This is the second in a series of author interviews with Sunpenny authors.
Description of her book Embracing Change:
When Sarah Johnson's fiancé is killed by a hijacker in South Africa, Sarah carries out his wish to continue with their plan and moves to New Zealand, taking his ashes to scatter there. In her grief she hasn't counted on her gradual healing coming from two unexpected sources: Jesus Christ, and His new plan for her - Joel Baxter.
But will Joel's old flame, Mandy, succeed in destroying Sarah's fragile progress in both her spiritual and earthly paths? And will she ever break free of the oppressive power still held over her by the hijacker who murdered her fiancé and attacked her, too? — It takes a journey halfway back across the world for Sarah to face her demons, and finally forgive.
Now for the questions- welcome to the blog! :-
Can you tell us 5 random facts about yourself?
I sold my first story to a Johannesburg newspaper’s children’s section when I was eight.
I love dogs and have a Jack Russell that is referred to as my ‘hairy child’.
I owned a toy and baby-ware shop for 12 years while living in South Africa.
I got my first grey hair at 16 and they haven’t stopped since then.
The first time I saw snow was when I was 30.
1. Your book Embracing Change has settings of both South Africa and New Zealand. What inspired you to set it in these diverse countries?
I was born in Zimbabwe but later lived in South Africa for 15 years before immigrating to New Zealand. Because I experienced the good and bad of life in both countries, I wanted to include them in Embracing Change.
What do you hope readers take away from Embracing Change?
That there is always hope, and forgiveness and reconciliation are paramount if you want to live in peace with those around you.
Did you plan the whole of the plot for Embracing Change first or just start writing?
I wrote the first chapter first ... and then wrote several of the dramatic scenes before going back and filling in the rest of the story. The plot grew as I worked on it and the end result was different to what I initially envisaged.
Who is your favourite character in Embracing Change?
It’s hard to say but probably Joel.
How did you feel when you saw Embracing Change in print for the first time?
It was a lifelong dream come true. One of the most exciting days of my life!
What is your favourite time of day to write?
Late at night. I concentrate better when the house is quiet and there are no interruptions.
What is your favourite thing about being an author?
The flexibility of the lifestyle and the ability to create fictional worlds that captivate readers.
Do you like to read yourself? Who are your favourite authors?
I read all the time and enjoy a number of authors. My current favourites are John Grisham, Nicholas Sparks, Richard Paul Evans, Karen Kingsbury and Robin Cook.
What are you working on writing currently?
I’ve just finished the manuscript for Magnitude 7.1 & 6.3 which is a compilation of stories about the Christchurch earthquakes.
Have you got any tips for budding writers and aspiring authors?
The more you write, the better you will become. Enter competitions where judges give feedback and learn from their comments on your work.
Quick fire questions for a bit of fun- which do you like best?:
Reading or writing? Equal
Writing or typing? Typing
Hardback or paperback? PaperbackChocolate or ice cream? Chocolate
Thank you for answering our questions!
If you're interested in finding out more about Debbie or Embracing Change you can visit the Sunpenny page for the book, visit Debbie's fantastic website. You can purchase Embracing Change directly through the Sunpenny shop or on Amazon.