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Now let's revisit novelist Kathi Macias, author of The Doctor’s Christmas Quilt (New Hope Publishers, September 2013).
Kathi Macias is a multi-award winning author of more than forty books, including the 2011 Golden Scrolls Novel of the Year and Carol Award finalist, Red Ink.
A former string reporter and newspaper columnist, Kathi is also a popular speaker at writers’ conferences and women’s events. Named 2011 Author of the Year from BooksandAuthors.net, Kathi “Easy Writer” Macias lives in Southern California with her husband, Al.
She is actively involved in ministries supporting the persecuted Church around the world and also the rescue of victims held in human trafficking.
Please tell us three random things we might not know about you.
--I have 17 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.
--I was a cheerleader in junior high school, even though I didn’t know a touchdown from a touchback. (I just tried out because I loved the uniforms!)
--I am part of a “bookworm” family. Not only are there many voracious readers in our clan, but my brother and sister-in-law are both published authors.
Wow, quite a productive family in many respects, Kathi!
Please tell us a bit more about the plot of The Doctor's Christmas Quilt.
When her unwed medical student daughter discloses that she is pregnant, Dr. Laura Branson is torn between excitement and fear. Until now, her beliefs and stance on pro-life issues have been more theoretical than personal.
It isn’t until she receives a Christmas gift—a quilt that depicts the life of pioneer Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman doctor in America—that she is forced to wrestle with her beliefs. What does she really believe, and will she have the courage to stand by her convictions—especially when she learns the ugly details surrounding the entire situation?
What is it about Laura Branson that will make your readers care about her?
Dr. Branson is a strong Christian woman, as well as a dedicated physician who has sacrificed much in the way of financial gain in order to give medical care to those who can’t otherwise afford it. She is also a single parent who has struggled to put her only child through medical school. Her husband and son were killed in a car accident years earlier, and her daughter is the only family she has left. She wants a good life for her daughter and has fought to provide that for her; suddenly it is all threatened, and she finds herself wrestling with beliefs she once thought rock-solid.
It is a situation that many believers can relate to—not so much the particular circumstances, but rather the issue of coming face-to-face with formerly theoretical positions that have now become quite personal.
Put yourself into your lead character’s voice and give us an applicable sentence that incorporates the words, “goodbye” and “honestly” (or “honesty”).
“When I was forced to say goodbye to my beloved husband and son, I honestly never imagined that I would be forced to face such a heartbreaking situation again.”
What is the last novel you read that you would recommend?
Beneath the Dover Sky by Murray Pura. I enjoyed the romance and historical aspects, as do all of Murray’s novels.
What are you working on now?
I have two contracted works in progress: Precious in His Sight (nonfiction, Charisma Media) and A Christmas Gift (fiction, New Hope).
Where else can readers find you online?
Besides my website, www.kathimacias.com, I am on both Facebook and Twitter (primarily) and also Google and Goodreads.
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Finally, what question would you like to ask my readers?
Have you ever thought you had a strong position on some moral issue and then found yourself challenged about where you really stood when it became personal?
Thank you, Kathi, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Kathi has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, October 28. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Kathi's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.
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