Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Welcome Back, Michelle Sutton
What is your favorite scripture verse and why does it resound with you?
My favorite scripture verse is Romans 8:11-13 (well, technically it's three verses) because that was the first portion of scripture that opened my eyes to the fact that something has to change inside your heart for your spirit to be reborn, and that was what I had been missing in my life before I gave my life to Christ. The power that raised Jesus from the dead wasn't living in me. That was the reason why I couldn't truly change before when I tried to do it on my own.
In your latest book, is there a story--an inspiration behind it that gave you the desire to write it?
At first I was just trying to write a story that my agent said was being sought after at the time. They wanted NASCAR stories, so I whipped up a chapter and a synopsis and handed it in. Needless to say some better known authors were chosen, not to mention that my opening was just a bit…edgy.
In the opening scene this famous racecar driver is looking though his bedroom window while he's talking on the phone. He has binoculars in his suitcase since he just returned from a trip. He adjusts the binoculars and sees a girl sunbathing in the backyard next door that he's not met before. Of course, being a worldly playboy, he must meet her. She is not impressed, however, and tells him to get lost after he teases her about how she will get a nasty burn from laying out in the sun to long. The problem is that he's right. She gets a really bad sunburn and can barely move (she is also a burn unit nurse by trade and knows better than to roast her skin) so she goes to him for help. This starts an unlikely friendship that eventually blossoms into more.
But what I wanted to show in this story was a man who was used to having any girl he wanted and anything he wanted suddenly humbled and searching for God. His best friend had been witnessing to him for years, but to no avail. And the heroine is a young woman who used to have strong faith and had backslidden in her walk with the Lord. She is very insecure with the hero because he gets attention everywhere he goes and she feels like she needs to compete with his many female admirers. So she does some dumb stuff. There is a lot of tension as well because he is trying to behave and show his father he is responsible so his dad will give him the family business and he can retire from racing. What begins as a ruse becomes the real thing.
Do you have a favorite character in your book that is dear to your heart?
Donny the sexy racecar driver is my favorite character, of course. Why? Because I always say there is nothing sexier than a man who strives to keep his passions under control, and this man is newly saved and not used to denying himself anything. He's very heroic, in my opinion, and did I mention sexy? LOL!
Now, a couple of fun questions:
If you could choose a favorite meal, where would it be and with whom would you want to share it?
Of course, I'd share it with my husband. A favorite meal? I like so many things! It's hard to choose just one.
Where would you like to live permanently if you could have a choice? Why?
Somewhere exotic, like Hawaii. I love the whole "beach at night" thing. Now that I'm getting older I just get funky age-spots (that look like large freckles) on my face, so I'm not into the tanning scene at all. But walks on the beach at night and watching the sun set? I'd love to treasure those times.
Please tell us where readers can stay in touch with you and where to purchase your book.
My website is www.michellesutton.net and my book can be purchased anywhere ebooks are sold. However, when the book is purchased directly from the publisher there is no middle man taking all the profits and leaving the publisher and I will a little bit to share. If people could purchase the book straight from the publisher in their preferred e-format, that's my preference. Here is a link to the publisher's page where you can purchase one of several different formats…
Michelle is giving away a copy of Out of Time. 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.