Sunday, May 15, 2011

with Eileen Hinkle Rife

Welcome to the Barn Door Book Loft, Eileen!
People talk about life before children—what was your life before writing?

My eggs were divided between two baskets: homeschooling my three daughters and church ministry.

What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?
Procrastination. A desire to get it perfect from the start tends to cripple my efforts. I overcome by learning from other writers that there are no good first drafts, only rewrites. Allotting a certain amount of time each day to write and shooting for a specific word count also helps.

What book have you recently enjoyed reading?
Since I wrote Chosen Ones profiling a Nepali girl caught up in the sex trade, I have read a couple other novels about this topic. Dr. Keth McDonald’s compelling novel, A Time to Mourn, A Time to Dance, is especially pertinent to me since my daughter, Stephanie, and husband, Matt, are training to minister to victims of the sex trade. Furthermore, Matt’s parents serve as missionaries in Cambodia, the setting for the story. Tom Davis’s novel, Priceless, effectively captures the dark and demonic world of trafficking tied in with old Russian roots of communism and religion, an unlikely mix, but chillingly portrayed in this haunting novel.

Which character in your new release most interested you while you wrote?
I invested much emotion in Yvonne’s story, since I drew heavily upon my own miscarriage account in crafting her experience. However, I was drawn even deeper into Punita’s world. A world of poverty, neglect, and abuse. A tragic real-life story. Yet in the end, redemption.

If you were a dessert, what would you be?
A Chocolate Smoothie! Both healthy and delicious! Quite the filler, too! Even when I don’t use the dark chocolate milk, my hubby thinks it’s chocolate because the cinnamon gives the smoothie a chocolaty appearance. The frozen bananas yield a fantastic texture!

3 cups almond milk either plain, vanilla, or dark chocolate (can substitute other types of milk)
2 frozen bananas
2 Tbsp. Flaxseed oil
1 tsp. cinnamon
2 Tbsp. Honey
1 Tbsp. Black strap molasses
1 heaping Tbsp. of almond butter

If you were to find a purple polka-dotted monster in your kitchen one morning, how would you respond?
Hmm . . . depends on how big this fellow is. If he’s the size of an ant, I’d sprinkle grits around the baseboard and put out a small bowl of water. He’d eat the grits, drink the water, and blow up. However, if he’s larger than an ant, this could be quite messy. Purple polka-dots all over my kitchen wall would not blend in well with my dĂ©cor, no matter how much my six grandchildren might giggle with delight.
I could scream and call my husband. He’d grab the shop vac, as he does when I spot a spider, and try to suck the monster up. This could take awhile, however, if the creature is large.
No, given more thought, I think I would try to befriend the purple polka-dotted monster. Invite him to join me at the breakfast table for a chocolate smoothie.

Tell us about one of your favorite memories or moments in your life.
Witnessing the birth of my last two grandchildren, a girl and a boy, both born using a midwife. Hannah was delivered in our home via water birth. My husband joked that the midwife had to bring along her doula (assistant) to avoid a midwife crisis. Gabriel was also delivered via water birth, but in the hospital. To encourage my own daughters and their husbands during labor and delivery was a huge satisfaction for me. To listen to their choice of Michael Card background music and hear them quote scripture in the tub while the midwife looked on thrilled my heart. Later, one of the midwives told my youngest daughter on her post-partum checkup that due to the witness given that day she and her husband wanted to get back into church. They now attend Steph and Matt’s church.

What's one of your dreaded things to do?
Get up in the morning? Nah, not so bad, especially since the Lord’s mercies are new every morning. I cling to that truth.
Balance the checkbook. Yeah, that one gets to me on occasion.

Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?
Yes. My books follow a pattern: healing words for hurting hearts. I sense a mandate to speak out for those who cannot speak for themselves, to come alongside the wounded, the captive, the one in bondage, and offer hope through Christ.

What is the Lord teaching you, or recently taught you?
Two words: gentle, quiet. According to 1 Peter 3:4, a gentle, quiet spirit is the key to true and lasting beauty. Those qualities are precious in the sight of God. Since that’s the case, I’ve asked the Holy Spirit to breathe those words into my mind and heart whenever I feel rattled, tempted to blow up, get back, or melt down. He does.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
Second Chance, a stand-alone novel, has also been contracted by OakTara to be released in 2012.

Back cover blurb:

Mave Robertson wants the life back in her marriage.
Dareece Jackson just wants a life.

Could they be the answer to each other’s dream?

Mave Robertson, a recent empty nester, wants the fire back in her marriage, but her husband, Jerry, remains aloof. Is he having an affair? Midlife crisis? When a neighbor suggests she “get a life,” Mave accepts the challenge and volunteers at an inner city teen ministry where she is thrown into a culture of drugs, gangs, and unwed teens. She soon discovers a friend whom she can help, but she never guesses that he might be the cure for both her stale marriage and her crumbling relationship with her father.

There is something in Mave Robertson’s purse that Dareece Jackson wants . . . and he’ll stop at nothing to get it.

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Eileen is giving away a copy of Chosen Ones. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.


cjajsmommy said...

"Chosen Ones" impresses me as a very good book. I've enjoyed both author interviews, especially today's. Please enter me in the giveaway for this book.

Jo said...

Great interview. The book sounds like it is going to be a great book as well. Please enter me.


Linda Kish said...

I loved your interview. Can't wait to read the book.

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Anonymous said...

Good interview! The books sounds so

ann said...

enter me to win the book

karenk said...

would enjoy reading this novel...thanks for the chance :)

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lgm52 said...

Would love to read this book...sounds very intriguing and captivating.

Charity U said...

Intriguing cover! Please enter me!

apple blossom said...

love to be included in this book giveaway thanks

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Anonymous said...

Enjoyed the interview!! And thanks for the chance to win Chosen Ones. Sounds like a wonderful read!

Meredith said...

Great interview! The next book sounds great as well.

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Judy said...

I really enjoyed the interview. Please enter me to win a free book. Thanks!

Judy from IN

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