Welcome back, Jo. Tell us about your salvation experience.
No one has ever asked me this. My salvation experience remains vivid in my memory. Thank you for asking.
I was 15 years old when I was saved in a small, country church. The sermon that Sunday morning was about the parable of the Ten Virgins (Matthew 25) who went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them brought oil with their lamps, but five failed to bring along oil for theirs. Their wait for the bridegroom lasted into the night and at midnight when the bridegroom approached, the ones without oil asked the others to give them some oil because the flame of their lamps was going out. They refused and while the five went to buy oil, those with oil went in to the wedding with the bridegroom, “and the door was shut” (v. 10). The bridegroom would not open the door to the five when they returned. They were unprepared and did not get to meet the bridegroom. I realized I was not prepared. I prayed that Jesus would not shut the door on me and asked for the forgiveness of my sins.
I, too, was saved in a small country church. You’re planning a writing retreat where you can only have four other authors. Who would they be and why?
Karen Ball, Francine Rivers, James Rubart, Cassandra King. These writers’ personalities and books have impacted my life in general as well as my writing life. It would be a privilege to sit among them and hear them speak of their philosophies and be encouraged by them.
A wonderful group. What is the most embarrassing thing that has happened to you and how did you handle it?
As a youngster, from K-12, I changed schools 7 times. In the 10th grade, in yet another new school, I got lost in the school, ended up on a different level, and walked into the boys’ locker room. Yes, there were boys in there getting ready for P.E. I still wonder how I maintained my composure, but I calmly turned and left the area. I still remember that day, although the boys probably don’t. At least, I hope they don’t!
People are always telling me that they’d like to write a book someday. I’m sure they do to you, too. What would you tell someone who came up to you and said that?
“If you want to write for publication, treat your writing as a business, not a hobby. It will take a 110% effort from you. Be prepared to accept rejection of your book, always remembering the agent, editor, or publisher will be rejecting your book, not you.”
Very good advice. Tell us about the featured book.
Promise Me is book 3 in the
series. Here’s the back cover copy: West Virginia Mountains
When war calls…faith is tested
In 1960, civil discord in
Vietnam fills the news. After his
college graduation, Patrick Fitzgerald plans to join his daddy’s South Carolina
accounting firm. But Uncle Sam may have another position in mind for Patrick—in
the U.S. Army. His family’s affluence would be no match for the persuasion of
the military draft.
Adriana Montagna’s papá ekes out a living as a coal miner in the mountains of
Can a lasting relationship form with Patrick, or will his wealth become a
barrier between them?
Meanwhile, the fiber of
America’s unity stands on the precipice,
while its youth fight a no-win battle on foreign soil. What good can a young
couple hope for at such a time as this?
Please give us the first page of the book.
August 1960 -
“Good night, Chet. Good night, David. And good night for NBC News.” The program signed off with the Texaco Gasoline red star logo across the screen.
In Dean Loreen Fletcher’s apartment, Patrick Fitzgerald sat closest to the television when NBC’s Huntley-Brinkley Report ended. He stepped to the floor-standing console and turned off the television. He took his time returning to sit on the sofa beside Adriana Montagna. A somber silence settled over the living room and its six occupants, interrupted only by the humming window air conditioner.
Patrick scooted to the front edge of the sofa cushion and rested his forearms on his legs. “I don’t want my first job after graduation to be in
No one remarked and he continued. “The situation over there worries me. Now
Washington announces we’re
sending 3,500 soldiers to South
Vietnam to help them fight against the
communist North Vietnamese. When I graduate from college in December, I hope
their mess over there has cooled down some.”
Adriana laid her hand on his back. “Patrick, hush. We don’t want to think about you going overseas.”
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Thank you, Jo, for sharing this new book with us.
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