Saturday, January 10, 2015

A Warm Welcome to Delia Latham

Is there a story behind your book JINGLE BELLE?
Jingle Belle was written as the Christmas offering for the Pure Amore Book Club. I wanted to make it fun, but also have a serious thread running through. I wound up with a hard-headed Italian restaurateur pitted “against” a hot-headed Irish-American jingle writer. I love these characters, and had such a great time writing their story.
I was honored and blessed by the invitation to be a part of Pure Amore’s first year line-up. Chastity before marriage has become almost unheard of. I find it sad that today’s young people are rarely taught sexual abstinence before marriage, as is outlined in the Bible. Instead, they are taught “safe sex.” They don’t know that their virginity is a treasure, meant to be given as a once-in-a-lifetime gift to their husband or wife. It’s such a blessing to be part of a team attempting, through an entertaining read, to plant seeds in the hearts of today’s youth, to make them think about what they’re throwing away when they play at making love.

What distracts you from writing the easiest?
Oh, the internet, hands down! I get online intending to research, and wind up on Facebook or some other social media site. Or I’ll take a break and go online purposely to be distracted, but intending only to take a half-hour break. Two hours later, I’ll realize I’ve just thrown away that long on Candy Crush or some other silly game.

Which character in your new release most interested you while you wrote? Why?
I loved Belle’s character. She’s such a fiercely independent, modern woman…and yet she has this core of vulnerability that piqued my curiosity from the beginning. What made her so vulnerable? How had she managed to reach her mid-twenties still possessing a sweet innocence that isn’t common in educated, career-driven women? Finding the reasons for Belle being who Belle is was an interesting and enjoyable journey.

If you were a style of music, what style would you be?
Country Western, without a doubt. I’m nothing if not the gal next door.

What is your strangest habit?
Some people find it a little odd that Dr. Pepper is my morning “coffee.” I’m still trying to figure out what’s so odd about preferring one kind of caffeine over another. lol

What makes you smile and/or laugh out loud?
In my personal opinion, nothing is more contagious than genuine, from-the-belly laughter. Watching someone else laugh until their sides hurt and tears drip off their chins…well, I just have to laugh along. And a baby laughing so hard they can barely breathe? Yeah, that’s the best of the best.

What is a favorite memory from your childhood?
I was always a daddy’s girl. My dad was a sweet, very quiet-spoken, gentle man. He worked hard, most of the time doing farm work of one type or another. He was always clean-shaven, but he had to work at it—Dad shaved every morning and every night. One of my favorite, very tactile memories, is of rubbing my cheek against his when he first came home at night, sporting a five o’clock shadow. I loved the feel of his bristly whiskers against my face. Daddy would always laugh and shake his head. “You’re going to scratch that pretty face,” he’d say. Every time. But I didn’t care. Being held in Daddy’s strong arms, and feeling the touch of his cheek against mine, was worth a scratch or two. I will never forget how it felt—and I have used this memory in more than one novel.

Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you.

This first verse is my daily prayer, because I need a new heart every day that I live:

Psalm 51:10Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

And this one I love because it so clearly states where a Christian’s mind should dwell. If I’m thinking outside these parameters, I know my mind is on the wrong track.

Philippians 4:8— Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

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

I’ve just signed a 4-book contract with Pelican Book Group for the Paradise Pines Lodge Series, set in and around the beautiful, Central coast community of Cambria, California. Paradise Pines, a former fishing lodge tucked into the Cambria pines and various other stately old trees common to the area, will host seasonal visitors in the apartment on its upper floor. Each of the four heroines in this series will be a guest in a separate season (starting in the spring with SPRING RAINE) and will, of course, find far more than a beautiful place to vacation. As is often the case with my novels, a bit of divine intervention could very well be going on behind the scenes, as well…

About Delia:
DELIA LATHAM is a born-and-bred California gal, raised in a little California farming community called Weedpatch and currently living in the lovely mountain town of Tehachapi with her husband, Johnny. She enjoys multiple roles as Christian wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend, but especially loves being a princess daughter to the King of Kings. She has a "thing" for Dr. Pepper, and loves to hear from her readers. Contact her through her website or send an e-mail to

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Delia Latham is giving away a copy of Jingle Belle.  The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses.
To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You may enter the book giveaway twice -- once on each spotlight post. (It's not too late to go back and leave a comment on yesterday's post.)

Off to read another great book!
Sandra M. Hart


Holly Michael said...

Love both of these scripture verses and Delias book sounds fascinating

Carol Q. said...

Book sounds great. would love to read it

Susan Johnson said...

This book sounds really good. Thank you for the chance to win a copy.
susanmsj at msn dot com

Robin Bunting said...

great interview. would love a copy of Jingle Belle. thank you for introducing new to me authors. love reading about them. great scriptures with which to being each and every day.

Deanna Stevens said...

A hard-headed Italian restaurateur pitted “against” a hot-headed Irish-American jingle writer. Now that is going to be interesting for sure! thanks for the chance to be gifted a copy :)
dkstevensneAT outlook DotCOm

LoRee Peery said...

Dr Pepper for breakfast... do you drink it hot, Delia? I love it that way.

Linda Kish said...

This sounds like a fun story to read. And, Dr Pepper in the morning isn't strange. Caffeine is caffeine.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Loraine Nunley said...

Jingle Belle sounds like a fun read. Thanks for the giveaway!

Anonymous said...

Hi Delia. I love the name of the place where you were raised. Texas has so many fun names of towns. You check the list sometime. Your book sounds very interesting and I would love to win it. Thanks for the chance, Thanks to BDBL for having you as a guest.
Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

Delia Latham said...

Hello, everyone! Sorry I'm so late...but what a joy to come by and find so many great comments. I appreciate your interest in JINGLE BELLE, and the opportunity to have it showcased here on TBDBL.

Delia Latham said...

Hi, LoRee! No...I never quite developed a taste for Dr. Pepper hot. I like mine full of crushed ice. But maybe I'll try it hot again, just because YOU like it that way! lol

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