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 51:10—Create 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
. Paradise Pines, a former fishing
lodge tucked into the Cambria, California 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…
DELIA LATHAM is a born-and-bred
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
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Sandra M. Hart