Saturday, September 19, 2009
Redemption through Christ Shines through Young Adult Novel
Who is Michelle Sutton? I'm in my early forties but can pass for thirties. I have a husband of 19 years and two teens (11th and 12th graders). I live on 4.5 acres in Southeastern Arizona and enjoy country living because up until 2001 I lived in cities my whole life. I love to help people and write about real life heartaches with Christ as the ultimate solution. I also love to write romantic scenes.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time? I enjoy reading better than anything with writing fiction coming in second.
Of the books you’ve written, which is your favorite and why? I've written more than I've sold. I'm probably up to about 15 total. I could never choose a favorite. It would be like saying which of my kids do I love the most.
Where do you draw inspiration from for your characters? From real people I know. Usually a combination of traits so it's not one solid person but each is a mixture of several people I know.
Of all the characters you’ve created, which one do you identify with the most and why? I love Tony from the Second Glances series. He screws up a lot but he's real.
What makes your newest release, It’s Not About Him (Book 2 in the Second Glances series), unique? It's about an open adoption as one way of dealing with a crisis pregnancy and it's from the birth mother's point of view. This is the only book like it that I know of anywhere, including ABA.
What issues are the characters working through in your latest release, It’s Not About Him? Crisis pregnancy, adoption search, sexual situations, an alcoholic friend.
How did you get involved in writing? I just started doing it. Seriously.
Why did you decide to start writing books for the Young Adult audience? I didn't decide. They just came out that way. They are most appropriate for mature teens and college aged people.
What advice would you offer an aspiring author? Keep writing until something sells. Don't be a one book wonder.
What story ideas would you like to explore in the future? I've got tons of ideas in the works. I'd tell you what they are but then I'd have to kill you *wink*.
What has God been teaching you lately? How to trust in Him to direct my path and to work for Him and no one else.
Premarital sex, consumption of alcohol, and teen pregnancy are often taboo subjects in the Christian realm. Yet, these problems do exist in today’s world. One Christian author has been valiant enough to tackle these difficult issues in a realistic and tactful manner. In her new book, It’s Not About Him, Michelle Sutton has adeptly portrayed a young teen and the daunting choices she must make after she becomes pregnant. Most importantly, this is a story of God’s redemptive grace, which no one has earned but each is given because of God’s fervent love for every person. This masterfully crafted Young Adult novel is an effective way to reach out with these inevitable truths: each action bears consequences and Christ’s blood bought redemption for all.
Title: It’s Not About HimAuthor: Michelle Sutton
Genre: Fiction – Young Adult
Publisher: Sheaf House
Release Date: September, 2009
Available at: Amazon, Christianbook.com, Barnes & Noble, Borders, and local Christian retailers