Meet the Heroes from A Dozen Apologies: Russ Farlow

2014 January 29
by faylamb

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 Russ Farlow:

IMG_0648 (640x479)Tell us a little about yourself: where you’re from, what you studied in college, what you do now?

Hi Fay. I’m Russ Farlow. I grew up outside of Spartanburg and attended college at the University of South Carolina. I played on the football team and intended on studying broadcast journalism. I live near Decatur, Alabama now and manage my mom’s poultry farm.

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

Wow. I mean wow. She was drop dead gorgeous, could’ve been a cheerleader. She was all into the fashion world instead.

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?

How did I feel? How would you feel? There I was, playing football, trying to focus on college when this diva shows up and gives me her undivided attention. Me. A country nobody. I thought it was love. Maybe it was. But she dumped me before we could ever find out. Then, well, life changed. Really changed. She toyed with my heart and I lost. I found out betrayal can nearly kill you.

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?

Sure I did. At first. I wanted her to come crawling to me, begging for forgiveness. I wanted her to hurt the same way I did and wonder what she did wrong. Like I did. But then I let it go. I had to and concentrate on what was at hand. My new life after Mara.

What do you think of Mara today?

I’ve grown up since the day she dumped me, Fay. Seeing her on the farm, working so hard, well, it softened my heart I guess. She’s changed. Really changed. And all for the good…

Mara’s reunion with Russ 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

Elliott Weston

Connor Martin

Derrick Howzer

Brent Teague

Remy Perone

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