Welcome back, Delia. What are some of the spiritual themes you like to write about?
Angels show up in my books quite often…more a God-thing than because I planned it. Trust also comes into play pretty often, as does forgiveness… accepting God's, and extending it to oneself. Sometimes forgiving ourselves for past mistakes is harder than extending pardon to others.
What other books of yours are coming out soon?
Gypsy's Game is the third and last book in my Solomon's Gate Series. I'm very excited about this one—it's been a long wait. J
I have a novella coming out in a Valentine anthology for next year, and a novelette that will be a Christmas follow-up to that collection.
If you could spend an evening with one contemporary person (not a family member of yours), who would it be and why?
Hmmm…that's a difficult question. I've never been a star chaser, never one to follow the tabloids or willing to spend hours and hours in line somewhere just to catch a glimpse of another human being, I don't care how famous they are. That said, there are obviously a lot of interesting people in this world. But since I should probably name someone most readers will recognize, I think I'd really like to meet Dolly Parton. LOL I love her enthusiasm, her positivity, her personality—and the fact that she started out with nothing, and through pure hard work and determination, made an amazing life for herself—and she's kept that down-home flavor that makes it impossible not to love her. I'd like to ask her how she maintains that beautiful positivity, even when you know she's gone through some tough times. She's very much an inspiration.
I agree with you. What historical person would you like to meet (besides Jesus) and why?
Mary, the mother of Jesus. What a special woman she must have been, for God to choose her as the mother of His only Son! I'd like to ask her what Jesus was like as a little boy. Was he funny? Did he laugh and joke and play pranks like all the other little boys, or was he like a serious, far-too-intelligent adult in a child's body? I like to think he was more the former than the latter, don't you?
How can you encourage authors who have been receiving only rejections from publishers?
My favorite quote, which I first heard from Og Mandino, although I'm not at all sure where it actually originated, is this: Never, never, never, never, never, never, NEVER give up! That's what I say to anyone who's striving for success and running into obstacles at every turn. Giving up absolutely guarantees failure. Your first acceptance letter could come tomorrow…but not if you stop submitting those manuscripts.
Tell us about the featured book.
As I mentioned, Gypsy's Game is Book 3 in the Solomon's Gate Series. It was the most difficult of the three to write, and I think that's probably because I wasn't ready to say good-bye to the Gate!
Here's a blurb:
Gypsy Lovell stands to inherit an enormous amount of money from a father who never gave her anything except a ridiculous name. Even now, he doesn’t make it easy. A stipulation in the man’s will demands that Gypsy be married in order to claim what is hers.
Desperate for the monetary windfall that could save her mother’s life, Gypsy visits a Christian dating agency, hoping to find a temporary husband—someone easy to handle for the required six months, and easy to get rid of when she no longer needs him.
What she doesn’t know is that Solomon’s Gate is a dating agency with a divine connection. What she finds there may save more than her mother’s life…it could very well change Gypsy’s heart and soul.
Please give us the first page of the book.
…I will seek him whom my soul loveth.—Song of Solomon 3:2
Gypsy Lovell eyed the framed print hanging across the room. Daintily drawn letters spelled out what she assumed was part of a scripture. No scholar of holy things, she had still managed to absorb a few basic Bible facts in her twenty-nine-plus years, and after her move to Castle Creek, she’d met more religious people than she’d seen in her entire life.
Besides, it made perfect sense that the quote would be a scripture. She was sitting in the bright, airy visitor’s lounge of Solomon’s Gate, a Christian dating agency that had taken the conservative town by surprise—and by storm—some months ago. Sharing the bold red-and-white striped sofa with her was the agency’s gorgeous, auburn-haired owner, Destiny Gallagher, whose round tummy barely made an impression under her oh-so-chic maternity top.
For the past twenty minutes or so, Destiny had bombarded Gypsy with brochures and flyers and heartwarming testimonials, all touting the success rate of this fledgling business.
Gypsy already knew most of it. She’d done her homework. The fact that Solomon’s Gate was a Christian-based company had been part of what drew her here. Though she had never attended a church service, she’d sought this place precisely because she knew most of the clients were religious. That made marrying a stranger, even temporarily, feel a little safer. Men who wore Christianity out in the open like some kind of badge had to be honest to a fault…or complete wimps. Both of those traits suited her purposes just fine.
How can readers find you on the Internet?
I'm not hard to find. Googling my name will bring up a variety of blog posts and guest spots. But these are my "homes" on the Web:
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