Meet the Heroes from A Dozen Apologies: Chip Linton

2014 January 27

A DOZEN APOLOGIES FINAL FRONT COVER (282x425)In case you haven’t gotten word, there’s a new heroine in town, and she owes apologies to twelve different fellows. Here’s the scoop:

Mara Adkins, a promising fashion designer, has fallen off the ladder of success, and she can’t seem to get up.

In college, Mara and her sorority sisters played an ugly game, and Mara was usually the winner. She’d date men she considered geeks, win their confidence, and then she’d dump them publicly. When Mara begins work for a prestigious clothing designer in New York, she gets her comeuppance. Her boyfriend steals her designs and wins a coveted position. He fires her, and she returns in shame to her home in Spartanburg, South Carolina, where life for others has changed for the better.

Mara’s parents, always seemingly one step from a divorce, have rediscovered their love for each other, but more importantly they have placed Christ in the center of that love. The changes Mara sees in their lives cause her to seek Christ. Mara’s heart is pierced by her actions toward the twelve men she’d wronged in college, and she sets out to apologize to each of them. A girl with that many amends to make, though, needs money for travel, and Mara finds more ways to lose a job that she ever thought possible.

Mara stumbles, bumbles, and humbles her way toward employment and toward possible reconciliation with the twelve men she humiliated to find that God truly does look upon the heart, and that He has chosen the heart of one of the men for her to have and to hold.

Today, we’re hearing from Chip Linton:

Tell us a little about yourself: where you’re from, what you studied in college, what you do now? I’m from Columbia, South Carolina. I studied dentistry at the bigstock-Dental-Bitewing-X-rays-Held-Up-52366180University of South Carolina, and now I run a dental practice in Greenville. Once a year I go on a mission trip to help out at dental clinics in South America and that is really cool. My work in Greenville is great but I feel that I’m fulfilling a bigger need on the mission field. The work out there is more extractions than anything else and the people are often desperate. Many have suffered with toothache for years and are so thankful to see a dentist for free. It reminds me of the state we’re in when we come to God. In pain, infected by sin and almost out of hope.

How did you meet Mara Adkins and what did you think about her when you first met?

Mara and I met at college and she was gorgeous. That is on the outside. She played me for a fool and I fell for her in a big way. I couldn’t believe that someone so beautiful would have any time for me. I was a bit of a nerd back then and wore thick glasses and was scrawny. By contrast, she was confident, shapely, and made me feel like I was the only guy in the world.

Mara did some pretty ugly things to a few guys. How did you feel about her when she broke up with you so publicly? How did you handle the embarrassment?

Mara dumped me publicly – and not in a very nice way. I wanted to crawl into a corner and hide forever after what she did. It’s hard to describe the level of humiliation as she stood up in that karaoke bar and dumped me. However, my friends stood with me and I survived. I was angry about it for a few years but realized that it was only hurting me. I channeled the pain into gym sessions and once I qualified, I got involved with the mission trips and that has given me a whole new perspective on life.

Be truthful here. Did you every think of paying Mara back for the cruel game she and her sorority sisters played? If so, what did you think of doing? If not, why not?

I plotted revenge many times in the first months after she dumped me but never acted on my plans. I wanted to set her up with a date who would publicly shame her but realized that would bring me down to her level.

What do you think of Mara today?

I think she has changed. Her visit to me was unexpected, and to be honest, unwelcome, but she seemed genuinely sorry for how she treated me in the past. I had written her off as a selfish player but it seems she has grown a heart. She’s still gorgeous but now the beauty seems to be inner as well as outer. The way she handled our encounter showed maturity and if the truth be told, I’d like to spend some more time with her. Who knows what the future holds …

Mara’s reunion with Chip is posted today at Write Integrity Press. His author isn’t being revealed because the project authors (and our fearless editor) believed it would be fun for you, the reader, to vote for your favorite hero. Voting will open at Write Integrity Press on the day the last hero’s chapter is presented, February 5. Voting will be opened until February 8. The votes will be tabulated, and the winning hero gets the final chapter in the novella when it is offered free on Kindle beginning February 14.

The authors hope you have joined in on the fun. If you haven’t, here are a few sights where we have been having the best time:

Mara’s Facebook page

The You Know Your Job is Odd When… Facebook page where we’re sharing funny stories, memories, etc., about odd jobs we’ve all had.


Have you read each of the hero’s interviews? If not, click on their names below. If so, do you have a favorite? Well, the time has come to vote for him at Write Integrity Press. The winning hero gets the last chapter in the book, and he also might just win Mara’s heart.

David Hansen

Dominic Cardano

James Green

Collin Tate

Ted Rivers

Russ Farlow

Elliott Weston

Connor Martin

Derrick Howzer

Brent Teague

Remy Perone

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