Meet the Heroes from A Dozen Apologies: Derrick Howzer

2014 February 4
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 Derrick Howzer:

bigstock-MEdical-18229610Tell us a little about yourself: where you’re from, what you studied in college, what you do now?

I’m originally from Cleveland, Tennessee, although I’ve spent most of my life in South Carolina. I studied to be a medical doctor, and I’m currently working in emergency medicine. My goal is to work in a level four a trauma unit. As a teenager, I was a patient in one when I was involved in an accident, and God used the people there to bring me back to health, so I know firsthand how crucial they are.

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

I was standing behind this knockout gorgeous lady in line at the concession stand at a USC football game. When she turned abruptly, she bumped into me, the lid flew off her cup of soda, and it splashed all over my jacket—my new jacket, mind you. She was so embarrassed. While she tried to dry my jacket off with a napkin, her soda splashed again, this time on both of us. I cracked up, and in a few moments we were both laughing like children. We were both a sticky mess.

She apologized profusely and after a brief conversation, I asked her if she’d mind if I called her. She gave me her number. I don’t know if it was guilt over the accident, or if she really wanted me to have it, but I called her in a few days and asked her out.

The fact that she gave this nerdy guy a second look grabbed a piece of my heart. She did have an air about her, but I sensed that there was a lot more to this beauty than she allowed people to see. I wanted to know more.

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?

You know, oddly enough, I didn’t hate her. Sure, I was hurt and embarrassed, but at first I thought I had actually been at fault by doing or saying something to offend her. Still, as I thought about it, God confirmed in my heart that this deeper yet undiscovered baggage she carried was behind it all, and she probably didn’t even realize it. I began to pray for her. Whether she ever gave me the time of day or not again was irrelevant. I prayed that God would intervene in her life and bring her to Himself.

Be truthful here. Did you ever 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?

No, I really didn’t. I believe God puts people in our lives for a reason, and if that reason was for me to pray for her, that was fine with me. He alone knows the big picture, and it’s my responsibility to be obedient to Him, not to seek revenge for something just because it bruises my pride. After all, following Christ’s example, it’s humility he’s trying to teach me.

What do you think of Mara today?

I think I’ve loved Mara since that day at the football game and that hasn’t changed. I still get a little chuckle when I think about how we met. We had some wonderful times together those few short weeks. My desire is for her to be happy be with whomever God chooses. If that’s me, I’ll be forever grateful to Him. If not, I’ll continue to pray for her happiness.

Mara’s reunion with Derrick 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

Connor Martin

Brent Teague

Derrick Howzer

Remy Perone

4 Responses leave one →
  1. Barry Thomason permalink
    February 8, 2014

    Each author did such a good job, that making a choice was difficult. Thanks to all for maklng a reader happy!

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