Bio: Robin Lee Hatcher is known for her heartwarming and emotionally charged stories of faith, courage, and love. A best-selling author, she is the winner of the Christy, the RITA, the Carol, and many other awards, including the prestigious RWA Lifetime Achievement Award. She is the author of 70 novels and novellas with more than five million copies in print. Her latest release, A Promise Kept, is a deeply personal story to Hatcher, based on her own experience of being an alcoholic and the reconciliation God brought to their relationship.
Readers, I first met Robin when she was the keynote speaker at the third American Christian Fiction Writers national conference. I've come to love her and her writing and really look forward to each new book with great anticipation.
As an author, I know it takes a lot of people to birth each book. Who were the people involved in the birthing of this book, and what were their contributions?
The very first person was my awesome editor, Ami McConnell, who was so attuned to my heart's desire that she told me she thought I was supposed to set aside the book I was working on and write A Promise Kept. Without her encouragement, I don't know when I would have gotten around to it.
Second would have to be my agent, Natasha Kern. She has been my champion for over 24 years. She knew all about why I wanted to write this novel and she was there to cheer me on every step of the way.
Third would be my husband, Jerry, because if he hadn't supported me in this particular story based on us, I couldn't have told it with such honesty.
If you teach or speak. What’s coming up on your calendar?
Other than writing deadlines, the next event on my calendar is a workshop I'll be teaching on March 15, 2014, at the Idahope Conference in
. Meridian, Idaho
If you had to completely start over in another place, where would you move, and why?
My maternal grandfather, Clarence Brians, was Irish.If you could only tell aspiring novelists one thing, what would it be?
Read, read, read and write, write, write.
You’ve been asked to be in charge of a celebrity cruise. Who would you ask to take part, and why? (AS in what program, singers, etc. [it doesn’t have to be writing related])
Tamera Alexander would be asked to come and lead worship because she has the most amazingly beautiful voice, especially when lifted in songs of praise. Francine Rivers would be asked to come to teach Scripture because I know how deep she goes in her studies of the Word. Liz Curtis Higgs would be asked to be the emcee and make us laugh at every opportunity because she is one of the funniest women I know and I love her heart for encouraging others. Josh Turner would be invited to come be the entertainer because I melt when I hear him sing. Not sure who to ask, but we would need a dance instructor to teach us some good Latin dances to help burn off the calories from all the cruise food.
I’d sign up for that cruise, for sure. Tell us about the featured book.
A Promise Kept opens as Allison Kavanagh arrives at the house her aunt Emma bequeathed to her — a log home in the mountains. Her marriage of more than twenty years has ended in divorce because of her husband’s alcoholism. She was so certain God had promised to save her marriage, but obviously she was wrong. Now she is moving from
to Kings Meadow to start life afresh and find a way to heal from her
Like Allison, my marriage ended in divorce because of my husband’s alcoholism. I was devastated because I’d been so convinced God had promised me He would save our marriage. I had believed His promise through many difficult times, but it hadn’t come to pass. I knew God didn’t lie. Therefore, I must have misunderstood.
But God had many things to teach me in the following years, including that He answers prayers in totally unexpected ways and in His own time, not mine. One of those unexpected ways was realized when my husband and I were remarried more than five years later. God used the divorce to save our marriage!
I know this is a very powerful story. I can’t wait until my book arrives. Please give us the first page.
This wasn’t the life Allison Kavanagh had imagined for herself, but it was what her life had become. Like it or not, she had to get on with it.
She turned the key in the lock.
Hidden away in the mountains north of Boise, the two-story log house—built many decades before but completely remodeled on the inside—was open and airy with a state-of-the-art kitchen, modern efficiencies throughout, and spectacular views of the rugged Idaho mountains from every window. The place had been left to Allison four years before in her great aunt’s will. Never in her wildest dreams had Allison imagined she would end up living in it one day. Perhaps Aunt Emma had seen the future a little more clearly than she had.
Welcome to your new home.
A lump formed in her throat, but she fought back the tears. She was weary of crying—it was all she’d done for months and months. Sometimes it felt like years and years. Setting her mouth, she dropped her purse onto the small table inside the front door.
Some of her own furniture filled the living room. She was glad of it. Made the place feel a little less foreign to her. Not that it was foreign to her. She’d visited her aunt’s home many times throughout her life, and after it had come into Allison’s possession, it had served as an occasional getaway, a place of peace when life’s storms became too much to handle.
Where can we find you on the Internet?
Web Site and Blog: http://www.robinleehatcher.com
On my web site, you can find links to all of my social media profiles (Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, YouTube, and LinkedIn).
Thank you, Robin, for sharing this new book with us. I know it will help heal broken places in many of our lives.
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