Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Today's Guest is Kathy Harris

Kathy Harris is an author by way of a "divine detour" into the Nashville
entertainment business. After graduating with a Communications degree from
Southern Illinois University, she moved to Nashville, Tennessee, to work with a well-known gospel music quartet. A few months later, The Oak Ridge Boys
began their transition into country music, and Kathy had the opportunity to help build an entertainment empire from the ground up.

She worked her way to becoming a member of the Operations Management
Team, eventually heading up the company's public relations and marketing
department. A lifelong fascination for books and editing led to her working as a book agent for Oak Ridge Boys' vocalist Joe Bonsall. Joe subsequently
published four books, including his bestselling inspirational biography, G.I. Joe & LillieFor several years, Kathy freelanced entertainer biographies and wrote, as well as ghost wrote, news stories and columns for various music publications. In 2007, she sold her first Christian non-fiction story, "Walk on Water," which was included in Thomas Nelson's All My Bad Habits I Learned from Grandpa. That fall, one of her devotions was included in The One Year Life Verse Devotional, published by Tyndale House. Kathy's writing is also included in Chicken Soup for the Soul Thanks, Mom.

An active member of American Christian Fiction Writers and the publicity officer for Middle Tennessee Christian Writers, Kathy lives near Nashville with her husband and their two Shiloh Shepherd dogs. She regularly interviews literary and music guests on her blog, DivineDetour.

Connect with Kathy:
Kathy Harris website, Facebook, and Twitter @DivineDetour

Welcome Kathy! Is there a story behind The Road To Mercy?
I wrote the prologue based on a childhood experience. The rest of the story evolved from the idea that one baby, one human life, can have a far-reaching impact on the lives of many people.

What started you on your writing journey?
I've loved writing since I was a young girl and pursued it in college. Then my life took an unexpected turn. I took a job in Nashville, in the music business, where I’ve worked for more than 30 years. I decided one day, about ten years ago, that it was time to make good on my childhood dream of writing books.

What distracts you from writing the easiest?
Just about everything. Ha! That’s why I write at a coffee shop.

Seriously, I’m one of those people who wants to have everything organized . . . or at least make an attempt at it. I work better when I write within a set routine.

What kind of books do you enjoy reading? 
Almost anything set in the modern day or future—women’s fiction, romantic suspense, romance, spec/fantasy—and select historicals.

I recently read and enjoyed Nikki Arana’s The Next Target, Chris Fabry’s Not in the Heart, and Siri Mitchell’s Chateau of Echoes. And one of my favorite authors is Tamara Leigh. I recommend starting with her first CBA book, Stealing Adda, and continuing from there. :)

Which character in your new release most interested you while you wrote?
Good question . . . I would say Dr. Abrams. He was also the most difficult to write. He’s on a journey of faith that spans generations. I love the Biblical concept that we can/will be blessed by the actions and prayers of those who came before us. It’s true for his life.

If you were a style of music, what style would you be?
If we are what we listen to, I would be Contemporary Christian and worship music.

What is your strangest habit? 
Maybe talking on behalf of my dogs? Or does every writer do that? :)

Doesn't everyone who loves their dog? What is your favorite season of the year?
I love summer.  

What's your favorite meal with family and friends? Can you share a recipe with us?
Oh . . . so many. I love cooking. We eat reduced sodium meals because of health concerns. I’ve learned over the past couple of years that you can cook “lower sodium” without compromising flavor. The trick is to use the sodium wisely. I’ll share an enchilada recipe. It’s one of our favorites.

Lower sodium cooking tips:  Use fresh whenever possible. Pickled and processed foods often contain large amounts of sodium. I also compare brands to find the lowest sodium product available (i.e. cheeses, salsa, broth, etc.).


