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KATHI MACIAS INTERVIEWS WITH NORA AND 2 BOOK GIVE AWAY

Kathi Macias Bio:(http://www.kathimacias.com/ ; http://kathieasywritermacias.blogspot.com/ ) is an “occasional radio host” (www.blogtalkradio.com/communicatethevision ) and an award-winning author of more than thirty books. A wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, Kathi lives in Homeland, CA, with her husband, Al, where the two of them spend their free time riding Al’s Harley—hence, Kathi’s “road name” of Easy Writer!

How did you come up with the idea for the books in the Extreme Devotion Series?The topics in all of these books are intense, what did you draw from real life for your inspiration? How many books will be in this series?










The idea for this series started as a kernel of an idea back in the late 1980’s, as I watched history unfold in South Africa—all the violence and upheaval preceding the release of Nelson Mandela from prison and the downfall of Apartheid. I couldn’t help but think about believers—both native-born and missionaries—who were living in the middle of all that, and wondering how it affected them. I especially wondered about those who called themselves Christians and yet clung to the mindset of Apartheid. I knew I would someday write a story about an interracial romance between a young girl representing the ANC (African National Congress) movement and a young man of Afrikaner descent, but that’s all I knew. I saved clippings and articles on the subject, but never felt it was the right times until a couple of years ago when I was talking with Andrea Mullins of New Hope. They’d never done fiction before, but the more we talked about the book (which I’d now titled “No Greater Love” and had decided to expand it to a multi-country series), the more we both knew it was time. As a result, my “Extreme Devotion” fiction series was born, and New Hope’s first ever fiction line—“Fiction with a Mission”—was launched.

Could you share some of your testimony with us?

I wasn’t raised in a Christian home but got “swept” into the Kingdom at the tail-end of the “Jesus Movement” in 1974. I was 26 at the time, and I remember so clearly how I realized at that very moment that everything I’d ever thought or believed was wrong, and I needed to relearn it all via the Scriptures. I’ve been digging into them every since, immersing myself in the life-changing, heart-altering truth of God’s Word. And the more I learn, the more I realize I still don’t know! How lovely to know we have eternity ahead of us to bask in God’s Word and His presence!



Could you tell me how the book cover process works for you? The covers of your books are very eye catching, just wondered if you had a say in how they turned out? Just wondering how involved you are in this process?

For the most part I’ve been happy with my book covers over the twenty-plus years I’ve been in publishing. Lately I’ve had more input on cover design, and I really appreciate that. I too love the covers on my recent books, and I was pleased that the publisher included me in the process, talking via a three-way call with the actual designer as well as the publisher about the book and what we wanted to convey. As a result, we ended up with covers we were all happy with.


Can you give us a sneak peak into what book you are working on right now? When does it release?






My next release is Valeria’s Cross, a stand-alone historical from Abingdon Press, co-authored with Susan Wales and releasing in September 2010. Right behind it will be book three of the Extreme Devotion series, Red Ink, which releases in October.

I’ve just turned in the completed manuscript for the final book of the series, People of the Book. It releases April 1, 2011, and is currently in the early stages of production—written and major editing done, minor tweaking and proofing still to come. But I’m also starting on my new “fiction with a mission” series called the “Freedom Series,” which will be a three-book fiction series for New Hope based on the topic of human trafficking. I’m still in the research and early writing stages of that series, though I need to get some words on paper soon, as the first book is set to release in Fall 2011, the second a few months later in the winter, and then the third in April 2012, so I’m locked in for a while now!

Did you always know you wanted to be a writer Kathi? If not, how did you catch the writing bug?

Oh yes, I’ve always wanted to be a writer—never dreamed of being anything else! My husband always tells how he remembers walking home from school with me in junior high (we’ve known one another since we were six!) and I announced to him that I was going to be a writer one day. He says I’m the only person he knows who knew what she wanted to be when she grew up and actually did it!

Why write Christian Fiction when you could write any other market? What’s the draw?


I wrote for the secular market in my early writing days, doing a weekly “about town” column for the daily paper (“My Two Cents Worth” appeared every Sunday) and doing some “string reporting” (meaning I wasn’t really a staff reporter but they sometimes called me to cover local stories when they were short-handed). It was great training, but not really what I wanted to do forever. I broke into the Christian market with short articles and stories, and then eventually landed an entry-level editorial position at Gospel Light Publishing, where I eventually got my first book published (a women’s devotional, which turned out to be a best seller for my publisher). But my heart was in fiction, even though Christian fiction was a hard sell in those days. I’ve learned to wait on the “fullness of God’s time” for dreams to come to fruition, which I believe is what’s happening for me now.

