I’m an author by way of a “Divine” detour into the Nashville music business.
When did you first discover that you loved writing?
I started writing my first book when I was seven or eight years old and decided then that I wanted to be a writer “when I grew up.” I followed that dream through college and graduated from Southern Illinois University with a communications degree. But I couldn’t find a writing-related job, so I took a 30-year detour into music.
Why do you write the type of books that you do?
I love writing women’s fiction (although I also write some suspense and romance) because it reflects the reality of life’s ups and downs. For me, books should be cathartic for the reader (and often the author).
What was your greatest obstacle in writing and how did you overcome it?
Finding the time to write. Writing in the evening, after my day job, wasn’t working for me. So, I changed my schedule and started writing in the morning before work. I found that I was more creative (or, at least, more focused) in the morning.
Has writing changed your life in any way?
It has been fulfilling to tackle the challenge—one that was much bigger than I expected—of learning the craft and doing something I dreamed of doing as a child.
What Bible scripture has impacted your life the most?
Luke 12:31, which reminds us to focus on God… the rest will fall into place.
Is there a book you’ve read that has been truly spectacular?
Wow... so many. A few which come to mind: Chris Fabry’s Almost Heaven, Gina Holme’s Crossing Oceans, Eva Marie Everson’s Things Left Unspoken, and Ginny Yttrups’s Words.
What’s the funniest/quirkiest thing you’ve ever done?
Maybe buying a puppy, sight unseen? Rinse and repeat two more times. It was never anything I expected I would do, but I fell in love with the Shiloh Shepherd breed, and there are no breeders within 150 miles of us. My husband and I have owned three Shilohs, and we love them. One came from upstate New York, one from Philadelphia, and one from Washington State.
For those who aren’t familiar with the breed, they look a lot like oversized German Shepherds. You can see pictures of our dogs at http://www.kathyharrisbooks.com/dogs.html.
Please tell us about the featured book.
The Road to Mercy is about finding God’s forgiveness, even when you can’t forgive yourself.
Tragedy, love, and secrets meet on a journey of faith.
Dr. Ben Abrams, rescued as an infant from a fiery crash that killed his family, turned his adversities into success but lost his heritage of faith. Fifty years later, Josh and Bethany Harrison face a difficult decision that also tests their faith. A rupture in Beth's carotid artery leaves her on the brink of death, even as she's pregnant with their first child. While Dr. Abrams urges her to abort the baby to save her own life, she and Josh step out on faith and continue the pregnancy.
During the next few months, Josh, a contemporary Christian singer, struggles with his faith while Beth hides a secret that may destroy their marriage. She also discovers a decades-old connection to Dr. Abrams that could change his life forever.
Can you please give us the first page?
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Sure. The first page is part of the prologue, which takes place 50 years prior to the main part of the book.
October 10, 1959
Jack Randall jerked his foot from the accelerator and instinctively applied the brakes. His mind raced as his Plymouth Belvedere slowed to a stop. Police cars with lights blazing blocked the intersection that led to his home. The reflection off the wet pavement created an eerie blur, and shadowy figures danced across the sides of the squad cars.
Must be a bad accident. The storm that passed earlier in the night had soaked the black asphalt.
As he watched the policeman walk toward his car, Jack cranked down the driver’s side window. The uniformed officer flashed a bright light in his direction, not quite in his eyes.
“Sorry, sir, no through traffic this morning. A small plane crashed on the Neimann farm.”
Jack’s heart pounded. “Anyone hurt? I need to see if my family is—”
“No one on the ground was hurt, sir. Everyone in the plane was killed. May I see your driver’s license?”
Jack reached into a back pocket for his well-worn wallet. From it he pulled a small piece of paper, which he placed into the gloved hand of the Illinois State Trooper.
Where can readers learn more information about you?
I interview authors and entertainers regularly on my blog at www.DivineDetour.com. My personal website is www.KathyHarrisBooks.com. My author Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/KathyHarrisAuthor. Twitter: @DivineDetour.
Thanks for having me here, Aizess! God bless.
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