Today we welcome back Elizabeth Maddrey. It’s great to have you join us again, Elizabeth. We are going to do something a bit different that the norm today. Below is the back cover copy of Courage to Change, and following that is an interview that Elizabeth gave her character Allison. I hope you enjoy this fun format. Keep reading to the end to find out how to enter for a chance to win a copy of Courage to Change.
Should you be willing to change for love?
When Phil Reid became a Christian and stopped drinking, his hard-partying wife Brandi divorced him. Reeling and betrayed, he becomes convinced Christians should never remarry, and resolves to guard his heart.
Allison Vasak has everything in her life under control, except for one thing. Her heart is irresistibly drawn to fellow attorney and coworker, Phil. Though she knows his history and believes that women should not initiate relationships, she longs to make her feelings known.
As Phil and Allison work closely together to help a pregnant teen, Allison melts his defenses. But when Brandi discovers Phil’s new relationship, she decides that though she doesn’t want him, no one else can have him either. Can Phil and Allison’s love weather the chaos Brandi brings into their lives?
Elizabeth: Hi Allison, glad you could make it. I know as a criminal defense attorney you’re very busy, so I appreciate you taking the time.
Allison: I did kind of feel like I owed you, so it’s not a big deal. What can I do for you today?
Elizabeth: I just thought it’d be fun to let people get to know you a little. Maybe see what makes Allison Vasak tick. That kind of thing. So let’s start out with something easy – you mentioned above that you don’t believe women should initiate relationships. Why is that?
Allison: That’s easy? I hope we don’t get to anything hard! Some of it is just that I’m a little old fashioned. I want the man I marry to pursue me – I like the idea of that. That he would want to be with me so much that he’d be willing to risk making the first move. Beyond that? I actually initiated my only real relationship in college and, well, that turned out horribly. So I kind of figure it’s good to learn from your mistakes.
Elizabeth: Fair enough. So why Phil?
Allison: Okay, I guess that first question was easy. Wow. Well, to start out with, I really admire him. He’s gone through a lot in his life and come out on top. I mean, from what I understand about his ex-wife and their lifestyle…Jesus really changed him. And now? He’s so genuine about his walk with God, it’s hard not to love him. Not that I love him, mind you. But I think I could. Wait. He’s not going to see this, is he?
Elizabeth: No, I don’t think he’s going to see this. Your secret’s safe with me. So it’s more of an intellectual attraction?
Allison: Well, it starts there. But, come on, have you seen him? Mmm. I could watch him read the phone book and not feel like I’d wasted a minute.
Elizabeth: Ok, so definitely a connection on your end. Do you have any idea if he’s interested in you?
Allison: Honestly, shouldn’t I be asking you this? You’re the one with all the answers. But from where I’m standing, frankly, I’m confused. He’s kind of the King of Mixed Signals right now. So I’m waiting to see what happens. Though he has said he doesn’t think he’s cut out for marriage, I figure that’s just because of his first wife running him through the ringer. He just needs to be with the right woman. Who would be me, as far as I’m concerned. Just in case you were wondering.
Elizabeth: I got that. Let’s talk about him being divorced for a minute. You don’t have any problem with that as a single, never married, woman?
Allison: You’re not pulling punches today, are you? I’ll admit I struggled with it for a little while when I first realized that I had a crush on him. I mean, it’s not easy to be single and abstinent in today’s world. So part of me really thought I deserved someone who’d been working as hard at that as I had. Then I went on a date with Kevin McGregor. My college crush?
Elizabeth: Right, that was in Wisdom to Know.
Allison: Yeah. Anyway, I believe the word to describe that is “fiasco.” And that’s when I realized that there’s more to a potential mate than having the same past. I love Kevin, don’t get me wrong…it’s just that it’s a brotherly thing. It took that date to realize it – and anyway, he and Lydia are perfect for each other. And really, seeing how God brought the two of them together gives me hope. Phil and I have a lot in common, even if our pasts are dissimilar.
Elizabeth: Great, thanks. I think our time is about up – do you have any final words you’d like to add?
Allison: Not really…unless you want to tell me how things end up?
Allison: Figures. Guess I’ll just have to wait ‘til people read the book so I can find out.
Elizabeth, what a fantastic interview! I loved getting to know Allison. She made me want to read the book.:)
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