Character Interview: Eric Templeton from Joan Deneve’s Saving Eric
Today’s guest is Eric Templeton the hero of Saving Eric by author Joan Deneve. This story has been a brisk seller, and there’s a reason. Eric’s quest takes him on an intriguing adventures to places he’s never been.
Eric, I’m so happy to be able to talk to you about your story, which was quite a quest as far as I’m concerned as I believe you dodged much more than bullets. First, though, tell us a little about yourself. Where are you from? What do you do for a living?
Thank you, Fay. It’s an honor to be here. I’m Eric Templeton, and you’re right about the bullets. Unfortunately, I didn’t dodge them quite well enough. But first things first. I grew up in a suburb of Langley, Virginia. Upon graduation from West Point, I went to work for the CIA, a career my father, General Robert Templeton, had always hoped I’d pursue.
Even though you work in a dangerous field, I consider your story much more of a journey than I do a thriller. As stated above, I believe there was more at stake in your journey than in your regular line of duty. I’m going to ask your author this same question, but I want to know what Eric Templeton thinks his quest is about.
You’re a great interrogator, Fay. If you ever quit your day job, come look us up in the agency.
I’m a driven man, but I’m not always sure what is driving me. One thing is for sure: Failure is not an option. When my missions started to fail, my own sense of purpose crumbled with them.
God directed the author to put me into some hard situations designed to bring me to an end of myself. Bottom line: The ultimate quest for any human is to find God and find the reason He put us on this planet.
I hope that people will read my story and through it come to see God’s sovereign hand at work in their lives too.
I love your heroine, Ellie, but I want to hear what you think of her from your own words.
I happen to have a picture in my wallet. Take a look. Gorgeous, isn’t she? And that dimple. Man, I could talk about Ellie all day. Okay, seriously, I’ll tell you. It’s not her beauty. I’ve known a lot of beautiful women. I’m a good judge of character, but something about Ellie always had me guessing. Ellie Whitefield is a wonderful mixture of contradictions. She’s fearless among the nationals but afraid of the dark. She possesses children-like innocence as well as battle-ready strength especially if she’s fighting for someone she loves. The first time I saw her, I thought she was an angel. I wasn’t wrong. But the thing I love the most about Ellie is her transparency. I never have to guess what she’s thinking. That means a whole lot to a man who lived most of his life surrounded by lies and intrigue. Ellie is my safe place. I want to be hers too.
You’ve been through a lot, Eric. I don’t want to give away too much of your story, but you faced some terrible situations. Looking back over them, do you believe that all things do work together for good to those who know the Lord? Has it played out in your life?
Becoming a man of faith wasn’t easy for me. Maybe it’s not easy for anyone. “All things work together for good to those who know the Lord.” Yes, ma’am, I do believe that. My mentor Doc Whitfield helped me finally see that at a time when nothing looked good. It was a very low time in my life. But I’m going to tell you the truth. If I could go back and change anything that happened, I wouldn’t. As hard as it all was, it was worth.
And because he is so adorable and sweet, I’d like to know how Toby is doing?
Adorable and sweet? Are you sure you’re talking about my man Toby? Tobe finds all kinds of excuses to fly into the mission compound, especially to see our kitchen powerhouse Nicci. (Pronounced Niecey by the way) He comes so often there’s talk of building a helicopter hangar on the edge of the compound.
Tobe reminds me of an overgrown puppy. Loud, sometimes clumsy but always loyal. I wouldn’t be having this interview with you if it weren’t for Tobe. Excuse the tears, Fay. I owe him my life. Good man.
More About Saving Eric:
Templetons don’t break down. Even when their world is falling apart. Eric Templeton’s well-ordered life as a top CIA agent is shattered when a traitor within the agency plots to have him eliminated. Sent on a bogus mission to Africa, Eric is ambushed and critically wounded. A helicopter pilot flies him to a remote mission hospital where Dr. Brock Whitfield and his daughter, Ellie, work to save his life. If Eric survives, his life may never be the same, and he still has to deal with the traitor who wants him dead. Eric wants justice, but Brock and Ellie know that Eric’s survival is the least of his worries. What he needs most is mercy and truth.
Joan Deneve teaches English in a Christian school and has a passion to help young people fall in love with Jesus and equip them to become all God wants them to be. Joan began her walk as a Christian when she accepted Christ as her savior two weeks before her sixteenth birthday. She graduated from Tennessee Temple Bible College in 1975.
Joan and Rene’, her husband of forty-plus years, reside in Prattville, Alabama, a charming city with Southern hospitality. They count their son, daughter, son-in-law, and seven phenomenal grandchildren to be their greatest blessings on earth.
Joan enjoys time well-spent with family and friends, but finds equal joy in quiet moments of solitude on her back porch. There, surrounded by bluebirds and yellow butterflies, she began writing her debut novel, Saving Eric.
An active member of her church, Joan enjoys singing in the choir. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and is currently working on the second book in the Redeemed Side of Broken Series. She enjoys chatting with fellow writers and readers. Check out her web page: http://cjdeneve.wix.com/joandeneve.