½ large red bell pepper, diced
1 fresh jalapeño pepper, diced
1 tbsp oil
1 large onion, diced
2 cans chicken breast in water (drained)
3 cups chicken broth (divided)
1 tsp paprika (divided)
1 bar of (low fat) cream cheese, cut into pieces
2 cups Mexican cheese
10 corn tortillas
Additional grated Mexican cheese for topping

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly oil a large baking dish. Set aside.
In large non-stick skillet, over medium heat, cook bell peppers and jalapeño peppers. Sauté 5-6 minutes. Add onion; sauté 4-5 minutes.
Add drained chicken, 2 cups chicken broth, and half of the paprika. Simmer to reduce some of the liquid.
In the meantime, pour 1 cup chicken broth into a saucepan, place over low-medium heat. Add cream cheese and remaining paprika. Cook and stir until smooth. Add 2 cups Mexican cheese and stir until melted. Set aside.
Warm 8-10 small corn tortillas in microwave (about 30 seconds). Fill tortillas with chicken mixture (using slotted spoon). Roll and place seam side down in prepared baking dish. Once all of the tortillas are in the pan, pour some of the remaining liquid over them to wet. There may be as much as a quarter to a half inch in the bottom of the pan when finished.
Pour the cheese sauce over the tortillas. Sprinkle extra cheese over the top. Bake uncovered until bubbly and lightly browned, approximately 30-40 minutes.
Serve with unsalted corn tortilla chips and low-sodium salsa!

Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you. 
Luke 12:31 ESV Seek the kingdom of God above all else, and he will give you everything you need.

Shortly after I moved to Nashville, I made the acquaintance of a young songwriter/musician who introduced me to the idea of putting your life fully into the hands of God. I was fascinated with the idea that you could/should rely on God for the little things in life, not just salvation. I wanted faith like that! His witness had a huge impact on me.

Interestingly, this particular man went on to write and record several pop and country hits. God truly blessed his reliance on Him.

The Road To Mercy is available at:

Kathy Harris is giving away a copy of The Road To MercyThe giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.

Read wherever you wander.
 The Wandering Writer,


Raquel Byrnes said...

I saw a post on this book on another blog too! You are buzzing, lady! Congrats on your new release. Sounds so powerful!

cjajsmommy said...

I've had a taste up for a few weeks for enchiladas but hadn't found a recipe I wanted to try yet. Yours looks good, so maybe one day soon I'll try them. Please enter my name in the giveaway for your book. djragno (at) hotmail (dot) com

karenk said...

thanks for sharing your recipe...sounds delicious...

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Jo said...

Love, love, love Mexican food. Good thing since I live in Southern
Arizona. This sounds so good!


Amy R.S. said...

Your recipe sounds so good. Please enter me. Thanks.

sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

Hello! Good to learn something about Kathy. I would like to win her book, "The Road To Mercy" Maxie ( mac262@me.com )

Kathy Harris said...

Thanks, Raquel. It's busy but lots of fun :)

Kathy Harris said...

Cjajsmommy, hope you enjoy the recipe -- or your own version of it!

Kathy Harris said...

Hi, KarenK! Good luck with the drawing!

Kathy Harris said...

Jo, I love Mexican food too! We usually have it in one form or another every week : )

Kathy Harris said...

Thanks, Amy! Good luck with the drawing!

Kathy Harris said...

Mac262, good luck with the drawing!

Kathy Harris said...

Thanks to everyone for stopping by and commenting today ... and good luck with the drawing.


Anonymous said...

would love to get this book for my wife. And she will be trying your recipe; I insist on it.
Leon Nead
1900 E Hammett Rd
Hart, MI 49420

Linda Kish said...

I would love to win a copy of this book.

Thanks for the recipe. I love chicken enchiladas and do need to lower my sodium.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Lisa Lickel said...

Nice to meet you, Kathy - the book sounds fascinating! You inspired me to make chicken enchiladas for supper last night.


tickmenot said...

I love what you said about the Bible verse, Luke 12:31. That is a very inspiring way to live.

Please enter me in the contest.



Jes said...

"one baby, one human life, can have a far-reaching impact on the lives of many people" - so true! A close friend was one baby whose 40 year old mother almost aborted her but thankfully did not - she has been a blessing to so many people in her life and whenever I think of her mother's decision not to abort her I rejoice and thank God.

jswaks at gmail dot com

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