My good friend, Lisa Harris, has been very buse this year--homeschooling her children, serving as a foreign missionary with her husband, and writing novels.
One of my favorites lately has been the cross and how Christ ransomed us with his blood. Everything seems to go back to what He did for us at the moment, bridging the gap to the Father, so we can spend eternity with Him. What an incredible gift!
What other books of yours are coming out soon?
Baker’s Fatal Dozen was just released. (We featured it on this blog.) It’s book two in my Pricilla Crumb Cozy mystery series with Heartsong Presents: Mysteries. Next March, the third cozy in the series, Chef’s Deadly Dish, will be released, as well as a special three-in-one compilation of the series later in the spring. Check my website for updates on other books coming out in 2009.
Actually, I'm in the three-in-one with Lisa and Beth Goddard. Now, Lisa, if you could spend an evening with one contemporary person (not a family member of yours), who would it be and why?
I’m going to name my dear friend Elizabeth Smith, because I’ve been thinking about her lately and missing her. She’s in her eighties, and sadly I haven’t seen her for almost three years. When I lived in Dallas we became close friends, and she was always a bit of sunshine and encouragement in my life, especially in my writing and ministry. She’s an incredible example to me of a godly woman.
We all need someone like Elizabeth Smith in our lives. How long have you known that you wanted to be novelist?
I came across some of my first writings during our last move and had to smile at my Nancy Drew type attempts. I’ve simply always wanted to write. I put it off for years, believing it wasn’t important until one day, I decided to follow God’s prompting and write that first word. Over eleven years later, I’m so glad I did.
What can you tell authors who have been receiving only rejections from publishers?
The publishing business isn’t easy and rejections are simply part of it. Think of a pianist or a dancer who studies and practices for years. The same is true of a writer. Write, learn the craft, send out those proposal, learn from the rejections, and rejoice in the triumphs.
I loved writing Final Deposit. It’s a fast-paced romantic suspense that deals with the very real threat of Internet scams. In 2006, the Internet Crime Report showed growing criminal activities that resulted in an estimated loss of almost two hundred million dollars. Thousands of people were scammed in such infamous con games like the Nigerian scam, fund transfer scams, and mail-order-brides.
Imagine finding out that your father has fallen victim to one of these long cons. After disposing of all his stocks, mortgaging his house, and maxing out his credit cards, George Taylor flies to Europe to meet with the man who promised him millions for his help in expediting funds out of West Africa. It’s a fortune he will never see.
When his daughter, Lindsey Taylor, tries to save her father from losing his life savings to the Internet scam, she discovers that losing everything you have isn’t the worst thing that can happen.
Oh, I can't wait to read it, Lisa. How can readers find you on the Internet?
Come visit me at www.lisaharriswrites.com or http://myblogintheheartofafrica.blogspot.com
Thank you for stopping by today. It's always a pleasure to have you.
Readers, check out her blog. I just love reading it. It makes me feel that I am in Africa with her.
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