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Author Interview: Jennifer Slattery

headshot2013Today’s special guest is Jennifer Slattery, the author of When Dawn Breaks. Jennifer writes soul-stirring fiction for New Hope Publishers, a publishing house passionate about bringing God’s healing grace and truth to the hopeless. She also writes for Crosswalk.com, Internet Café Devotions, and the group blog, Faith-filled Friends. When not writing, Jennifer loves going on mall dates with her teenage daughter and coffee dates with her handsome railroader husband.

Visit with Jennifer online at JenniferSlatteryLivesOutLoud. 

Jennifer, thank you for visiting with us again. I truly enjoyed the novel. I got wrapped up into the lives of these characters. I kept rooting for them, and I laughed and cried through the ups and downs. So, my first question that I want to know is: how did this story take shape for you?

I’m so glad you enjoyed the book, Fay. Having learned under you in Scribes for years, that means a lot. In regard to your question, much of it just flowed. I felt most drawn and connected with Gavin, but I loved Jacqueline and Jonathan, too. I knew I was introducing my readers to some tough realities, so I felt I really needed a lot of humor sprinkled throughout, to give them comic relief. Then I found I loved those comedic threads as much as the heart-wrenching portions.

Is there a Jacqueline Dunn or a Jonathan Cohen, maybe a child who resembles Gavin, Adele, or Jaya in your life? If not, how did you manage to draw such believable and heartwarming characters?

Yes to all of those. J If only I had the page space to expound on each character. I have always struggled with feeling loved—receiving love, so I really related to Gavin’s feelings of being unwanted. He so longed to belong, to hold tight to those relationships he had, and really, to be loved. But it seemed what he needed most kept evading him, and he was powerless to do anything about it. And yet, God continued to pursue him, through His children.

When I became an adult, after ten years of extensive healing by Christ, I looked back over my life and I could see how God had reached out to me, again and again, through others. The neighbor who invited me in for Vacation Bible School, the family that showed me kindness when ours came over for barbecues and such. The blind neighbor who allowed me to help her take out the trash then used that initial connection to form a relationship with me, one that resulted in me coming to her house daily in my elementary years. Or the numerous families that took me in, when I was a teen, when I felt hopeless and alone.

Though I felt incredible pain from things in my past, I saw that God had never left me. He was the truest, most faithful love I’d ever known.

This is the love I wanted to show, but I also wanted to show how God reveals that love through us, His body. Which is an incredible honor and responsibility—to think God trusts us with a wounded heart. Wow.

Well, I know a lot of folks who love you for who you are today and the kindnesses you show to them.

I’m guessing that either you know about foster care or you did a great deal of research. If a reader wanted to know how they could get involved, even if it is just volunteering and not fostering children—but certainly that as well—what would you tell them are some of the steps they can take to reach out to children in this type of system?

My sister has worked in the foster care industry for some time, first as a social worker and now as an in-home therapist, so I’ve learned a great deal about the needs and the miracle stories. (She also helped me a great deal with this novel!) There are so many ways people can become involved. They can foster, providing a loving, Christ-filled, and safe environment for these hurting children. They can foster to adopt, which is incredibly beautiful and a huge part of breaking the cycle of generational abuse and poverty. They can be a support for friends who do foster care, which is hugely needed!

They can become licensed to do respite care, which provides periodic breaks for those doing foster care, enabling them to stay fueled emotionally, physically, and spiritually. They can help spread the word, start a support group in their church, get involved in CASA, an organization that pairs adult advocates with foster children so the children have a stable relationship in their life throughout all the changes and moves they might go through.

A big one, I think, is training our children to be compassionate. Those “problem” kids in school who act socially awkward and are perhaps difficult to be around? They may be extremely wounded, shuffled from one home to the next, and our children can be a friendly, loving face at school that can help bring peace. And ultimately, people can pray. For foster kids, those who’ve been adopted, those doing foster care, the social workers whom are overworked and underpaid, a system that is ill-equipped to deal with the massive need…

I have to ask a hurricane question because I’m a student of hurricane history. Have you ever lived in a hurricane-prone area or have you ever had first-hand experience with a hurricane? If so, would you share? If not, I’d love to know about your research—just because the subject fascinates me.

