Happy Wednesday! Continuing through Saturday (culminating with a list of winners), I have the privilege of sharing mini interviews with nearly all of the 2019 ACFW Carol Award Finalists! Today I’m covering the mystery/suspense/thriller & romantic suspense categories, including Nancy Mehl and her Carol Award nominated book Mind Games! You can check out a list of all the finalists HERE.
FYI – There will be several posts per day, and a week-long giveaway, so make sure you catch them all!
Nancy Mehl is a best-selling, award winning author who lives in Missouri, with her husband, Norman, and their Puggle, Watson. Readers can learn more about Nancy through her Web site: www.nancymehl.com or on her popular blog, The Suspense Sisters: www.suspensesisters.blogspot.com, where she works with several other popular authors to promote inspirational mystery and suspense. She is also very active on Facebook.
SERIES: Kaely Quinn Profiler #1
GENRE: Inspirational Suspense
PUBLISHER: Bethany House Publishers
RELEASE DATE: December 4, 2018
Kaely Quinn’s talents as an FBI behavior analyst are impossible to ignore, no matter how unorthodox her methods. But when a reporter outs her as the daughter of an infamous serial killer, she’s demoted to field agent and transferred to St. Louis.
When the same reporter who ruined her career claims to have received an anonymous poem predicting a string of murders, ending with Kaely’s, the reporter’s ulterior motives bring his claim into question. But when a body is found that fits the poem’s predictions, the threat is undeniable, and the FBI sends Special Agent Noah Hunter to St. Louis.
Initially resentful of the assignment, Noah is surprised at how quickly his respect for Kaely grows, despite her oddities. But with a brazen serial killer who breaks all the normal patterns on the loose, Noah and Kaely are tested to their limits to catch the murderer before anyone else–including Kaely herself–is killed.
Hi, Nancy! Welcome back to the blog!
Q: Why do you write fiction? And, why specifically Christian fiction?
Nancy: I love fictional stories. They have the power to entertain, inspire, encourage and move readers emotionally.
Christian fiction, when inspired by the Holy Spirit, can speak to readers in a way secular fiction can’t. We only need to follow Jesus’ example. He was the Master Story Teller. His parables were fictional stories that were full of God’s love and healing power. I pray over every book I write, asking God to use it to touch the lives of the people who read it. I wouldn’t want to write any other way.
Carrie: I love that you pray over your books! It shows!
Q: Other than the Bible, what are a couple of your most cherished books and why?
Nancy: This is tough. I guess I’d have to mention my favorite author, Charles Dickens. I love all his books and can’t really pick one over another. He had such an incredible ability to create memorable characters.
I have to mention the Nancy Drew books I read when I was young. They sparked my love of the mystery genre. Again, I can’t really pick one book, although I loved The Mystery of the Old Clock.
Carrie: Two excellent choices that have held up well over time!
Q: If I asked your characters to describe YOU as an author, what would they say?
Nancy: Oh, my. They would probably want to know why I keep changing my mind! I’m a pantser who likes to let the story lead me in new directions if something better than my original plan pops into my mind. I’m sure it’s very confusing to my characters!
Q: Which of your main characters (either in Mind Games or over all you’ve written) is most like you?
Nancy: I thought about this question carefully, but I couldn’t just pick one character. I’m a part of all of them. I would imagine most writers feel the same. It’s hard to write about someone you don’t understand. Of course, I’m not claiming to comprehend the actions and desires of serial killers, but I think even our bad guys may have traits that emanate from the author who created them.
Carrie: Oh I love this answer! So insightful!
Q: What is one of your favorite quotes from Mind Games & why do you love it?
Nancy: I’d have to choose this from Kaely:
“Faith came after I knew He was real, Noah. I have a lot of issues leftover from my past. God has never condemned me for them. He just keeps leading me slowly but surely out of the dark, at the pace I need. I have a long way to go, but I believe I’ll make it because of His love and faithfulness.”
I love the fact that Kaely realizes that none of us become instantly perfect once we’re saved. It’s a process. We need to be patient with ourselves. God is certainly patient, and He is there every step of the way, strengthening us, teaching us, and perfecting us. He is so good!
Carrie: That’s such a key truth to embrace. God loves us just the way we are, and you’re right – He’s so patient and good to us as He guides us to be who He created us to be!
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What about you? What interests you most from Nancy Mehl’s Q&A or the mystery/suspense/thriller Carol Award finalist Mind Games?