Give me one fact about you as an author that most people don’t know.
I recently signed up for an adult tap class.
As Christian writers, we long to share God’s love, goodness, and grace with others through our writing. But quite often our stories speak to us as much as our readers. How did God use this story to help you stretch and grow as a person?
Tess struggles with forgiving herself as much as the fact that others haven’t forgiven her. Working through all the ways she needed to let go and accept the freedom of forgiveness was an excellent thing for me.
Was there a scene you had to edit out which you really liked? Tell us about it.
One of the original scenes I envisioned in this story was of Tess hitchhiking and Josh picking her up, neither of them realizing who the other was. But, when I edited the story I moved their reunion to Josh’s turf in Florida, which meant she couldn’t be in that situation. It was sad, but I think the book is stronger as it is.
I love strong male heroes, don’t you? What is the quality you like the most about your hero?
I adore Josh’s ability to love Tess unconditionally. Even when she doesn’t yet believe in him.
If you could go back and change one scene, which one would it be and why?
Hmm... that’s a tough one. Overall I’m pretty happy with the way things turned out.
Being a writer is a busy life, isn’t it? I’m sure you’re working on something new to fascinate your readers. What’s in the works for you right now?
I’m working on a story that involves an actress who has a strained relationship with her father and her career (in an agent who is too much like her father). When she finds love again, she finds the courage to protect herself and redefine her career. I don’t have a title yet and a solid first draft is about half done so it may be a while before the story sees the light of day. Still, as always, I’m having fun writing it!
Here's a great blurb:
Tess Carson had finally turned her life around. After a string of bad decisions, she was making amends, paying back debts, and working to bring her family back together. It was her own forgiveness that remained elusive.
So when Tess’s childhood crush re-enters her chaotic life, she’s certain it’s the worst time for romance. Even if he still has those mesmerizing dimples.
In Tess’s eyes, Josh Thorne has it all. As a youth pastor with a thriving ministry, he’s exactly what she needs. He’s stable, kind, confident, and not afraid of Tess’s troubled past—even if she still has an entire town that insists her sins will never be forgotten.
But when the demons of her past collide with the incredible promise of her future, Tess wonders if it’s possible to forget and if she has enough courage in her to forgive.
Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/forgiving-tess-kimberly-m-miller/1130101932?ean=9781522398462
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