Join me in welcoming new romantic suspense author, Fay Lamb

Today I’m pleased to interview a debut romantic suspense author, Fay Lamb. Here’s a blurb of her fast-paced, exciting new novel, Because of Me:

Issie Putnam’s life took a detour the night she was raped at gunpoint in front of her fiancé, Michael Hayes. Instead of marrying Michael, a promising young investigative reporter, Michael, along with the man who attacked her, and the man who held the gun on Michael, are imprisoned for conspiracy to assassinate the local district attorney—a crime Michael was trying to expose but had no intention of committing. Issie’s name is ruined, she lost her perfectly-planned future, but she gained Cole, her son—born of that rape. On the eve of her attacker’s parole, Michael, already released from prison, follows through on his plan to return to the small town of Amazing Grace and protect Issie from the madman who promised to seek revenge. There, he meets Issie’s seven-year-old son for the first time. Can Michael learn to love the child Issie holds so close to her heart? Will Michael be able to protect the woman he loves from the man who will stop at nothing to destroy them all?

You may purchase the book at: www.trebleheartbooks.com/MVLamb (print and e-book), or at  http://www.amazon.com/Because-of-Me-ebook/dp/B00722KIME/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1327670357&sr=8-1 or go to www.faylamb.com for an autographed copy.

Fay Lamb works as an acquisition/copyeditor for Pelican Book Group (White Rose Publishing and Harbourlight Books), offers her services as a freelance editor, and is an author of Christian romance and romantic suspense. Her emotionally charged stories remind the reader that God is always in the details. Because of Me, her debut romantic suspense novel is soon to be released by Treble Heart Books/Mountainview Publishing. Fay has a passion for working with and encouraging fellow writers. As a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), she co-moderates the large Scribes’ Critique Group and manages the smaller Scribes’ critique groups. For her efforts, she was the recipient of the ACFW Members Service Award in 2010.  In 2012, Fay was also elected to serve as secretary on ACFW’s Operating Board. 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 five grandchildren.

I asked Fay to answer three questions regarding Because of Me:

What you hope readers will take away from your  book? Romans 8:28 permeates the book. The characters can’t get away from the fact that if not for the road they’d taken, they might have experienced the Lord’s blessing, but they wouldn’t have the blessings they now hold so dear. Because of Me is a book about Christ-like forgiveness and the fact that our wondrous Lord is in every detail of our lives.

 What did you learn about yourself during the writing?  Just as my character’s learned, I came to terms with the fact that when God says we are forgiven, that forgiveness is so complete that the Lord takes our worst mistakes and the troubles we face and turns them for good. While we are walking through the valley, we may not be receptive to what the Lord is doing in our lives, but on the  mountaintop, we look back and realize the truth of Jeremiah 29:11. God knows the thoughts He has toward us, for good and not evil, and always with an expected end. What a wonderful God we serve.
What are you working on now? I have completed a second romantic suspense, Willow’s Path, and two contemporary romances, Charisse and Faith. Currently, I’m working on two other romantic suspense novels and the last story in the contemporary romance series while editing a contemporary fiction entitled, Storms in Serenity. Beyond that I am excitedly looking forward to delving into a novel that includes the intriguing world of professional surfing.
Please leave a comment after this interview for Fay and be entered in a drawing to win a free copy of Because of Me.
Thanks for dropping by, and everyone have a blessed week.

 

Interview with fellow Ohio author, Lillian Duncan

Fellow Ohio author, Lillian Duncan, has a new book out from White Rose Publishing called Persued.

Lillian lives in a small town in the middle of Ohio Amish country with her husband, four parrots, one Jack Russell, and a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. Whether as a speech-language pathologist, an educator, or as a writer, she believes in the power of words to change lives, especially God’s Word. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Akron University in Speech Pathology and Audiology and a Master’s degree from Kent State in Deaf Education. Most of her career was spent as a Speech Pathologist in a large metropolitan school district, but she now works part-time in the district she graduated from many, many years ago. She enjoys a
variety of activities, including traveling, camping, and bowling. She is active in her church where she serves as a sign language interpreter and teaches sign language classes. Lillian believes books can be entertaining without being trashy. She writes the types
of books she loves to read, suspense with a touch of romance. Along with writing novels, she writes devotions for ChristianDevotions.us. Previous novels include SHATTERED and IN A CORNER OF HER HEART.

  1. WHEN AND WHY DID YOU START WRITING? I know this is going to sound a bit strange, but I’ve always “made up”
    stories in my head when I was bored. Very detailed stories with characters and problems and happy endings. After two very specific events, it was like a light bulb went off in my head. Oh, these are the stories I should be writing down so
    I started writing that day and I haven’t stopped since.
  2. HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WRITING AND DID YOU EVER FEEL LIKE GIVING UP? I started writing 16 years ago when I was 40. Yikes, that makes me so…never mind. And absolutely, I wanted to give up many, many times. And in fact, I did give up many times but I always started up again. I don’t know any writer who hasn’t felt that way. The uncertainty of becoming a published writer can be frustrating and overwhelming at times to say the least. But if being a writer is your  dream, you have to keep writing and waiting…and waiting…and…..
  3. HOW MANY BOOKS HAVE YOU PUBLISHED? PURSUED is my fourth book to be published, but the first with White Rose Publishing.  But in many ways, I consider it to be my debut novel since it’s my first book with what is considered a
    “traditional” publisher.
  4. HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH YOUR TITLE-PURSUED? The original title was Just An Old Country Boy but that didn’t sound very suspenseful so I changed it to Pursued. In the story, Reggie is being pursued by an unknown killer, by the hero, and by God, so it made sense to me as a title.
  5. TELL US SOMETHING ABOUT YOUR HERO AND HEROINE?  My hero, Dylan, is a good old boy with a heart of gold who just wants to make life better for everyone around him. He’s sweet and kind, but in a very manly way!  Reggie can be a little difficult at times, but she has her reasons. You have to admire her for all she’s overcome in her life.
  6.  IS THERE A MESSAGE IN YOUR NOVEL? One of the messages I want people to get is to be open to learning from, developing relationships, and loving people who are different from ourselves. God made us different for a reason. And one of the reasons is it makes life a lot more interesting and fun! I am, of course, a bookworm and my husband is an outdoorsy sort of man who likes to fish and garden and do other things that gets his hands dirty. In many ways, we are very opposite of each other, but together we have a wonderful and fun marriage.
  7. WHAT IS YOUR NEXT PROJECT? I have another book coming out in the fall, DECEPTION. It’s full of intrique and
    action. Along with that I’m working on three other manuscripts in varying stages that will hopefully become books in the future including a sequel to PURSUED.
  8. THE HARDEST PART OF WRITING A BOOK?  I love writing and rewriting my book but…after about the eighth or ninth time, it’s gets a bit tiring.
  9. DID YOU LEARN ANYTHING FROM WRITING THIS BOOK?  I actually learned a lot from this book. It was the
    first book I had critiqued with the large critique group from ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers). Critiquing is a very humbling process. In the beginning of the critiquing process, I thought the others didn’t know what they were talking about. By the middle, I thought I should give up writing forever. By the end, I knew I was a much better writer than I’d been at the beginning. And the proof is that this became my debut novel with a traditional publisher.
  10. HOW CAN READERS CONTACT YOU?  My website is:  www.lillianduncan.net