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Ready for another WWI novel? It’s been a while since we visited that era… Today it’s my privilege to introduce you to Vikki Kestell. Vikki has published several books, two of which are free on Kindle. (That’s a great way to try a new author!) Before we meet Vikki, I’d like to share the summary of her newest novel, Tabitha. Vikki is offering to give away a copy of this one, too, so stay tuned! 😉
As this tenacious, redeemed woman perseveres toward her vocation, her temper and stubborn independence threaten to derail her aspirations. Will Tabitha pass the trial by fire that is necessary for God to truly use her?
And what is Tabitha to do with her feelings for Mason Carpenter, the man who simply refuses to give up on her? Is it even possible for God to ordain a shared future for two such different people, both with fervent callings upon their hearts?
When the Great War erupts in Europe, Carpenter leaves for England to train British pilots to fly reconnaissance missions over Belgium and France. Soon after, Tabitha hears God asking her to nurse the war wounded. However, because America has not joined in the fight, Tabitha has few options. Will the elite British Nursing Service make a place for her? Will they accept the services of an American volunteer?
And will Tabitha and Mason overcome the differences that stand between them?
Welcome, Vikki! What inspired you to write Tabitha?
Tabitha is a spin-off from my previous series, A Prairie Heritage. Tabitha is one of the young women living at Palmer House—a most extraordinary refuge for young women rescued from prostitution. Tabitha was rescued from the Silver Spurs, a Denver bordello, 1911. Her story is told in three parts: Part 1, A Bad Beginning; Part 2, Hope in the Middle; and Part 3, A Good Amen.
Like our lives before Christ, Tabitha’s life begins badly. A single wrong choice opens the door to an entire life of degradation. BUT Jesus! But Jesus, in the form of several brave individuals, intervenes.
However, sin leaves many scars. When Tabitha first meets Jesus, she is crude, angry, rebellious, and vengeful. Her temper is her own worst enemy! Through nursing school and the difficulties she encounters there, God is able to refine Tabitha and prepare her for the work ahead—the work of nursing the wounded of the Great War. This is Part 2, Hope in the Middle.
I’ll leave you to read Tabitha to find out how Part 3, A Good Amen, becomes Tabitha’s song of triumph.
I love that. “BUT Jesus!” What do you hope your readers will take away from the story?
I hope my readers will see that the hold of sin—any sin—can be broken by God’s grace. The road isn’t easy, but it is sure for those who will persevere.
There’s nothing too big for Him! What a great message. Which authors/novels do you feel have had the greatest impact on your writing?
So many! I have very eclectic tastes in reading and the wide range of my reading has informed my own writing style. I have read many classics, mostly British and American, and enjoy Christian as well as clean secular reads. On the Christian side, I love Francine Rivers, Jan Karon, T. Davis Bunn; on the secular side I’ve read Vince Flynn, Brad Thor, Dick Francis, and Tom Clancy.
Of course! This year I published “Stealthy Steps,” Nanostealth | Book 1, and Tabitha, Girls from the Mountain, Book 1. I have just started “All God’s Promises,” A Prairie Heritage, Book 7, and will publish it and “Stealth Power,” Nanostealth | Book 2 in 2016. God willing.
Wow — you are a busy lady! What is one thing you wish you had known before you started writing/publishing?
I am an independent publisher. I wish had known, when I published my first book, how exciting this road would be! I dithered, thinking I needed a traditional publishing house to be successful, and wasted about two years submitting to agents when I could have been writing books.
I now write and publish two-three books a year and make a decent living at it. Much more important than the financial success, my books are ministering far and wide to thousands of readers each month. This road isn’t for every author, but it is a perfect fit for me. Every Monday morning I get up thinking, “Yay! I get to do what I love best all day and all week!”
I imagine the decision to publish traditionally or independently is one many writers wrestle with. I’m glad you have found a good fit for your goals. 🙂 Do you have a favorite Bible verse?
My life verse is 2 Peter 5:6. “Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time.”
Why is that one special to you?
Like Tabitha’s season of “Hope in the Middle,” this verse spoke hope to me through many frustrating years. I am grateful to be in THIS season, what I call “My Good Amen.”
That reminds me of Romans 5, where Paul talks about our struggles producing endurance, which ultimately results in hope. Such an encouraging reminder! Thank you, Vikki, for taking the time to visit with us today!
More about Vikki:
Vikki Kestell’s passion for people and their stories is evident in her readers’ affection for her characters and unusual plotlines. Two often-repeated sentiments are, “I feel like I know these people” and “I’m right there, in the book, experiencing what the characters experience.”
Vikki holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Learning and Instructional Technologies. She left a career of twenty-plus years in government, academia, and corporate life to pursue writing full time. “Writing is the best job ever,” she admits, “and the most demanding.”
Also an accomplished speaker and teacher, Vikki and her husband Conrad Smith make their home in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
You can connect with Vikki online:
Vikki’s newsletter on her website http://www.vikkikestell.com/3473.html
Also by Vikki:
One family . . . steeped in the love and grace of God, indomitable in their faith, tried and tested in the fires of life, passing forward a legacy to change their world. The compelling saga of family, faith, and great courage. Find A Prairie Heritage on Amazon.
Book 1: A Rose Blooms Twice
(A free eBook available from most online book retailers.)
Book 2: Wild Heart on the Prairie
(A free eBook available from most online book retailers.)
Book 3: Joy on This Mountain
Book 4: The Captive Within
Book 5: Stolen
Book 6: Lost Are Found
Book 7: All God’s Promises, spring 2016