This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every moring: great is thy faithfulness. The Lord is my portion saith my soul: therefore will I hope in him. The Lord is good unto them that wait for Him, to the soul that seeketh him. It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD. Lamentations 3: 21-26

Monday, June 11, 2007

Book Giveaway--The Divine Appointment

Glass Road Publishing has offered another book for giveaway. This definitely has an interesting slant. All you need to do to be considered to win this book is leave a comment in this post I will draw a winner's name Friday, June 15th. That's it!!! I am waiting to see the copy of this book. Sounds like a good read.


RIPPED FROM THE HEADLINES?
New Legal Thriller Mirrors High Court Drama

In The Divine Appointment, Supreme Court Justice Martha Robinson has died, presenting an unprecedented opportunity for conservative president, Richard Wallace, to impact the direction of the highest court in the land for years to come. The Supreme Court has the power to interpret the Constitution, and in the process, to shape the nation. Not everyone is thrilled with the president's nominee, however. And some will stop at nothing, including murder, to prevent his confirmation by the Senate.

Interview with the Author:
(Courtesy of Glass Road Publishing)

1. Who is the target audience for The Divine Appointment?

[Jerome Teel] The audience is wide and I believe The Divine Appointment can reach different segments of the Christian community. Specifically, though, I think the target audience is politically active Christians such as members of Christian Alliance organizations, Right to Life Organizations, American Family Association, etc.

2. How do you describe your genre for this book?

[Jerome Teel] Christian fiction political thriller.

3. Where/How did you birth the idea for this book? How did it come about?

[Jerome Teel] The idea for this book was two-fold. First I think that Roe v. Wade was a very bad decision and it should be reversed. Secondly, the appointment and confirmation processes for Justice Roberts and Justice Alito were very intriguing and I wondered what it would be like if there was a true conservative, Christian jurist going through that process who would openly say that Roe v. Wade should be overturned. I found that concept very intriguing and turned it into a storyline.

4. What sort of research was involved to make The Divine Appointment sound authentic/realistic?

[Jerome Teel] I researched the Washington D.C. geography to make sure I had names of buildings and streets accurate. Google Earth is an amazing tool. The legal aspects of the book and the courtroom scenes come from my many years of experience as an attorney.

5. What takeaway points do you hope the reader pulls from this book?

[Jerome Teel] I hope that readers will realize that it is important for Christians to be part of the political process.

6. Is The Divine Appointment part of a series?

[Jerome Teel] It is not designed as a series yet. However, like The Election there could be follow-up books that would track some of the characters.

7. How do you deal with your other obligations (job, family, church, etc.) when it's crunch time near deadlines?[Jerome Teel] This is one of my most difficult tasks. I'm a partner in a law firm and that is a full-time job. Part of my practice is that I represent the local county government, which at times is very consuming. Currently I am helping coach three separate baseball teams. I am the incoming board president for a local charity. I teach a high school boys' Sunday School. And our family life is extremely busy. As you can see, there are very few unoccupied minutes in my life. When I'm working on a writing project my writing time is very late at night--typically from 10:00 p.m. to about 1:00 a.m. When a deadline is rapidly approaching I have to take time away from the office and stay at home until I'm able to get the project completed.

8. Do you plan character development and then let them run with the story, or do you plot the story in advance?[Jerome Teel] I don't know how unique my writing style is but I cannot write from an outline. The first thing that happens is that I see the beginning of a story and the end of the story, and then I begin to write. I outline as I go along and I keep a timeline. The characters begin to take on lives of their own and lead me through the story. When I get to about 30,000 words I begin to fully see the story unfold. It is at that point that I make a few notes about the direction of the book and it is all I can do to write fast enough to complete the manuscript.

9. Do you have an organized office and set times to write, or do you find yourself writing at unusual times or places?[Jerome Teel] I write at unusual times--typically very late at night. But the place is always the same. I have a study in my house and I do all of my writing there.

Thanks, Jerome, for giving us a glimpse at your life as a writer, and why you wrote The Divine Appointment.

12 comments:

Carey said...

Interesting book, count me in.

DebD said...

sounds very interesting. Nice interview by the author. Its always fun to see the process writers go through.

Amanda said...

sounds interesting

Mrs. Pear said...

This sounds great!

Please count me in! I can totally see me outside in the backyard reading this while Miss Pear go-go-go -go=goes!

Lesha said...

Sounds great! :-)

Overwhelmed! said...

Count me in, please!

justjenny said...

Please enter me. I love this type of book.

chickadee said...

sounds like a good one. and i love books!

Jerome said...

Thanks for running the interview. (Don't enter me in the drawing!)

Jennifer said...

Ooo...this looks really good!

annie said...

Looks good, count me in too (please).
♥~annie

Linda said...

Hope I'm not too late. Count me in.