Tuesday, July 12, 2011

with Michelle Sutton

Welcome to the Book Loft, Michelle!
What kind of books do you enjoy reading?

Anything daring, brave, and realistic. I don't like dark novels, per se, but a story with a dark theme that shines the light of Christ brightly through the pain is typically my favorite type of story to read. For example… This past year I've read some very honest books and endorsed a number of them. Two of my favorites were: The Gift by Bryan Litfin, and Composing Amelia by Alison Stroble. The Gift is currently available for purchase, but Composing Amelia won't be out until Sept. 2011. Readers can pre-order it if interested.

If you were a style of music, what style would you be?
Definitely alternative Christian rock. There is just something cool about a symphonic sound with great vocals and background grunge type guitars (think Red, TFK, Skillet)

What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
Oh dear. Sadly, I have done many quirky things (some of which are a bit embarrassing, too.) Okay, fine, I'll tell you. I once kissed my dog's nose in front of a cute guy because I didn't want him to like me. It worked.

Are there things you put off doing because you dread them?
Um, marketing type stuff is never fun. Those proposals are a drag to write, too.

What's your favorite meal with family and friends?
Hehehe, I don't cook. Bring me some Chipotles, Panda Express, or Domino's pizza home, please. Oh, and make sure to add a Blizzard from Dairy Queen for dessert.

Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you.
I like to sign my books with Romans 8:11-13. It's special to me because it was the first scripture that took the blinders off my eyes and helped me to see what I was missing. The same power that raised Jesus from the dead was supposed to be living in me. Well, he wasn't before I was saved. No wonder I never had the power to stop sinning. Can you imagine the lightbulb going off over my head when I heard that verse when I was 18? It brought the missing pieces all together for me and helped me see why being religious wasn't enough.

Is there a story behind this book?
There sure is. I had written Never Without Hope thinking it would be a stand-alone novel. However, I had several proof readers and one of them said, "I wonder what happens to them when they go their separate ways?" Well, that birthed the idea along with a song I remembered from the 1990s performed by Big Tent Revival. It was titled the Two Sets of Joneses and contrasted the lives of two couples. One knew the Lord and the other didn't. I thought, "Hey, that would be a great way to show the difference that true faith makes." So the idea to alternate chapters between Tony and Hope was born and so was this story. Readers now get to see them with their respective spouses the year after the affair. It's not rosy on either side all the time, but they have their good moments and their bad. To find out what that entails you'll have to read the story.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
Um, which one? I've got bunches. Here are some future titles from my website…
In Sheep's Clothing (Sept 2011)
When Love Collides  (Dec 2011)
Out of Time  (June 2012)
Surprise Love  (Dec 2012)
Collette's Crusade  (June 2013)
Serena's Something  (Dec 2013)
And many more!

Thanks for being with us, Michelle!

Michelle is giving away a copy of Their Separate Ways. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.


Michelle Sutton said...

LOL! Thanks for hosting me, Patty. I really do sound like a nut case. Ha!

B. J. Robinson said...

Both books are great stories and both are reviewed on my blog. Blessings, BJ

Alison Strobel Morrow said...

I laughed when you said you don't cook, Michelle--me neither! If we ever meet in person we can share some Panda. :D Thanks for mentioning Composing Amelia; I'm pretty excited about that one! And good grief, girl--how do you write so many books so fast?!

Amy said...

I have not had a chance to read your books yet. I am putting them on my wishlist. Please enter me. Thanks.

sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

Diana Flowers said...

Please enter me! Thanks so much!


Marianne said...

Hi Michelle and Patty. Thanks for the fun post and giveaway. i tried the kissing a dog's nose infront of a guy who is pushy like that...(he's married) but it didn't work for me@ mitzi_wanham[at]yahoo[dot]com from Peace River Country Alberta

Diana Flowers said...

One can certainly tell I didn't get enough sleep last night. I forget my email on last post and spelled my own name wrong on this one. Sorry.:( My email addy for above comment is:


lgm52 said...

Love the book cover...and would love to win to read the book!

apple blossom said...

please include me thanks

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

ann said...

yes I would like to enter to win the book


Courtney said...

I've been really wanting to read one of Michelle's books!! Thanks for the chance to win! Fun Interview!!

kcmelone at yahoo dot com

margie said...

I enjoyed the interview and the book sounds very interesting. Would love an opportunity to win. Thanks! margie at mijares dot net

PriviesAndPrims said...

Sounds interesting!

priviesandprims at yahoo .com

Tracy Smith said...

Sounds like a really good book. Thank you for hosting this giveaway!

countrysunset40 (at) aol dot com

Linda Kish said...

I would love to win a copy of this book.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

Good interview. I'd like to win this book.


karenk said...

would love to read michelle's latest novel..thanks for the chance :)

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Katy said...

Thanks for the chance to win. Their Separate Ways looks interesting! :-)


Jo said...

Both of these books sound so good, Michelle. Would love to read them.


Meredith said...

I don't cook either, and Chipotle would be my first choice too!

meredithfl at gmail dot com

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