Please join me in welcoming Regina Walker to the blog today, to chat about her debut novel, We Go On!
Regina Walker was born in the beautiful state of Colorado. She moved to Oklahoma in her late teen years, where she has resided ever since. She likes to curl up on the couch and binge-watch crime shows with her hard-working husband. When she’s not wrestling with a writing project, she can be found wrangling their children, riding their horses, or tending the garden. Along with finding horses on their small farm, chickens, dogs, and cats can be found at nearly every turn.
Regina crafts compelling characters facing some of life’s hardest challenges. Her heart’s desire is to always point toward Jesus through the way her characters face challenges, relationships, and adversity.
WE GO ON
SERIES: Then Comes Hope #1
GENRE: Inspirational Contemporary Fiction
PUBLISHER: Regina Walker
RELEASE DATE: June 12, 2020
Warning: This book deals with loss by suicide and the grief a family endures.
Life has been comfortable for the Miller family. Liz and Josh have devoted their lives to raising their two sons. Their oldest son, Colby, reached adulthood and set out on his own. A few hard knocks sent him back to live with Mom and Dad, until life got to be too much, that is. As Liz and Josh grapple with the hole in their hearts left by Colby’s early departure from this world, they find themselves at odds with one another and with their faith.
Will they remember that Jesus is enough in the middle of this dark storm? Will they see through their own pain and help each other and their teenage son, Tyler, learn to live despite the grief?
Hi Regina! Welcome to the blog!
Regina: I’m a dog girl at heart, but it is my cat that spends time with me when I’m writing.
Carrie: that’s ok – you’re still a dog girl. That’s what counts lol
Regina: Tea! Used to be coffee, but I found that coffee was contributing to migraines and ulcers.
Carrie: oh no!
Regina: Hands down mountains, which is probably why I’ve never been to the ocean.
Carrie: Yes! I *have* been to the ocean but not in years and years and years. I much prefer my Smoky Mountains.
Regina: Soup – I love combining veggies and broth and meat, the flavors are endless.
Q: Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?
Regina: Writing is my superpower! If I picked a made-for-TV superpower, I’d pick to fly.
Carrie: ‘made-for-TV superpower’ – i love it! haha
Q: Who is your favorite book character from childhood?
Regina: The Black Stallion and his human, Alec.
Carrie: so many people answer that but I’ve never read that book – I really need to.
Q: If I sneaked a peek in your purse right now (which I would never do, I promise!), what would it tell me about you?
Regina: Probably that I am really underprepared. I use my purse to carry my wallet, a couple of hairbands for my girls, and some ink pens. I went from the mom with the overstuffed and multiple diaper bags to the one who never has what she needs with her.
Carrie: lol – at least it’s lighter to carry 🙂
Q: Which character in We Go On was the most difficult to write?
Regina: Josh was the hardest. He kept sounding just like Liz and it took me some serious digging to separate him from her.
Carrie: i bet that would be difficult!
Q: Did you have the whole plot outlined before you started writing, or did you let the characters dictate what came next?
Regina: Plantser here. I start with the story/characters and I start writing. As I get familiar with everyone, I start a rough outline (usually a timeline of the weeks or months the story is occurring over). I work on the story first and the outline second. When I get stuck, though, I will go to the outline and write ahead of where I am to give the story some direction.
Carrie: that’s a great use of the outline!
Q: What do you most want readers to take away from We Go On?
Regina: I want readers to really feel that God uses our pain for His purpose and that there is hope after heartache.
Carrie: Amen & amen.
Thank you so much for taking time to talk with me! 🙂 Before we say goodbye for today, tell us what‘s coming up next for you.
Regina: Thank you so much for hanging out with me today and for asking such great questions. I am honored to be here. Up next? I’m writing the second book in this collection – Still With Us. I’m tackling addiction in this book. I’m about 1/3 of the way through writing the first draft.
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What about you? What interests you most about We Go On and/or my Q&A with Regina Walker?