The Next Big Thing

I’ve been blog tagged. Delia Latham and Pam Lowery invited me to participate in The Next Big Thing, a special blog event whose purpose is to introduce some exciting new books published by the Pelican Book Group. 

The answers below pertain to my soon-to-be-released novel, A CHRISTMAS HOMECOMING (Pelican Book Group, December 2012). 

What is the working title of your book? 

A Christmas Homecoming 

Where did the idea for your book come from? 

As a life coach, I deal with many clients who struggle with unforgiveness. During my own growing up years, I too struggled with unforgiveness toward people who had hurt me deeply. When I became a Christian, I learned about Christ’s command to forgive.  I also learned that unforgiveness enslaves while forgiveness sets free.  Since unforgiveness is such a major problem, I wanted to write a story that focused on the theme of forgiveness. 

What genre does your book fall under? 

Women’s Fiction 

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?When Sonia Pettit’s teenage daughter suddenly disappears for seven long years, Sonia faces losing her mind, her husband, and her son as she struggles to forgive her wayward daughter and trust God for her return. 

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? 

My book was represented by my agent Terry Burns of the Hartline Literary Agency. 

Harbourlight Books (a division of Pelican Book Group) will release A CHRISTMAS HOMECOMING in early December 2012. 

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? 

About one month. 

Who or What inspired you to write this book? 

When I learned that Harbourlight Books was looking for Christmas stories, I prayed and asked Holy Spirit to give me an idea for a story.  He brought to my mind the problem of unforgiveness that is so prevalent, and He gave me an idea for a story that deals with this problem and that shows God’s answer to it. 

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

The depth and intensity of the mother-daughter relationship. The powerful innocence of children in teaching us deep lessons about life. 

And now, I shall pass along the fun by tagging the following blogs by and for writers. Why not visit them as well? 

www.paulamowery.blogspot.com 

http://pamswildroseblog.blogspot.com/ 

http://apenforyourthoughts.blogspot.com 

http://www.delialathambooks.blogspot.com 

http://www.deborahpiccurelli.com 

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