I have. We lived in Louisiana during Katrina. It was such a crazy time! Louisiana and Texas weren’t equipped to deal with the level of tragedy, devastation, and need. It was utter chaos, and the local churches were the first to respond. Churches were housing people in their basements, putting them in mobile homes, giving them food, clothing, you name in. Our church in particular became a sort of warehouse of goods. We had so many donations; we lined them up in the pews, labeling each pew so folks knew what they contained. (We had various bags lined on the pews, all organized by similarity.)

The storm victims could come, get what they needed, without having to ask. This was huge as these people were already devastated, completely humbled, so this allowed them to retain some sort of dignity.

Our library was also packed each day. People sat on the ground, on chairs, waited behind computers, etc. Many were trying to find out FEMA and insurance stuff. I suspect others simply wanted a place to spend the day. I went, and noticed the empty—like so broken, there was nothing there—look on many of the parents’ faces, so I began to read to the kids, to give the parents a break and the kids a bit of joy. I still remember the look on one dad’s face when his daughter came to my side—it was teary gratitude. I believe he was grateful to have someone helping out with his child at a time when, emotionally, he couldn’t do that.

While researching, I read a great deal about what went on at the Superdome. Wow, that was bad.

Wow! I’m glad I asked. That’s an awesome testimony that you and your church have, and I can see where God used that time to teach you things that you could share about others regarding emergency shelters and the needs of those there. I have never gone through a Katrina, and the Lord willing, I don’t plan to do so.

And as always, I’d love to know what your next project will be.

Absolutely! How about if I give you the preliminary back cover blurb?

Abandoned by her husband, an organ procurement coordinator fighting to keep her job and her sanity encounters an old flame facing an unthinkable tragedy.

For Tammy Kuhn, being an organ procurement coordinator is more than a job. It’s a ministry. But when her husband of sixteen years leaves her for another woman, struggles with childcare, her absentee ex-husband, and an altercation with a doctor threaten her job. Embittered and overwhelmed, she fights to maintain her sanity when a late night encounter with an old flame stirs emotions long since buried but the ICU is no place for romance.

This novel is scheduled to release in October.

Thanks so much for having me, Fay! I always love visiting your site!

I love having you, Jennifer. Your friendship and watching your career is one of the joys of my life, and I hope that you will come back and visit us for the release of this next novel.

WhenDawnBreaks_N154102_300dpiRGBMore About When Dawn Breaks:

As the hurricane forces Jacqueline to evacuate, her need for purpose and restitution motivate her to head north to her estranged and embittered daughter and into the arms of a handsome new friend. However, he’s dealing with a potential conspiracy at work, one that could cost him everything, and Jacqueline isn’t sure if he will be the one she can lean on during the difficult days ahead. And then there are the three orphans to consider, especially Gavin. Must she relinquish her chance at having love again in order to be restored?

Read a free, 36-page excerpt here.

When Dawn Breaks is also available at Barnes and Noble and Christian Book Distributors.

BeyondIDocoverAbout Jennifer’s First Novel, Beyond I Do:

Will seeing beyond the present unite them or tear them apart?

Marriage … it’s more than a happily ever after. Eternally more.

Ainsley Meadows, raised by a hedonist mother, who cycles through jobs and relationships like wrapping paper on Christmas morning, falls into a predictable and safe relationship with Richard, a self-absorbed socialite psychiatrist. But as her wedding nears, a battered woman and her child spark a long-forgotten dream and ignite a hidden passion. One that threatens to change everything, including her fiancé. To embrace God’s best and find true love, this security-seeking bride must follow God with reckless abandon and realize that marriage goes Beyond I Do.

 

Character Interview: Jacqueline Dunn from Jennifer Slattery’s When Dawn Breaks

WhenDawnBreaks_N154102_300dpiRGBToday’s special guest is Jacqueline Dunn from Jennifer Slattery’s heartwarming novel, When Dawn Breaks. Jacqueline, I know that your life has become a very busy one, and I’m thankful that you can take the time out to stop in and share a little about your story. In the last year, you’ve been through a lot of loss. Your story is one that truly does show the truth behind Romans 8:28, that all things do happen for good to those who love the Lord … What I’d like to know is your take on that verse.

