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10 January 2011

Conversion Scenes--Meet Author Delia Latham

Destiny's Dream is coming true...but without a little divine intervention, it could become a nightmare! 

After a fun week of voting on two fantastic excerpts, we’ll spend the first bit of this week getting to know one of the authors, Delia Latham.

Delia’s book Destiny’s Dream (gorgeous cover, don’t you think?) has recently released through White Rose Publishing. If you haven’t had a chance to read her COTT excerpt, you can do so HERE.

The drawing for one of our two featured books will remain open all week for anyone leaving a comment on any blog, Monday-Thursday.

Readers, meet Delia Latham--

Born and raised in a place called Weedpatch, Delia Latham moved to Oklahoma in 2008, making her a self-proclaimed California Okie. She loves to read and write in her simple country home, and gets a kick out of watching her husband play Farmer John. The author enjoys multiple roles as Christian wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend, but especially loves being a princess daughter to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

I love the Farmer John image, Delia! It just cracks me up. The first picture that came to mind was the 1930’s Grant Wood painting. You know the one? The old guy with a pitchfork and pinch-faced wife? I’m so relieved to find you’re a lovely woman with a brilliant, genuine smile.

Since COTT’s focus is Christian fiction, many of the novels featured here contain scenes in which a lead character has a personal encounter with Christ. Some Christian authors feel called to present a clear Gospel message in each of their novels. Would you classify yourself as such?

I do feel that call. I consider my writing a ministry, and every book seems to come with some kind of gospel message, though not always one of a call to salvation. Many times it’s a nudge to greater faith and trust, or forgiveness. Why? God gave me the talent for writing. In my mind, that’s a clear call to write for HIM. 

Happy New Year! Are you a Resolution Setter? If so, please share with us one of your resolutions for the year 2011.

I’m not a die-hard Resolution Setter, probably because I’ve found, down through the years, that resolutions tend to be forgotten and lain aside within a few months. I have, however, determined to get serious in 2011 about writing a book I’ve had on the back burner for waaaay too long.

Please share with us your own conversion story.

I first received the gift of the Holy Ghost when I was seven years old. “Church” was such a huge part of my family’s life that by then I was yearning for that special relationship with Christ.  Grew up in the church, then – as so many young folks unfortunately do – completely lost myself for awhile. But God NEVER lost me! He led me firmly but gently back into His paths, and I can’t imagine every trying to live without him.

And now, Delia has a question for you! (hint--the answer is found in her EXCERPT)
Destiny and Jenna are sisters, yet Jenna teases Clay about being her “twin.” What do you think she means by that?

Swing by on Wednesday to meet Tracy Krauss, author of My Mother the Man-eater.

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