Character Interview: Nye Sanders from This Dance by Jerusha Agen
Nye, readers are always interested in hearing what brings a character’s plight to the attention of his or her author. So, what issues did you bring to the table for your author?
It’s still hard to think of myself as having a “plight” or “issues.” I’m a person who is used to being in control. I pride myself, or I suppose I should say that I used to pride myself, on my ability to control my emotions at all times and to be as close to perfect as I thought a person could get.
Now, I have to admit that, even though I seemed like someone who had everything together, I was a mess inside. My emotions were organized and quiet most of the time, but I wasn’t really living. I had squelched my pain only enough to fool myself.
I think my author was one of the people who saw past the pretty picture on the outside to see the bitterness, anger, and sadness that was killing me inside.
I’m so glad your author did recognize your inner turmoil because she has written a story that will resonate for readers who might be dealing with the same emotions. Your story is sure to help others. How has dealing with this issue changed for life?
I wasn’t living before. Now, I’m not just living—I’m dancing.
How wonderful! For me, “to dance” is to show that we have been set free from those things that consume or bind us. I think of David’s turmoil just before he danced before the Lord before the people of Israel. David had some anger toward God, and David took a while to get things straight in his heart, but when he did, David did as the Lord directed and then he was able to dance with abandon. Would you mind sharing with our readers one of the truths about this issue that you had to learn on your journey.
I had to learn that I wasn’t in control and that not being the one in control was not actually a bad thing. That’s a hard lesson to learn and one that I found impossible to accept or believe for a long time.
Veering away from the issues, I always love quirky characters. Do you consider yourself quirky, or is there another character you think is just a bit odd? If so, how does the quirkiness add to your story—from your perspective?
My sister, Oriana, is definitely the quirky one in our family. She’s the laughter and joy of the Sanders with her vivacious personality. She’s not afraid to stand out and let her individualism show. I admire her ability to jump in and talk to anyone without making any attempt to hide her true self, including her quirky sense of humor.
Quirky people often do add joy and laughter to our lives. Thanks for sharing. We won’t tell Oriana what you said.
In Monday’s interview with Jerusha, she mentioned Romans 8:28 which says, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose,” what good do you believe God brought to you through your journey?
He has taught me how to dance like never before. If you’re wondering what I mean, please read my story, This Dance.
Please do read this story. I have, and I recommend it very highly.
No love, no pain. No God, no games.
A tragedy three years ago destroyed Nye’s rise to the top of the dancing world as an upcoming tango star, and in the process destroyed her reason for living. She survived the pain and built a new life resembling nothing like the one she left behind, determined never to hurt again.
Nye’s emotional walls hold up perfectly until she meets a handsome lawyer and an elderly landowner. They seem harmless, but one awakens feelings she doesn’t want and the other makes her face the God she can’t forgive. Will these two men help Nye dance again?
You can order This Dance at Amazon.com.
Jerusha Agen is a lifelong lover of story–a passion that has led her to a B.A. in English and a highly varied career. A member of American Christian Fiction Writers, her fiction and nonfiction have been published in various journals, magazines, and newsletters.
In addition, she is a screenwriter, and several of her original scripts have been produced as films. Jerusha is also a film critic, with reviews featured at the website, www.RedeemerReviews.com.
Jerusha relishes snowy Midwest winters spent with her large, furry dogs and one little, furry cat.
Visit Jerusha’s website at www.SDGwords.com. Follow Jerusha on Twitter @SDGwords and Facebook (Jerusha Agen – SDG Words).
To read Monday’s interview of Jerusha, click here.