Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Debut Novelist Elizabeth Maddrey

Hello Elizabeth and welcome to the Barn Door Book Loft. Is there a story behind your book Wisdom to Know?

In many ways, Wisdom to Know came from a combination of the type of book I’m always looking for as a reader and the 20 years I’ve spent doing pro-life ministry. While at its core, Wisdom to Know is a romance, it also delves into some issues that are hugely prevalent within the church, but very often swept under the rug. Still, there are so many people in our pews who are hurting because of an abortion, and that aspect of the storyline is drawn from having helped in a ministry that works with these hurting folks and helps them find a place of healing and forgiveness.

What distracts you from writing the easiest?

Honestly, I probably should take spider solitaire off my computer – it’s so easy to just open up a game and think “Oh, one quick game and then I’ll get back to it.” But then if I don’t win, I feel like I should get another chance and if I’m not careful, twenty minutes will have passed and I’ll have done nothing but move cards around. It’s ridiculous.

Those computer games are just too tempting, I know. If you could paint or sculpt like a famous artist who would it be and why?
I’d love to be able to paint like Frederic Church. (Or any of the painters in the Hudson River School category of artists.) The contrasts of light and dark and the realism that still has such an ethereal quality to it…I can sit and stare at them for hours. I can only imagine how incredible it would be to create something like that.

What makes you smile and/or laugh out loud?

I love a good pun. Or a bad one. My dad and I will frequently choose a subject and see how long we can carry on a conversation while incorporating puns. It tends to drive the rest of our family nuts, but, well, we enjoy it. 

What is your favorite season of the year?  

Fall. I grew up in Northern New Mexico, and the flaming orange of the Aspen trees is something that speaks to my soul. I also love how it’s warm during the day (but not hot) and then gets that crisp bite in the air at night. 

Sounds nice. Are there things you put off doing because you dread them? 

I really dislike doing any more than a cursory tidy-up of the house. At the same time, I hate knowing the house isn’t clean. So it’s this weird tug-of-war in my brain and I end up putting off things like really scrubbing the shower until it’s to the point that it takes four times longer than if I’d just keep up with it. Even knowing that though, I still put it off “just one more day.”

Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?   
God’s sovereignty and grace. Those sound like huge themes that kind of encompass all of Scripture, but they’re so critical to being able to rest in His hand, no matter what circumstances arise. They’re both also things that I think, if we’re honest, we all struggle with – no matter how long we’ve been a believer. The ideas behind them are so much more than we can really comprehend. But when we get to experience them first hand, it’s beautiful.

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

My next book, Courage to Change, is due out April 8, 2013. It’s the second book in the Grant Us Grace series (Wisdom to Know is book 1), and it’s the story of attorneys Allison Vasak and Phil Reid. We meet Allison in Wisdom to Know (she’s a friend of the hero, Kevin.) Phil came to Christ and his wife left him because of it. That hurt has him embracing the idea that Christians shouldn’t remarry, even though he’s drawn to his co-worker, Allison. As they work together on a case, Phil reevaluates his position – but his ex-wife is determined to create as much havoc as possible.

Thanks for sharing with us!

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Elizabeth Maddrey is giving away a copy of Wisdom to KnowTo be entered in the giveaway, leave a comment along with your e-mail address. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post for the author. Please note: The giveaway is for U.S. addresses only.


cjajsmommy said...

Thank you for telling us a little about yourself. I agree about things that are swept under the rug (and I won't say more than that because, well, I could write a book!). Please enter my name for a copy of your book. djragno (at) hotmail (dot) com

karenk said...

thanks for the opportunity to read this story

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Marianne Barkman said...

I enjoyed this interview. Thanks for the chance to win your novel.


Marianne Barkman said...

I enjoyed this interview. Thanks for the chance to win your novel.


ann said...

This is a book I would enjoy reading.Thanks for the interview - I always like reading them

Linda Kish said...

I would love to read this book.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Cindi A said...

I enjoyed the candid interview. Ü
Thanks for the opportunity to enter to win a copy of Wisdom to Know


KayM said...

Interesting interview. I've only been to Northern New Mexico once, but that was during late spring. It sounds like a lovely place to visit during the fall. thank you for offering an opportunity to win a copy of Wisdom to Know.
may_dayzee (at) yahoo (dot) com

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the great interview. I would love to read this book. Thanks for having the giveaway.


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