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Author Interview: Therese M. Travis

Therese TravisToday’s special guest is Therese M. Travis, an author is who is also a wife, mother, grandmother, follower of Christ. She’s been writing stories since the age of eight, and “telling stories” (you know what that means) since long before. She finally figured out how to put those stories onto the page. She loves to talk about Jesus and His love for us, about her family, crafting, writing, and praying. You can connect with Therese at Pinterest and on Facebook.

Therese, thank you for being here today. I loved Annabelle’s story because my favorite heroes and heroines are those that are not absolutely perfect. In Annabelle’s case, her flaws are physical, and she sees herself as flawed and not at all the way God sees her. This flaw prevents her from truly living. Have you ever known anyone who suffers from what they would consider a physical flaw and allowed themselves to be ruled by their own fears of what others see in them?

Welcome, Therese. It’s so good to have you return and talk about your newest romantic suspense novel, Fixing Perfect. 

Thanks, Fay. I love visiting with you.

The first question I have for you is: where in the world did you get the idea for this great suspense story with its unique heroine?

Several years ago, I attended a baseball game with my daughter and her family. My grandsons were volunteer runners for several handicapped players, and I just knew I had to use that concept in a story. From there, a comment I heard (I don’t remember where) about the “tragedy” of being handicapped, and I had my heroine who had a much better attitude. As I wrote Kerry, I realized he was based on a friend of mine. Every time he’d talk, I’d hear a different voice…

Catalina Island is another unique feature of the story. Why did you choose the island? Is there a connection or do you have another reason?

I went to the island for my honeymoon, and have always wanted to go back. Someday….Everything I learned about it as I researched just added another great layer to the story.

Robin is a fiercely independent woman despite her limitations. Do you know someone like Robin or do you write her from your own personal experience?

I’m not handicapped in the same way, but I have three different chronic illnesses that sap my energy. So that aspect of what Robin faces is straight from my own life. Also, from a very young age, I’ve been drawn to people with disabilities as much as to anyone else. I’ve learned to see them as people just like anyone else, rather than someone whose eyes you try not to catch when they walk by—or roll by.

You write suspense very well. The story builds and builds while you’re rooting for Robin and Sam to overcome the frightening events that are taking place in their lives. Have you ever been exposed to a similar situation? If so, do you want to share? If not, please tell us the secret behind your ability to bring the fear to your reader.

Thank you! No, I’ve never been in a similar situation. But I have an active (and somewhat sinister) imagination, and I use it fully! I have to admit that I didn’t enjoy getting into the killer’s head, but once I had, it made the story richer.

What are you working on now?

Several children’s books (middle reader level) and a short story set in Vatican City, that I hope to pitch for the Passport to Romance line. Also, a series of mysteries with a neurotic heroine. She’s very close to my heart. We share a lot of the same OCD tendencies.

FixingPerfect_h11394_300About Fixing Perfect:

In the community of Avalon on Catalina Island, a psychopath is kidnapping children and perfectly posing and painting the bodies of adult victims to resemble disabled artist, Robin Ingram.

Robin struggles with feelings of imperfection, and knowing some madman has a macabre agenda—which includes fixing her—is unsettling. She’s relieved when paramedic Sam Albrecht steps up to help.

Sam believes he knows the identity of the killer, and he wants nothing more than to prove it in order to keep Robin out of danger. Then Sam is arrested as a suspect for the crimes, and Robin’s life is thrown into a fresh whirlwind. She may not know who the real killer is, but she does know Sam is innocent…and she will find the proof to set him free, or she’ll die trying.

Other Works by Therese M. Travis:

Therese is the author of some of my favorite works:

AFistfulOfGod_w11310_680 (2)A Fistful of God:
Note from Inner Source: I not only rate this novel among my top five young adult novels. I rate it in my top five all-time favorites. This story is for audiences of all ages.

She’s never taken a drink, but she’s recovering from alcoholism all the same.

After the death of her father, teenager Aidyn Pierce spends all her time cleaning up her mother’s messes. So when Mom announces she’s getting sober, Aidyn doesn’t believe her. Mom has tried before, and Aidyn knows there will come a time—a day, a week, maybe even a month from now—when the cravings will be too much, and her mother will start drinking again. So, when Aidyn is encouraged to attend support meetings, she refuses. No point in wasting her time when her mother’s going to drink again, anyway.

But what Aidyn doesn’t count on is the healing power of love and friendship, and the incredible strength of God to walk both mother and daughter through the dark valley of addiction and recovery.

AnnabellesAngel_w11882_680Annabelle’s Angel:

Annabelle Archer has been crushing on Rick Stockton for years. And now, when he notices her, it’s only because her brothers and sisters make it impossible for him to miss her. Annabelle still hasn’t decided if God’s will means she spends her life taking care of her six siblings, or if He has more in mind for her.Rick Stockton doesn’t mind that church activities and Annabelle’s brothers and sisters keep throwing Annabelle and Rick together. He just isn’t sure what it means. But as the kids keep trying to turn Rick into a snow angel—with sugar, baby powder, and more—he’ll work on figuring it out. Spending time with Annabelle’s family gives Rick a longing for one of his own…and an idea to make it happen.This Christmas, Annabelle may just find there’s a special angel in her corner, one that will stick around for a lifetime.

EverybodyLovesMickey_w11272_680Everybody Loves Mickey:

He’s a saint with a tarnished halo, and Aubrey Thomas can’t stand him…or can she?

Handsome fireman, Mickey Hurst is loved by all. He volunteers at the local parish where Aubrey Thomas works as an administrator. He sings in the choir. He leads the youth group. He even acts as the church handyman, but Aubrey knew him before he became Saint Mickey—when he told her he’d have to be drunk to kiss her…and he was. What’s so infuriating is that despite his horrible admission, Aubrey loves Mickey as much as everybody else.

Mickey doesn’t blame Aubrey for disliking him. After all, he kissed her when he wasn’t sober—and insulted her, to boot. Aubrey deserved a better man—a Godly man. But, since that fateful kiss, Mickey’s drawn closer to the Lord. With the intercession of God and the matchmaking parish staff, Mickey prays that this Christmas he will be able to prove to Aubrey he’s now the man for her.

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