Today’s 3 Questions Wednesday guest is author, Joan Deneve .
Which author would you never get tired of, and why?
Joan: That’s a very good question and a hard one to answer. I have my favorites, but since you asked for one, I’d have to say Nancy Kimball. Her debut novel Chasing the Lion is the first book in her Sword of Redemption series. To me, this author is the queen of historical fiction and is able to catapult the reader back to the “blood-soaked sand of the Roman arena.” Her plots are riveting, but her unique characterizations are what gripped me from the first page. Ms. Kimball is one of those rare authors who can really put you in the character’s head. Two more of her books are scheduled to come out some time in 2015: Charging the Darkness, the second book in the series, and Unseen Love, also set in first century Rome but not part of the series. I do not foresee ever tiring of her fresh and beautifully written novels, and I truly believe she will one day become a very well-known and sought-after author.
Who is your favorite fictional villain?
Joan: Oh, I love this question! I wanted to say Scarlet O’Hara who was not only the heroine but also her own worst enemy, but I decided to go with a true, yet complex villain: Inspector Javert from Les Miserables. Inspector Javert, twisted by his compulsive need to fulfill the utmost letter of the law, becomes obsessed with apprehending Jean Valjean for a parole violation. A good villain is the person you love to hate, and Jean Valjean surely fits that description. The impossible standard of perfection he sets for himself and others drives him to track down Valjean and bring him to justice. As the story comes to an end, Javert cannot reconcile his implacable code of honor with his need to let Valjean walk away a free man. Without a doubt, Inspector Javert is the most interesting yet tragic fictional villain.
You have chosen my favorite villain! Now, one last question:
What project are you currently working on?
Joan: I’m happy to say that my debut novel Saving Eric http://www.pixnpens.com/ is due out some time this spring. I’m currently working on Freeing Ellie, the second book in my Redeemed Side of Broken series. Another project I’m happy to be a part of is as a contributing author for The Love Boat Bachelor due to come out this February.
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Eric Templeton’s well-ordered life as a top CIA agent is shattered when a traitor within the agency plots to have him eliminated. Sent on a bogus mission to Africa, Eric is ambushed and severely wounded. A helicopter pilot flies Eric to a remote mission hospital where more than Eric’s life is saved. Brock Whitfield, the mission doctor, teaches Eric of God’s love and forgiveness and also reveals shocking news of Eric’s true identity. Eric embraces this new faith and also falls in love with Ellie, the doctor’s daughter who helps nurse him back to health. With God’s help, Eric confronts the traitor and leaves the agency for good. He also demonstrates God’s love to his atheistic father and leads him to Christ. In a secluded area of tribal Africa, three lives will be brought full circle. Justice will prevail, truth will triumph, and mercy will rebuild a family.
More about Joan Deneve:
Joan Deneve teaches English in a Christian school and has a passion to help young people fall in love with Jesus and equip them to become all God wants them to be. She and Rene’, her husband of forty years, reside in Prattville, Alabama. They count their son, daughter, son-in-law, and seven phenomenal grandchildren to be their greatest blessings on earth.
Joan enjoys time well-spent with family and friends, but finds equal joy in quiet moments of solitude on her back porch. There, surrounded by bluebirds and yellow butterflies, she began her debut novel, Saving Eric.