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Character interview with Becca Martin, from A Journey of Faith

Good Morning everybody. As I promised in my last blog post, today I am here with Becca Martin. Sheis the protagonist in my novel entitled A Journey of Faith. Before we get started, let me warn you, she has told me that she refuses to give anything away about the story I am rewriting and revising for her, because she wants yall to read that for yourselves. So without further ado Let’s give Becca a warm welcome.

Ann: It’s nice to have you here on this very cold Friday Morning Becca.
Becca: Thanks for having me, and I’m glad to be here too.
Ann: Ok Becca, first of all, tell me a little more about yourself than what I already know. For instance, what is it like to be the middle sibling. I am the oldest and have two brothers, so I bet it’s very interesting to have a brother and a sister.
Becca: Well yeah, there was never a dull moment in the Martin household. Of course, my sister and I had our fights like all siblings do, but there were also those private moments when Amanda and I would have our little girl talks. We’d share our deepest secrets, like twins do I guess, but we are far from being twins, because she’s three years older than I am, but there for a while I guess you could say that we were twins at heart, that is, well–not to give too much away here–but that day we went roc climbing.
Ann: Did you and your sister spoil your baby brother?
Becca: Oh but of course! what older siblings didn’t spoil the baby of the family? (laughs) Nah really, Tommy got in the middle of our fights when he was big enough to walk on his own, but we let him win most of the time. (laughs)
Ann: I remember he used to look up to you a lot.
Becca: Oh yeah, because by the time he started school, I was the one who bailed him out of trouble with the older kids, and I beat the bullies up for him. (laughs)
Ann: Ok, I think we need to move onto something else, because we could talk about sibling rivalry all day, but that wouldn’t get us very far, and I don’t want to bore my readers. Let me ask you this, were you still as outgoing as you are now, after that terrible day out on the rocky slopes?
Becca: No, although when we got back home, I acted like nothing was wrong in front of our friends and my family, but in my room, I crawled into my mental shell and refused to come out, that is until I started having those terrible nightmares.
Ann Are you still plagued by nightmares almost twenty years later?
Becca: no, but I can’t reveal how that came about, you’ll just have to read the book. (sticks out her tongue)
Ann: Hey now Becca, we do have some younger readers out there who wouldn’t appreciate you sticking out your tongue like that.
Becca: Oh well, Ann–uh, sorry kids.
Ann: Anyway, tell me a little about your time in the big church, I noticed that your cell phone didn’t work up there. Why is that?
Becca: Well to be honest with you, my battery went dead, because I didn’t think to charge it before I hit the trail. But I will have to admit that cell service was spotty in those mountains. Although the people who worked in the church and lived nearby lived a simple life, that didn’t mean that they were amish or anything. Oh yes, they used modern conveniences like we do, but there lives aren’t dependant completely on technology like many of us are. And before you start defending yourself, I understand why you use it, but you have to remember, these are country folks, who grew up back in the days before smart phones and computers became widely available, so of course they are going to be simple folks.
Ann: Ah, I see. I know you spent some time with Hannah later on in the story. Can you tell me a little more about her?
Becca: I did get to know her a little bit better, yes. her “daughter” Esther? Is actually her granddaughter. Her mother died in child birth, and I never knew what happened to her father.
Ann: Do I need to change that in the story then?
Becca: No, do not throw your readers off like that, because Esther doesn’t know that Hannah is her actual Granny. She calls her Mommy, and in the story it should remain that way. Let’s talk a little more about me, because we’re getting too far ahead of ourselves in the story, and I ain’t about to give away all my secrets.
Ann: Ok, what types of food do you like to eat?
Becca: Well, I can’t help but love, love, love Memphis Barbecue. Otherwise, I love my favorite deer steaks, and a good ole juicy t-bone steak is nice once and a while, but I don’t eat them very often, because they are very expensive. I’ll eat my vegies, and a good chef’s salad is nice on occasion. But let me top all that off with my favorite Mississippi mud pie mm mm mm mm good!
Ann: There is one more question I want to ask about the story. We don’t know much about your roommate Shelly. Can you tell me a bit about her?
Becca: Oh, what a spoiled brat! I mean she was nice and all in college, but when she offered to share an apartment with me, that’s when she turned mean. She thought that since we worked for a fortune 500 company that she was all that and a bag of cheetoes, not so! She never gave me my phone messages, and she was the world’s worst mess maker. Oh I could go on and on about her faults, but I choose to pray for her instead.
Ann:Did you go to church when you were growing up?
Becca: Uh huh. We were raised in a good Christian home, where daddy read the Bible first thing in the morning before breakfast, and we all prayed together at night before we went to bed. The only reason you didn’t go to church, in my house, was you were so sick you couldn’t hold your head up. If you had a minor cold, you weren’t missing church, Mama and daddy made sure of that. I still had to go to church even after that horrible day at Sweet Water Park.
Ann:Do you go to church now?
Becca; Oh now I do, but that’s another story for another day.
Ann: Do you like to wear dresses a lot, or are you more casual.
Becca: Well, you know I love to wear jeans and sweat-shirts in the winter, and I’ll put on a pair of cut-offs and a t-shirt in the summer time. When I go to church, I will wear a denim skirt and nice blouse, but otherwise, I’m just as red neck as everybody else living in the back woods of Mississippi.
Ann: What about music?
Becca: Well, I do like a little classical, ant that’s only because I took piano lessons when I was ten and I learned to play some of it. Now, when I get the chance, I play folk, country, some rock, and a whole lot of blues. You can’t be from Mississippi and not know about the blues, it just ain’t possible!
Ann: Well, I can’t think of any other questions, but if there’s something else you want to add, please feel free to do so. (A note to my readers, if you have some questions for Becca that I forgot to ask, please let me know.)
Becca: Well, all I can say, is that if you want to read my story, please help Ann get A Journey of faith published by voting for it… (her cell phone rings) uh, oh! I gotta run, because I need to take care of something at home. See yall later, bye-bye!

