Tell us about your salvation experience.
I was raised in a Christian home. I knew without a doubt that there was a God…I just wasn’t quite sure who He was. I call myself a spiritual mutt – Dad was Quaker, Mom charismatic, grandparents were Pilgrim Holiness turned Nazarene and finally settled into Wesleyan. Life was interesting when we talked Bible. I rebelled and was an alcoholic by the time I was nineteen. A failed relationship put me on the edge of eternity. Then my best friend set me up with a good friend of ours from high school. He’d been as pagan as the rest of us in school, but he’d gone down to a Texas Christian college on a basketball scholarship and “got religion,” so she warned me that he was a little nuts now. I thought I could handle him like I handled all the other crazy Christians around me…but he was different. I saw a peace in him that I wanted. I needed. Within three weeks, he led me to a saving relationship with Jesus, and within seven months we were married! (Nine months and two weeks later, we had our first child; but that’s another story)
How do you handle disasters/BIG problems? Do you have a funny or interesting story showcasing how you handle them?
I handle disasters really calmly – while they’re happening – and then I fall apart when everything resolves. I’m strong, resourceful, all “we can do this!” in the moment, but I end up in a puddle of “help God!” by the time it’s over.
Tell us something surprising about yourself that readers may not know.
My favorite thing is Wick’s Sugar Cream Pie. They make it in Richmond, IN, and I think they only sell it in the freezer section of central Indiana grocery stores. It’s FABULOUS! But probably 2000 calories per slice!
What is one book that you recently read and would recommend to your readers?
ALL DAY! The time of day doesn’t matter as much to me as the amount of time in one sitting. To write my characters at the level of emotion they need, I must be fully invested in the scene; and that takes time.
If you compared your writing style to any other Christian Fiction author, who would it be? Also, how would you rate the romance in your books?
What are you working on now or going to write next?
We’re in the editing and marketing phase of my second novel, Love’s Sacred Song. It’s the story of King Solomon’s early years and the love of a shepherd girl that shaped his character and his nation. It releases with Revell in March 2012. I’ve also started research on four more biblical novels. I love to find famous (or infamous) male figures and then search and dig for interesting information about the women in their lives. Stay tuned to discover which shadowy characters are revealed in the next four Old Testament tales!
Back cover blurb:
An epic story of love and forgiveness, suffering and restoration
What research did you have to do for this book?
It’s important to remember that commentators differ on many details about Job. Since there are so many possibilities broached by various theologians (all of whom are WAY smarter than me!), I read a variety of commentaries on Job and his friends. I then came to a conclusion that seemed most common to the majority. This lead me to study rabbinical tradition, preserved through the ages more by verbal tradition than written. In those cases where rabbinic tradition contradicted Scripture, I used the biblical truth; however, in those cases where Hebrew tradition filled in missing information, I included it and let it fuel the fictional rendering of my story. But it’s very important to remember that Love Amid the Ashes is FICTIONAL. I have maintained every detail of Scripture (to the best of my knowledge), but the story built around God’s Word is strictly my imagination.
Who would you pick to play the lead roles if this book was made into a movie?
Dinah – The woman on the book cover, or Katherine Heigl
Sitis – Katerine Zeta Jones
First Chapter link: http://mesuandrews.com/books-by-mesu/love-amid-the-ashes/read-the-first-chapter/
Discussion questions: http://mesuandrews.com/books-by-mesu/love-amid-the-ashes/discussion-questions/
Bible study questions: http://mesuandrews.com/books-by-mesu/love-amid-the-ashes/bible-study/
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