Friday, December 27, 2013

Florida Author Fay Lamb

Welcome to the Book Loft, Fay! Is there a story behind your book Better than Revenge?

Better than Revenge is a book that is in its second life. Currently, the story was published as Because of Me. The publisher who contracted the story went out of business, but God is good, and I had already contracted with my current publisher for a number of books. When it was learned that this story was available, my editor had a vision for the story, and with the help of my friend and screenwriter, Tony Denman, I added a little bit more information to the plot, which I believe makes it a much stronger story. I should note that Tony is the scriptwriter, actor, and producer for the Better than Revenge book trailer, and he is currently working on a script for the book.

This story does have my heart, though, because its basic theme is an issue that many struggle to obtain: a Christ-like forgiveness. I even had one individual in the industry tell me that Christ-like forgiveness is impossible. To that, I have to ask: Why did Christ set the biggest example of forgiveness when He died for our sins?

Which character in your new release most interested you while you wrote?

That’s an easy one: Michael Hayes. I met Michael one cool autumn day while sitting on my porch. Michael, unshaven, his hair a little scraggly, and his young face filled with tension, began to tell me his story. “There’s a young boy, Cole. I’m not his father, but he’s definitely on this earth because of my actions. I allowed something horrible to happen to his mother, but I still love her. I despise the kid, though. I’ve forgiven another for so much more, and Cole’s only fault is that his father is the man who took everything from me. How can I learn to love this child and protect his mother from the man who can again take her from me?” And as easily as Michael entered my imagination, he turned and walked away. When a character comes to you so vividly and with so much pain, you begin to wonder about Christ-like forgiveness, and if you’re an author of fiction, you explore that issue with story.

What started you on your writing journey?

I really can’t tell you when I started writing because I believe I began telling stories long before I could write. My sister was thirteen years older than me. She married when I was seven. My mother was single, and she worked up to sixteen hours a day, so I was a latchkey kid from a very early age, sometimes sitting in her car outside the store where she worked from the time I arrived after school until eleven at night. What better activity for a child with an overactive imagination is there than storytelling. My mother might have believed I was the only kid she was raising, but in my imagination, I had lots of siblings and friends. I praise the Lord for this time in my life. I believe it shaped me for a lifetime of storytelling.

Let's have some fun. If you were a style of music, what style would you be?
I’m so eclectic in my musical tastes. I would be a mixture of styles, I believe: Anywhere from beach music to Broadway tunes.

What is your strangest habit?

I have a habit that makes people laugh. I grew up in the South (that’s my excuse), and somewhere along the way, I developed my own way of saying certain words. For example: With certain words that start with an “H,” I do not pronounce the sound. Human becomes Uman. Humor is Umor; Humility is Umility. Now, I do pronounce humble correctly. Once when I was asked to introduce author Kaye Dacus during a conference, I was horrified to see her bio included three such words that I would pronounce without the “H.” Having been laughed at many times, I actually printed those words in large letters so that I would say them correctly.

There are other words, like naked, which I say necked. However, I was vindicated while watching Gone with the Wind. Scarlett says necked for naked.

What makes you smile and/or laugh out loud?

You can always tell when I am at some low in my life. Maybe something isn’t going as expected, or it could be that I have a lot on my mind. Those are the times when I begin to look for the extraordinary in ordinary. A trip to the grocery store with my dear mother-in-law can turn into quite an experience when I remind her that we have four boxes of aluminum foil in the cupboard, and she waves the box she’s intent on buying and says, “One may never have enough aluminum foil.”

I believe life should be lived large, even if you’re feeling small. This doesn’t mean to exaggerate or to brag, but look into those ordinary occurrences and find the umor in them. Then laugh with abandon. Share the experience. Make others laugh. This is why I love Facebook so much. I love to share and to have people say I make them laugh.

What is your favorite season of the year? 

I have two favorite seasons. I love the spring. It’s the time when there is still a chill in the air, and color is returning to the earth. Dogwood laces the mountains, and I am anxious to get to Western North Carolina to witness the change.

I love the fall because the colors are changing again. The chill returns, and the mountains look like a canvas that God changes daily.

Where is your favorite place to travel/vacation in?

I think I gave that away above, but like the seasons, I have to favorite places, completely different. I love the mountains of Western North Carolina.
I also love the ambiance of a small island off the west coast of Florida called Cedar Key.

North Carolina is a beautiful state. Has some place you have traveled inspired something in your writing?

Both the mountains and Cedar Key have given me a wealth of story. My Amazing Grace series is set in the mountains of Western North Carolina in fictional, but easily recognizable towns in that areas. My Serenity series is set in an island town, and it is modeled after my bellowed Cedar Key.

Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?  

I take on many issues in my novels, whatever genre I write, but the overwhelming theme of each is the power behind Romans 8:28. This one verse tells us that God is always in the details, and this is what I try to portray for the reader. No matter what happens to us, the good and the bad, God has a plan for us, and He will work good—whether we are at fault for our troubles or whether bad has happened to us. This isn’t a scripture that one should throw around lightly, and I am very careful of that, but I look at the cross as the depth of that verse. All things good … God sent Christ to die on the cross for us, to take upon Him our sin. No father would think that a good thing. Yet, God suffered this as both Father and Son, and He proved to us that in Christ’s suffering, there arose good.

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

I have several books that will release in 2014. Everybody’s Broken and Frozen Notes are the next two books in the Amazing Grace series, and they follow the release of Staling Willow (May 2013) and Better than Revenge. Three books will be released in the Ties that Bind series in 2014 and 2015: Libby, Hope and Delilah follow the July, 2013 release of Charisse.

Thanks for sharing with us today!

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Fay Lamb is giving away a copy of Better Than Revenge. To be entered in the giveaway, leave a comment along with your email 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.


Jackie McNutt said...

I enjoyed learning more about Fay and her writing. Thank you for review. I also like her term Christ like forgiveness.

Cindi A said...

This interesting interview has me very curious about the book. Sounds like a good solid Christian fiction. Please add my name to the drawing for a copy.

Patty said...

Thanks for the interview and giveaway ladies! I love discovering new southern authors...


Linda Yezak said...

I remember seeing and loving that book cover once before. So intriguing!

Fun interview!

Linda Kish said...

I always think it's interesting how authors meet their characters. It's like they are totally fleshed out as real people. So interesting. This book sounds great. I'd love to be the lucky recipient.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Patricia Bradley said...

Fay is such an interesting's no wonder her characters are riveting. Would love to win her book. pat at ptbradley dot com

sm said...

Interesting story of revenge and forgiveness. Love to win your book. sharon, CA wileygreen1(at)yahoo(dot)com

Anonymous said...

Helo Karen. Thanks for introducing Faye. I would love to win her book. Thanks! Maxie

Fay Lamb, Editor said...

I'm enjoying reading the comments, and I thank each of you for your interest. I always love to connect with readers!

Deb R. said...

I enjoyed this interview and would like to read her book. cjajsmommy (at) gmail (dot) com

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