Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Spotlight on Delia Latham!

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Remember, to be entered in the book drawing, you must also answer the authors’ questions.
Ryan: Do you enjoy stand-alone novels more, or those that lead to sequels and trilogies, etc.?
Diane: What do you feel after reading the back cover for I Am Ocilla?

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I love those private moments when He cuddles me to His heart and reassures me that I am His, and that I'm special to Him.
~ Delia Latham



Welcome, Delia! It's a pleasure starting off our day off visiting with you. What did you have for breakfast this morning?

Do I have to go directly to jail if I confess to rarely eating breakfast?  I've never been a fan of breakfast foods. To make it even worse, I usually get out of bed and feel my way to the refrigerator (instead of the coffee pot) for my wake-me-up Dr. Pepper. Oh, no! I think I just heard the clang of a slamming jail cell...

Uh-oh, lol. I'll give you a place to hide when you go on the lam. So after that can of morning law-breaking, you must then head for the closet to get dressed. Would you consider yourself a skirt, jeans, or sweats kinda gal?

Sweats when I'm home with no company expected and no errands to run. Jeans otherwise. And, although you didn't ask, bare feet.

I'm addicted to socks personally. Preferably fuzzy ones. But besides our feet, we probably look a lot alike in the outfit department. Nice to know I can dress casual if I ever visit your house. Which makes me wonder... If you were having me over for dinner, what would you be serving?

Hmmm...good question, since I'm not the cook in my family. My husband does that, and loves it. (Am I blessed? Oh, yes, I am!) Off the top of my head, I'd say you might be dining on his famous chili verde burritos. They're mmm-mmm good! Dessert would be chocolate Heavenly Hash, which is a scrumptious concoction made of chocolate pudding, cool whip, and...I'm not even sure what else is in there, but you're going to love it! And, since it's you, it would all be served on a silver platter - my contribution to the meal. LOL

Oh Yum! I think I'll bring the whole fam. They might get bored of our book talk though. Can you tell me, of the books you've had published, which is nearest and dearest to your heart?

Come now, darling...surely you wouldn't ask a mother which is her favorite child?  But, for the sake of cooperation, I'll just say that the new baby always gets the most attention. Of my older "children," however, I think Goldeneyes is probably the most "like" me. A vintage romance (set in 1936 and 1959), it is set partially in Weedpatch, the tiny, California farming community where I grew up. How could it not have a little of my own heart and soul written into its pages?

That sounds amazing! Can't wait to read it. =) COTT is lucky to have such a talented writer on staff. How long have you been on staff at Clash of the Titles and what do you envision for its future?

I don't think it's been quite a year yet. Seems like I started about the beginning of August 2011. As for its future, I see COTT becoming a very important cog in the wheel for helping authors get noticed. It's already becoming known within the writing field, and has enjoyed participation by some widely recognized authors. I can't help believing COTT will become one of the places on which authors look forward to claiming a spot, and the Laurel Award could easily become one of the sought-after crowns (ummm...laurels?) of achievement within the industry. I honestly believe we have the potential for that kind of success, because everyone on staff truly cares about our authors and their success. I'm so proud to play a small part behind the scenes!

Sounds like a bright future for COTT and we love you being a part of our family of staff. We love your sweet spirit and the way Jesus shines through you. When do you feel closest to God?

When I'm alone with Him...shut in with God, in a "secret place," as the old hymn goes. Just me and the Lover of my soul. I love those private moments when He cuddles me to His heart and reassures me that I am His, and that I'm special to Him. Even though I know He gives that same assurance to many others, it's absolutely true for each of us. He loves us all the most.

Ah, that is so beautiful. Love it. Thank you, Delia, that was so wonderfully well-put. You have such a way with words. And on that note, tell us about the last book you had the pleasure of seeing reach reader's hands.

That would be Gypsy's Game - Book Three in the Solomon's Gate series...and it reached reader's hands only last Friday, March 16! I'm very excited about Gypsy's story, and can't wait to start hearing what readers think. Here's what it's about:

Gypsy Lovell stands to inherit an enormous amount of money from a father who never gave her anything but a ridiculous name. Even now, he doesn’t make it easy. A stipulation in the man’s will demands that Gypsy be married in order to claim what is hers.

Desperate for the monetary windfall that could save her ailing mother’s life, Gypsy visits a Christian dating agency, hoping to find a temporary husband. Someone easy to handle for the required six months, and easy to get rid of when she no longer needs him.

Jal Garridan is neither of those things, but he's willing to take on the challenge presented by the beautiful stranger—on his own terms.

What Gypsy doesn’t know is that Solomon’s Gate is a dating agency with a Divine connection. What she finds there may save more than her mother’s life. It may save Gypsy’s soul.

I must  admit, there's a certain melancholy that goes along with knowing this book will most likely be the last time I'll swing open the giant portals of Solomon's Gate. But then...only God knows the future...perhaps He hasn't thrown away the key.

The first in that series was one of our summer book club selections and it was a great read! I'm looking forward to continuing the series, and I hope our readers will head over to Amazon to check it out too. They won't be disappointed!  (the link and book image are in the left sidebar!)

Thank you so much for chatting with us today. Go grab another Dr. Pepper and have a wonderfully productive Wednesday. And readers, if you have a comment or a question for Delia, I know she'd love to hear from you. 

Have a blessed day!

11 comments:

Lisa Lickel Wednesday, April 18, 2012  

I love DP too - so fun to hear the homey side of you.

Delia Latham Wednesday, April 18, 2012  

Ahh - a DP soul sis! I knew you were a gal after my own heart. :)

Tanya Stowe Wednesday, April 18, 2012  

Not Dr. Pepper! My husband's favorite drink! Love your thoughts about being cuddled next to God's heart. Only you could put it that way with your wonderful words!

Delia Latham Wednesday, April 18, 2012  

I knew your husband had good taste, Tanya - he chose you! :D

Marianne Evans Wednesday, April 18, 2012  

Delia, darlin' you're a breath of fresh air in the springtime. Truly. What a wonderful interview - loved it!!! :-) Hugs and blessings to you!!

Delia Latham Wednesday, April 18, 2012  

Backatcha, soul sister! :D

Anonymous,  Wednesday, April 18, 2012  

I know envy is a sin, but your husband cooks! Sigh.

LoRee Peery Wednesday, April 18, 2012  

Loved it, loved it. I also loved Goldeneyes and just opened Gypsy on my reader...

Donna B Wednesday, April 18, 2012  

Love all your stories, Delia! Your love shines through them all!

Delia Latham Wednesday, April 18, 2012  

LoRee, you're so sweet! Thank you for those kind words - and I hope you LOVE Gypsy's Game!

Donna B., thank you, my dear! What a gift of encouragement you possess, my friend. :)

Anonymous,  Thursday, April 26, 2012  

I think I will enjoy this book, my first of yours. I won it, but still waiting to receive it. Hopefully soon! Maxie

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