Dear Readers, as I’ve told you before, I love reading all of Lisa Harris’s books. Hidden Agenda is another breathtaking, heart-stopping romantic suspense novel. Some of the characters from the first two books in the series are secondary characters in this book, and it was wonderful to find out what was going on in their lives now. The primary characters grabbed me and pulled me into the story. As usual, Lisa kept me enthralled. I told my husband that it amazes me at what this missionary’s mind can come up with.
Welcome back, Lisa. Tell us a little about yourself and your background.
Thanks so much for having me,
I’m a mother, wife, writer, missionary, taxi driver, chef, and all the other
things motherhood involves. Just set in a tropical setting halfway around the
Life is definitely never dull! My family and I have lived in southern Africa
since 2004 and currently live in Mozambique where we work to plant
churches and do humanitarian work. I’ve been writing since 1997 and am still
How did you become interested in writing?From the time I was very young I wanted to be a writer, but didn’t take that dream seriously until I was in my late twenties. We’d recently adopted our oldest, and I was a stay-at-home mom without a car, so I decided I was going to finally write a book. And I did. I haven’t stopped writing since.
What compelled you to write a book on this subject?
I love reading romantic suspense, so writing in this genre has been the perfect fit for me. I love being able to take real world issues and twist them into a plot. I also love seeing how ordinary people might react when faced with extraordinary circumstances.
What is the main theme or point that you want readers to understand from reading your book? Are there any other themes present in the book?
The spiritual themes in my stories are important to me, and I try to weave them in naturally. I’ll share more about that in the next question.
Are there some specific lessons you hope readers will learn and apply to their lives after reading your book?
I want people to remember that God wants us to rely completely on Him. And to be completely in Him. Psalm 55:22 tells us that we need to give our burdens to Him. To cast all of our anxieties on him because he really does care for us. Is this always easy? No way. At the end of the book Michael says, “I’m struck with the profound truth that God is Good. He never promised us that life would be easy, but He has promised to walk with us.” My prayer for my readers is that you seek His face and let Him walk this journey of faith along side you!
What makes your book different than any other books similar to yours that are in circulation today?
There are so many great books out there, but I hope people can walk away from this story and this series feeling entertained first of all. I hope it’s a page turning ride! I also hope that their faith will be challenged and strengthened, and that they feel like they really got to know the characters!
How does the book intertwine with God’s call on your life and how you are currently serving Him?
Hidden Agenda deals a lot with faith, facing fear, and trusting God. I obviously don’t have to face the cartel where I am, but I’m always needing to be reminded of my need to trust Him. So often, this book included, the spiritual journey my characters take are often similar to my own. Do you have a favorite Scripture verse?
“Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.” II Corinthians 4:16-18 (NLT) When you are not writing, what do you like to do? Do you have any hobbies?
I love photography, reading, and experimenting with different recipes.
As we close, is there anything else you would like to add?
Thank you so much for having me! I appreciate it. If you haven’t read the entire series, book one, Dangerous Passage, is on sale through the 3rd of January for only .99!
Where can my readers find you on the Internet?
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