I’ve certainly see God work a lot of good out of my mess! And boy, am I thankful! I think Jennifer would get upset if I said too much, as I’d probably give parts of the story away without even knowing it! But suffice it to say, I’m learning to trust God more and more each day, to see He truly does have my best in mind—even when I’m smack dab in the worst storm, literally and metaphorically, I’ve ever experienced.

You lost your home, practically everything that you own in a hurricane. I live in a hurricane prone area. I’ve seen the devastation of hurricanes myself, but I want to know the emotional toll this loss took on you?

Oh, wow, that was hard. I’d spent my entire adult life building my career and assets. It probably didn’t make a lot of sense to plunk so much money into a beach home, but the market was doing so well. I really though I was making a great, long term investment. I learned how futile my plans are, and I guess, in the end, I learned that was a good thing. Even so, it was still hard to lose so much; so much I’d worked decades to build. More than that, I lost a lot of cherished mementos… but in the end, I gained things of greater value.

Broken relationships are a theme of this story. I do believe that everyone has at least one relationship that might have been broken by either that person’s actions or non-actions or by the actions of others. What would you say is the one Scripture or Biblical precept that helped you to cope with a relationship that you know only God can heal?

God really used Romans 12:18 to encourage me. I’ve since committed this verse to memory. It says, “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.”

This verse first and foremost encourages me to do everything I know to work toward peace. That means owning up to my mistakes and realizing, when I’ve hurt others, like I have my daughter, it might take time to earn their trust. But then the verse also reminds me that I can only do so much; it’s up to the other person whether they want to forgive, and they may not. That’s hard. That’s really hard. But it’s life. That doesn’t mean I wash my hands of the person or situation but rather that I release them and their response to God.

Another theme that I saw in the story was one of leaning on God, and trusting not in your understanding but in God’s promises. How difficult a journey was that for you?

Oh, my, is that ever hard for me! I haven’t been a Christian for long, and sometimes it’s all so confusing, and terrifying! I hear other believers talk about God speaking to them, telling them to do this or that, and I can’t help but stare at the sky and think, “Um… when will I hear God? What does He sound like anyway?”

So a lot of learning to trust in God is learning to recognize His voice, which usually doesn’t come via a megaphone. Haha. I suppose that’s why He gave us promises in Scripture; so we would rely on the truth we know rather on what we think or feel. Not to say God can’t or doesn’t speak to us directly, but my old pastor used to say, “Before you go asking God to speak to you about this or that, get busy doing what He’s already told you.” That stepped on my toes a bit, in a good way.

And lastly, I want to know how you’ve managed to cope with all of the changes in your life.

Hm… I’m not sure how well I’ve coped, to be honest, though I’m learning. To be more patient, more giving, more loving, more relaxed. I guess that comes from learning more about God, growing closer to Him, and staying around other believers. You know, I think serving has also helped.

Shortly after the hurricane ripped me from my home, I began serving in a shelter filled with other storm refugees—those who literally had nothing, not even family they could stay with. That really put my problems and pains into perspective. Not only that, I found I could still experience joy by allowing Christ to love through me, even when my life is hard—especially when my life is hard! I’ve heard it said, the more we focus on ourselves, the more miserable we become. But the abundant life Christ promised comes from dying to ourselves, honoring others above ourselves, and surrendering to Christ and His plan for our lives. I’ve learned through all this storm garbage just how true that sentiment is!

Jacqueline, it has been a pleasure getting to know you both here and in When Dawn Breaks. I look forward to the interview with your author, Jennifer Slattery, on Wednesday.

More About When Dawn Breaks:

As the hurricane forces Jacqueline to evacuate, her need for purpose and restitution motivate her to head north to her estranged and embittered daughter and into the arms of a handsome new friend. However, he’s dealing with a potential conspiracy at work, one that could cost him everything, and Jacqueline isn’t sure if he will be the one she can lean on during the difficult days ahead. And then there are the three orphans to consider, especially Gavin. Must she relinquish her chance at having love again in order to be restored?

