Blog hop tour - The Next Big Thing

Last week, Maureen Lang was kind enough to tag me for this blog hop tour, so if you found me at her site, thanks for stopping by! Rebekah is my latest release, so if you want to know more, here is a bit about that story: The Next Big Thing:

What is the working title of your book?

 The title of my upcoming release is Rebekah: A Novel, Book two in the Wives of the Patriarchs series.

Where did the idea come from for the book?

I have always loved biblical fiction, and especially like to explore the stories of the Old Testament women. The Patriarchs are such key men of Scripture, the receivers of the promises of God. But what about their wives? Who were they? Writing their stories allows me to dig deeper into their history and imagine.

What genre does your book fall under?

Biblical fiction or historical inspirational fiction.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Before I begin a book, I make a picture idea board where I “cast” my characters for the story. For Rebekah, I cast Rachel Weisz for Rebekah’s character and David Strathairn is Isaac.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Can love heal the rift between two souls?

Back cover copy:

When her beloved father dies and she is left in the care of her conniving brother Laban, Rebekah knows her life has changed forever. Though she should be married by now, it’s clear that Laban is dragging his feet, waiting for a higher bride-price to line his pockets. When she is given a chance to leave her home to marry Isaac, a cousin she has never even seen, Rebekah’s hope for the future is restored. Little does she know what a wondrous and heart-wrenching journey she is beginning.

As Rebekah experiences the joy of young love and the bitterness of misunderstanding and betrayal, her resolve will be tested. When the rift between her and Isaac grows so wide it is surely too great to be mended, can she trust the God of Isaac’s father Abraham to bridge the gap?

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

My books are published by Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

Four to five months.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

Francine Rivers Lineage of Grace series; Angela Hunt’s Shadow Women; Lynn Austin’s Gods and Kings.

Who or What inspired you to write this book?

This book was part of a three-book contract, but I will be honest in saying that I did not know what the story would be until I started to write it. There is very little on Isaac and Rebekah in Scripture, and I feared there was little to tell. This book was the hardest I have written to date. I prayed and stressed over every scene, but when I came to the end, I realized I had a story that I loved far more than I expected to!

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

Rebekah is a story of relationships - between husband and wife, mother and son, and father and son, and the disfunction that can come when favoritism, miscommunication, and distrust seep into our lives. Both Isaac and Rebekah face some of life’s toughest questions, but they also find hope in the answers they discover.

Thanks for stopping by on the blog hop tour!  Next week, January 16th, be sure to check out these fine authors:

Sunni Jeffers:

Anne Elisabeth Steng:

Donita K. Paul: