At Povbootcamp.com, I am resuming my editor website’s series of character interviews. Recently, I had the delight of chatting with Dallas Keegan, the determined detective in Grave Obsessions, a novel released through Helping Hands Press on 3/22/15 by Patti J. Smith.
Authors, I’d love to interview your character, too, and you’re also welcome to send me a guest blog post for this website that fits its primary theme of “Christ’s Glory, Not Mine.” It can be a personal testimony. It can tie-in to your book (so long as it edifies my readers) or you can simply include links in your bio.
Hugs to every barren woman out there who feels invisible, alone, and like her value is diminished by her empty womb today. You are beautiful, strong, and precious to God, too. You are not a second class citizen in the Kingdom of Heaven. Today you sow in tears, though the fields yield no food, you will reap with joy when He comes.
Lord, I pray for the mothers who won’t get that special hug, gift, and/or phone call from their son or daughter this year because their child is no longer with them on this Earth. Comfort them as only you can and grant the peace that surpasses all understanding. Wrap them in your arms and hold them close and let them feel your love. Assure them that you see their tears and you are with them in their grief until that very day where you will wipe our tears away and we shall reap in joy as we see you face to face and also the little ones waiting to run into their mothers’ arms in Heaven. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Lord, I pray for everyone, young and old, male and female, whose hearts are aching with grief at the loss of their mothers on this weekend of honoring mothers. Comfort our hearts and grant us the peace that only comes from you and show us how to be a blessing to the living while honoring the memories. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.
I recently shared a testimony with the readers of Helping Hands’ Press blog that I encourage you to go check out. Here is a preview.
In the spring of 2011, I excitedly began work on the first novel of a new sci-fi series. While still writing the first few chapters, my husband decided to go to a last-minute, Saturday seminar about twenty minutes away from where we lived. I’d been looking forward to a relaxing day at home with him and asked that we skip this one, but he insisted, so off we went, with a device with directions on it in my hand.
We never arrived.
Instead, I “woke up” from strange dreams about five hours later, in the ER, to the face of my worried, devastated husband, with the human version of the cone of shame around my neck and an egg-sized lump on the right front side of my head. It became apparent I’d been in altered state of consciousness and asking the same questions repeatedly: what happened (passenger-side collision, I was the passenger), is the car okay (no, we had to replace it), whether I’d made my deadlines on editing projects I was also working on at the time (yes, the day before the accident).
Big expensive, scary tests followed, with me softly singing “Jesus, Jesus How I trust thee” while still half out of it to self-comfort. Turned out I had a “mild” concussion. I’d hate to taste severe.
When we got me home, I like a total addict was back on my computer within the first twenty-four hours practically, wanting to go right back to work on my passion.
It turned out there was a reason I hadn’t asked about my writing project. My novel had flown totally out of my head. All I had was what little had been down already.
I had the honor and pleasure of reading an electronic advance copy of Healer’s Curse by Kathrese McKee. Healer’s Curse is a novella in her Mardan’s Mark Series. The novella is a cute romantic fantasy set in northern half of the twin kingdoms, which rather reminds me of the divided kingdoms of Israel and Judah, transplanted to the south near the gulf of Mexico and the Mississippi river, all re-named. The novella’s back story appears to be events from the first novel in the series, and I suspect the heroine is a minor character in that tale. If so, that makes this all the more interesting. I found the back story references raise reader interest in the larger series without being too intrusive.
The heroine of Healer’s Curse is medieval doctor, Lady Elilan, only eighteen-years-old and already a widow, whose late husband has died after only a year of marriage. To make the tragedy greater for her, she was already an orphan, her husband was a dear childhood friend, and she has a supernatural gift of healing, which she’d attempted to use with her husband to no avail. This naturally brings guilt and confusion as she asks what many believers ask, why didn’t God heal him? On top of it, gossipy neighbors have rather cruel opinions on the matter, thinking she caused or allowed her husband’s death. She becomes afraid to use her gift at all, which is only further cemented when she attempts it again with her ailing mother-in-law and again El (God) doesn’t allow the healing and her mother-in-law dies.
The romantic element is when she finds herself treating a soldier from the southern kingdom, which adds further conflict since there is friction between the two kingdoms, with many northerners wanting a total separation, and she has many separatists in her family. Though she does a really good job of resisting those influences and treating all patients fairly in my reading. It is much harder for her to maintain her professional distance from her patient.
The novella Healer’s Curse has good themes on bridging differences, the intersection faith and healing and tragedy. The voice has a lovely quality, perfectly suited to the first person narrator being a healer. If you enjoy Fantasy that is light on magic and light on violence and transports medieval worlds to maps closer to home (for Americans anyway), this will be a heart-warming, heart-soothing treat.