Read a free, 36-page excerpt here.

When Dawn Breaks is also available at Barnes and Noble and Christian Book Distributors.

BeyondIDocoverAbout Jennifer’s First Novel, Beyond I Do:

Will seeing beyond the present unite them or tear them apart?

Marriage … it’s more than a happily ever after. Eternally more.

Ainsley Meadows, raised by a hedonist mother, who cycles through jobs and relationships like wrapping paper on Christmas morning, falls into a predictable and safe relationship with Richard, a self-absorbed socialite psychiatrist. But as her wedding nears, a battered woman and her child spark a long-forgotten dream and ignite a hidden passion. One that threatens to change everything, including her fiancé. To embrace God’s best and find true love, this security-seeking bride must follow God with reckless abandon and realize that marriage goes Beyond I Do.

headshot2013About the Author:

Jennifer Slattery writes soul-stirring fiction for New Hope Publishers, a publishing house passionate about bringing God’s healing grace and truth to the hopeless. She also writes for Crosswalk.com, Internet Café Devotions, and the group blog, Faith-filled Friends. When not writing, Jennifer loves going on mall dates with her teenage daughter and coffee dates with her handsome railroader husband.

Visit with Jennifer online at JenniferSlatteryLivesOutLoud. 

 

Author Interview: Janet Sketchley

Janet Sketchley headshot 350x350Today, our guest is Janet Sketchley, the author of Secrets and Lies. Janet is the author of Heaven’s Prey and Secrets and Lies, two novels of suspense and redemption. She also blogs about faith and books. Janet loves adventure stories, worship music, tea and Formula 1 racing. Like Carol in Secrets and Lies, she loves music and tea. Unlike Carol, Janet isn’t related to a dangerous offender, has a happy home life, and has never been threatened by a drug lord. May those tidbits continue to hold true! You can find Janet online at her website.  Fans of Christian suspense are invited to join Janet’s writing journey through her monthly newsletter. You can also catch up with Janet on the Secret and Lies website, on Facebook, Twitter, Amazon Author Central, and Pinterest.

Janet, welcome to Inner Source. I enjoyed your story of Carol Daniels. It has plenty of suspense, along with some pretty important issues that Christians often have to wade through. Would you mind telling me where the idea from the story originated with you?

Thanks for inviting me to visit, Fay, and I’m glad you enjoyed Carol’s story. I “met” Carol through writing her brother Harry’s story in Heaven’s Prey, and I knew her life had not been easy. I also knew she needed the Lord. Secrets and Lies gives her the chance to find Him—unless her enemies find her first. I think themes like trust grew out of who she is and the choices she’s made.

Carol is a woman who has suffered a lot of loss, and she endures different types of grief. I’d even go so far as to say that relief was a part of her grief when it came to certain people. Did you write this character from experience?

She’d tell you that losing her husband was a relief! I didn’t write Carol’s grief from experience, although the grief of friends and fictional characters over the years helped me imagine what it must have been like for her. The parts of Carol that come from my experience are more linked to her—ahem—controlling tendencies and her fear. Not that I have tangible enemies, like she has.

Your heroine is a tough one. She seems to handle things that are thrown at her with more strength than I think she even realizes. Have you had an example of someone in your life who has exhibited this type of strength?

Carol doesn’t realize it, no. All she can see is the ongoing battle. It’s funny you’d ask about a real-life example. I could list Christians I know who rely on God’s strength and survive multiple storms, but Carol is someone who survives on her own. (At least she thinks she does—who knows how much strength the Lord subtly lends to those who are still on their way to finding Him?) You’ve reminded me of a friend who was like Carol in the sense that she’d ask us to pray for her while refusing to pray for herself. K was strong, sweet-tempered but very persistent. She, too, had a difficult marriage and her husband died suddenly. Her life wasn’t easy even then. I longed to see the Lord draw her to Himself, and my prayer and hope is that He ultimately did so before she died.

