FaithfulFaithful
Kim Cash Tate
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Can three friends be faithful to the covenants they made with God . . . and each other? Cydney is maid of honor at her sister's wedding, paired with an "unsuitable" best man. Dana's marriage is perfect---until she discovers her husband's affair. And Phyllis wavers between her unbelieving spouse and a friend who's the Christian man she longs for. 336 pages, softcover from Nelson.
     

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Kim Cash TateKim Cash Tate is a Women of Faith speaker and the author of Heavenly Places and the memoir More Christian than African American. A former practicing attorney, she is also the founder of Colored in Christ Ministries. She and her husband have two children.

Favorite Verse: Ephesians 2:10—“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”

 

 Our Interview with Kim Cash tate

What is your favorite Bible verse?

Ooh, I’ve got so many!  One verse that’s truly part of me, though, is Ephesians 2:10—“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”

Please tell us a bit about yourself.

I’m a wife and mom—I’ve been married to my husband for seventeen years, and we have a boy and girl.  When I’m not homeschooling, I somehow find time to write, which I love.  I also love traveling with Women of Faith in 2010 as a speaker.

What inspired you to write Faithful?

Things kept coming up in my own life that drove me to James 1:2-3—“Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.”  I kept focusing on that word “when” and thinking about how we all will encounter trials. 

I wanted to write a story that explored trials many of us experience, as well as our natural responses to those trials—we question, we doubt, we fear, we’re tempted to do things we might not otherwise, and we don’t see how it will change.  But by faith, we can cling to the truth that God is faithful, and no matter how things look, we can trust Him to work things together for good as He promised.

Is any part of Faithful factual?

No, it’s entirely fictional.  Of course, we authors pull bits and pieces from real people and situations, but we’ll never name names. 


How closely is Faithful based on your own life experiences?

My life experience is reflected in the part of the story where Phyllis, one of the main characters, goes to a sorority reunion and homecoming at the University of Maryland.  I attended U of M, and when I attended a 20-year reunion there with my sorority sisters, I returned with that story idea.

 

How did you choose the location for the setting?

We currently live in St. Louis, so it was a natural choice for me.

How long did Faithful take you to complete?
 
It took a little over a year to write Faithful.  I didn’t have a deadline, so I was able to put it aside now and then, and return to it with fresh eyes.

Do you have a favorite character in Faithful? Why?

Hmm…I think my favorite character is Cyd Sanders.  Her story is nothing like mine.  She’s single at 40, and wondering why God hasn’t sent her a husband.  I love that she’s strong in faith, yet also vulnerable to doubt, fear, and loneliness, which leads to temptation involving a man she knows is no good for her.

How much research did Faithful take?

Faithful didn’t entail much research.  One fun thing I did was to make Cyd a Classics professor who teaches Greek, and I was studying Greek at the time.  But her class was a little more advanced, so I had to look up the correct grammar for a Greek sentence I used…and I was glad Thomas Nelson double-checked it for me!

What was the most interesting tidbit that you learned while writing Faithful?

The most interesting things I learned while writing had to do with my ongoing discovery of the ways in which God enters into our lives and brings about change.  I truly do learn and grow as I write and seek God regarding the characters and the story.

What are some of the challenges you face as an author?

My primary challenge is finding enough time to write.  We’ve homeschooled the past eight years, and our best schooling time is in the morning—which is also my best writing time.  I try to grab the early hours of the morning to write, because I’m no good by evening.

 

What aspects of being a writer do you enjoy the most?

I love depending on God to give me the major themes of the story, then watching the flesh and bones of the story come together in ways I hadn’t anticipated.

What writing clubs or organizations do you belong to?

I belong to ACFW, American Christian Fiction Writers.

What were your favorite books as a child?

I was always reading and had lots of favorites.  I especially remember devouring all the Nancy Drew books, and I’ve gotten a kick out of watching my daughter do the same.

What is your writing style?   (Do you outline?  Write “by-the-seat-of-your-pants?   Or somewhere in between?)

I’m somewhere in between.  I have an idea of the theme and where the characters will end up, but the getting there takes me by surprise…and often we don’t end up where I thought we would.  Maybe I’m more seat-of-the-pants than I thought!

Do your characters begin to take on a life of their own as you write?

Absolutely!  And I love when it happens because that’s when my fingers start flying and the story starts to really sail.

What other new projects do you have on the horizon?
  
I’m working on a Bible study to coincide with the release of the novel, and I’m also gearing up for the fall season with Women of Faith, where I’ll be appearing in 3 cities:  Denver, Kansas City, and Sacramento.

Who was the person who influenced you the most with your writing?

Wow, I don’t think I can pinpoint one person whose writing has most influenced my own.  I have a great appreciation for so many writers, from a wide spectrum stylistically.  For example, as I’ve read with my children, I’ve paused, reread, and even jotted down phrasing I liked from Homer, Shakespeare, Tolkien, and Jane Austen.

 

What message would you like your readers to take from Faithful?

I would love for my readers to take away the message that God is faithful in each and every circumstance and trial of life, even if we may not understand how He’s working.  And in turn, He looks to us to be faithful to Him first and foremost, even if the people around us aren’t showing themselves faithful.

What is your greatest achievement?

That’s a hard question, because whatever I’ve achieved has only been by God’s grace.  As someone whose parents divorced at age four and who did not grow up knowing the Lord, I’m so thankful to have been married to my husband for seventeen years, and to be able to raise my children in the faith.

What is your goal or mission as a writer?

My goal is to glorify the Lord, to draw people who don’t know Him into a relationship with Him, and to encourage and strengthen fellow believers, all in a hopefully wonderfully entertaining story.

What do you do to get away from it all?

My favorite vacation spot is Maui.  We’ve gone three times, but the last time was about three years ago…so I’d say it’s time!

Is there anything you’d like to add?

I think you’ve done an awesome job of capturing everything I would’ve thought of!

Do you have discussion questions for Faithful?

There is a Reading Group Guide in the back of the book, and I will also have a downloadable Bible study when the book is released on my website: http://kimcashtate.com/

 

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