Sunday, February 19, 2012

Fay Lamb's Because of Me

Welcome to the Book Loft, Fay.
Is there a story behind this book?
So much of my heart has gone into this story, and I could spend an hour telling you about all the ways it is special to me, but the most important reason is that Because of Me embodies everything that I’ve prayed to God and talked with Him about my writing ministry.

Jesus is such a personal savior. He meets everyone where we are, and though we may walk down what we believe is a lonely path from time to time, when we look back, we see so clearly that Jesus was right there with us all along our way—even in the midst of turmoil we’ve brought upon ourselves. He doesn’t abandon us when we make mistakes.

I want readers to understand that God is in the details of our lives. Don’t mistake what I’m trying to say. God doesn’t condone our mistakes, but the forgiveness He gives us when we do is such a complete forgiveness that the truth of Romans 8:28 is even more precious. “All things” . . . the good and the bad. . . they all work together for good to them that love God. That means that even when we muddle through our life, messing things up, God has a plan for us. His thoughts are toward us, and they are always for good, as Jeremiah 29:11 tells us.

One of the biggest mistakes of my life was marrying early and not asking God’s direction. The second biggest mistake was divorcing the man I married and ending up a single mother. I never asked God about divorce. I knew what His answer would have been . . . what it always will be, but I moved forward on my own, clearly not in God’s will.

Yet I’m a living example that God’s forgiveness is something we cannot begin to comprehend. Today, I’m happily married to a man who raised my two sons to be the wonderful fathers that they are today. He did so as if those boys carried his DNA, and well, they inherited something much better than DNA from the man they call their father. I can definitely look back and say, “All things work together for good. . .”

What kind of books do you enjoy reading?
I tend to find a particular author and stick with them. I like a story filled with surprises and twists you don’t see coming. Currently, I indulge in Sharyn McCrumb’s Appalachian Ballad series. Sharyn has a way of weaving folklore into a contemporary story that will hold you spellbound.

If you were a style of music, what style would you be?
I have such an eclectic taste in music, and I suppose the answer to this question would differ from day to day. Let’s just say that you’ll find my style as somewhere between a Texas-country love song sung by Radney Foster and a rocking tune by Carolina Liar.

What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
Well, whatever I share with you, I know that one of my friends somewhere is going to say, “That isn’t her quirkiest moment,” but for a friend’s thirtieth birthday party I actually planned a slumber party built around one of our favorite television shows. When my friend arrived, she was greeted with posters from the British science fiction series, Primeval and our favorite actor in the show. I’d bought a child’s cake, complete with dinosaurs, a major portion of the television show), plunked the actor’s character picture into the middle of it, and filled a table in the room with all kinds of not-so-good-for-your treats, and we sat down to a marathon of the shows first three years of shows. My kids stopped by to view the insanity, my husband checked in on us from time to time, but we actually made it through the entire thirty-six hours without sleep.

I’m now planning the sequel to this event, which will include the final two seasons of the show for a total of forty-eight hours of non-stop Primeval.

Are there things you put off doing because you dread them?
Cooking. I can wrangle out of cooking dinner quicker than anyone you know. I absolutely hate what I consider the drudgery of the kitchen. And I married the right man. He has no qualms about avoiding my cooking. We joke about the local restaurants actually being our kitchen. In most cases, the waitresses try to guess what we’ll order, and in one place, our jumbo sweet iced teas are on the table before we sit down.

Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you. 
In my novel, Because of Me, the hero’s life verse is Job 13:15, “Thou He slay me, yet will I trust in Him, but I will maintain mine own ways before Him.”

This verse speaks of the type of steadfast faith we should have in our awesome Savior. No matter what we face, we need to trust in Him. The hero, Michael Hayes, has already been through so much. Everything he loved had been torn from him in one violent act against the girl he loved. Still, when Michael trusted Christ as his Savior, this is the verse he chose to cling to. As I wrote the story, I discovered, along with Michael, that sometimes when God slays us, it isn’t always a bad thing. God’s immeasurable mercy and grace toward us is something that slays me daily. No wonder Michael loves this Scripture.

What are you currently working on?
I have completed a second romantic suspense, Willow’s Path, and two contemporary romances, Charisse and Liberty. Currently, I’m working on two other romantic suspense novels and the last story in the contemporary romance series while editing a contemporary fiction entitled, Storms in Serenity. Beyond that I am excitedly looking forward to delving into a novel that includes the intriguing world of professional surfing.

You can purchase Because of Me on Amazon.

Fay is giving away a copy of Because of Me. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.


Lane Hill House said...

May my ways be His ways in me!! Thank you for the opportunity to win this book!

Joanne Sher said...

Just LOVE Fay - and this book sounds wonderful. Please enter me :)

Bethany said...

What a wonderful author-- and this book sounds fantastic!

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Marianne said...

Are the your other novels already in print, Fay? would love to read them, as well. Thanks for the chance to win. i am looking forward to it very much


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ann said...

this sounds like my kind of book. do hope I can get to read it. thanks
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Nancee said...

I would love to win a copy of Fay Lamb's book. Thank you for the offer.

Teela said...

Please enter me in this wonderful giveaway. I would love to read Fay's book! teelayoung at hotmail dot com

Amy R.S. said...

Please enter me. Thanks.

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Linda Kish said...

I would love to win a copy of this book.

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DebbieB said...

I would love to read your book.

Jody VanSickle said...

My dear friend, what a wonderful interview. We do love our Primevel don't we! God is such an awesome God, and His mercy to us is so great. Can't wait to read your newest novel. God bless!

apple blossom said...

sounds like a good book thanks for chance to win
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