I know you are busy , when do you find time to write fiction?

I’m a fulltime writer, though that includes marketing and speaking and lots of related “stuff.” I am also my almost 90-year-old mom’s fulltime caretaker, since she lives with us, so I have to work around that. But our children are all grown, so I am able to carve out the time I need (so long as I get up REALLY early!) to get a full day of writing in five days a week.

QUESTIONS I JUST HAD TO ASK! Grin!

1.What are your THREE Favorite books of all time?(besides the bible)

Wow, that’s tough! I suppose for fiction it has to be Cry the Beloved Country by Alan Paton, which greatly influenced my writing of No Greater Love. In addition, Abba’s Child by Brennan Manning and The Return of the Prodigal by Henri Nouwen.

2.What THREE things would you rather not live without?

My husband and best friend, Al; my library (both hard copies and Kindle/ebooks, with my favorite Bible at the top of that list); and my children/grandchildren/extended and church family. All the rest is just fluff anyway, right?

3.What food is your favorite? What do you dislike?



I’m a pizza and ice cream freak, though there are a ton of foods that run a close second to those. I do NOT like menudo or shell fish.

4.If you had the opportunity to hang out with any two people in the history of the world—alive or dead; who would you pick and what would you do? (someone other than Jesus)

The Samaritan woman in John 4! I’ve never believed she was an adulteress because if she had been and had had that many husbands, she would have been stoned long before Jesus found her at the well. I believe she was unable to have children, and her husbands kept divorcing her. She was lonely and heartbroken, and one day I want to write her REAL story into a novel.



I’d also like to hang out with Bathsheba, another woman who got a bad rap. If you know anything about the culture, customs, and architecture of the day, it’s obvious she wasn’t trying to entice King David, and she had no say in whether or not she wanted to go to the palace to be with him. I think she was a brilliant and fascinating woman—another great novel in the making!


5.A friend of yours has a time machine that they are letting you use. But you can only witness two events in this history of the world. What two events would you experience? Why?











Definitely when the women went to the tomb and found the stone rolled away.

And then 1948, when the nation of Israel was reborn. Oh, how I would love to have been part of that historical and divine event!

6.If you could go anywhere in the world to visit, where would you go and why?









Israel, of course. There’s nowhere like it! I get weepy just thinking about it. Beyond that?

Hawaii. Period. Nowhere else. I love it there—all the islands! Has to be as close to heaven as it gets on this earth!

7.What movie/book impacted you as a child? Why?








I suppose The Ten Commandments had the greatest effect on me as far as movies go, but I was much more interested in books and read everything I could get my hands on. I think Gone with the Wind was my favorite as a child, one I read countless times and helped feed that desire to one day write epic novels.

ANY FINAL COMMENTS--THOUGHTS FOR MY READERS?





Partnering with the Creator in creating stories (whether books, movies, short stories, etc.) is such a great privilege. Never compromise or cheapen it! Be obedient to what God calls you to today, and you will be a success.

Kathi



Thanks so much Kathi for stopping by and letting us get to know you and your books. The Extreme Devotion Series is a very powerful and moving set of books, I'm looking forward to reading the rest of them. I loved how you drew the reader into the conflict and helped them understand the conflict from the inside out--through people in the middle of the struggle. You helped me see the heart of the matter and the people from both sides of the situation. Your characters and the matter you're discussing in each book stayed with you and have opened my eyes to matters I hadn't thought about before. I can’t wait to read Red Ink.

Blessings

Nora :D


PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT ABOUT THE INTERVIEW FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN ONE BOOK. 
No Greater Love or More than Conquerors.

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Contest will end JULY 25th -- PLEASE REMEMBER to leave your email address so that I can contact you (Use (At) and (dot) so that peole won't be able to spam your email address)

CONGRATS to MELISSA MERRITT!! You've won a copy of No Greater Love. THANKS to the author for providing the interview and give away opportunity. (Winner picked using http://www.random.org/)

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ALL THE BEST TO YOU!!
Blessings


Nora :D


THANKS to everyone for commenting and encouraging the Kathi. THANKS Kathi for stopping by and leaving a comment. This is a powerful book and an moving book.

