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Let’s talk about your new novel, See No Evil (Amazon Digital Services, February 2017). Please tell us about it.
In See No Evil, Steven guards a dark secret.
Dad drilled into Steven that blindness should never be used as an excuse. So when Steven, 17, finds an old triathlon medallion among his dad’s belongings, he’s inspired to follow in Dad’s footsteps, hoping it’ll quiet the guilt he’s carried since his dad died three years ago.
In his final summer at Rustic Knoll Bible Camp, Steven enlists his buddy, Dillon to help him train for the triathlon. He also teams up with long-time friend, Claire to help Rustic Knoll’s beloved Nurse Willie recover from a serious illness, and his feelings for Claire grow beyond friendship. But Dillon sees nothing wrong with accepting sext messages from a girl back home. And when he shows an interest in Claire, Steven feels compelled to protect her while urging Dillon to resist the pull of pornography. Can he win Claire’s heart and keep his friend from falling into a familiar trap without exposing his own shameful past?
What led you to write this story?
Steven is one of the three main characters in all of the Rustic Knoll Bible Camp books, which deal with real life teen issues. Steven is interesting because he’s been blind from a young age, but thanks to his dad’s mentoring, he’s a confident and very capable camper. Initially, I’d planned to have him undergo surgery to regain his sight for his last summer at camp. He was supposed to discover a sexy magazine left in the cabin and realize he had new temptations he’d never had to deal with when he was blind.
But my research led me to decide Steven needed to remain blind. So the challenge was, how to write a story about pornography when the main character can’t see? It was the hardest of the three books to write and I have to give credit for lots of divine inspiration while writing it.
A few fun questions…
When the words aren’t flowing—or when you want to celebrate if they are—what is your favorite comfort food and why?
Dark chocolate. I’ve gotten away from the habit lately (not good for my teeth or my waistline), but I used to nibble on a handful or two of dark chocolate chips while writing. I rarely use caffeine so that was my substitute. For celebrating, I might get a mini Oreo blizzard from DQ.
What Bible passage or story best describes your personal journey of faith?
Great question! My first thought is Jonah, because the Lord usually has to drag me kicking and screaming into any new phase of His plan for my life, and I may spend some time in the belly of the fish until I’m willing to trust Him and accept His will. But maybe the Psalms are more true to my journey of faith. Everything is there in the Psalms—elation and high praise, loneliness and fear, even doubt, but through it all, a faith that clings to the Lord no matter tenuously.
In the story that is your life, are you the strong, female lead; the girl next door; the mysterious woman behind dark glasses; the super heroine; or the little girl trying to walk in high heels?
I’m definitely the girl next door.
I’m a dog lover. Please tell us about your pets, if any, or your favorite pet as a child.
Yes! I’m also a dog lover! Right now, I have Rudy, a rescued Golden Retriever who is probably around 14-15 years old. We’ve had him for eight years and he’s definitely a mama’s boy. I’m pretty sure my phone holds more pictures of him than of my kids.
Thanks, Mary! It’s nice to have you as a guest at DivineDetour.
Thank you for having me. It’s been fun!
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