Today, I’m happy to take part in the blog tour for Sharon Srock’s new book, Callie, from her Women of Valley View series. The front cover of the book says this: Three dire circumstances. Three desperate prayers. One miracle to save them all.
Be sure to check out the end of the article for the big giveaway basket. If you’d like to enter, leave a comment on this post.
Here is the back cover blurb from Callie:
Callie Stillman is drawn to the evasive girl who’s befriended her granddaughter, but the last time Callie tried to help a child, her efforts backfired. Memories of the tiny coffin still haunt her.
Samantha and Iris Evans should be worried about homework, not whether they can pool enough cash to survive another week of caring for an infant while evading the authorities.
Steve Evans wants a second chance at fatherhood, but his children are missing. And no one seems to want to help the former addict who deserted his family. For Steve to regain the relationship he abandoned, for his girls to receive the care they deserve, Callie must surrender her fear and rely on God to work the miracle they all need.
Now, here’s an interview with Sharon…
Q: Do you weave a spiritual theme into your stories?
Very much. Callie’s story is about trust and a little about learning to forgive ourselves once God has. Terri’s story is about finding God’s direction in our lives, and Pam’s is about forgiveness.
Q: Do you ever give any of your characters a Christian belief base?
My main characters are ladies who attend church together. They come pre-packaged with a set of beliefs. Some of those will be tested as we work through their stories.
Q: How much of yourself do you write into your characters?
I don’t, intentionally, write any of me into my characters. That doesn’t mean you won’t find a little piece of me in all of the women. Callie teaches Sunday school and loves her guacamole, Terri is looking for God’s will in her life and arguing the whole way, Pam is learning lessons in forgiveness. Yep, there I am.
Q: Why do you write the kind of books you do?
It has to be a God thing. I wake up with these stories in my head, things I would never see or think of on my own. He gets all the credit.
Q: What is the hardest part in writing a story?
Editing and editing and editing…
Q: Do your characters ever give you surprises when you are writing? Can you give us an example if they do and if they don’t do you know why?
My characters constantly surprise me. Their individual determination to be front and center in my brain is relentless. I’m a SOTP (seat of the pants) writer. I don’t work with an outline, so I can’t give you an example of where I planned to go one way and they insisted on taking their own way, but I continue to be amazed.
Q: Do you have a favorite scene in this book and what would it be?
I think where Pam, Karla, and Terri come to Callie’s house with groceries and stuff for the girls. That is exactly like it would happen, has happened, in my life. Our church family is so generous. I have been on the giving and the receiving end of help.
Q: As a writer, how have you had to grow and stretch out of your comfort zone?
You are looking at it. Learning the craft, editing, and revising were easy compared to putting myself in the path of perfect strangers and begging for their attention. I’m a pretty solitary person. If I had my way, I’d write the book and pay a look alike to go out and face the public.
Q: What do you hope readers will take away from this book?
That sometimes we spend too much time beating ourselves up for something God has already forgiven and forgotten. That we do a disservice to ourselves and others when we indulge in those feelings.
Here are the goodies in the great giveaway basket:
*A copy of Callie
*A certificate for Terri’s story when it releases in April
*A 6 piece cherry blossom bath set
*A cosmetic bag
*A bath wrap
*A cozy pink eye mask
*A pair of aloe infused booties
*A hair turban
*A tennis bracelet
*And a $25.00 Amazon gift card
If you are entering, please leave a comment and be sure to include some contact info. A winner will be drawn Monday, November 19th.
Where to visit Sharon:
Blog: Women of Valley View
Where you can find Sharon’s book:
Barnes & Noble
Pelican Book Group