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We could probably each think of children we know, whether in our own families or among our circle of friends, who struggle with disabilities. I am happy to have Olivia Rae visiting to share about her new novel, Joshua’s Prayer. Before we visit with Olivia, though, let’s take a quick peek at the story.
When Dr. Sam Morgan’s estranged wife dies in a tragic accident, he returns home from a months-long, overseas surgical mission to discover his disabled son, Joshua, does not remember him. Sam is convinced that he and Joshua can only overcome their heartbreaking memories by leaving their decaying small town and starting over somewhere else.
Nicole James runs a women’s shelter where Sam’s wife fled with Joshua, claiming Sam was not the saint he appeared to be, but a physical and mental abuser. Nicole is determined to protect Joshua by legally preventing Sam from leaving Cedar Ridge with his son until she can get at the truth—is Sam Morgan an abuser or the victim of lies in a marriage that went terribly wrong?
As Sam and Nicole are forced to work together on Joshua’s behalf, they begin to gain a grudging respect for one another. But will mutual distrust prevent them from realizing that the best thing they can do for Joshua is to fall in love?
Welcome, Olivia! What inspired you to write Joshua’s Prayer?
Before becoming a fulltime writer, I was a special education teacher. I worked with all kinds of kids with many different kinds of disabilities. Fetal Alcohol Syndrome was one disability that saddened me the most because it is so preventable. I figured if one pregnant mother reads this book and it makes her pause before she takes a drink then I believe this book is a success.
It’s disheartening to see kids suffer because of their parents’ choices. Why did you chose this particular setting, and have you been there?
Golden Ridge is a made up town. It could be any town in the Midwest. To be honest most of my research came from walking out my own front door and seeing what is going on where I live. Small towns have just as many problems as cities, only they are different. People have troubles wherever you live.
That’s so true. We would love to know more about you. Would you tell us about something crazy that you’ve done or would love to do?
Wow. Crazy? I’m not a person that takes a lot of chances. Though I have hiked some pretty scary trails over the years—high heights, rocky ridges, and hanging on a chain 3,200 feet in the air. Our son took us on a trail in California and forgot to tell us about the chain part! I didn’t turn back, so I guess that’s pretty crazy.
Yes, I think that qualifies! 🙂 Can you briefly share about something you feel the Lord has been teaching you recently?
God talks to us all daily. We just have to slow down and listen and open our eyes. Lately, He has been telling me to get over myself. In my daily devotions I came across a passage that has been speaking to me a lot. Romans 12:3 – For by the grace given me I say to every one of you. Do not think of yourself more highly that you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober-judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you.
It reminds me that I am here to serve others not myself.
A reminder we all need from time to time, I’d imagine. Can you give us any hints about what you’re working on now?
I am working on another medieval in The Sword and The Cross Chronicles. I have many fans who are not happy that I left the realm and wrote a contemporary. I would also like to write another Golden Ridge story, but I haven’t seen the demand for it yet.
One last question for you. What is one thing you wish you had known before you began writing/publishing?
I started writing in my late thirties, but I didn’t have much discipline. Had I kept my butt in the chair back then I think I would have been farther along on my career now. You need to have focus and perseverance to be a writer and a very thick skin.
Perhaps even this was all in God’s timing for you. 🙂 Thanks for taking the time to visit with us today, Olivia!
Your turn! Is there something crazy that you’ve done or would love to do?
More about Olivia:
Olivia Rae is an award-winning author of historical and contemporary inspirational romance. She spent her school days dreaming of knights, princesses and far away kingdoms; it made those long, boring days in the classroom go by much faster. Nobody was more shocked than her when she decided to become a teacher. Besides getting her Master’s degree, marrying her own prince, and raising a couple of kids, Olivia decided to breathe a little more life into her childhood stories by adding in what she’s learned as an adult living in a small town on the edge of a big city. When not writing, she loves to travel, dragging her family to old castles and forts all across the world.
Olivia is the winner of the New England Readers’ Choice Award, a Buyer Best Book Award Finalist, a Kindle Book Award Semi-Finalist, I Heart Indie Award Finalist, and Grab Me Award Finalist. She is currently hard at work on her next novel.
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Joshua’s Prayer Giveaway:
Olivia has graciously offered to give away an e-copy of Joshua’s Prayer. Giveaways are subject to the Giveaway Policy.