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Interview: Steve, Hero from Sharon Srock’s Newest Book

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I’m so excited about Sharon Srock’s newest book, Terri, in her Women of Valley View series! Have you purchased your copy yet? If you haven’t, you might could win the one that I’m giving away!

And today, we actually have a MAN from the book visiting on Faith~Driven Fiction. I hope you enjoy getting to know STEVE, the hero from the book Terri. As your getting to know him, see if you can determine the type of hero he is! And don’t miss a special treat at the very end of the interview, a preview of Terri by Sharon Srock! Oh and leave a comment and email if you want to win a copy of Sharon’s book. Tell me what type of hero you think STEVE is!

Terri by Sharon Srock

Okay, Steve, you’re not bad-looking for a fella your age, but that baby … SUPER STINKIN’ CUTE!

Marji: Steve, when did you first discover that you were a writer?

Steve: Writing has always been my passion. I have a degree in journalism and worked for a handful of magazines when I was younger. Once God delivered me from the drugs, I found that passion renewed, but leading me in a different direction. Now I write non fiction stories of God’s hope and deliverance.

Marji: So thankful that the Lord plays a strong role in your life. So besides when you came to know Him, what is the happiest day in your life?

Steve: Oh, that’s easy. The day I saw my daughters after ten years of separation. I don’t have words.

Marji: (I’m sensing some definite wounds here!) If you could travel back in time when and where would you go?

Steve: I’d go back to a point when my daughters were small, before the drugs took over my life. I’d hope that the second time around, I’d be smarter.

Marji: (So a writer with regrets … interesting.) Tell us about the kinds of books you enjoy reading.

Steve: Science fiction mostly. I’m a big Star Trek fan. There are scores of books in that franchise, plenty of mindless entertainment when I have the time.

Marji: (I think I’ve pegged his hero type. How about you?) What three things about you would surprise readers?

Steve: I’m a romantic. I’d love to get married again and have more babies. People watching is my favorite sport.

Marji: I like people-watching, but I’d still have to lean toward NASCAR. So what do you hope readers will take away from the books you write?

Steve: That no matter how far they fall, they can still be reached  by a God that loves them, but they have to meet Him halfway.

Marji: I’m so thankful that God met me in my fallen state! What can you tell us about your current project?

Steve: Now that my family is reunited, I’ve finished my own story of redemption. I’m waiting for God to show me the subject matter for my fourth book.

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Marji: This book has such great promises. I’m looking forward to enjoying your story, Steve and thanks for sharing with us!

Your Turn: Soooooo. Whaddya think? Based on what we’ve been learning about hero types (Check out this link from last week’s post and follow the others from there.) what sort of man is this guy? I’ll give you my thoughts on the matter on Wednesday when we study the next character type.

Here’s a little about Sharon.

Sharon Srock lives with her husband, Larry, and two dogs in Rural Oklahoma. She is a mother, grandmother, and Sunday School teacher. Sharon has one and three-quarters jobs and writes in her spare time. Her favorite hobby is traveling with her grandchildren. She is a member of the ACFW and currently serves as treasurer for her local chapter. Sharon’s debut novel, The Women of Valley View: Callie released in October 2012. The second in the series, The Women of Valley View: Terri releases in April 2013.

Connect with her at her Blog, or Facebook, Twitter, or Goodreads.

Info for Terri.

Despite a bustling day care center and a new foster child, Terri Hayes hungers for a family of her own. Then a plumbing mishap leaves her homeless and questioning God’s plan. Steve Evans’s gracious offer of his basement apartment as a temporary solution is an answered prayer.

Steve is a successful writer and a good father, but Terri is horrified when Steve’s book research leads him to a harsh confrontation with the parents of her foster child.  She needs to distance herself from Steve, but her efforts fall short as his two scheming daughters plot to make Terri their new stepmother.

Will harsh words and sneaky plans drive Kelsey’s family further apart and put a wedge between Terri and Steve? Or does God have another plan in store?

