Marji Laine: Faith~Driven Fiction

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A Heroine’s Visit – With Eyes of Love

I’m having so much fun today. You can tell because I really got into the “pink” of things! First, I’m interviewing a heroine today to go along with our change of pace on Wednesday’s character craze. Second, the author of this heroine’s story, Linda Glaz, is offering a copy of Bunny’s story, With Eyes of Love. Make sure you leave a comment to be entered in the drawing for this enticing book!

witheyesofloveMarji: So I’m here today with Barbara “Bunny” Richardson, heroine of the novel, With Eyes of Love. I’m so glad you could visit today. I want to start with some in general questions. Does your family play any role at all in your life?
Bunny: Oh, family is everything. If it hadn’t been for family, I’m not sure where my love of people would have come from.

Marji: So you have a strong love for others. If time and money weren’t limitations, what would you spend most of your days doing?
Bunny: Oh, that’s easy, out playing baseball or riding a bike. Dad was really big on girls spending as much time actively and outside as boys.

Marji: Wow, that’s really contrary to most ladies in your time period – and fathers, too! What would you say is your greatest limitation?
Bunny: Expectations of what other people believe a girl should think and do. I’ve never been one to limit myself.

Marji: I can imagine the expectations of the day might feel stifling. Okay, how about a fantasy-type of question. If you could go back in time and do high school over again, would you?
Bunny: I don’t think so. While I had an all right time, it seems to me that teenagers spend way too much time worrying instead of learning. Once I was out and figured out who I was, I learned far more than the four years I spent worrying about what other people thought of me and expected of me.

Marji: Very practical. Speaking of practical, ladies of your day were generally workers at home. How good are you at that? Say, what does your kitchen look like normally?
Bunny: A mess. A certifiable mess. Mom always said if the cobwebs didn’t fall in my cake and coffee, I’d be lucky. There’s too much living to do to be concerned with insignificant messes.

Marji: Again practical, but not at all what I expected. Your family sounds comfortable. What is your greatest regret?
Bunny: Easy, that I didn’t spend more time learning to take better care of my kitchen.

Marji: Ha! What is one thing that stands out in your memory as a success? 
Bunny: Learning young what the important things in life are. God, family, and a hard day’s work (except for that doggone kitchen!)

Marji: Hee hee! You’ve got a great sense of humor Bunny! So let’s talk about your ideal hero for a bit. We’ve been studying the personalities of heroes. What flaw would be a deal breaker with a man wanting to attract your attention?
Bunny: If he were stingy. If he tipped the girl at the counter only a nickel, I’m afraid I’d be very upset.

Marji: Yeah, I’m thinking the girl at the counter might be a bit ticked as well. What traits should your hero have?
Bunny: Well, handsome, of course, if possible.

Marji: That’s always a good one! What traits did your author give him that you don’t appreciate? 
Bunny: He’s stubborn!

Marji: Ah, the truth comes out. What personality flaws in yourself have surprised you? Besides your love/hate relationship with your kitchen, LOL!
Bunny: I’m stubborn, too!

Marji: What is something you can’t change about yourself, but you wish you could? 
Bunny: The same stubborn streak I’m proud of is also what gets me into a lot of trouble.

Marji: So provided you stick with your hero, what are your thoughts or expectations of marriage?
Bunny: I want a man who will always protect me, make me feel safe wherever we go.

Marji: Safety, I sense that’s a strong value. What is your greatest fear?
Bunny: Not being able to help someone when they need help. It’s one of my nightmares, a person just out of reach asking for help.

Marji: Enlightening. List three things that are true about you.
Bunny: I love people. I can find happiness in almost any situation if I have to, and I don’t need a great deal of money to have a good time.

Marji: What would be your dream job?
Bunny: Raising a house full of happy children. Chicken every Sunday followed by chocolate cake with my family all around me.

Marji: Mmm! Yummy and fun! What is a secret hobby or talent that you have?
Bunny: Dancing. Few people know that I took tap and ballet.

Marji: Would you rather own a dog, cat, bird, hamster, goldfish, or cactus?
Bunny: A cat. They aren’t as needy as dogs. I can enjoy them, spend time with them, but still have a laugh without them hanging on my every move. Although, a cat probably feels the same way about humans.

Marji: Ha! I’m thinking, you’re right. How difficult is your author to work for? 
Bunny: Oh, you have no idea. Just when I think I know myself, she does something so strange, it can’t possibly be me doing it, but then, well, I rather like the direction things have gone.  But it takes a great deal of adjusting on my part.

Marji: Isn’t that always the way with those meddlesome authors! So glad you stopped by Faith~Driven Fiction today, Bunny! 

About that author, Linda Glaz – she doesn’t seem nearly as tough as Bunny makes her out to be!

Linda is a writer with her hands in too many pots including her new gig as an agent for Hartline Literary Agency. But she loves to stir those pots and see what the finished products are like. She was an editorial assistant to Terry Burns of Hartline Literary Agency and a final reader for White Rose Publishing. She still judges, and is a speaker for conferences and meetings where she takes the adage “make ‘em laugh” to heart. She writes secular and inspirational fiction. Suspense being her favorite genre—Yeah, scare me! Feel free tocontact her at linda {at} hartlineliterary {dot}com just to say hi or to bring her to your writing group or conference to speak.

A little about Bunny’s story, With Eyes of Love:

Barbara Richardson is living a charmed life. Perfect family, beautiful voice, wealthy fiancé. But when she realizes her soon-to-be husband only values her for her pretty face, her life is suddenly in turmoil. Then a handsome young man comes to her rescue when she’s stranded in a storm on Christmas Eve. And the world suddenly seems full of possibilities….

Unlike her former fiancé, Jackson Judge loves Barbara for everything she is, inside and out. But how could so lovely and talented a woman ever love a scarred monster like him? All he can see, shut away in his room, are his wounds from Pearl Harbor. Jackson finds himself questioning God’s plan, but Barbara knows real love looks deeper than beauty or scars. Eyes of love see straight to the heart.

Don’t forget to leave a comment as an entry to win Bunny’s story, With Eyes of Love!

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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.

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