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BOOK COVER: I was really drawn to pick up this book because of the cover. First of all I LOVE the binding and old book look. The girl on the cover made you look at her a couple of times to imagine what was happening there.

C.J. Darlington takes the reader on an amazing book journey not only about rare and expensive books that turn up missing but of this young girl trapped in a situation she wants to get out of but doesn't quite know how. C.J. says that she has compassion for teens and their struggle. Her heart really comes through on every page.

Bound by Guilt is on book shelfs at your favorite book store now. Below is an interview C.J. Darlington gave me permission to post here. It's an interview that's in the back of the book. Next week I'll be posting more about Bound By Guilt and C.J. Darlington the author! I highly recommend this book for your enjoyment and for a book club selection. There is alot to discuss inside the pages of Bound by Guilt!


BOUND BY GUILT
By C.J. Darlington
Q and A


C.J. DARLINGTON BIO: My first novel Thicker Than Blood, won the 2008 Christian Writers Guild Operation First Novel contest and was published by Tyndale House in 2010.

My second novel, Bound by Guilt, is due to release in early 2011 from Tyndale House. I am the co-founder of the website TitleTrakk.com, which features book, music & movie reviews, interviews, articles, music videos, novel excerpts, and more. I was homeschooled for all my schooling years. Visit my author website to learn more about me and my writing. http://cjdarlington.blogspot.com/

Where did the idea for Bound by Guilt come from?
I read a news article about a young man who’d been arrested in California for stealing rare books from various bookstores and re-selling them to other stores for a profit. I wondered what kind of story I could build around that idea. For many years I’d also wanted to write about someone who suddenly found themselves with nowhere to go and nothing but the clothes on their back. What would they do? How would they survive? These two ideas propelled the story.

Why did you choose to deal with guilt in your book?



When I started writing this novel I didn’t have a specific theme in mind. I had a few elements of the plot and several characters I wanted to include. But most of the story came about organically as I wrote. My working title actually wasn’t Bound by Guilt. What’s really cool is that when my editor suggested that title I stepped back and looked at the story and realized how perfect it fit. Even the first line, which was written long before we had the title, is about guilt! However, this story is also about forgiveness in a big way. How do you become free from guilt? By being forgiven. There are characters in the story who desperately need to forgive, and there are those who desperately need to receive forgiveness. The wonderful thing is, like the Scripture Gordon shares with Roxi, God can not only forgive our sins, but he can forgive the guilt of our sins too.

Did you have a sequel in mind when you finished your first book, Thicker than Blood, or did you write the sequel because of reader interest?

I wrote most of this novel before Thicker than Blood was ever contracted. I didn’t set out to write a sequel, but I loved the settings I’d introduced in my first novel and wanted to know what happened next to the characters.

Do you form emotional attachments to your characters?
My characters are real people to me. I might see someone walking down the street and think, “Wow, she really looks like Roxi.” It can be hard to finish a book because it’s like saying good bye to close friends. I sometimes have to remind myself they’re imaginary!

Which character is your favorite in Bound by Guilt?
Roxi. Wounded characters like her touch my heart. But I also really like Jan Mercer. The scenes with Roxi and Jan together were my absolute favorites to write.

Your stories focus on the world of antiquarian books. How did you research this?
I’ve been involved in the rare book industry since I was seventeen. My sister and I began book scouting for local stores, and within a year or so we started our own online bookstore selling directly to consumers. Much of what I write regarding rare books comes from personal experience, or something I’ve heard in my travels. I’ve been to book sales all across the country, from California to Connecticut, and I’ll tell you . . . book dealers are a colorful group!

During your travels to scout out books, what would be the most intriguing situation you’ve experienced?
What sticks out in my mind is the book that got away. Every book dealer has a story like this, and they’re painful to hear. Mine was when we found a first edition copy of The Velveteen Rabbit that even had its very rare dust jacket. Unfortunately, we didn’t know how rare it was. We listed that book at an online auction site for three hundred dollars, and we were thrilled when it sold. Years later I realized we could’ve gotten ten times that, or more.