What would you, the author, say to someone who approached you and talked to you about grief, fear, and the regrets that Carol seems to have? Would you have a Biblical response for him or her?

There’s no easy answer for a person with deep hurts, and I’d be praying for wisdom of what and when to speak—and when to be silent. I think key, Biblical aspects of a response would include a reassurance that it’s okay to bring God our questions and our pain (think of David in the Psalms) but that we need to keep looking at God to see what He might say or do. Also that we can trust the heart of God—not to do what we want, but to love us and to work even in the worst times. So I’d encourage the person to discover God’s character through His Word. Ultimately, it would be God Himself who opened the person to believe and receive His love.

In the novel, the character of Joey says a few of the things I’d say: trusting the heart of God, prayer is important, and that we can work with God to re-shape our fears and reactions. As Joey does with Carol, this sort of conversation is long and slow, with lots of pauses. The best thing I could give someone in this situation would be my care and attention, and a willingness to walk with them no matter how far the journey appears to be.

Please tell us a little about your upcoming release No Safe Place and about any other future releases.

The Redemption’s Edge series introduces three members of the Silver family: villain Harry, his sister Carol, and their cousin Amy.

In No Safe Place, Amy Silver is injured in the plane crash that kills her fiancé. His best friend’s offer of shelter sounds ideal, even if the faith he lives by seems too good to be true. But has she found sanctuary…  or something more sinister?

I hope and trust there will be more stories after these, but they’re just thoughts and vague ideas right now. Thanks so much for hosting me, Fay. You ask thought-provoking questions! It was fun answering as Carol in her interview, too.

Janet, it was a pleasure having you with us, and I can’t wait to share your post on Friday.

Secrets and Lies webMore about Secrets and Lies

A single mother must protect her teenage son—from organized crime and from himself.

Carol Daniels thinks she out-ran her enemies, until a detective arrives at her door with a warning from her convict brother. Minor incidents take on a sinister meaning. An anonymous phone call warns her not to hide again.

Now she must cooperate with a drug lord while the police work to trap him. Carol has always handled crisis alone, but this one might break her. Late-night deejay Joey Hill offers friendship and moral support. Can she trust him? One thing’s certain. She can’t risk prayer.

Besides the Amazon link given above, Secrets and Lies can also be purchased at Createspace, at Amazon Canada, Kobo, and Barnes & Noble.

Character Interview: Carol Daniels from Janet Sketchley’s Secrets and Lies

Secrets and Lies webToday’s guest is Carol Daniels from Janet Sketchley’s novel, Secrets and Lies. Carol, thank you for being with us today.

Let’s start out by having you tell our readers a little about yourself.

It’s nice to meet you, Fay. I’m a single mom, husband deceased, raising my teen son and trying to keep a low profile. We’ve had some threats, and I don’t want to be found. <sighs> Except now we may be in danger again. Enough of that. You didn’t invite me here to whine. What can I say about myself? I work in a small café, baking desserts and waiting tables. Art, especially from Impressionist painters like Monet, refreshes my soul. So does a good cup of tea. Peppermint’s my favourite—it smells like freedom. I love classic rock, especially Billy Joel. When I’m stressed, I bake and clean—and I get nightmares.

You have suffered the one loss that I know without a doubt no parent ever wants to go through. Carol, how do you deal with the loss of a child?

I don’t know, Fay. I really don’t know. The one thing that kept me from giving up was I still had Paul. We helped one another, I think. He needed me, so I had to keep going, keep working, and providing for him.

You still have Paul, another son, with you. Is it hard for you to allow him his freedom? If so, how do you manage to loosen the reins on him to let him live his own life?

Paul’s surprisingly well-adjusted, and he’s a great kid. But you know sixteen-year-olds. They think they’re indestructible. He’s not taking this danger as seriously as he should. He keeps his curfew, lets me know where he’ll be, and there’s no sign of drugs. I know what to look for, after Keith. Paul hangs out with his friends a lot, even does his homework with them. So far his grades are okay, and although it’s hard to let him out of my sight, everything seems to be okay. Aside from drugs, the one non-negotiable is music. Listening is fine, but he’s not to play guitar, not to join a band. I want him to grow up to be a responsible husband and dad—not a deadbeat like his father!

