I am very excited to have Amanda Stephan visiting Favorite Christian Books today. She has been gracious enough to be interviewed and she is giving away a copy of her book The Price of Trust. So please welcome Amanda!
Thank you for having me here today, Holly!
When you reach heaven, other than Jesus, what Biblical character are you most looking forward to meeting and why?
The first person I’m looking forward to meeting in Heaven (besides Jesus,) is probably Daniel. I love how this young man took a stand for his faith in Jehovah despite what everyone else was doing. Such faith and character! To stand for what was right when no one else was, what a strong person he must have been.
What would be the first question you would like to ask him?
I’d like to ask him if he was at least a tiny bit afraid when he had to stand in front of King Nebuchadnezzer and give him an answer as to what his dream was all about. The dream before he went wild like an animal. This king wasn’t known for his kindness, and for him to have to give him bad news I think would be terrifying! Then, on the heels of that question, I’d probably ask him what his thoughts and feelings were as he was being lowered into the lion’s den. Goodness gracious! What could happen if we had faith like that today!
When you were a little girl what did you want to be when you grew up?
When I was a little girl, I wanted to be so many different things. A cashier because it looked fun to type numbers, to be a CPA because it was fun to crunch numbers, to be a wife because my parent’s had such a good marriage, and finally, to be a writer, because I could control what happened in the lives of my characters and always have a happy ending! (I really don’t like sad things.)
Please tell us a little bit about “The Price of Trust.”
My book, The Price of Trust, is my debut novel. When our daughter hit 13, I was worried that she’d start reading romance novels, and we all know that there are some pretty embarrassing books out there. I wanted her and our son to have something good, clean, and edifying to read, so I sat down and wrote a book. I wanted them to know that just because things didn’t go the way they wanted them to, that things do and will go wrong, God is still there and He’ll take care of them if they just ask and trust. My book is about a young woman that is running away from her abusive ex-fiance. He’s a very rich man and doesn’t like losing, so he stalks her wherever she goes, not allowing her to settle anywhere. Finally, she breaks down in a small, rural town, and is forced to stay longer than she’d like. She tries to guard her heart, but the people find a way past the walls she’s built up, and she ends up falling for a handsome farmer.
If you like reading contemporary Christian romance with an uplifting message, you’d probably enjoy this book. I have a little mystery and suspense in there as well, and there’s a bit of violence.
I’m looking forward to reading this story. I enjoy romance especially when it’s mixed in with some mystery! Lastly, Amanda, we see a lot of advice out there for writers, but what advice would you give someone like me, who enjoys reading and writing reviews on a book? What makes a good review?
I think what makes a good review is an outline of major moral topics. I’d like to know before I pick up a book if there’s inappropriate scenes, swearing, drinking, and adultery in the book. Actually, I find those things more useful in a book review than the star rating, because a book review is highly subjective. What someone else likes to read, doesn’t necessarily mean that I’ll like it. But an outline of moral issues helps me decide if I’d like to pick up a copy.
Thanks for stopping by and sharing with us. If you want to learn more about Amanda you can find her on the web at: www.thepriceoftrust.com
Now for the GIVEAWAY!!! On January 22nd at 9:00 PM PST I’ll use www.random.org to choose a winner. The winner will have their choice to receive either a copy of the book or PDF version. Please leave a comment with your name and what state you live in. If you fill out the comment form with your email address you do not need to leave it in the comment section. (I love that about WordPress!!)