A couple of weeks ago, I read & reviewed & LOVED A Far Way to Run by Lori Altebaumer, so I’m delighted today to welcome the author to the blog for a chat!
Multi-published author Lori Altebaumer describes herself as a wandering soul with a home keeping heart. Her tag line of head in the clouds, boots on the ground, and heart in His hands isn’t just a catchy phrase, but sums up the way she lives her life. Lori has enjoyed both traditional and independent publishing. Her debut novel, A Firm Place to Stand, has been recognized as 2020 AWSA Golden Scrolls Awards winner as well as being selected as a finalist for multiple Selah Awards and the BRMCWC Director’s Choice Awards in 2021. Her work has been included in multiple compilations including Arise to Peace published by Right to the Heart and The Power to Make a Difference published by Lighthouse Bible Studies. Lori enjoys engaging with all facets of the writing industry and people who are passionate about the craft of writing. A life-long Texan, she loves her Southern roots, things that make her laugh, and the company of family and friends.
A FAR WAY TO RUN by Lori Altebaumer
SERIES: Turnaround in Texas #2
GENRE: Inspirational Romantic Suspense
PUBLISHER: LSA Word Solutions.
RELEASE DATE: May 26, 2022
“A Far Way to Run” is a compelling story about overcoming the past to discover your purpose. This novel chronicles what happens when a woman traumatized by a violent sexual assault must make a life-defining choice to continue hiding, or stand up in the face of evil to save a stranger.
Shayne Wright returns to the Texas town where she grew up for a funeral and accidentally gets caught in a human trafficking scheme gone wrong. When she stops to render aid at an accident, she ends up with a gunshot wound to her shoulder and a target on her back when the trafficker believes she stole his money.
Her plan to stay the night at the old family farm becomes complicated when she finds it has been leased to a man working through some past demons of his own. Former military sniper Ethan McGregor is here on a reconnaissance mission for an organization that fights human trafficking. The complications keep coming when her prodigal brother shows up. When he tells Shayne and Ethan he saw a woman being held against her will, Ethan’s interest intensifies, thinking this might be the human trafficking he’s here to uncover. Shayne, on the other hand, wrestles with trusting her brother.
Her conscience propels her to search for a way to help, but knowing the woman is being held at the place where she’d been assaulted makes her wary. It doesn’t help that she’s kept the attack a secret. The one person who knows her secret is also obsessed with her. When he abducts her, she finds out her strength to face evil is stronger than the shame she fears.
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Hi Lori! Welcome to the blog!
Lori: Dogs. Dogs always make you feel loved no matter how bad you’ve messed up. Cats, on the other hand, make sure you know just how much they disapprove.
Carrie: haha that does seem to be true in my experience
Lori: Over… because I’m civilized like that LOL! But seriously, isn’t it just more inviting when it’s announcing itself over the top instead of hiding underneath as if the toilet paper has turned its back on you?
Carrie: LOL I have never heard it explained that way before – I may have to start putting my toilet paper over now. You’ve convinced me 🙂
Lori: Mountains. The smell of the forest, the blue of the sky, sound of a mountain stream… these things minister to my soul in a way the ocean doesn’t do. God always meets me in the mountains. Plus, you don’t really have to worry about getting sand in your shorts in the mountains.
Carrie: yes please – to all of that lol
Lori: Print. I’m just an old-fashioned girl in love with the romance of old books. The sensory experience of holding a book in my hands is so much more fulfilling than holding that little piece of technology.
Carrie: I do prefer print for my favorites, my comfort reads. But I’ve had to embrace the advantages of ebook to a) avoid eye strain, as much as I read, and b) keep my house from being overrun by books haha
Q: Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?
Lori: My superpower would be to stand in one spot (any spot) and be able to see all the history that has happened there. To be able to see the people that have been there, watch them going about their daily lives, hear the things they talk about… that would be a pretty cool superpower.
Carrie: oh my goodness, that would be awesome!
Q: Which books are “on your nightstand”?
Lori: I always have a Bible on my nightstand. In addition to that, right now I have Waves of Creativity and Chaos Can’t both by Allen Arnold, and The Discovery by Dan Walsh.
Carrie: I have heard fabulous things about both of those authors but have yet to read them
Q: Writing spaces are as diverse as authors and books. Where is your favorite space to write?
Lori: I honestly love to write from the passenger seat while my husband is driving. There is just something about the motion of the world going by that frees my thoughts and ideas. Unfortunately, he has a job (okay, maybe that’s fortunately, not unfortunately) and gas is expensive, so I typically write on my porch in the morning while it’s cool and my office in the afternoon. And I must confess, my office isn’t overly interesting or unique, but I do have a framed picture of the woman Ephesians 6 warrior hanging over my desk. She keeps me inspired, challenged, and ready to fight for the hearts of my readers.
Carrie: writing on the porch sounds lovely – heck, COOL weather sounds lovely right now too lol
Q: Which character in A Far Way to Run was the most difficult to write?
Lori: Ethan was hard to write. He was an angry person, but I didn’t want him to come off as a mean person. He was just hurting and that hurt came out as a “leave me alone” attitude. Some readers don’t really like him or understand what Shayne sees in him, but Shayne is an empath, and she recognized his pain, which helped her understand that his walls were just defenses against letting more pain in. She focused on the good things and believed they were the truth about who he was. But yes, he was a challenge to write with his gruff attitude and his efforts to remain aloof while guarding his heart.
Carrie: I’m not sure what it says about me but I thought he was quite swoony lol
Q: What is one of your favorite quotes from A Far Way to Run & why do you love it?
Lori: “Everyone lives within a story. The question they must answer is will it be a story about themselves or will it be a story about something much bigger.” I love this quote because it was the journey I was on while I wrote this book. Do I want my life to be about me? Or do I want it to be about something bigger… about God’s story? I started writing this in spring of 2020, right before the world sort of shut down. I figured I could sit around and be miserable about all the things I didn’t get to do that year ( a trip to Croatia was cancelled, my first grandchild was born and I had to stand outside the hospital and look at him through a window, holidays, birthdays, anniversaries came and went without gathering like we normally would have), or I could acknowledge that none of this was a surprise to God. We were all born for this time with a specific purpose and design, and the only way to fulfill it was by understanding this story isn’t mine and it’s not about me. There’s something much bigger going on. And when you think about it, that’s pretty exciting in an epic way.
Carrie: amen! I loved that quote in the story (highlighted it, too) – it made me think of a book by Louie Giglio that changed the trajectory of my life with the same concept: i am not but i know I AM. It’s all about trading starring roles in our smaller stories to be part of HIS bigger, epic story.
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What about you? What makes you want to read A Far Way to Run by Lori Altebaumer?