Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Coming Home Virtual Book Tour
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.
Tell us about Coming Home
Coming Home tells the story of Dayna, Warren, Brent and Tamara - four people who don't consider themselves friends, but wind up walking a difficult journey together toward healing, forgiveness, and ultimately, love. 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 ideas for this book?
I started writing this book around the time there was a lot of news coverage about single African American women and their limited prospects for finding true 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.
Who are your main character(s)?
As I said in my first comment, the main characters are Dayna, Warren, Brent and Tamara. While all four are heavily involved in the plot, the book really is about the struggles, growth and transformation of Dayna and Tamara.
Did you have a favorite character(s)? Who and why?
Great question, but difficult to answer! :) I always tend to like my main character because I "understand" her so well - flaws and all. Yet I can't say that she's necessarily my favorite. If I have to choose a favorite in Coming Home, it would be a minor character in the story, an older woman named Duchess who dispenses wisdom to Dayna.
Did you have to do quite a bit of research for this novel?
Yes. While Dayna and Warren live in a fictional town, it is based in central Florida, so in order to make the story authentic, I had to make the setting true to Central Florida by researching restaurants, the interstate system, nearby cities and more. There's also a specific piece of the storyline that required a lot of detailed research to make it believable. A recent reader of Coming Home who works in that particular field told me I nailed it, so that was gratifying (and a relief)! :)
What do you hope readers will learn/discover from reading Coming Home?
This is ultimately a story about forgiveness, and how one must find the courage to not only to forgive others, but to also forgive oneself for intentional sins, mistakes, flaws and missteps. It's a reminder that God's grace is extensive and never-ending, and that when we learn to accept the grace He offers us, we can more freely share it with those around us.
Okay, a not-so-fun question. How important are reviews to you as a writer?
LOL. Tough question for sure! With my "writer hat" on, I find them important because I love to hear firsthand from readers how my characters are resonating with them and how a particular book has impacted them. From the practical perspective, reviews are helpful for busy readers with tight budgets, who want to make sure the books they are buying will entertain or inspire them. We live in a culture where the Internet has given all of us the power to inspect before we buy, and book reviews are a necessary part of that. I'm always hopeful that the reviews are reflective of the book's intent, but I know that not every book connects with every reader, and I'm okay with that.
Tell our readers where they can find you online.
I love to hear from readers and hope they'll join me on my Facebook and Twitter pages, at www.Facebook.com/BooksByStacy and www.Twitter.com/SHAdams. I also invite them to stop by my website, http://www.stacyhawkinsadams.com/, to read an excerpt of Coming Home and leave a message on my blog. Thanks for this interview, LaShaunda!
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 http://www.stacyhawkinsadams.com/ or http://www.authorinyou.com/.
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