Which five words best describe Grace Changes Everything?
From Reader Reviews: Entertaining, Enjoyable, a get-away, a spiritual treat.
Can you share one highlight from the book?
Even if he didn’t have anything to do this afternoon, he didn’t want to do this. Rev. White’s right foot kept up a steady tempo during the impromptu usher’s meeting he called after service. Good thing he wore boots this morning. Wingtips wouldn’t have made it to the end of this discussion.
“I always say you can show ’em better than tell ’em,” LuBertha Greene, one of his most senior members, repeated. “Usher training should always be in the sanctuary so we can go over different situations.” Mrs. Greene slyly covered several issues in one complaint and managed to throw a little shade at him. He’d moved the training to the fellowship hall to let the new praise team practice in the sanctuary.
“The plate passes from one side of the pew to the other. That’s the way we do things,” LuBertha lamented, stating her standard resistance to change.
“I’ve only suggested we consider making allowances—”
LuBertha cut him off with another righteous protest. “Pastor, I’ve served on the door of this church for forty years, and we don’t need any more changes.”
The reverend’s right foot rested, in time, with the common theme. West Aurora Baptist Church was stuck in its ways and dying on the vine of ‘we’ve-always-done-it-like-this’. Every day for the nine months he’d pastored here, he’d asked the Lord why these people hired him.
“Thank you, Sister Greene,” he nodded then bypassed the raised hand of the senior usher to direct his inquiry to the head usher. “I’m still not sure about what happened.”
It usually took Deacon Greene a few minutes to muster up the courage to speak up after his wife spoke out. But when he did, Greene’s word always rang true, and his counsel proved wise.
“Pastor, Sister Pearl had that boot on again this morning,” Greene explained. “Sister Reed thought it didn’t make sense to ask Pearl to get up and walk all the way to the end of the row. So, after serving Pearl, Sister Reed moved on to the next row. That interrupted the pattern and caused the confusion.”
Bradley’s foot stopped. Lori Reed, one of his new members. Her radiant smile as she handed out the church bulletins brightened his morning. The warm glow that rose in his chest as he considered Sister Reed’s actions caught him by surprise.
What is the purpose of this book?
Just to present a sweet, enjoyable romance story with a little bit of AA history thrown in.
Are there themes that you find turn up again and again in your work? A common thread?
African American history seems to be a common thread. There is always a link to our history because I believe history shapes the present.
Which character or part of the book was the most fun to write?
The hero Rev. Bradley White. It was fun writing about a big, lovin’ Texan. I had to research and learn the history of his alma mater Texas A&M. And it was fun slipping A&M traditions into the story.
Which part was the hardest?
I think writing the heroine. I wanted to make the character true to the background I created for her and I had to really do some research into organic chemistry and the scientific method to make the character work.
Can you tell us something that even your most loyal fans may not know about you?
That I was once an ambitious corporate ladder climber-now I only want a peaceful, slow paced life.
Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers?
Thanks for asking. I’d just like to ask the readers if sweet, contemporary romance is their thing—give me a try.