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Author Interview with Kathleen E. Friesen Author of Redemption’s Whisper

Today’s guest is Kathleen E. Friesen, who 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.

Thank you for being with us today, Kathleen.

Thank you for having me!

I so enjoyed your book, Nila’s Hope, and I was thrilled to see that Hayley Blankenship has her own story. We don’t get to read too many novels with Saskatoon as the backdrop. Can you tell us a little about the area and why you wanted to bring to life that setting?

I lived in the Saskatoon area for thirty years, and we raised our children there. I grew up in the lush, gentle climate of the Pacific Northwest, so the Canadian prairies were a shock to my system. To be honest, I never really acclimatized, but it was a wonderful place to raise our family. I wanted to share some of the unique aspects of Saskatchewan life with readers, maybe even entice them to plan a trip to experience the prairies for themselves.

Changing courses here, I know, but Hayley has struggled with the decisions she’s made in her life. Many of us have suffered for our own wrong choices. Can you tell share with us why you think that a character’s struggles are important for a reader to see?

We all struggle for one reason or another; it’s part of what makes us human. Hayley’s issues run deep, but through her journey to forgiveness, I hope my readers will recognize themselves and find forgiveness as she did.

So true. When we struggle against God’s goodness toward us, afraid He won’t love us for what we’ve done, we don’t realize that our hands and our feet are tied by the enemy. When we stop our struggling and understand that the only way to have our bonds broken is to allow God to set us free, we can give our guilt and shame over to Him.

Trevor also has problems, but his seem to be more from his stubbornness toward God. I’d love to know if you ever faced those type of struggles or if you gleaned your knowledge from dealing with someone who fought against God’s goodness in their lives?

Trevor’s story was a tough one for me. I’ve been angry at God many times, but His grace held me close. Someone very close to me, however, continues to resist God’s forgiveness and love. I needed to show that grace is real and God is good, no matter how things appear.

Hayley is a city girl, and she ends up in the unlikeliest of spots? Are you a city girl or a country gal and have you ever had to change your lifestyle? If so, how did that turn out for you? If not, what kind of changes do you think someone who does change lifestyles so drastically will face?

I’ve lived in big cities (Portand OR, Tacoma WA) as a child, but at heart, I’m a small-town girl. Our family had an acreage north of Saskatoon for several years, and I had to learn to handle large animals and help care for sick ones. Sickness and death is part of life, but I never got used to that. I loved the special freedom that farm/acreage life allows, and I’d do it again in a heartbeat.

Any lifestyle change comes with plenty of challenges, but with the right attitude and a patient friend (spouse, in my case), it can boost confidence and strengthen character.

Hayley made a huge change in spite of her worries. I hope her story will resonate with my readers and encourage them to face their own fears.

I’m sure Hayley’s story will do just that. So, are there going to be any new works from Saskatoon or are you on to other settings? We’d love to hear what’s next for you.

My work in progress in the first of a series set in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia, where I live now. It features the four siblings of the Rockwell family. Kennedy Rockwell’s story is called Hearts Unfolding.

Someday, I may head back to Saskatoon for more novels. It is a place rich in history, courage, and drama—and full of stories.

Thank you, again, Kathleen, for sharing the big news about your newest release. I look forward to your guest blog post here on Wednesday.

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.

Did you miss the Inner Source interview with Hayley Blankenship, the heroine from Redemption’s WhisperIf so, you can read it here.

Inner Source also previously interviewed Nila and Kathleen regarding Nila’s Hope.

18 Comments Post a comment
  1. Thank you for featuring me and my stories today, Fay. Your insightful and gracious questions made this interview a pleasure.

    April 17, 2017
  2. What a GREAT interview, Kathleen!
    Always nice to know more about my fellow authors and their books/characters.

    Good luck and God’s blessings
    PamT

    April 17, 2017
    • Thank you, Pam! Fay made it easy to open up; I’m glad you enjoyed our visit.

      April 18, 2017
  3. Sharon Espeseth #

    Being a writer more of non-fiction than fiction, I found this interview with Kathleen Friesen very interesting, as to how she develops the characters, themes and setting. Thanks to both of you, Fay and Kathleen. All the best with your latest book, Kathleen.

    April 17, 2017
    • Thank you for your kind words, Sharon.

      April 17, 2017
    • Thank you, Sharon. I appreciate your comments here and on FB. I hope we can meet in person someday!

      April 18, 2017
  4. A nice interview. I love Kathleen’s books, and hearing the story behind the story.

    April 17, 2017
  5. marilyn leach #

    Kathleen, I enjoyed your interview. The Canadian prairie sounds challenging and wondrous. I pray your book will reach readers who will be encouraged and refreshed by it. Cheers

    April 17, 2017
    • Thanks so much, Marilyn. Moving to Saskatchewan from Oregon was a huge step outside my comfort zone, but oh, so worthwhile! I appreciate your kind words and prayers.

      April 18, 2017
  6. Marie Bast #

    Love Kathleen Friesen’s writing. Her characters are real, fully developed, and have an interesting story to share. Their problems wrap around deep issues and Kathleen does a great job showing their journey, their struggles and how God helps them overcome. Her stories are inspiring and encouraging. Great interview, Kathleen and Fay.

    April 17, 2017
    • Thank you, Marie. I agree with your wonderful comments about Kathleen’s books.

      April 17, 2017
    • Your sweet encouragement brings a tear to my eye and a song to my heart, Marie. Thank you!

      April 18, 2017
  7. What a great interview! I’ve had the pleasure of reading Kathleen’s work and it is moving fiction with a great message to remember long after the book is done.

    April 18, 2017
  8. Wonderful interview, Kathleen. You are a wonderful author and a great example of a woman of God

    April 18, 2017

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