As Becca, stated a moment ago, I could really use your help to get A Journey of Faith published, so please vote for it at http://soopllc.com/blog/book-ideas/journey-faith-ann-harrison, your support is greatly appreciated.
Until next time, God bless and happy reading.
Ann

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Here is a sample of A Journey of Faith for your reading pleasure

Prologue

When Charles awoke one morning, he never suspected that the family trip he’d planned would be a life changing experience for his middle daughter. As he knew she would, Martha had coffee waiting for Charles when he came downstairs. As he showered and dressed, the smell of bacon sizzling on the stove wafted up the stairs to greet him. He checked the weather forcast before he went down to eat breakfast with his family, and discovered that the day would be nice and sunny.
“How would yall like to go rock climbing at Sweet Water State Park?”
“Yay!” Six-year-old Thomas clapped his hands in pure delight.
“Will the weather be fitting for us to go out there today?” Martha placed a hot cup of coffee in front of her husband as he took his seat at the head of the table and said a brief prayer before breakfast was served.
“I checked the forecast before I came down this morning, and there’s no rain in sight according to the weather man.”
“Please can we go Mama?” Becca Begged.
“Well, all right, if the weather holds up, we’ll be fine.”
“Yay!” the children gave each other high-fives, then began wolfing down their pancakes and bacon.
“Now you children need to hurry up and finish your breakfast so I can get the kitchen cleaned up before we go.” After everyone had eaten, Martha cleaned the kitchen while Charles and the girls packed the supplies they’d need in the hiking pack before heading out to the car for the long drive ahead.

When they arrived at the park, Charles saw several people climbing the various rock trails and bike paths. As the Martin family made their way into the main entrance of the park, Charles spotted his friend Ted Morris helping another patron onto a mountain bike. When he’d taken care of the customer, Ted sauntered up to Charles and clapped him on the shoulder. “Yall come to do a little rock climbing today?”
“We sure did Mr. Morris.” Martha winked at Charles’s long time climbing buddy.
“Well, you’re in luck, because there ain’t too many people on the rocks today. Before you go, I’d better warn you’ns, be very careful on them there stepping stones, cause they’s slick as glass after the good rain we had last week. I don’t want anybody gettin’hurt on those steps. Other than that, you’ll be just fine.”
“we’ll be very careful Ted, thanks for the warning.” Charles waved as the park ranger walked away to help another patron.

