(1) What is your favorite book? [Bible excluded]
Caryl: Well, I profess to be a guardian of the Truth, so even though it may sound egotistical or prideful—which I would never want to be—I must truthfully say HEART STOLEN, which has not been published yet. I hope you don’t think that’s awful. I mean, I don’t think it should be, because the glory doesn’t go to me for coming up with a wonderful story or being a great writer, but to God who gave me the ideas and made the characters come to life in me, for me, and from me.
HEART STOLEN is the second of my Lone Star Novels after VOW UNBROKEN that’s just debuted (March 4th) from Howard Books. I love VOW indeed, but in HEART, the story has more twists and unknowns. There are more characters to love, too. Levi Baylor—in VOW only fourteen in 1832 when he accompanies his Aunt Sue and her hireling to market on the Jefferson Trace—grows up, and in 1844 is a Texas Ranger under the command of the Republic’s President Sam Houston. After rescuing Rosaleen “Sassy” Fogelsong Nightengale from the Comanche Chief Bold Eagle, he falls into a forbidden love that seems will never be realized.
Susannah, my heroine in VOW, along with Henry, our common hero, and her daughter Rebecca reappear in HEART, too, and I love catching up on these old friends. It’s a little odd how real they are to me. God’s given them to me, they are my gifts. And try as I may—so that your readers won’t think I’m arrogant—I cannot think of another book I love more, and am bound to tell the Truth to God’s glory.
(2) If you could walk into any book, what literary character would you want to be?
Caryl: Not Susannah, or Sassy either, that’s for sure. I’m way too accustomed with my modern conveniences. But since you didn’t exclude the Bible on this question, I’d gladly give up air conditioning and automobiles to go all the way back and step into the shoes of Mary Magdalene AFTER she met the Lord. To be in His physical presence is more than I can imagine. Oh wait, she isn’t a literary figure, since she’s real.
So I need to choose a fiction character. Your questions cause me to search my soul. I guess I’ll say Cinderella because though her life is filled with trials and troubles, in the end, she wins her prince and lives happily ever after. I’ve faced most my tribulations alongside my own prince who I snagged when we were both only sixteen, juniors in rival high schools. We married at eighteen and have been together forty-seven years now—to God be the glory, because that’s only on account of His mercy and grace!
Marriage really isn’t ‘happily ever after’, but a strong commitment to your spouse and to God, A*N*Y trial may be overcome, and the more bad times you get through together, the stronger your bond becomes.
(3) If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Caryl: Well, praise the Lord! An easy question at last! This is a slam dunk, and I don’t even play basketball! There’s only one place my heart desires in this world to go, and that is Jerusalem. I’ve longed as long as I can remember wanting to go to Israel. And I will one day, because the Word promises that He gives us the desires of our hearts.
It may be in the next millennium when we all go one a year to bow before the throne of the King of Kings, but I will be blessed to walk on those streets where He walked and breathe the air of Holy City. I edited a book, JERUSALEM MAIDEN by Talia Carner, that took me there, and I adored Bodie Thoene’s Zion Covenant and Zion’s Chronicles series for the same reason.
Thank you, Caryl, for joining us on 3 Questions Wednesday! Leave a comment to be entered to win a copy of VOW UNBROKEN.
Desperate widow Susannah Baylor recruits ne’er-do-well Henry Buckmeyer to help transport her cotton from the Red River Valley to market in Jefferson, Texas. Dangers arise on the trace—but none more difficult than the trial her heart faces. Will Sue’s love for the handsome and gentile man be her downfall?
Though Caryl McAdoo has nine previous titles from four publishers, she realized her dream this March when Simon & Schuster’s Howard Books debuted VOW UNBROKEN, her first historical Christian romance set in 1832 Texas. The novelist enjoys painting and singing new songs the Lord gives her. She lives in the woods a few miles south of Clarksville, Texas, in Red River County with husband Ron and four grandsons.