Character Interview: Hayley Blankenship from Redemption’s Whisper by Kathleen E. Friesen
Today’s guest is Hayley Blankenship, the heroine of Kathleen E. Friesen’s Redemption’s Whisper. Hayley, thank you for joining us today to share a little about the new release.
So, you’re from Toronto, and you’ve left the big city of Saskatoon. Has the move taken a lot of adjustment?
Oh, yeah. Big time adjustment! But while leaving Toronto was an act of desperation, my move away from the city to the farm was based on hope.
You’ve had a lot of ups and downs due to your own decision making. Without giving away too much of the story, we’d love to hear what you’ve learned through your struggles?
It took some time and many prayers by some special people, but I’m finally learning to leave the past behind and look forward to the future God planned for me.
Your hero, Trevor, walks a line between farmer and doing the unique job he loves, but he struggles with accepting the goodness of God. Based upon your struggles, what would you say to someone else who puts a roadblock up when it comes to accepting God’s grace?
You’re only hurting yourself. No, that’s not true. When you refuse God’s grace, you put up walls of bitterness that keep you prisoner and keep others—even those who love you—out.
What’s the most unique thing you’ve done since you’ve returned to Saskatoon or maybe even since you’ve taken up residence with Franklin and Laureen?
I don’t want to give too much away, but it was incredible. Gross and exhausting, but amazing.
The truth of Romans 8:28 is that God is in the details and that He works all things out to our good. Would you care to talk about how He was in the details of your life, even when you were making bad decisions?
When it came to making bad decisions, I made some doozies. Because I’d become convinced I was unloved and unlovable, I pursued love no matter the cost. Turned out, that lifestyle cost much more than I’d ever dreamed.
But for some reason, God never gave up on me. He sent me to Saskatoon, even though I thought that was my idea. He introduced me to people who changed my life—and my perceptions of Him. He was there, through everything.
Thank you, Hayley. Redemption’s Whisper officially releases today, and this Sunday is Easter. I know that our readers will love your story that shows the awesome power of redemption. I look forward to speaking with author on Monday.
Kathleen Friesen writes contemporary stories of faith that overcomes tough trials and deep heartaches. Her desire is for her readers to see themselves in the characters of her stories, and to realize that Jesus Christ is the true hero. Kathleen spent her childhood in the Pacific Northwest and, after marrying the man of her dreams, survived the first thirty years of married life on the Canadian prairies, where they raised three fantastic children. Now she and her patient husband, Ron, live in the beautiful Okanagan Valley of British Columbia.
More About Redemption’s Whisper:
Desperate to escape her past, Hayley Blankenship flies from Toronto to the Saskatoon home of Pastor Dave and Lydia Harris, the only people who may be able to help her. If she doesn’t find a reason to hope, she may give in to the temptation to end it all. If only someone could love her, in spite of what she’s done.
Trevor Hiebert aces the interview for his dream job in Toronto, but he’s torn. His beloved parents need him, and while he doesn’t want to let them down, he craves the affirmation he hopes to find in the big city. But on the flight home to Saskatoon, he meets an intriguing, gorgeous redhead with dark secrets of her own. Can these two troubled souls gain the peace they need—and in the process, find love?
About Nila’s Hope:
Just when her career as a carpenter and a relationship with handsome co-worker Will Jamison are within reach, Nila Black’s abusive ex-boyfriend is released from prison. He’s out of jail, out for revenge, and making promises she knows he’ll keep. Nila will do whatever it takes to save her friends from the evil that will come their way if she doesn’t put distance between them-even if it means abandoning her new-found faith. It will take a miracle and an angelic messenger to show Nila that God is her greatest protector. He has never left her side, and He wants only the best for her and for the man she loves.