Brent’s feisty older sister boots him out of Spartanburg and onto a cruise ship. Brent’s old college buddy manages the ship’s staff, and he’s thrilled to finagle Brent into the role of chaplain for the two-week cruise. As the ship sets sail, Brent starts to relax. Maybe a cruise wasn’t such a bad idea after all. But there’s just one little thing no one told him. He’s not on any ordinary cruise. He’s on The Love Boat.What’s a sworn bachelor to do on a Caribbean cruise full of romance and love? He’ll either have to jump ship or embrace the unforgettable romantic comedy headed his way.
Be sure to check out Jennifer Hallmark’s blog today where I write about Collaborative Projects.