One day late, but better late than never, right? :) I'll do my best to pick the winners from the past 2 spotlights by tonight. Going out of town for the weekend, so want to have this all done before then.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
DEBBIE FULLER THOMAS writes contemporary fiction from a historic Gold Rush town in Northern California. When she’s not working on her next book, she enjoys singing with Colla Voce of the Sierras with her husband and spending time catching up with her two adult children. Her debut novel, Tuesday Night at the Blue Moon is a finalist for the 2009 Christy Award and the 2009 ACFW Book of the Year.
by Debbie Fuller Thomas
Published by Moody Publishers
ABOUT THE BOOK
Four college roommates joined forces in the radical 60's and 70's to protest the war and champion the rights of women. But they had no way of knowing the impact their choices would have on Jude's daughter whom they all helped to raise in their off-campus apartment. Now a 30-something single woman, Rain wants to trade her career for a baby and her significant other has taken off for greener pastures. As one who has come to know God intimately, Bebe feels especially responsible because of a choice she made and a secret she kept. Is it too late to make things right for the young woman whom she considers a daughter?
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1. What gave you the inspiration for this story?
With the 40th anniversary of Woodstock this August, I wanted to explore the mistakes that many women have had to live with since that turbulent time. In particular, I read What Our Mothers Didn’t Tell Us by Danielle Crittenden which addresses the impact that 2nd wave feminism has had on a younger generation of women. Too many have put off childbirth until their late 30’s and are left to struggle with infertility and its many moral complications alone.
2. How much of your own experiences influenced your characters? What aspects became traits that were theirs and theirs alone?
I went to college in the mid-seventies, so some of the culture has been pulled from my own experiences, but I attended a Christian college and that’s where the similarities end. My husband and I suffered three miscarriages and were childless for nine years, so I definitely drew from those experiences in Rain’s story.
3. If your hero/heroine were an ice cream flavor, what would he/she be and why?
I would have to say Rainbow Sherbet because ‘Rain’ is short for ‘Rainbow,’ and the fact that they tell her she has an ice cream named after her.
4. Are there any themes in Raising Rain that you hope the reader sees? Are there any themes that weren't overt but developed as the stories progressed?
A strong theme is forgiveness for the past, both for ourselves and others. We have all made really big mistakes somewhere along the line and need to forgive ourselves. Often those mistakes affect the ones closest to us. Recognizing the need for healing and asking for it is also a theme that develops as the story moves along.
5. What were your most difficult parts to write? Your favorite?
The most difficult parts for me were the ones where Rain’s mother was recovering from her cancer treatments. I am a 12-year breast cancer survivor and still vividly remember those treatments and recovery. Like Jude, I knew I was getting distance from a treatment when I craved salsa, but it wasn’t always a good idea to indulge.
My favorite parts were the flashbacks of the four college students who helped to raise Rain when she was a baby. I could hear Jude, Bebe, Mare and Toni all talking in my head at the same time. They were all so very different, and the dynamics of their relationships could be volatile.
6. When is your next book coming out and what is the story?
Raising Rain debuts September 1st, and I’m working on my next proposal.
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