Meet the Heroes from A Dozen Apologies: Connor Martin

2014 January 31

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.

DSCN1852Today, we’re hearing from Connor Martin:

Tell us a little about yourself: where you’re from, what you studied in college, what you do now?

My name is Connor Martin, and first of all, I’m not who Mara believes I am. I did that on purpose. She calls me out of the blue, and I realize she’s made a mistake, but I was intrigued by a woman who said she’s who she is and knows who she says she knows. I wanted answers, and I just needed to meet her.

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

I first met Mara the day she visited me. She believes that I met her at the University of South Carolina, but I went to school in the northwest: architecture. I have to tell you, it was fun pretending not to notice that Mara believed I was completely insane or that I’d lost all my cat’s eye marbles. When she learned the truth, though, she understood why I had to do what I had to do.

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 doesn’t know it, but she didn’t break up with me publicly. I never heard the details. Never even knew she’d done what she’d done, but I will say that God is in the details. Mara’s actions, the pain that turned a life to joy, they were all known by a loving God who sees our beginnings, our middles, and our endings. I’m so glad she did what she did, because in the long run, she brought happiness to others I loved. And I enjoyed meeting her and sharing one of my projects to honor the two individuals that Mara actually brought together through her cruel actions. Well, I enjoyed meeting her, too.

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?

Again, I didn’t know what she did until she visited me recently, and while she explained what she’d done, I have to admit that the person she wronged wasn’t entirely innocent. As was his nature, he made it a little too easy for Mara to hurt him—not that she should’ve, and while she was doing her explaining, I have to confess, I did want to rail at her a little, tell her she had no right to mess around with people’s lives, but here she was, telling me the truth, and believe me, she regretted what she’d done, and while I shared something with her, I remembered what I said above. Nothing was accidental. God was in control.

What do you think of Mara today?

I’d like to get to know her better. I offered her an opportunity to come back and visit. I even gave her a big hint that I’d love to see her again.

Mara’s meeting with Connor  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

Chip Linton

Ted Rivers

Russ Farlow

Elliott Weston

Derrick Howzer

Brent Teague

Remy Perone

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