STILL WAITING on the winner of More Than Conqueror to get back with me. If I don't hear from her soon I'll pick another winner on Sunday.


Blessings Everyone!!

Nora :D



********DISCLAIMER: Entering the give away is considered a confirmation of eligibility on behalf of the enterer in accord with these rules and any pertaining local/federal/international laws. Void where prohibited; open only to U.S. residents, odds of winning depend on number of entrants *****

40 comments:

  1. Hi Kathi, I have NO Greater Love in my TBR stack and would love to win More than Conquerors. I love your series of Bible based stories and can't wait to read all of them. Thanks for stopping by to chat.
    Thanks Nora for hosting this great giveaway

    I am an old blog follower

    Follow via twitter(@misskallie2000

    Tweet
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    Old Member of Book Club Network

    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

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  2. I have really wanted to read these books. Thanks for offering.
    wsmarple/at/gmail/dot/com
    I am also a follower.

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  3. What a fascinating interview. Although I've never met Kathi in person, I feel I've gotten to know her through e-mails and CWFI. I really enjoyed finding out more about her through your blog.

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  4. Nice interview. I have read both More than Conquerors and No Greater Love. Please don't put my name in drawing. they are excellent books. I can't wait to get my hands on Red Ink either.

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  5. The unique questions really gave life to this fantastic interview. Thank you Nora and Kathi, you have both inspired me today!

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  6. What a lovely interview. I learn something new about Kathi all the time! ;o)

    Interesting, logical take on the woman at the well.

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  7. Oops, forgot to leave my e-mail address: rdwriter at hotmail dot com

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  8. These sound like intense books, I would love to read them. Please enter me in the contest

    wyndyc at gmail dot com
    http://wynsbooks.blogspot.com

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  9. Kathi's an inspiration, and a creative tool in the hands of our Creator. Thank you for letting us peek into her heart via this excellent interview.

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  10. I truly enjoyed this interview. I am a great admirer of Kathi and it was nice to learn more about her.

    I don't need to be entered in the drawing as I already own both of these books - just wanted to say "hello" to you and Kathi.

    Jan Marie

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  11. Great interview Nora. And Kathi, so good to learn some more about you, too. :)

    Don't enter me in the giveaway, I've already got both books.

    Thanks!

    Peg

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  12. Pizza and ice cream are some of my favourite foods as well! Thanks so much for this interview!

    I am a follower of your blog!
    Kim
    lonebanana(at)msn(dot)com

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  13. I really enjoyed your interview. I think Kathi and I have a lot in common. I can't wait for her series on human trafficking.
    I am a follower of your Blog
    Member of Book Club Network (Christian Readers Book Club)
    Thanks Nora!

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  14. Great interview! Wonderful insights into Kathi's writing journey. All the best with your new books!

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  15. I'm a follower of your blog.
    Already a member of the Book Club Network.
    Follower on Twitter
    I guess that's 3 generous chances to win one of these wonderful books.

    Kathy, Your interview really held my interest is so many directions. It would be a joy to read any of your books. I'm already an admirer. The story about the biracial relationship is something I'm familiar with. My daughter has three biracial children, the first at 15, but unfortunately has not been married. Her story will be my own material one day soon when I feel qualified to write it. The joy, heartbreak, struggles, depressions, drug addiction and rejection.all of what goes with that relationship sometimes she has honestly and deeply felt. I appreciate such a challenging undertaking on your part. Thank you so much for introducing me to your works.

    Blessed Be in Christ,
    Barb Shelton
    barbjan10(at)tx(dot)rr(dot)com

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  16. Wow, great interview.

    I'm a follower.

    Also a book club network member.

    Kathi & Nora, Great interview. I would love to read More Than Conquerers. I can't wait to read Valeria's Cross as I've heard it listed as a favorite of the year on several blogs. I would love to read fiction on the Samaritan woman. God has blessed you with so many great ideas!

    julesreffner(at)gmail(dot)com

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  17. Thank you so much, Nora, for taking the time to do this lovely feature. I so appreciate it! And I appreciate your readers taking the time to post comments. It is such an encouragement to a writer's heart! Bless you all!!!

