Monday, November 19, 2012

Author Interview and Giveaway: The Road To Mercy by Kathy Harris

Welcome to the CBRB, Kathy! Thank you for being here! Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

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.

The tagline
Tragedy, love, and secrets meet on a journey of faith.

The premise
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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GIVEAWAY!
  Kathy has kindly offered to giveaway a print copy of The Road to Mercy! Just leave a comment with your email address to be entered in the giveaway. Giveaway is available to U.S. residents only. Be sure to check the sidebar (under Winner Announcement) after the giveaway is over to see if you've won. The winner must contact me by going to my "Contact Me" page and sending me an email. 

For extra entries: 
~Be a follower +1 
~Add my button to your blog +1
 ~Post about this giveaway +2
~Be a subscriber +2
~Tweet +1
~Post on Facebook +1
(please leave a separate comment for each extra entry)

Giveaway ends on Saturday, December 1, 2012 at midnight (Eastern time). Winner will be chosen through Random.org,

51 comments:

  1. I would like to read The Road to Mercy. Please add me to the drawing for the giveaway. It sounds very interesting and want to continue the story! Kathleen
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  2. I am a FeedBurner subscriber to your blog. Kathleen
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  3. I think this will be a great story. I would like to have my name entered for the give-away.
    Maxie ( mac262@me.com )

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  4. I am also a subscriber. Please enter me again. Maxie ( mac262@me.com )

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  5. I follow this blog. Another entry please! Maxie ( mac262@me.com )

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  6. I have shared this contest on my Facebook page. Another entry please.
    Maxie ( mac262@me.com )

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  7. Happy Thanksgiving week!

    I would love a copy of The Road to Mercy - Kathy, love your dogs!

    I'm always fascinated by characters who must deal with old surprises.

    becky (at) beckydoughty(dot)com

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  8. I'm an email follower.

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  9. I shared this by email, and posted it to my daughters Timeline.
    Maxie ( mac262@me.com )

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  10. would LOVE to read this book praynATliveDOTcom

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  11. The Road to Mercy sounds like a great book. I would love to win a copy. Thank you for the giveaway.

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  12. I'm a follower.

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  13. I'm a subscriber.

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  14. I tweeted. https://twitter.com/MsBookwormLady/status/271402830328365057

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  15. Sounds like a very moving book ! Please add my name to the drawing.

    Patty
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  16. I am a blog follower, add my name again!

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  17. thanks for the chance to read this wonderful novel

    karenk
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  18. i'm a follower & email subscriber, too

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  19. I'd love to read this. Thanks!
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  20. I am a follower.
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  21. This book sounds great and would love to read it.

    Blessings,
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  22. I'm a follower!

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  23. I'm a subscriber

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  24. this looks like a great book!

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  25. Greetings to everyone and thanks for leaving a comment. I hope you had a blessed Thanksgiving!

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  26. This sounds like a very good book. It would be a pleasure to win a copy. Thank you.

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  27. I'm a follower of your blog.

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  29. Tweeted. https://twitter.com/KevlinReads/status/272065215527518208

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  30. I think the storyline of "The Road to Mercy" sounds very intriguing. I would love to read this book!
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  31. I am a follower.
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  32. I am also a subscriber.
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  39. Looks like a great read! I have three entries, posted on facebook, tweeted, and signed up to get your blog by email.
    montanamade(at)gmail(.com)
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  40. This book is still on my wish list!! Would love to win and read it.
    Thank you for the giveaway.

    Karen Gervais
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  41. I follow your blog.

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  42. I am a subscriber.

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  43. Tweeted. https://twitter.com/MsRubyKat/status/274297650910740481

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  44. Shared on Facebook.

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  45. Added your button to my page: http://sandrasbooknook.blogspot.com/

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  46. Posted about this giveaway on my blog: http://sandrasbooknook.blogspot.com/

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  47. Tweeted this giveaway! :-) I think that's all of them! lol

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  48. Trying to contact you regarding this book giveaway. Your email address keeps coming back as delivery failure. Please send me an email if you get this. Thank you.

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