Don’t forget to leave a comment with your thoughts and email address to be entered in a giveaway for this great book! And check out the links below to nab a copy for yourself without waiting. Contest closes on Thursday, May 2 at 11:59PM. Winner announced on Friday, May 3.

Barnes and Noble:  http://tinyurl.com/cud7xb6
Pelican book group:  http://tinyurl.com/cd5zqar

And here’s something extra special. An excerpt from Terri.

Terri Hayes chewed her bottom lip and prayed. Outside her windows on this sunny Friday afternoon, the Oklahoma summer persisted in spite of the September date circled on her calendar. Her hands sweated, and she clasped them behind her back. She would have raked them through her hair, but she wanted to telegraph calm and collected, not the nervous anticipation churning like ocean waves in her stomach. The weeks of preparation, the evenings spent in class, the hours of prayer, all came down to this.

The curly black head of her visitor disappeared under the kitchen sink. Terri heard grunts and clanks as the woman shifted and examined the contents of the cabinet. Her visitor stood and yanked the top of her crisply tailored suit back into place, her stern face thoughtful as she scribbled notes on a clipboard.

Despite Terri’s desire for calm, her lip chewing graduated to nail biting. Had she missed something? “Ms. Wilson, I…”

Cindy Wilson held up a hand. “Please, Ms. Hayes, I prefer to conduct my investigation uninterrupted. We’ll discuss my findings when I’m done.”

Terri swallowed her comments with a nod and trailed behind the imposing African-American woman whose job it was to poke and prod into every corner of Terri’s home. She ran through her own mental checklist as they proceeded from room to room. Outlets covered, medicines locked away, cleaning supplies stored out of reach, covers on all of her trash cans. A second perusal of Ms. Wilson’s expression produced no further insight. Pass or fail? Terri shook her head. I wonder if this woman plays poker.

Terri opened the door to the larger of her two spare bedrooms. The odor of fresh paint drifted out to greet them. This was the pride of her summer. She motioned her guest inside, aching to point out the highlights of what she’d worked so hard to accomplish, but she held her peace in the face of Ms. Wilson’s strident and silent inspection. More notes on the clipboard, murmurs, and hums. Approval or disapproval? How can I tell?

Inspection completed, Terri followed her visitor back to her sunken living room and made an effort to gain some control over the situation. “Have a seat, Ms. Wilson. I have iced tea or soda if you’d like something to drink”

“No, thank you.” Ms. Wilson sat on the sofa and studied her notes. Her pen tapped an annoying beat as she read. Terri took a chair across from her and waited in helpless anticipation.

“It says here that your decision to apply to our program was motivated by a television show. Can you clarify that for me, please?”

Terri clasped white-knuckled hands in her lap. “It was a documentary. I cried for the whole hour. It broke my heart to see so much to be done and so few people willing to make a difference.”

“So this is an emotional decision on your part?”

“Yes…I mean no. I—”

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Author: Marji Laine

Marji is a homeschooling mom with teenage twins left in the nest. She spends her days transporting to and from volleyball, teaching writing classes at a local coop, and directing the children’s music program at her church. Raised in suburban Dallas, she got her first taste of writing through the stories of brilliant authors of their day, Mignon Eberhart and Phyllis A. Whitney, and through stage experience. After directing and acting in productions for decades, Marji started writing her own scripts. From that early beginning, she delved into creating scintillating suspense with a side of Texas sassy. She invites readers to unravel their inspiration, seeking a deeper knowledge of the Lord’s Great Mystery that invites us all.

13 thoughts on “Interview: Steve, Hero from Sharon Srock’s Newest Book

  1. Pingback: Hero Type: Charmer, Defined and Exampled | Marji Laine: Author

  2. Getting a strong Professor vibe from this one.

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  3. What a great interview! Can’t wait to read this:)

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  4. Sounds like a lovely book. Thanks for a great post and congrats to Sharon!

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  5. Marji, thanks so much for hosting Steve and me. I don’t get to hang out with many of the MEN of Valley View. I hope your readers will enjoy it as much as I am.

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