So glad you dropped by, Cindy! First question:
Which author would you never get tired of, and why?
Cindy: Oh my…that’s hard. But I have two. 1) Adriana Trigiani, author of Big Stone Gap. I love this Appalachian Italian gal. I’ve read her great stories for years. I love her voice and in fact, when I stepped out on my own to be an author, I fashioned my own author voice with her in mind. Adriana was raised just across the mountain from me, in Big Stone Gap, VA and her books soak you in the love and culture of the mountain folks of our area.
Secondly, I’d choose Francine Rivers. I love this woman’s writing heart. When she writes a story her heart and emotion are smashed all over the words.
Great choices! And don’t you love a good antagonist also?
Who is your favorite fictional villain?
Cindy: My first thought is Snideley Whiplash, but I know that’s not what you’re looking for. SOOO, by far. . .from Lord of the Rings, Gollum. He is every man’s inner-greed and selfishness.
Gollum is a very complex character. Last question:
What project are you currently working on?
Cindy: I am currently working on Book 2 of the Appalachian Novel Series – The Devil’s Daughter. And I’m also working on book three – Coal Black Lies.
Cindy has graciously consented to give away two of her books. Mercy’s Rain and her devotional, New Sheets. So if you’d like to win one of these great books, please leave a comment and we’ll select two winners!
When your life is built around a father’s wrath, how can you trust in the love of Father God? Mercy Roller knows her name is a lie: there has never been any mercy in her young life. Raised by a twisted and abusive father who called himself the Pastor, she was abandoned by the church community that should have stood together to protect her from his evil. Her mother, consumed by her own fear and hate, won’t stand her ground to save Mercy either.
The Pastor has robbed Mercy of innocence and love, a husband, and her child. Not a single person seems capable of standing up to the Pastor’s unrestrained evil. So Mercy takes matters into her own hands.
Her heart was hardened to love long before she took on the role of judge, jury, and executioner of the Pastor. She just didn’t realize the retribution she thought would save her, might turn her into the very thing she hated most.
Sent away by her angry and grieving mother, Mercy’s path is unclear until she meets a young preacher headed to counsel a pregnant couple. Sure that her calling is to protect the family, Mercy is drawn into a different life on the other side of the mountain where she slowly discovers true righteousness has nothing evil about it–and that there might be room for her own stained and shattered soul to find shelter. . . and even love.
Mercy’s Rain is a remarkable historical novel set in 19th century Appalachia that traces the thorny path from bitterness to forgiveness and reveals the victory and strength that comes from simple faith.