How do you “get into the heads” of difficult characters such as Vince from Thicker than Blood and Irene in Bound by Guilt.

I actually find writing the bad guys easier in some ways than writing the good guys. But I almost never get them right the first time. In the rough draft of this story for example, Irene was very one-dimensional. We didn’t understand why she was doing what she was doing. I had to dig deep into her character and ask myself to really think about her motivations. Much of their character comes from asking myself what if questions. And letting my imagination run wild.

Your writing reveals a deep affection for and an understanding of animals. Have you always felt this?
I love animals. I grew up with dogs and cats, and at one time we had a pony and a miniature donkey too. Selah was actually inspired by my Whippet mix, Story, who we rescued. Did you catch how Selah’s story actually parallels Roxi’s? They were both thrown away and forgotten, had trust issues, and needed someone to love them. One of my favorite quotes is: “Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.” That applies to all the animals we love.

What do you hope readers take away from this book?
I hope they’ll be challenged to look past outward appearances and see people, especially teens, the way God sees them. Love them for who they are with no strings attached. Love them even when they make mistakes. Love truly does cover over a multitude of wrongs.

If God gave an endorsement of this novel, what do you hope He would say?
My biggest hope would be that He would say, “I can use this book to stir people’s hearts.”

Will there be a sequel to Bound by Guilt?
I’m currently writing a third book that is closely connected to both Bound by Guilt and my first novel Thicker than Blood. We’ll see what happens!


Giving Away - Bound by Guilt
MANDATORY - PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT About the interview for your name to be entered in the drawing.

Be sure to leave your email address so that I can contact you if you win. Winners chosen using Randomnumber.org.
DRAWING WILL BE - APRIL 2nd





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63 comments:

  1. I loved Thicker Than Blood and was so glad to see another novel coming from you, C.J. I loved the setting and the characters also and can't wait to read Bound By Guilt.

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  2. What a great interview. I love the cover of the book and the storyline sounds so interesting. This book is definitely on my list of books to read. Please enter me.

    Blessings,
    JO
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  3. I have been wanting to read this book ever since I saw it and even now CJ's first book is waiting for me to pick up from the library!! :) CJ's story to her publication dream is a fun one for me, because I am a very similar position right now. A writing homeschooler! :)

    Nora, I am going to post about this giveaway to Facebook. If this can't be considered an extra entry, no worries! :)

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  4. This sounds like a wonderful book to read!! And thanks for the interesting interview!
    Blessings.....Joy
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  5. I am a follower of your great blog!!
    Joy
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  6. I have your button my blog as well!
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  7. And I added the giveaway to my blog....


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  8. I LOVED the interview!
    I loved the potential endorsement of God's so much! It states what I feel God would say!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Many Blessings and Smiles:)
    Charlotte
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  9. I tweeted about this giveaway
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    Charlotte
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  10. I am a GFC follower:)
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  11. CJ is one of my favorite writers! So down to earth.. love it!

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  12. "Bound by Guilt" sounds like a book I'd like to read. Please enter me in your giveaway. Thanks for the interview also.

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  13. I also just became a follower and a subscriber of your blog. Please enter me in the book drawing for "Bound by Guilt."
    Thanks.

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  14. I love the cover and can't wait to read the book!
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  15. I'm a follower. :)
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  16. Great interview! I would love to win this book!
    Thanks for the opportunity!

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  17. I am already a follower of your blog.

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  18. I also already have your button on my blog. (Write About Now).

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  19. I appreciate how she feels about abandoned
    animals and wounded people! Also, I loved
    her comment on thinking of someone who had
    nowhere to go and only the clothes on his/her
    back...This interview caused me to think
    very much.
    Many thanks, Cindi
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  20. I follow your blog...
    Again, many thanks!
    Cindi
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  21. "Tweet!"
    http://twitter.com/cmh512/status/48985869864017920.
    Merci, Cindi
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  22. I'm a subscriber to your blog, and just a reader, hoping to be added for a chance at CJ's book. I really enjoyed the interview, and have read and enjoyed Bound By Love. Thank you for the entry! Have a blessed day.