I found you an incredibly brave heroine. Your life took a twist—more than once—but you persevered. To what or whom do you credit your resilience?

When anyone you trust will let you down, you can’t break. I’ve never had anyone to rely on, not since my mom died when I was a child. <pause> That’s how it feels, anyway. To tell the truth, I’ve had a few listening ears who’ve made a big difference. Before my son Paul and I fled Calgary, my friend Jackie was great at cheering me up. Now here in my new home, I’ve made phone friends with a late-night deejay, Joey. He’s so welcoming when I call, and he never judges or tells me how to run my life. <snickers> He even says he’ll pray for me, and so far it hasn’t done any harm. Not that I’m in a hurry to try it myself.

Carol, you struggled with prayer. I’d love for you to share those struggles with our readers and then to tell them how that struggle impacted your life.

I believe God is real, but I keep my distance. Prayer hasn’t worked for me. I’m afraid to try it again. I told you my mom died? Well, shortly before that, she “found Jesus” at a tent meeting. My father took it personally, like she was cheating on him. He turned abusive. He didn’t kill her, it was a traffic accident. But he might as well have. Did I pray? All through that time. So did my brother. But Dad didn’t change, and she died. Then my son, Keith… <sniffs, wipes eyes> I’m sorry. It’s been two years now, but some things you never get over. I had a friend, at least I thought she was a friend. Prayer healed her of a brain tumour. Cancer—gone! She taught me how to pray for Keith, said he’d break free. We  prayed it and claimed it. I was so relieved. The next week, Keith was gone. She blamed me. She’d had faith to be healed, so it wasn’t her. My failure killed my son. Joey says God’s not like that. I wish I could believe him, but the stakes are too high for Paul and me. I don’t dare risk prayer. But I don’t think I can handle this on my own. If I break, who’s left for Paul? Or for me?

Thank you for being with us today. I look forward to talking with your author, Janet, on Wednesday.

Thanks for the chance to chat. I didn’t mean to spill so much angst, but it’s been good to have a caring listener.

That’s what Inner Source is all about. Getting to know the heart of the characters and the Truth that drives them. I’m so glad you shared so readily.

More about Secrets and Lies

A single mother must protect her teenage son—from organized crime and from himself.

Carol Daniels thinks she out-ran her enemies, until a detective arrives at her door with a warning from her convict brother. Minor incidents take on a sinister meaning. An anonymous phone call warns her not to hide again.

Now she must cooperate with a drug lord while the police work to trap him. Carol has always handled crisis alone, but this one might break her. Late-night deejay Joey Hill offers friendship and moral support. Can she trust him? One thing’s certain. She can’t risk prayer.

Besides the Amazon link given above, Secrets and Lies can also be purchased at Createspace, at Amazon Canada, Kobo, and Barnes & Noble.

Janet Sketchley headshot 350x350About the Author:

Janet Sketchley is the author of Heaven’s Prey and Secrets and Lies, two novels of suspense and redemption. She also blogs about faith and books. Janet loves adventure stories, worship music, tea and Formula 1 racing. Like Carol in Secrets and Lies, she loves music and tea. Unlike Carol, Janet isn’t related to a dangerous offender, has a happy home life, and has never been threatened by a drug lord. May those tidbits continue to hold true! You can find Janet online at her website.  Fans of Christian suspense are invited to join Janet’s writing journey through her monthly newsletter. You can also catch up with Janet on the Secret and Lies website, on Facebook, Twitter, Amazon Author Central, and Pinterest.

 

Author Interview: Kathleen Y’Barbo

3LmfcXq0Today’s guest on Inner Source is bestselling author, Kathleen Y’Barbo.  Kathleen is a multiple Carol Award and RITA nominee of over forty novels with more than one million copies of her books in print in the United States and abroad. A tenth-generation Texan and certified family law paralegal, she was recently nominated for a Career Achievement Award as well as a Reader’s Choice Award by Romantic Times magazine. Kathleen Y’Barbo has four grown children, seven bonus children, and her very own hero in combat boots. Find out more about Kathleen at www.kathleenybarbo.com.

