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Number of Pages: 320
Publication Date: 2001
|Dimensions: 6.25 X 4.5 (inches)|
Author: Kathy Herman
Located in: Tyler, TX
Submitted: December 10, 2001
Tell us a little about yourself. I am a first-time novelist with a five-book contract for The Baxter Series, and I'm having a ball at what God is doing in my life. I'm 52 years old, and have an extensive background in the Christian retail industry. I spent five years working in member services for the Christian Booksellers Association, and then moved to Texas and became the buyer/manager of a large children's department in an award-winning bookstore for the next ten years. That experience opened a door to do workshops on children's products in the U.S. and Canada. It also gave me opportunities to write articles and feature stories for industry trade journals and local publications. But my product knowlege and love for "customers" didn't stop with children's products. And I feel as at home in a bookstore as I do on the back cover of the books I write. I feel as if God has been preparing me for THIS. If someone had told me that writing novels is what I would be doing in middle age, I'd have laughed. But here I am.
What was your motivation behind this project? I was born with creative passion and was always writing something, usually poetry. But when I got serious about writing books, I assumed it would be children's books. I sat down at my laptop and stared at an empty screen for weeks until it became depressing. Finally my husband suggested I spend a month and write something--ANYTHING. That very day I pounded out a random scene that sounded pretty good. He said it sounded like it should be in the middle of a novel. No way did I want to get involved with writing novels! Too much work: Research, character development, story lines, for starters. But I admit I was intrigued, so I kept typing and the words have never stopped flowing! I don't make outlines or think really hard about what the story will be about. Once I write the prologue, I know what the inspirational theme will be. The characters take it from there and the stories begin to take form, often exploding with action. I'm as surprised as everyone else at what happens!
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? I hope TESTED BY FIRE is a completely enjoyable read. The story is suspenseful with many twists and turns and should be a real page-turner. But what I want people to gain from this story is a deeper appreciation of God's saving grace, and a boldness to share the simple message with those who need to hear it.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: Though my stories are suspenseful page-turners, there is a strong, inspirational message in each. They are far more than entertaining. Recurring characters deal with the hard realities of the 21st century, but with biblically satisfying solutions.