    Sandee61

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  23. Don't sign me up as I've already read this book. Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed it and if you don't win a copy be sure and get one for yourself.

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  24. Cannot wait to read this book...love the cover!

    Gail Mundy

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  25. Realy like your interview and would love to win this book.wlworkman{at]backroads{dot]net

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  26. I am a follower of your blog.wlworkman[at]backroads[net]

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  27. loved reading this interview. Very interesting. Love to win the book thanks

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  28. follower

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  29. I enjoyed Thicker Than Blood and am looking forward to this one.

    A J Hawke

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  30. Sounds like a unique story and I love the cover as well. Thanks for entering me.

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  31. Nora, another terrific interview! I must find the first book and read it. Thank you for the giveaway, CJ. I look forward to reading your books.

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  32. I'm a follower :)

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  33. Got your button, too!

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  34. Interesting interview..I sure want to read this book!
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  35. This does sound interesting.

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  36. Nora,

    Would love to sign up for the giveaway! A friend recommended C.J.'s books to me the other day, and I'm very intrigued to read them. :o)

    Christy
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  37. I am also a current follower of your blog. ;o)

    Christy
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  38. Yes, book dealers are for sure a colorful group. Wonderfully colorful, and sometime scary colorful. But colorful non the less. I would love to to enter this giveaway. Carmen sent me.

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  39. I'm also a follower.

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  40. Love the book cover, plus a great interview, I would love to win this book! Thicker Than Blood looks great too.

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  41. This book looks fantastic! Beautiful cover and unique storyline - I would love a chance to read it!

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  42. I am also a follower of your blog.

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  43. I too love that book cover. I also like how the author got the idea for the story. A news story.
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  44. Please enter me!!

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  45. I'm also a follower.

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  46. And I grabbed your button!!

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  47. Thanks so much for this post, Nora! I really appreciate your support.

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  48. I love your compassion for teens! I am also very much drawn to that age group! I am a youth leader at my church and work with the teenage girls now for 5 years. It breaks my heart to hear the struggles girls face now, in my group alone 75% of the girls come from broken homes, shocking! Another shocking statistic from my youth group is that 30% of the girls in that group have been abused. It's hard to understand!
    This book sounds really interesting and I would love to read it! Thanks for a chance to win it!

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  49. I am a follower!

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  50. Thank you for sharing your writing journey. I'd love to win this book! Please enter me.

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  51. I joined your list as a follower/subscriber.

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  52. I added your button to my blog.

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  53. awesome interview. love meeting new authors and reading what inspires them. Would love to add you to my favorite author reading list. :) Kelly
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  54. I've never read this author but have heard such good things about her books. The premise of this one interests me--the young girl trapped in a dangerous situation, involving of all things rare books! Truly unique. Please enter me in the giveaway and thanks for the opportunity! Blessings!

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  55. Wonderful interview! Makes me want to read the book even more now. Please enter me in the drawing. Thanks and God bless! :)

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  56. What a great interview! I didn't realize that there was a sequel, how exciting! Thank you so much for the giveaway opportunity :)

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  57. I would LOVE to win this book!
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  58. I just found this site and enjoyed your interview. The book sounds very good and well thought out. I will probably try to get a copy and put it in our church library.

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  59. I did not leave my email on my comment. I thought there was a special place asking for name, email address, etc.
    My email address is cbetts(at)windstream(dot)net. My comment was about finding this site and putting the book in our church library.

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  60. Love where she got the idea to write this book. thanks for the interview loved reading it. trishbazin(at)yahoo.com

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  61. Enjoyed your blog. Book sounds great. Carmen sent me.

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  62. I'd love to be entered. Thanks so much!

    ~Kristin
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  63. Aww, man, that had to be disappointing when you found out later about the Velveteen Rabbit book! I am really looking forward to reading this book one way or another and I would love to win a copy!
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