Eighteen-year-old Christy Kane has always been Daddy’s princess. But on the first day of her music internship at his mega-church, reporters shatter her world with terrible news: Daddy’s had an affair with the church preschool director. Christy feels as betrayed by God as the man she’s always considered Prince Charming.
When Mom sends her to Buckeye Lake to help with Aunt Jo’s School of Music and Dance in the restored Pier Ballroom, Christy’s problems only increase. First, the ballroom sits on Buckeye Lake, making her face her greatest fear—water. Second, she must help lead a handful of semi-talented volunteers, who harbor racial tensions and mysterious underlying antagonisms, in a professional quality performance for the Grand Reopening of the ballroom. The stakes are high—Aunt Jo will lose the place if they fail. Third, Christy discovers a diary written by Lillian, who lived near Buckeye Lake in the 1920s, and becomes intrigued by the stories of thousands coming to play at the amusement parks and dance in the ballrooms. But her interest soon turns to concern as tragic events from the diary happen in Christy’s world, ninety years to the date of their first occurrence.
Between her shattered past, her uncertain future, and her dangerous present, Christy doesn’t know where to turn. Does Daddy’s God really exist? If so, does He care enough to rescue her?
I’ve been writing novel-length fiction for twelve years. Before that, I dabbled in poetry and short stories.
Why did you choose to write in your particular field or genre?
I chose to write suspense because I love to read suspense. Some of my favorite authors include Terri Blackstock and Brandilyn Collins. I chose young adult fantasy because that’s another favorite to read. Also, my kids enjoy reading that genre. As a homeschool mom, I wanted to emphasize that homeschoolers are intriguing people worthy of being heroes/heroines and so I have (thus far) written homeschooled main characters.
Tell us about the era, setting, and mood of the story in Colorblind.
Colorblind is set in Buckeye Lake, Ohio, in the summer of 2014. However, portions of the story are from Lillian’s diary written in the summer of 1924–back when the Buckeye Lake Amusement Park and the Pier Ballroom drew thousands. The mood of the book is suspenseful, and yet, at times, contemplative.
What important issues have you tackled in Colorblind?
Each book in my On the Brink series (which can be read in any order) addresses race relations. Colorblind deals with the sins of KKK-ridden Buckeye Lake in the 1920s and how those sins affect the present.
Colorblind also deals with prosperity preachers and the damage a false understanding of the gospel does to people’s souls.
A smaller (but also important) issue is the role of music in worship (i.e., doing a concert versus facilitating worship).
What are some of the references you used while researching this story?
I based much of my historical background of Buckeye Lake on what I learned from the Buckeye Lake Historical Society Museum; The Historical Times: Newsletter of the Granville, Ohio, Historical Society; My Buckeye Lake Story, by Donna Fisher Braig; Buckeye Lake, by Chance Brockway, and a phone interview with Donna Fisher Braig.
What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
From the time I learned about the Buckeye Lake Amusement Park that once graced the shores of Buckeye Lake, Ohio, I’ve been intrigued with the idea of setting a book there. Colorblind is the fulfillment of that desire.
What do your plans for future projects include?
In early 2017, the second book in my Levi Prince young adult fantasy series, The Fall of Thor’s Hammer, is to release.
I’m also in the early planning stages of the third book in my On the Brink suspense series, the book about Patience and Christy’s friend Natalie.
Award-winning author Amy C. Blake is a pastor’s wife and homeschooling mother of four. She has an M.A. in English from Mississippi College. and has written articles, devotionals, and short stories for a number of publications. You can connect with her on Facebook, Goodreads, and Twitter. She’d love for you to visit her website at amycblake.com for tips on homeschooling, advice for the rookie pastor’s wife, and helps for the Christian life. You can also find more information on her website about her novels–Whitewashed, Colorblind, and The Trojan Horse Traitor.