Saturday, January 26, 2013

Please Welcome Lotis Key to the Loft

Is there a story behind your book Song of the Tree?
Yes. On the surface, it’s the story of a woman who lives through a terrible war, and in it, loses everything that makes up her life: her family, her husband, her home, her identity. She hates, and blames, the God she loved, for allowing her suffering and loss. The story, follows her bitter journey away from God, and the long road back to Him again.
On another level, it’s the story of the journey every Christian must make to the foot of the Throne. There is no trusting Him without sacrifice, and there is no relationship without trust.

What started you on your writing journey?
Since becoming a Christian (going on almost thirty years now) I’ve had a burning desire to tell people that God is wonderful. That He is beautiful. That the Creator and Sustainer of the universe, doesn’t have to concern Himself with us, yet He does. Out of love. Unbelievable, the most amazing story in the world … and the truest.

Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?
My brain is always, always, circling, and examining, the fact of God’s love. Why does He love us? I see it continually, but it’s hard to grasp hold of any logical reason for it. We are so … unlovely. I understand virgin birth, the creation of the world in eight days, the Trinity… however, the fact that He loves us, ALL of us, continues to stupefy me.

Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you.   
The Lord God has given me
the tongue of those who are taught,
that I may know how,
to sustain with a word,

him who is weary.
Morning by morning he awakens;
he awakens my ear
to hear as those who are taught.
The Lord God has opened my ear,
and I was not rebellious;
I turned not backward.  
                                     Isaiah 50

When I first read this, I thought, He wrote it for me. I’ve been an oral communicator most of my life, and my greatest joy, has been talking about Him. Trying to encourage the weary, and those, whose personal pain, is driving them away, from His love. It’s not without personal sacrifice, and sometimes, outright difficulty, but the honor and joy, of communicating Him, pushes everything else into the blurry background. These days, I mostly write about Him, but the pleasure is not diminished.

What makes you smile and/or laugh out loud? 
Just about everything. I have a condition called, “perpetual happiness”. I read somewhere that it’s linked to an excess of some particular chemical in the brain. Maybe chocolate.

Has some place you have traveled inspired something in your writing? 
Well, I’ve traveled most of my life, and I guess you just absorb things without realizing it at the time. I don’t ever remember looking at a place, or witnessing an event, and thinking, “Oh, I’m going to write about that someday….” Yet, when I’m writing, I’ll suddenly remember … a face, a tone of voice, the silence … It’s odd. Sometimes I don’t know I’ve taken something from my memory, and my husband will read my work and say, “Oh yes, that happened when we were in -----“.  Maybe, I’m just not that original.

If you could paint or sculpt like a famous artist who would it be and why? 
Whoa, this is like picking a favorite color … how can you, when they’re all so beautiful? Once upon a time, I worked as a gardener for a rich lady. She instructed me, “Don’t plant anything with blue flowers. I hate the color blue.” I was stunned.
Thinking about this question though … I would have to say, I remember an experience in the Galleria dell’ Accademia, in Florence, Italy. Here, live Michelangelo’s, “prisoners in stone”, his unfinished sculptures. He believed the artist was a tool of God, not creating, but simply revealing, work God had already done. Man’s job was to chip away the excess, and let God’s work shine forth.  From each block of marble, arms, legs, torso’s are emerging, not quite out, but still completely identifiable. It was such an emotional experience, I burst into tears.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it? 

My second novel, A Thing Devoted, just came out. It chronicles two years in the life of a Christian family devastated by adultery and divorce. Three, adopted, multi-racial children, struggle with the question of God’s seeming indifference to their pain. Ten year old Abster, a tiny spy in the house of loss and confusion, keeps a daily record of her observations.

“If you attend church weekly, and on time, are attentive in Sunday school, get full immersion baptism, tithe more than ten per cent, volunteer in the nursery, pray for missions, and really, truly believe in God, shouldn’t you be protected? Shouldn’t He keep terrible things from happening to you? I understand my obligations to Jesus, but what are His, to me?”

This intimate story of one family’s journey through fire, considers the purpose of suffering, its defining nature, and ultimately its life giving power.

Go to Lotis Key's website for purchase info:

Lotis is giving away a EBOOK copy of The Song of the Tree  via a free voucher with files for download to any device. 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.


Teela said...

Lotis, I loved your interview and it's wonderful that as a new Christian (3 yrs is still new to me) that you are a mature Christian and that you are using the gifts He gave you to share His word and the Gospel in your writing. I do not have an ereader and so I do no ask for the e-books. But I just wanted to let you know that your words encouraged this ole gal this morning. Thank you.

KayM said...

Lotus, your book, Song of the Tree, sounds wonderful! I would love to read it. Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy.

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Lisa Lickel said...

Hi, Lotis - it's lovely to see you here! Thanks for coming on over to share about your wonderful story.

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