Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Interview with Shawna Robison Young

Welcome back to my tea room friends. Pull up a chair, grab your favorite teacup, and help your self to some scones and whatever's hot that you like to drink. I've always got hot chocolate, coffee, and of course, tea.

Today I have the great honor of interviewing my writing friend and debut author, Shawna Robison Young. 

Shawna is the mother of four, a preschool owner and teacher, and a former children’s minister. She is the wife of a navy veteran and lover of all things chocolate. Whether it’s singing the ABCs, sharing what she’s learned with new writers, or passing along Bible truths to her children’s ministry classes, she’s a teacher at heart. 

Shawna enjoys writing a little bit of the unexpected. Why be normal? In a world of conformity, a touch of something out of the ordinary can make a work of art astonishing.

I am so excited for you to get to know this astounding author. 

GIVEAWAY: Don't forget to comment with your email for a chance to win a copy of her debut novel, The Unsuspecting Heather Meyers.

CC: Hi Shawna! Thanks so much for joining me. Let's start off with what are you reading right now?

SRY: Three Little Things by Patti Stockdale. I love seeing the relationship between Hattie and Arno bloom. 

CC: Oh, that's a good one. In fact, later this year I will be interviewing Patti for the Diamond Mine blog.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

SRY: I’ve loved writing since I was a little girl. I never really thought about it. It was always a part of me, but about ten years ago I began dreaming and writing stories that I’d hope would one day be published. On February 27, 2020, my debut novel The Unsuspecting Heather Meyers releases on Amazon.

CC: It must be so exciting to see your work coming to fruition! I know this journey has been a crazy one. What would you say God has taught you the most through this journey?

SRY: He has taught me to listen and trust His voice. Also, when I know a door needs shut and I can’t bring myself to do it, He will.

CC: That can be such a hard lesson to learn, but I know that is not all that God has taught you. The Unsuspecting Heather Meyers was a very impactful book to write. How did writing it affect you? What did God teach you specifically in that story?

SRY: The Unsuspecting Heather Meyers healed my heart from some hurtful things in my past. I learned that people can change and that even though the past may affect us deeply, it doesn’t have to define where we are going or who we want to be. Mistakes can be amended. Forgiveness can be found. We don’t have to remain in the bondage of the past.

CC: I really can't wait for others to read this story! Who was the most challenging character for you to create? What made them so difficult?

SRY: Keith Meyers. When I originally started the story a few years ago, Keith was a different man. The kind that JJ (hero) had dreamed Heather would have married. But Heather (heroine) told me the man I pictured as her husband was only the man Keith wanted people to see. Writing the scenes that revealed his true nature took a lot out of me emotionally. Having to show what Heather endured broke my heart.

CC: And I think this is a perfect time to bring in your favorite Bible verse, as it seems to tie in so well with the story.

SRY: My favorite bible verse is Luke 5:31-32 “Jesus answered them, ‘It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.’” These verses remind me that we don’t have to be perfect before we come to Him.

CC: So true. So true. Last question before we share your book blurb, and I promise it's a fun one. If you were trapped on a deserted island, what is the one fictional character you would want to have stranded with you?

SRY: Captain America. Enough said. <3

I encourage you to check out Shawna's debut below and to ENTER THE GIVEAWAY below by entering your email address in the comments. The winner will be randomly selected on February 12 and notified by email. There must be a minimum of five commenters.

What if you’ve returned home to start your life over, only to discover you’re there to finish it?

Ready for a fresh start, Heather Meyers flees from not-so-sunny California to her hometown in Indiana. But fate has other plans—stage IV cancer and three months to live. Determined that one more kick from life won’t destroy her faith, Heather fights against its schemes. Before she can take her final rest, redemption must be found for someone she loves.
Physical therapist Dr. Jack Jones (JJ) would do anything to change the past, to not have let his high school sweetheart get away. Now that Heather’s back, he’d do anything to keep her from leaving. With her time running out, he may never get his chance to set things right.
By a twist of fate and with an extra dab of this and a little bit of that, nurse Anna Ingram sets out to prove that JJ is more than his past mistakes and Heather can find hope and love in the midst of the biggest battle of her life.

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Kay Garrett said...

Thank you for introducing me to Shawna Robison Young through the interview. "The Unsuspecting Heather Meyers" sounds like an amazing book and one that I've now put on my TBR list. Can't wait for the opportunity to read it and to explore future books by this author.
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Jackie Layton said...

Hi Shawna,

Congratulations on The Unsuspecting Heather Meyers. It sounds like a great book.

Captain America sounds like a great choice!

Unknown said...

Love the interview, you are a new author to me. The book sounds awesome. Love the Bible verse you mentioned. rose blackard (at) gmail (dot) com

Crystal said...

I think you will find her book enjoyable to be sure!

Crystal said...

The Bible verse is a good one!

Shawna Robison Young said...

Thank you everyone. I somehow missed when the interview posted and am just now seeing it. Thank you, Crystal for the interview. Kay, Jackie, and Rose thank your for taking the time to read my interview and add me to your TBR list. I hope you love the book.