Hello readers! Today I am happy to welcome Kathi Macias, author of the Extreme Devotion series and several other great books, to Reviews By Jane!
Oh that's cool! My parents LOVE riding too! My dad even has the 100th Anniversary Road King. :-)
I can’t imagine writing any way except as I do—through the lens of the eyes and heart of faith that God has given me. Everything else is upside down and meaningless. Without a spiritual foundation for my stories, I would have nothing of value to offer my readers.
Did you base any of your characters on people you really know?
Indirectly. I don’t actually know Li Ying (as far as having met her personally), the lady who was my inspiration for Red Ink, but I feel as if I do. I first learned of her plight (serving a ten-year prison sentence in China for printing/distributing Christian literature) through Voice of the Martyrs. I follow her story through VOM’s updates and pray for her daily. It was a natural to base my main character, Zhen-Li, in Red Ink on the life and story of Li Ying, my own personal hero.
Oh yes - I found that very intriguing how you based that off of a real person's life.
Which book was your favorite to write?
I have to say that whatever book I’m working on at the time is my favorite, but I suppose if I had to pick one it would be No Greater Love, just because it “percolated” for nearly 20 years before I got the opportunity to write it. What a joy it was to watch that story unfold!
That's cool! I really enjoyed No Greater Love, too!
When you started writing, where did you begin? With an outline? Or did you just jump into it and let the story form as you wrote?
When I write nonfiction I usually have at least some sort of loose outline, but with fiction I have a starting place, an ending place, and a desired takeaway. Everything else surprises me through the lives of my characters as I tap, tap, tap on my keyboard.
You've written and published many books, fiction and non-fiction. Which one required the most research? Which took the longest time to write?
This series has required the most research because it’s my first international series. Of the four countries covered in the books (South Africa, Mexico, China, and Saudi Arabia) I have been to only one, which is Mexico, so the research was intense for all of them. None took long to write, as I was on a tight deadline with all of them. I generally write three or four books a year, so it keeps the old “nose to the grindstone,” to say the least! (Good thing I don’t believe in writer’s block!!!)
That’s a tough one, as I have many, but my all-time favorite novel is the one that helped solidify my desire to write No Greater Love, and that’s Cry the Beloved Country by Alan Paton. What a life-changing book! I highly recommend it.
Hmm I've never heard of him. I'll have to look into that!
Can you give us some insight on the fourth book in your series, People Of The Book - releasing April 2011?
People of the Book releases in April 2011. It is set in Saudi Arabia (primarily) and the Pacific Northwest (Washington State) secondarily. Two young women from Saudi Arabia connect with a young woman of Muslim descent (now a devout Christian) at a Saudi women’s chatline (something that is quite common in that country, as it is one of their few outlets to express themselves or have contact with the outside world). The three young women soon find their lives intertwined by a startling faith in Isa (Jesus) that the two Muslim girls had never even considered before. The results will touch the readers in ways they can’t even begin to imagine.
That sounds VERY interesting! I can't wait for it's release!
How can our reader's reach you?
I have two website and a blog: www.kathimacias.com; http://www.thetitus2women.com/; http://kathieasywritermacias.blogspot.com/ Readers can email me from the first two and leave comments on the third. I’d love to hear from them! I’m also on Facebook and Twitter.
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