Good morning and happy Wednesday! It’s my pleasure to have author Dee Dee Chumley with me this morning. Let’s get started.
Good morning Dee Dee. Can you describe yourself in three words?
Curious, contemplative, indecisive.
I think contemplative a wonderful trait for authors.
Someone offers you a fully-paid writing research trip to any place you desire to go. Where would it be and why?
I’m afraid this answer will make me sound rather dull. While there are many exotic destinations I would love to visit—Alaska or Australia—if the trip is for writing research, I wouldn’t need to venture far. My preferred genre, both to read and write, is contemporary women’s fiction, and my settings are generally places I’m familiar with. That said, I’m always open to “researching” new ways to grow in my writing, so an expense-paid conference would thrill me. I recently learned of the Mt. Hermon Christian Writers Conference near Santa Cruz, California. Workshops presented by successful writers, small-group mentoring, manuscript reviews—all this while surrounded by the beauty of God’s creation. What more could a writer want?
Dee Dee, you could never be boring. It sounds like an exciting trip. Now for the next question.
If someone made a movie of your life, what would be the theme song?
Had a hard time choosing between these two. (See third word in above description.) I love Chris Rice’s rendition of “Untitled Hymn” as I think it gives an accurate description of every Christian’s journey. But while writing Some Form of Grace, I began closely considering the concept of grace and realizing how blessed I am to be a recipient of such an extraordinary gift. So my final answer is … “Grace Flows Down.” If you look for it on YouTube, the Sandi Patty version is my favorite.
I love the song. Sandy Patty is a favorite. Readers, you can listen to the song by clicking on the title.
Dee Dee, thank you for joining us this morning. It has been a pleasure talking with you.
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Some Form of Grace
Angry loner Gracene has just stepped out of the prison gates and already she’s pulling another con job: She’s moving to Transformation Place. The apartment complex offers free rent and a re-entry program for ex-offenders. But there’s a catch. The apartments and the program are for Christians, something Gracene knows she can never be. A dark secret has convinced her she is beyond forgiveness.
Faking her faith works for a while. She finds a good job with an understanding boss, and for the first time in her twenty-eight years, she has true friends. Even romance seems a possibility. At long last her life is headed in the right direction. But when a creeper from the past slithers back into her life, can Gracene’s pretend faith save her from a U-turn?
Dee Dee Chumley has received numerous awards for her short stories, essays, and poems, and in 2012 her debut novel Beyond the Farthest Star won Best Juvenile Book from the Oklahoma Writers’ Federation, Inc. When she’s not writing, she’s traveling across the US with her husband Bill to visit friends and family, volunteering at her church, or relaxing on her front porch in Oklahoma. She is a member of OWFI and ACFW. Please connect with her at www.deedeechumley.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/deedeechumley, or on Twitter @dee_chumley.