Sunday, November 8, 2015

Interview with Christian Mystery Writer Brooke Cox

Welcome to the Barn Door Book Loft, Brooke. Is there a story behind your book Deadly Doll? 
Growing up, I never fit in with my family.  I was the little oddball. Even though I was very loved by them, they never did quite understand me. I wanted to reach out to others who didn’t always fit in either. The main character in Deadly Doll uses her uniqueness to solve her father’s death and a family mystery.

The doll on the front cover is real. My great grandfather worked in Alaska and sent the doll back to my mother when she was a small child. It really was handmade by Eskimos.

Question: What started you on your writing journey?  
As a child, I loved Snoopy and was fascinated by his adventures. In my “Peanuts” books, I saw him sitting on top of his dog house pecking out stories on his typewriter and I wanted to do that too. So at the tender age of 4, I would hand my relatives paper and a pencil so they could write down the stories I “made-up.”  After I grew up, I realized writing was my calling from God to help spread His word.

Question: What kind of books do you enjoy reading?
I love mysteries and romance. I’ll read anything by Agatha Christie, Mary Higgins Clark, Deborah Raney, Janice Thompson and Paula Mowery.  Paula has just released “For Our Good” and it’s an excellent read. Now my favorite book growing up was “A Wrinkle in Time” by Madeleine L’Engle.

Question: Which character in your new release most interested you while you wrote? Why?
The main character Brooksie.  I enjoyed and envied how daring and brave she is. How she dives into things head first.  But I also loved delving into her pain and watching her deal with it as she did what she had to do.  She grew but she still kept her fun side.  Talk about a ride of emotions as I wrote.

Question: If you were a style of music, what style would you be?
I would be rock music from the early 80s. I love to be upbeat and have fun.  And I can’t sit still for very long.

Question: What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
I sang and danced to Ginger Grant’s song “I want to be loved by you” from “Gilligan’s Island.” I wanted to boost morale in the office where I used to work, so one day I got one of the girls’ white feather scarf and went through the whole routine as best as I could remember it.  That was so much fun.

Question: What is your strangest habit?
I listen to my MP3 player and I sing and dance as  I work around the house. I even do this when I cook.  My husband gets frustrated since I can’t hear him when he’s trying to tell me something. LOL

Question: What makes you smile and/or laugh out loud?
Physical/slap stick humor will get me to laugh every time. That’s why I love to watch John Ritter and Lucille Ball. Remember the “I Love Lucy” episode where she sat her fake nose on fire?

Question: What is your favorite season of the year? 
Fall.  I love the feel of autumn in the air.  And I like sitting by a bon fire and hearing people tell old stories and legends.

Question: What do you like most about the area where you live and/or grew up?
I live in Knoxville, TN, which is the gateway to the Smoky Mountains. I grew up taking trips through the mountains. To me they have a majestic and spiritual quality about them.

Question: What is a favorite memory from your childhood?  
I grew up on my grandfather’s farm.  When it was harvest time, we would all sit together in the carport and husk corn or string and break the green beans. Papaw would sit out a fan and we would talk and laugh together as we worked.

Question: What did you want to be when you grew up?
When I was twelve years old, I wanted to be an astronomer.  The Heavens amaze and fascinate me.  How can you gaze into the beauty and wonders of outer space and not believe in God?  How wonderful are His works.

Question: Are there spiritual themes you like to write about? 
Being the person God designed you to be for His purpose. The only One you need to worry about pleasing is Jesus and not society, your family or your friends.

Question: Where do you escape for some quiet time to reflect, pray, read, etc?
It’s nice and quiet down stairs in my basement.  I can retreat from the world for a short time.

Question: Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you.
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew[a] you, before you were born I sat you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 1:5 (NIV) This refers to my spiritual theme of being the person Jesus designed you to be.  He created each one of us for a specific purpose.  Don’t be afraid of it.
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 Brooke Cox is giving away a copy of Deadly Doll. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses.
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cjajsmommy said...

You made me go look up that scene from Gillligan's Island and that lead to other things and well, here I am a half hour later, lol. Thanks for the walk down Memory Lane!

I enjoyed this interview and getting a glimpse into who you are. I'm guessing we are about the same age. There's a line in your bio here about you and your husband: "She knew the moment she saw Tim, he was the one God intended for her." Same thing for me, but it was actually our second meeting. The first time I met him, he was heading to seminary, Catholic seminary, you know, to be a priest (who don't get married). The second time I met him, was six months later and I said to him, "You don't look like a seminarian," and he replied, "That's because I'm not, I only lasted six weeks." And that was when I clearly heard the Lord say, "This is the man you will marry."

Sorry for the rabbit trail ramble, but I love when I read an interview and something immediately clicks for me. I'd love to win a copy of your book.

KayM said...

Good interview. I enjoyed the interesting answers. It is so unique that Brooke at such a young age would have others write down her stories.

Connie said...

Thanks for letting us know you better. I still love "I Love Lucy" and Mary Higgins Clark is the one author who caused me to grab her newest book before I had cataloged it at our library. I always respected the desires of our patrons all during the year until April and that is usually when her books were released!
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Kim Amundsen said...

New author for me looking forward to reading your books. kamunden44ATyahooDOtcom. North Platte Nebraska.

Anonymous said...

Love your choice of bible verse! Shelia Hall sheliarha64(at)yahoo(dot)com

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