Hello again on this Monday! Through September 19th (culminating with a list of winners), I have the privilege of sharing mini interviews with nearly all of the 2020 ACFW Carol Award Finalists! Today I’m continuing with Natalie Walters and her Carol Award finalist book Living Lies! You can check out a list of all the finalists HERE.
FYI – There will be 2-3 posts per day, and a series-long giveaway, so make sure you catch them all!
Natalie Walters is the author of Living Lies and Deadly Deceit. A military wife of 22 years, she currently resides in Hawaii with her soldier husband and their three kids. She writes full-time and has been published in Proverbs 31 magazine and has blogged for Guideposts online. In addition to balancing life as a military spouse, mom, and writer, she loves connecting on social media, sharing her love of books, cooking, and traveling. Natalie comes from a long line of military and law enforcement veterans and is passionate about supporting them through volunteer work, races, and writing stories that affirm no one is defined by their past. Learn more at www.nataliewalterswriter.com.
SERIES: Harbored Secrets #1
GENRE: Inspirational Romantic Suspense
RELEASE DATE: May 21, 2019
In the little town of Walton, Georgia, everybody knows your name–but no one knows your secret.
At least that’s what Lane Kent is counting on when she returns to her hometown with her five-year-old son. Dangerously depressed after the death of her husband, Lane is looking for hope. What she finds instead is a dead body.
Lane must work with Walton’s newest deputy, Charlie Lynch, to uncover the truth behind the murder. But when that truth hits too close to home, she’ll have to decide if saving the life of another is worth the cost of revealing her darkest secret.
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Hi Natalie! Welcome back to the blog!
Q: How has Christian fiction impacted you personally?
Natalie: I’ve been an avid reader since I was a child but didn’t know CF existed until I was well into adulthood and found my first CF book on a plane! I love that CF can tackle tough issues but also offers readers a glimpse of hope. No matter what I’m going through, it seems there’s a story that shines a light of hope that encourages me.
Carrie: Yes! so true!
Q: When you’re not writing your next award-nominated book 😉 who are your fave authors to read & why?
Natalie: Ooh, I love this question! Ready?
Jaime Jo Wright does a phenomenal job with time split mysteries. They keep me on the edge of my seat (often with all the lights on in my house!) turning pages and she’s one of the best at confronting hard issues really well.
Joanna Davidson Politano is a modern day Charles Dickens, in my opinion. Her stories have a way of whisking me into whatever beautiful historical setting she has created and I pretty much end every one of her stories feeling: “That’s why I love reading.”
Becky Wade is my go-to for contemporary woman’s fiction but she offers so much more. Romance, some mystery, fun characters! #autobuy
And because I could spend all day answering this question I’ll just drop a few names of authors on my #autobuy list: Abigail Wilson, Rachel Scott McDaniel, Joel C. Rosenberg, Lynn Blackburn, James Hannibal…gah, do I have to stop? I do? Okay, fine. 🙂
Carrie: Girl, I get it. I could totally spend all day chatting with you about this question! lol
Q: Do you have any strange writing habits/quirks?
Natalie: If I’m writing a scene that’s going really well, flowing nicely, I get excited and have to get up and walk around for a few minutes. It seems counterproductive because I should keep writing and get it all out but for whatever reason, the energy is too much and I have to give my brain a break to calm down. LOL
Carrie: haha! i love that
Q: What’s the weirdest thing you’ve googled lately while researching a book?
Natalie: I don’t know if it’s weird or worrisome but my most recent browser history shows I researched the following:
Suicide Bomb Vests; National Security Agency; How many tons of fertilizer was used in OKC bombing; Types of Visas to enter the U.S.; Flight schedules for Egypt.
So, we can rest assured that I’m clearly on every federal agencies watchlist.
Carrie: LOL!!! Yes, i think that’s a safe assumption 😉
Q: What is one of your favorite quotes from Living Lies & why do you love it?
Natalie: “You are not broken. You are perfectly made.” This quote was said by one of my favorite characters, Ms. Byrdie, to Lane (my main character) and I love it because Living Lies tackles mental health issues and the stigma around it. The story was personal to my heart and my family and while I was writing it I was learning that those suffering with mental health often feel like they’re broken, damaged, unwanted, not worthy of living. There’s another quote that I’m going to sneak in and it’s when Ms. Byrdie continues by saying, “God doesn’t make mistakes.” And He doesn’t! It’s my hope that readers come away from this story with more empathy and compassion regarding mental health issues and those dealing with it. I also hope the message is clear to those who are facing mental health challenges to know they are loved, courageous, and their lives have purpose to the glory of God.
Carrie: I really loved that aspect of Living Lies (I mean, I loved the whole thing but especially that aspect… ok, and Charlie too haha)
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What about you? What makes you want to read the romantic suspense Carol Award finalist Living Lies by Natalie Walters & what did you enjoy about Natalie’s answers?