Stacy Hawkins Adams Virtual Book TourBy APOOO • Apr 20th, 2012 • Category: APOOO Features • Email This Post • Print This Post
Welcome to APOOO, STACY!
In 140 words or less, tell us a little about yourself.
Thank you for having me as a guest! I have been a writer and a lover of books since early childhood, when I penned short stories and poems. I love to inspire and inform readers through women’s fiction novels that mirror real life. The issues my characters deal with are messy – just like in real life, and they sometimes struggle with their faith – just like in real life. They also often find themselves undergoing transformation – a process that (just like in real life) can be scary, but also refreshing. I served as a newspaper reporter and columnist for 13 years before becoming a freelance writer, author and speaker. I also operate a teleseminar coaching program for aspiring authors, called Author In You. Coming Home is my eighth book.
In 140 words or less, tell us why your book title would make a great addition to our personal library.
Coming Home has a dramatic plot, but ultimately, this is a story about characters on a journey toward forgiveness – an issue that every one of us grapples with at some point, and often must work our way through, rather than accomplishing overnight. This novel tells the story of Dayna, Warren, Brent and Tamara – four people who don’t consider themselves friends, but wind up wrestling their way to healing, forgiveness, and love together. Dayna is the former wife and Tamara is the current one. Brent is the husband they’ve shared, and he is asking them to do the unthinkable. Each woman must ask herself if she can set aside fear and frustration, and pain from past mistakes, to honor Brent’s request. Reading this book will cause you to ask yourself, ‘What would I do??
How did you come up with the premise for your book title?
The marketing team for my publisher, Zondervan, came up with the actual title Coming Home, after realizing that by book’s end, each character learns how to “come home” to some deep truths, to people they’ve long avoided, and of course, to forgiveness and love. I came up with the plot for the book around the time there was a lot of news coverage about single African American women and their limited prospects for finding love. I initially wanted to write about a character on the journey to finding Mr. Right who in the process, discovers how to better love and accept herself. I still tackle that theme through a minor character in Coming Home, but the main character, Dayna, eventually took over the story and led me down another path, to a story about unconditional love for others, and what it means to truly sacrifice and forgive.
Tell us about the main character(s) in your book title.
Dayna is a hospital executive who has rebuilt her life after being betrayed seven years earlier by her husband’s betrayal and abandonment. She has found love with a man who cares about her, flaws and all, yet she wrestles with her mistakes from the past, including her failed marriage. Tamara is the mistress who wound up marrying Dayna’s first husband. She grapples with shame for how she landed her husband, mixed with fear that he still loves Dayna more than her.
What are some of the main themes you portray in your book title?
As I mentioned earlier, the title is a metaphor for the various ways the characters find their way home – through forgiveness, reconnecting with loved ones, and coming home to truths about themselves and other characters.
What makes your book title different from other books in the marketplace?
I don’t know that the book title in and of itself is so unique; however, what makes it stand it is how and why this title is being used – to drive home the point to readers that the cliché and the scripture are true: Home is where your heart is, and out of the heart flows the issues of your life. When the characters begin to embrace personal truths, forgiveness and love, they awaken. The book itself is unique because it deals with taboo themes of infidelity, deep resentment and insecurity in true-to-life ways.
What genre is your book title and who is the target audience?
This book would be considered inspirational or Christian fiction. It is written for Christian women from all walks of life; especially those who are burdened by anger or regret, and need to better understand how God’s grace and unconditional love work.
What lessons have you learned about the publishing industry?
I’ve learned that the industry is not predictable. There’s no way to know which books will be bestsellers and which will be printed just once. I’ve learned to keep my eye on the industry for business and practical reasons, but to keep my heart in the writing, with my mind and my eye on my readers, and how I can touch them.
What can readers expect from you in the future?
A lot more books, I hope! I’m working on the sequel to Coming Home, and this manuscript will be released in 2013. I’ll also write a third book for the series, and I hope at some point to write books for young adults – my teenage daughter keeps making this request.
Is there anything else you would like to share with APOOO readers?
I’d like to thank readers for taking time to check out my work, and invite them to visit my website to read an excerpt of Coming Home (www.StacyHawkinsAdams.com) and to friend me on Facebook and Twitter so we can stay in touch: www.Facebook.com/BooksByStacy and www.Twitter.com/SHAdams. For those who have read my previous books, additional thanks for taking time to spread the word to your reader friends and to book clubs in your area. Your feedback on how my books are impacting you help me continue to write!
About the Book
If forgiving your ex-husband was easy, everybody would do it.
Brent had cheated on Dayna and coldly said goodbye to her seven long years ago—dashing her hopes of having children or growing old with the love of her life.
Working hard to make herself successful as a hospital executive, Dayna has moved on, finding comfort in a new relationship with a faith-filled colleague, Warren.
But when Brent resurfaces on her doorstep at just the wrong time, Dayna’s heart threatens to come unglued. Why is Brent asking for forgiveness now? And why are he and his new wife, Tamara, interested in reconciliation with Dayna? The unbelievable answers begin to surface as Brent boldly asks Dayna to support him at the most crucial time of his life.
While Tamara’s heart brims with guilt, both women will discover what it means to reach beyond pain and baggage to love unconditionally, while leaving the consequences to God.
About the Author
Stacy Hawkins Adams is an award-winning inspirational author, speaker and freelance journalist who has written about women’s relationships with God, each other, and themselves for more than a decade. She has penned seven nationally published women’s fiction novels and one nonfiction book, and is at work on her ninth book. Stacy also operates a group coaching service for aspiring authors called Author In You. For more information about Stacy, her books or her coaching services, visit www.StacyHawkinsAdams.com or www.AuthorInYou.com.
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