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  18. I love what she said about The Samaritan woman. I have always believed the same! Thank you for a wonderful interview.!
    Please include me in the giveaway. I look forward to read these books! I hope I win!

    dcf_beth at verizon dot net

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  19. What a fabulous interview, Nora and Kathi. I love to read anything that Kathi writes. She writes well and with passion. It is obvious she knows and loves the Lord. I would love to win No Greater Love because my passion is to offer hope to those in the midst of life's challenges. I already have a copy of More Than Conquerors, and I wrote a five-star review for it. Is there any other kind for an author like Kathi Macias?
    Love & Prayers,
    Yvonne

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  20. Hi Nora & Kathi, Thanx for the interview and thanx for the giveaway.

    Kathi, I love how you described Bathsheba, never looked at it that way before.

    Please enter me for the drawing. I would prefer No Greater Love.

    Extra entries :-

    * am a follower of you blog
    * just followed you on twitter
    * tweeted about this giveaway (www.twitter.com/estherym)

    stay blessed.

    estherym[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  21. Enjoyed the interview...learned much about Kathi & her books! Am following blog. Follow you on Twitter. Will tweet about this give-away. Already belong to Book Club Network. Also, just put your blog link on our blog. All of that I did because I wanted to...not just to win a book...though that would be great.

    Blessings,
    Janet Chester Bly
    www.BlyBooks.blogspot.com

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  22. Also forgot my e-mail addy: janet(at)blybooks(dot)com

    Janet Chester Bly
    www.BlyBooks.blogspot.com

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  23. thanks for the chance to read these fabulous novels :)

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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  24. thanks for the chance to read these fabulous novels :)

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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  25. Great interview. Loved what Kathi said about "partnering with the Creator in creating stories.."! What a great way of looking at writing!

    Gail Mundy

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  26. Please enter me!

    dancealert at aol dot com

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  27. Another great author found. I'm so glad I found TBCN and your blog. I'm so excited to be learned about these authors and their great books. Thanks for the chance to win. kimwhite62/at/gmail/dot/com

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  28. Great interview! I love your book covers, too. And I would love to travel to Israel and Hawaii, too. I also appreciated what you said, Kathi, about never compromising!

    Please enter me in the contest for the first book in the series.

    hismercysurrounding(at)yahoo(dot)com

    Carmen sent me. :)

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  29. What a great interview! Thank you for the opportunity to win one of her books!
    I follow you and posted this on Twitter and am waiting for a response from you on Twitter.

    latawniakintz[at]gmail[dot]com

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  30. forgot to say Carmen sent me!

    latawniakintz[at]gmail[dot]com

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  31. Wow! The books look like that would be a GREAT read! I'd love a chance to win! Count me in!

    legacy1992(at)gmail(dot)com

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  32. I am a follower of this blog!

    legacy1992(at)gmail(dot)com

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  33. WOW! Can I ever relate to Kathi's comment about not being raised in a Christian home, finding Christ & then having to relearn everything you had been taught. I didn't become a follower of Christ until I was 29 yrs old.

    Another excellent interview! I know I would love to read Kathi's books from what she has shared.

    Thanks for the entry!

    empowered_life (@) yahoo (dot) ca

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  34. Hi Kathi. I have More Than Conquerors in my TBR bookcase and would love to win a copy of No Greater Love. I love the cover art on all your books.

    I am a follower.

    Many blessings,
    Cindy W.

    countrybear52[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  35. Excellent interview. Great questions!

    Amy
    artsyrockerchick at aim dot com

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  36. I would love to read either or both of these books.

    I live about 20 minutes away from Homeland. Never knew of anyone who lived there before.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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  37. These books sound great! Have not read anything by this author, but am looking forward to it. Thanks for the chance to win.
    plhouston(at)bellsouth(dot)net

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  38. These books sound great. Have not read anythig by this author but am looking forward to it. Thanks for the chance to win. Carman sent me.
    plhouston(at)bellsouth(dot)net

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  39. I have become a follower.
    Kathi you look way to young to be a Great-Grandmother. I love your ideas for future books!

    Carman sent me

    alekee02[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  40. CONGRATS to MELISSA MERRITT!! You've won a copy of No Greater Love. THANKS to the author for providing the interview and give away opportunity.

    THANKS to everyone for commenting and encouraging the Kathi. THANKS Kathi for stopping by and leaving a comment. This is a powerful book and an moving book.

    STILL WAITING on the winner of More Than Conqueror to get back with me. If I don't hear from her soon I'll pick another winner on Sunday.
    Blessings Everyone!!

    Nora :D

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