You can also find Kathleen on TwitterFacebook, and you can download a sample chapter, read reviews, and see the trailer for Sadie’s Secret by visiting Harvest House Publishers.

Welcome to Inner Source, Kathleen. We’re so glad you could join us this week to share with our readers the issues behind Sadie’s Secret.

Sadie Callum is a very strong character. She’s intelligent, and her heart isn’t set on marriage and a family—not right away. She has an interesting career for a Southern woman in the post-Civil War era. In your research of the novel, did you find that there were other woman who exhibited this type of independent during this time in history?

Yes, absolutely. Women served as spies during the Civil War, sometimes due to circumstance and other times in order to further the cause of their side. These women served as inspiration to the generation that followed, allowing women to make strides into a world that was previously forbidden to them. However, even before the war, one lady Pinkerton made history. Kate Warne arrived at the Chicago Pinkerton Agency in answer to an advertisement for a secretary. There are several versions of how she made the leap from admin to agent, but suffice it to say that not only did Warne become the first female Pinkerton, her career was filled with exploits such as saving Abraham Lincoln from an assassination attempt before he took the oath of office as president.

I love history, and that’s a fascinating lesson. Ms. Warne must have been a truly exceptional woman for her time.

What do you feel is the most important issue that Sadie must overcome?

Sadie must learn that the truth of what she does and who she is must be told, and she cannot continue to live a dual life, no matter how noble her reasons.

How did you come to explore these issues and what did you learn from writing about them?

Exploring the issue of truth came about in a backwards way. Since the villain in this series has been around for two books, I needed to create a character who would not only be his nemesis, but also one who could understand that part of Will Tucker that required him to live a dual life. What better foe for such a villain than a lady Pinkerton who is guilty of living her own duality? As what I learned? That would have to be that truth always rises to the surface, no matter how deep it is hidden.

I was hit the other day by the fact that lying was the sin that brought death to man. There isn’t any wonder why God’s word tells us He hates it so much—in any form. And, yes, truth does rise to the surface. In your novel is there a key scripture or biblical concept that you explore? If so, what scripture or concept do you hope to bring to the light for your readers?

I chose Genesis 4:9 for my key scripture: The Lord said unto Cane, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother’s keeper? This scripture fit well for both the hero and heroine’s lives and struggles as well as those of the villain. All three main players in this tale had siblings and family who were part of their struggles. Sadie was an apt and adept Pinkerton agent whose family had no idea of her career and whose brothers insisted on protecting her at every turn. Villain and hero are brothers –twins actually—and their impossibly intertwined lives were the source of struggle and ultimately redemption.

Do you have any future projects in the works, and if so, what issues do your characters deal with?

I have so many future projects! Next up for me is a complete change of pace, a contemporary beach-themed romance from Love Inspired called Their Unexpected Love which releases in July 2014. This novel centers around two hard-headed but soft-hearted people whose ideas of how to serve the Lord and minister to the youth in their small beach town are completely different. It’s a study in how God uses our strengths and teaches us through our weakness. Oh…and love. They fall in love and live happily ever after, of course!

I hope you’ll come back to Inner Source when the book is released. We’d love to meet your characters and here the “rest of the story” from the author.

18054664More About Sadie’s Secret

Louisiana, 1890—Sarah Louise “Sadie” Callum is a master of disguise, mostly due to her training as a Pinkerton agent but also from evading overprotective brothers as she grew up. When she takes on a new assignment with international connections, she has no idea her new cover will lead her on the adventure of a lifetime. Undercover agent William Jefferson Tucker is not looking for marriage—pretend or otherwise—but his past is a secret, his twin brother has stolen his present, and his future is in the hands of the lovely Sadie Callum. Without her connections to the world of upper-crust New Orleans, Jefferson might never find a way to clear his name and solve the art forgery case that has eluded him for years. Only God can help these two secret agents find a way to solve their case and uncover the truth about what is going on in their hearts.

Be sure to read Inner Source’s interview with heroine Sadie Callum.