“Let’s go see who can reach the top of that there rocky hill.” Amanda led Becca out to their favorite mini mountain.
“Do not go up those steps, you girls hear me?”
“Yes Mama, we don’t plan on it.” Becca pointed to the slope they planned to climb.
“I’ll go with them, to make sure they’re all right.” Charles patted Martha on the shoulder.
“Mama, may I go climb the wall with the other boys?” Thomas gave his mother a pleading look.
“yes you may, but be careful. As a matter of fact, I’m going to keep an eye on you.” Martha sat on one of the low rock walls so she could see her little boy.

As Becca and Amanda raced up the rocky slope, Becca spotted a young lady of about twenty or so climbing up the stone steps. Doesn’t she know that she could slip off the edge? Becca watched for a moment as the girl started climbing up the steps, reaching with her feet to feel her way up the path. “Come on Beck,” Amanda called impatiently.
“I’m coming.” Becca scampered up the slope and stayed close at Amanda’s heels until she saw a wide enough area to pass her. As she walked up the slope, she overheard the woman’s conversation with someone down below.
“Diana, you need to be careful going up those stepping stones. The ranger said they could be very slick.”
“I will dad, I’ve done this a thousand times or more.”
“I know you have honey, but you can’t see like you used to as a child.”
“I know that, this is why I came to make this last climb. I wanted to climb these steps one more time before I go completely blind.”
“Okay, but don’t say I didn’t warn you.” the girl said nothing more but kept climbing.

“Did you hear that Mandy? The girl is going blind.” Becca sidled up to Amanda so she could whisper in her ear.
“It’s not nice to eavesdrop on other people Becca.” Amanda sauntered ahead of her sister, and Becca found it harder to keep up with her the higher they climbed.
All at once, Becca stopped in her tracks when she saw the girl start to slip on the top step of the stepping stone ladder. “Diana, look out!”
“I got it daddy.” The girl threw her arms out before to break her fall, but before she knew it, both feet started sliding out from under her. “God help me!” the girl cried, followed by a blood curtling scream as she fell down, down, down, into the abyss. Becca turned tail and ran for her life when she heard the thud of the woman’s lifeless body landing on the rocks below.

If you like what you read here, please vote for this book to be published at http://soopllc.com/blog/book-ideas/journey-faith-ann-harrison

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Updated synopsis for my book

You may recall that I posted a message about my book titled a Journey of Faith a few days ago, following a devotion I shared with you. Well, I have some news about my book idea at http://soopllc.com/blog/book-ideas/journey-faith-ann-harrison. I took the synopsis from the post I published a few days ago and submitted it to something or other publishing and asked them to post my edited synopsis to the site. Please take a look at the link above and let me know if yo are interested in reading this book in the future by casting your vote. Please feel free to leave some feedbac here or on my author page on facebook by liking Ann M. Harrison. If you wish to connect with me on twitter, my handle is @annwrites75. Happy writing, reading, and God Bless.
Love and prayers, Ann

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An inspirational thought for the day

Good Monday Morning everyone,
I wanted to stop in and leave you with an inspirational thought. When things seem to go wrong, no matter hard you try to make them work, instead of getting angry and frustrated at the situation, give it to God. When you feel that you’ve lost all hope, remember that no matter what, God is with you.
This is the message I want to convey by sharing A Journey of Faith, the story that God laid upon my heart, with the world. Please help me touch the life of someone in need of God’s love, and the hope that is found when you ask Jesus to come into your heart and be the Lord of your life. Please cast your vote for A Journey of Faith at http://soopllc.com/blog/book-ideas/journey-faith-ann-harrison.
Please feel free to add a positive comment if you have any thoughts on what I’ve said in my recent blog posts, or any blog posts that I have published here.
Love and prayers,
Ann Continue reading “An inspirational thought for the day”