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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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Cheryl said... Monday, 10 January, 2011

Nice interview. Good luck with that book this year, Delia.

As for your question, I'm guessing that Jenna and Clay are very alike in personality. In Falling Home by Karen White, Cassie's neice is very much like her. They say they are cut from the same cloth and they can't imagine how Harriet, not Cassie, is her mother.


Delia Latham said... Monday, 10 January, 2011

Thank you, Cheryl! Great guess...but not quite on track. :-) Anyone else?

Unknown said... Tuesday, 11 January, 2011

Nice blog, nice interview. Both Jenna and Clay made a decision for Christ the same day - they were born again the same day!

April Gardner said... Tuesday, 11 January, 2011

That's my guess, Marianne! I loved that last line.

Cheryl said... Tuesday, 11 January, 2011

I'm think I'm slow. :)

Delia Latham said... Wednesday, 12 January, 2011

That's it, Marianne! They're spiritual twins, having been born from the same altar call (womb, if you will). :)

Not slow at all, Cheryl! I'm sure I could have phrased my question more clearly.

This was fun! Thanks to all of you for hopping in there with answers.

Unknown said... Thursday, 13 January, 2011


Congrats on the opportunity to clash! No one is more deserving than you. (The only thing I've ever excelled at in clashing is wardrobe selections)!

Your writing is wonderful, and you are truly gifted. I wish you countless blessings.

Write on!

Anonymous said... Thursday, 13 January, 2011

Great post. I believe writing is a ministry, too.

Good luck in the contest!

Anonymous said... Thursday, 13 January, 2011


Congrats on making it to the final...loved your book!

God bless,

Anonymous said... Thursday, 13 January, 2011

Desitny's Dream is a great book. I really enjoyed it.

Best wishes!

JoAnn said... Thursday, 13 January, 2011


Hope you get to finish that book that's been on the burner waaaaaaaaaaaaaay to long. :)

As always, best wishes, my friend~

Clare Revell said... Thursday, 13 January, 2011

This is one of my fave scenes from the book :)

Anonymous said... Thursday, 13 January, 2011

You keep writing, Delia, and we'll keep reading!

Love your work!!!

Delia Latham said... Thursday, 13 January, 2011

You ladies are such a blessing! I'm not even going to bother with all the names, because it stands true for each one of you. Thanks for your support of Destiny's Dream...and me. I treasure it!

Delia Latham said... Thursday, 13 January, 2011

Countdown's on, peeps...big REVEAL tomorrow!

Item Reviewed: Conversion Scenes--Meet Author Delia Latham Rating: 5 Reviewed By: April Gardner