Welcome back to 3 Questions Wednesday, Amy C. Blake. I know you’ve been busy in the last few months. You have another book out–we’ll talk about that later. And you’re a homeschooling mom and pastor’s wife, among other things.
So let’s get to the first question:
What books have fortified you as a writer? How?
Amy: Everything from C.S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia to Terri Blackstock’s suspense novels to Brandon Mull’s Fablehaven has informed my writing. However, at the risk of sounding cheesy or sanctimonious, the one book that has truly fortified me as a writer is the Bible. God’s Word sustains me, encourages me, corrects me, and inspires me to share the truths I glean from it in fictional form. Even when I don’t consciously write them in, I find Biblical themes and storylines incorporated into my books.
Sounds like you have a well-rounded reading habit, grounded in the Word of God. Can’t beat that. Now, second question–
What secret talents do you have?
Amy: I’m not sure I really have any secret talents, but I do make a pretty great salsa. We ran out of last year’s canned stash a couple of weeks ago, and the store-bought stuff just doesn’t measure up to my homemade recipe. My family and I can’t wait until the tomatoes and peppers in our garden are ready for the next batch.
Mouthwatering! I love a good salsa and nothing beats fresh or homemade. Which is actually a good segue into the last question:
If we came to your house for dinner, what would you prepare for us?
Amy: This time of year, we’d probably have pulled pork and hash brown potato casserole. Maybe some homemade ice cream and a gooey, chocolaty concoction for dessert.
Yum!! I’m thinking of driving north soon. I don’t think it’s too far out of my way…
Amy, thanks again for participating in 3 Questions Wednesday!
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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?
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.