Since reading and reviewing Disillusioned over the summer, I knew I wanted the chance to chat with author Christy Barritt. Because a) I loved the book and b) she seems like a fun person! 🙂 And we are all about books and fun around here, as you well know.
Guess what? I got my wish! YAY!
Christy Barritt is an author, freelance writer and speaker who lives in Virginia. She’s married to her Prince Charming, a man who thinks she’s hilarious–but only when she’s not trying to be. Christy’s a self-proclaimed klutz, an avid music lover who’s known for spontaneously bursting into song, and a road trip aficionado. She’s only won one contest in her life–and her prize was kissing a pig (okay, okay… actually she did win the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Suspense and Mystery for her book Suspicious Minds also). Her current claim to fame is showing off her mother, who looks just like former First Lady Barbara Bush.
When she’s not working or spending time with her family, she enjoys singing, playing the guitar, and exploring small, unsuspecting towns where people have no idea how accident prone she is.
(See what i mean? Even her bio is fun!!)
Nikki Wright is desperate to help her brother, Bobby, who hasn’t been the same since escaping from a detainment camp run by terrorists in Colombia. Rumor has it that he betrayed his navy brothers and conspired with those who held him hostage, and both the press and the military are hounding him for answers. All Nikki wants is to shield her brother so he has time to recover and heal.
But soon they realize the paparazzi are the least of their worries. When a group of men try to abduct Nikki and her brother, Bobby insists that Kade Wheaton, another former SEAL, can keep them out of harm’s way. But can Nikki trust Kade? After all, the man who broke her heart eight years ago is anything but safe…
Hiding out in a farmhouse on the Chesapeake Bay, Nikki finds her loyalties—and the remnants of her long-held faith—tested as she and Kade put aside their differences to keep Bobby’s increasingly erratic behavior under wraps. But when Bobby disappears, Nikki will have to trust Kade completely if she wants to uncover the truth about a rumored conspiracy. Nikki’s life—and the fate of the nation—depends on it.
Hi, Christy!! Thank you so much for chatting with me! I am honored to have you on the blog today 🙂 I start everyone out with a “fast four” –
Christy: Apples—because they’re crisp and delicious.
Christy: Summer—because I can go to the beach.
Christy: Dogs—because they’re so much fun!
Carrie: Exactly the right answer!! I knew we’d get along so well 😉 Zuzu is quite pleased.
Christy: Coffee—because I can’t survive without it. 😛
Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?
Christy: Super strength—maybe then I could actually open water bottles without assistance (for real—I have the hardest time!).
Carrie: Hey, water bottles are NOT easy. I feel your pain 🙂
When you walk into a bookstore, where do you head first?
Christy: To get coffee. Because it’s always more fun to browse through books with a warm drink in hand! (then I head toward the Christian fiction, and I check out the new suspense titles!)
Carrie: Bookstores and warm beverages do seem to go quite nicely together, though my preferred drink is the Caramel Apple Spice from Starbucks. Apple pie in a cup. Yum!
When I reviewed Disillusioned, I also provided a list of handy supplies for use when RUNNING FOR YOUR LIFE 🙂 What would be on your essentials list for RUNNING FOR YOUR LIFE? (I don’t know why I feel the need to capitalize that phrase … it just seems appropriate lol)
Christy: I loved that review, BTW! Okay, let’s see here. Essential supplies for running for your life. A cell phone (Find Friends is an amazing app for locating people!). Water—because running makes you so thirsty, right? My Australian shepherd—because he’s always got my back (even when I don’t want him to). My Bible—it gives me hope. If you’re single, some breath mints—just in case you’re rescued by a strappingly handsome man. And duct tape—because you can do anything with duct tape . . . right?
Carrie: Yes, of course. Except maybe open those water bottles 😉
Disillusioned feels like a story that could easily be on tomorrow’s news. Who or what inspired the idea behind this edge-of-your-seat suspense novel?
Christy: I was listening to the news reports on Bo Bergdahl, and I was fascinated by his story. But then I started to think about his family and their story. What were they feeling and thinking? Did they ever doubt his innocence? That’s what spawned the idea of having a POW’s sister take center stage in an explosive rescue, recovery, and homecoming.
Carrie: That’s something that really stood out to me about the story too – the sister’s perspective and more broadly what the families behind the news stories are thinking and feeling.
I loved that, in Disillusioned, a lot of people are in fact disillusioned – in different ways. Which came first – the title or the story?
Christy: The story, for sure. I had a hard time giving the story a title. My first couple names were actually shot down (which isn’t that unusual in publishing). But after I wrote the first several chapters of the book, the word Disillusioned kept coming to mind. It seemed to fit on multiple levels. My editor agreed!
Carrie: Great title for a great book!
What do you most want readers to take away from Disillusioned?
Christy: Whenever I write a book, the first thing I want is for my readers to be entertained. After all, that is the main reason people read novels! I want them to experience a thrill ride of suspense, mystery, romance and adventure. But I also want them to walk away with hope and redemption. I want them to know that every life matters to the Creator and that we can takes all of our bad experiences and use them for good.
Christy, thank you so much for taking time to talk with me! You are so much fun to chat with 🙂 Before we say goodbye for today, tell us what‘s coming up next for you.
Christy: I’m working on Distorted, the next book that follows Disillusioned. Tennyson Walker from Disillusioned will play the lead role in this book. We’ll delve into his past and discover why he’s no longer a SEAL. This book also deals with human trafficking, a topic near and dear to my heart—and hopefully the heart of every Christian! But don’t worry, the book isn’t a sermon in disguise. There’s a great love story combined with a fast-paced suspense. I hope my readers will love it as much as I do!
Carrie: Ahhhhhh!!! I can’t wait! Human trafficking is a topic near and dear to my heart too … and I already know the romantic suspense will keep me glued to the book!
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