Welcome back, Latayne. God has really been moving in your writing life. What do you see on the horizon?
I am working on a couple of nonfictions next. One of them is about how to protect your children from sexual predators, co-written with Dr. Beth Robinson.
Tell us a little about your family.
I have two adult children and five grandchildren and am blessed to have them live near me. My husband is disabled and lives in a care facility, but we have a great 44 year marriage.
Has your writing changed your reading habits? If so, how?
Since you’re asking right after asking about my upcoming book, I have to say I know more about child sexual abuse than I ever wanted to know.
What are you working on right now?
In addition to the nonfiction, I’m returning to two fiction projects; one a YA, the other a trilogy set during the Civil War and its aftereffects.
What outside interests do you have?
I love Egyptology, gardening, classical education, apologetics, and grandchildren. Not in that order!
How do you choose your settings for each book?
Hmm. The books ideas come to my mind as a package: Each story has to take place in its setting, because the setting is integral to the story.
If you could spend an evening with one historical person, who would it be and why?
Well, Jesus of course; but in second place either Priscilla or Rahab.
What is the one thing you wish you had known before you started writing novels?
When I started, the digital age was beginning. I had no idea so many people would be writing novels and self-publishing them.
What new lessons is the Lord teaching you right now?
Humility. Over and over.
I so understand that. What are the three best things you can tell other authors to do to be successful?
Pray about your career, don’t get caught up in the publicity trap, and read in the genre you’re writing.
Tell us about the featured book.
Some scholars think a woman wrote a book of the New Testament: the book of Hebrews. Some speculate it was Priscilla. But that’s just the background of my book—the book is really about maintaining faith when God is very open with you in some ways, but withholds things you believe you need.
Please give us the first page of the book.
I carry the wrapped child in front of me, in the crook of my aching arm, his head above his curled feet, as if he were alive. As if he had ever been born, or named, or drew breath, or saw his dying mother’s eyes. As if she had ever seen his.
This is night work, and the mule beside me stumbles in the uneven, now unseen streets that only reveal shadow and character in the light of a doorway, here and there. All around our feet are what people throw away after a spectacle—torn banners, scraps of food, dropped, lost mementos.
Behind me on the creaking wagon are the remains, what I gather after the spectacle: torn things, fallen, saved, remembered.
When I first began this job, I could do it in the daylight. It was a curiosity to those who saw me, a woman who wore the robes of aristocracy and did the work of a ghoul. Most of those who knew me would not meet my eyes, or if they did, it was with a mixture of disgust and wonder. And later, some of them, with triumph, from behind secure windows, around impassable gates.
The first time I gained permission to bring the bodies back from the killing places, Cordelia began to strategize how to borrow a cart and donkey. Many of our friends still lived and had animals then, and she still had a bit of her father’s money left.
“We’ll need a big wagon,” she calculated, counting without knowing it on her crooked knuckles, imagining that the aftereffects of imperial entertainment would necessitate strong beasts of burden, perhaps several trips with several wagons.
She wasn’t thinking straight, I should have seen that. There is little left when wild lions are finished with a human being.
Wow! How can readers find you on the Internet?
I’m at Latayne.com. And Author Latayne C. Scott on Facebook.
Thank you, Latayne, for sharing this new book with us.
Readers, here are links to the book.A Conspiracy of Breath - Paperback
A Conspiracy of Breath - Kindle
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