Back Cover Description
Lydia Brown has taken just about every wrong turn she could find. When an abortion leaves her overwhelmed by guilt, she turns to drugs to escape her pain. After a single car accident lands her in the hospital facing DUI charges, Lydia is forced to reevaluate her choices.
Kevin McGregor has been biding his time since high school when he heard God tell him that Lydia Brown was the woman he would marry. In the aftermath of Lydia’s accident, Kevin must come to grips with the truth about her secret life.
While Kevin works to convince himself and God that loving Lydia is a mistake, Lydia struggles to accept the feelings she has for Kevin, though she fears her sin may be too much for anyone to forgive.
Before we go any further, the winner of last weeks drawing is Kay M. I will contact you later today for your snail mail address. Thanks for commenting, Kay.
1. Welcome to Kimberly’s Musings, Elizabeth. Please Tell us about your book.
Wisdom to Know tells the story of Lydia Brown. She’s someone I consider a pretty typical “good” young woman who, despite growing up in church, has never really made her faith her own. So she goes through the motions and knows all the right answers, but other than Sundays, you don’t see faith impacting her life all that much…until the consequences of her actions start catching up with her. When that happens, Lydia isn’t sure how to handle the crisis and she spirals into a deep pit without really caring what relationships she destroys in the process. After she finally crashes at the bottom, she realizes how much she needs God if there’s any hope of rebuilding those relationships.
2. I read the blurb for your book and noticed that it tackles some tough issues. What inspired the story?
I grew up active in pro-life ministry. My mother ran a Crisis Pregnancy Center for twenty years and over that time, I spent a lot of time helping out, both as a volunteer and on staff. One of the things we did a great deal of at our Center was after-abortion healing. The women and men who choose abortion tend to be forgotten (at best) in the pro-life arena and in churches, and so many of them are desperately hurting. Those who are believers (and the abortion rates aren’t significantly different for folks in the church when compared to those outside) often feel that they don’t deserve forgiveness – that they’ve done the one thing bigger than God’s grace. But it’s not true! Unfortunately, even though God forgives us, the consequences of our sin can wreck our human relationships – and wrestling with that, recovering from that, is one of the things Lydia and Kevin both have to do.
3. How long did it take you to write this and did you have to do any special research?
I actually started Wisdom to Know in 2002 and then set it aside for a while because I was feeling stuck. I went on writing other things, but Lydia’s story kept pulling at me. When NaNoWriMo came around in 2011, I dug it back out, thinking I’d start completely over but keep the idea. I did end up keeping a little more than just the idea – but I wrote all but approximately 10K words of the story (the bit that I kept from 2002) in November and December of 2011. Once I let myself go with the story, it just flowed.
I didn’t have to do a ton of special research. The main thing I looked into were rehab facilities and DUI charges to get a feel for how to make that aspect of the story realistic.
4. When did you first start writing and is it something you have always wanted to do, or did you fall into it later?
I’ve always been writing. My mom gave me a blank book when I was five and pretty much from that point forward, I’ve been writing down my stories. I’ve always harbored the dream of being published, but transitioning from dream to goal was terrifying. The prospect of the rejection that goes hand in hand with putting your work out there for anyone to read left me paralyzed for a long time. It really was only getting to the end of Lydia’s story, and realizing that it was a story that I wasn’t going to be able to let just hang out on my hard drive, that pushed me past the fear.
5. Is there a must read book, you’d recommend, or what is your current favorite book?
This is tough – I tend to read around 120 books a year and I really enjoy the majority of them. But I do have some I go back to over and over again. Anne of Green Gables (that whole series – honestly Anne of Windy Poplars is my absolute favorite) is one that I think everyone should read at least once. The Dragon King trilogy by Stephen Lawhead is another – I read that series when I was eleven and it’s one I still love re-reading. And then really, if you’ve not read the entire Narnia series, you’re missing out.
Wow, Elizabeth I thought I read a lot.:) Thanks for sharing with us today. I’ve enjoyed getting to know you a bit and learning about your book. Elizabeth has offered to give away one copy of her book Wisdom to Know. Keep reading to see how to enter.
Elizabeth Maddrey began writing stories as soon as she could form the letters properly and has never looked back. Though her practical nature and love of math and organization steered her into computer science for college and graduate school, she has always had one or more stories in progress to occupy her free time. When she isn’t writing, Elizabeth is a voracious consumer of books and has mastered the art of reading while undertaking just about any other activity. Her debut novel, Wisdom to Know, Book 1 of the Grant Us Grace Series, was released in January, 2013. Courage to Change (April, 2013) is the second in that series and continues the story of characters from the first book. She is also the co-author of A is for Airstrip: A Missionary’s Jungle Adventure, a children’s book based on the work of a Wycliffe missionary.
Elizabeth lives in the suburbs of Washington D.C. with her husband and their two incredibly active little boys. She invites you to interact with her at her website www.ElizabethMaddrey.com or on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ElizabethMaddrey
Thanks for offering to give away one copy of Wisdom to Know to a lucky commenter. Is there any question you would like commenter to answer to qualify for the give away?
If you could choose any monument or historic location for the site of the man of your dreams to proposal, what or where would it be?
Rules: You must answer Elizabeth’s question to be included in the drawing. If you become a new follower, my system will tell me and I will include your name twice in this weeks drawing. This drawing is only open to USA addresses. Void where prohibited by law. I will contact the lucky winner on Monday March 4th. If you do not respond within seven days a new winner will be drawn. There needs to be a minimum of ten entries for a drawing to take place. Happy reading!