Are there some specific lessons you hope readers will learn and apply to their lives after reading your book?
Just that God IS there even when we don't feel like He is. And He does want us to have close, loving relationships with each other and Him. I pray that this Christmas everyone will have someone to spend it with and if that's impossible (although nothing is impossible with God!) that His presence will be so strong, His heart of love so powerful, that no one will feel alone in the world on that special day of Christ's birth.
Do you have a favorite part of the book or a favorite chapter?
When Ellen finds herself being auctioned off as a bride for a day! Ha! She can't quite figure out
what God is doing, but of course He has it all figured out! And the ending. I do so love a happy ending that brings a tear to the eye.
What makes your book different than any other books similar to yours that are in circulation today?
I think with this particular book, since it started out as a short story, it's the prose. I really tried to keep a poetic cadence throughout. I hope readers are swept away into a world of romance and Christmas and snowflakes.
How does the book intertwine with God’s call on your life and how you are currently serving Him?
I'd have to say I'm looking more honestly at my own moments of loneliness. Being a writer is a solitary career. With the boys gone all day, these last two years have been an adjustment. The house is so quiet! To me, loneliness fills like a hole and I have to watch what I do to fill it. Mindless TV, web surfing, reading a book, (none of those things are bad, btw!) it's pretty easy for me to snatch something up to occupy my mind instead of sitting in silence and facing the empty hole feeling. But, when I do, I can at least recognize what is going on in my heart and take those feelings to the Lord and see what He has to say and do about it. LOL!
The Lord has some pretty amazing, creative ways to help us in our struggles and it can turn out to be a serendipitous experience if we trust Him and allow Him access to our heart. I love watching Him, this Father who loves me more than I can fathom, come up with His amazing answers to my struggles. My job is not to fix myself, I will never get anywhere on that path. My job is to turn to Him, trust Him, believe in Him and stand back in awe at the plans He has for me. (And you!)
Do you have a favorite Scripture verse?
For this topic I would have to say Deuteronomy 31:8. "The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged." (NIV)