A Dozen Apologies Spotlight: Author Fay Lamb

2014 February 17

DSC_0100This is awkward, appearing on my own blog and sharing the process of character develop, but here I am, and I’m very happy to share with you how I met my hero, Caden, who was actually … No. I need to let you read the story for yourself. I don’t want to spoil the chapter for you. If you didn’t read it on the Write Integrity Press blog or if you didn’t download the free Kindle version, what are you waiting for? It’s no longer free, but it’s still a bargain.

Anyway, as I mentioned in my January 20 post, this whole story started when the girls in the steno pool sent me up an image of The Mystery Date game. Mara was born. Mara and I became friends very quickly despite the fact that in her previous life, she was the anti-me. She was popular, hung out with the popular crowds, and had it all going for her.

At least that’s what I thought.

As I wrote the opening chapter of Mara’s return home, I realized that she was just better at hiding her insecurities than I was. She covered her lack of confidence with a false bravado that set her to tearing others down in order to build herself up. I handle my insecurities by shutting myself away and daydreaming (some might call that writing fiction).

When I discovered Mara’s truth, I realized that she needed someone equally as insecure to torture. In fact, Caden Martin was so insecure, that he was always asking her if she was okay, if he could do something for her, if she needed a sweater, if she was happy with the date he’d chosen. Even though Mara chose to think of these as negative qualities in a man, she was wrong. Caden wanted to make Mara happy. He just didn’t know how.

The truth is, he could have never made Mara happy back then. Mara was searching for happiness. She just didn’t know where to find it.

Caden also had a happy home life. He grew up in the small town of Maggie Valley, North Carolina, in a loving family. A contrast to Mara’s home life where, at the time, her parents were a dysfunctional disaster. Mara met his family, and she never forgot that closeness and that special day she’d spent with Caden and his mother—the same day she’d stomped on poor Caden’s heart.

In a twist to the chapter, the man Mara remembers is nothing like the man she meets. He’s a stair architect. Did you know that people are paid to design stairs? I didn’t. If I had, I would have set my sights on an architectural degree. I love stairs. I find them magical. They are my favorite setting to photograph. So, what better occupation could my hero have than a magical stair designer?

This man Mara meets for her apology looks like Caden, and he’s as thoughtful as the man she remembers, but somehow, he has gained a secure sense of himself, even if he is a little absent minded—so absent minded, in fact, that he asks Mara to tell him what she thinks she did.

Mara soon learns that this isn’t the only thing different about her hero, and when she does, she finds that God is always in the details of our lives.

About me (in third person):

Fay Lamb’s emotionally charged stories remind the reader that God is always in the details. Fay has contracted with Write Integrity Press for three series. Stalking Willow and Better than Revenge, Books 1 and 2 in the Amazing Grace romantic suspense series are currently available for purchase. Charisse the first release in her The Ties That Bind contemporary romance series has been released. Fay has also been a collaborating author on two highly acclaimed Christmas novellas, The Christmas Tree Treasure Hunt and A Ruby Christmas.

Future Write Integrity Press releases from Fay are: Everybody’s Broken and Frozen Notes, Books 3 and 4 of Amazing Grace and Libby, Hope and Delilah, Books 2 through 4 from The Ties that Bind. Also, look for Book 1 in Fay’s Serenity Key series entitled Storms in Serenity. 

Fay has also written The Art of Characterization: How to Use the Elements of Storytelling to Connect Readers to an Unforgettable Cast.

Fay and her husband, Marc, reside in Titusville, Florida, where multi-generations of their families have lived. The legacy continues with their two married sons and six grandchildren.

You can find Fay on her personal Facebook page, her Facebook author page, or her Tactical Editor page on Facebook or the Tactical Editor blog. She’s on Twitter, and Goodreads, and check out her Inner Source blog where she interviews authors and characters about the heart of their writing.

A DOZEN APOLOGIES FINAL FRONT COVER (282x425)About A Dozen Apologies:

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.

4 Responses leave one →
  1. February 17, 2014

    Great interview, Fay! Did you find it harder asking or answering the questions? 🙂

  2. February 17, 2014

    I love this. I’m glad you shared – even on your own blog. 🙂

    Mara’s character has so many layers – she has become real to all of us.

  3. February 17, 2014

    Awkward maybe, but always entertaining!

  4. February 18, 2014

    Very good Fay, I enjoyed everything you had to say. 🙂

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