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It’s always fun to have the opportunity to introduce a brand new author! Kaitlin Covel’s debut novel, Atoning for Ashes, releases tomorrow, and I’m happy to have her visiting to share a little with us today. Before we begin, let’s take a quick look at the story.
Josie Chadwick dreams of marrying for love in Cornwall, England, but with her father’s debt threatening to destroy all she holds dear, her romantic options are dwindling. When her elder sister Delia is disowned, Josie finds herself heiress of Chadwick Park, torn between dreams and duty. After sacrificing her heart to atone for Delia’s sin, Josie clings to the hope she will learn to love a distant husband, whom she fears is incapable of requiting her affection.
Charles Radcliffe’s heart has been scarred and hardened by rejection. He fears hurting his new bride, but his fears of betrayal and rejection are stronger, making it impossible for him to trust her love—let alone the love of her God.
As Josie and Charles face their new life together, ominous events warn of dark family secrets that could shatter them both. More than a loveless marriage is at stake if they cannot stand as one. Haunted by a nameless fear and faced with lies, they must learn to trust God and each other before it’s too late. Will they turn to God for answers as He redeems their past and restores their future?
Welcome, Kaitlin! What do you hope your readers take away from this novel?
My heroine Josie is a female prototype of Joseph. I hope my readers will understand that everyone has ashes in their life…the ashes of broken dreams and scarred pasts. We serve a God whose love has redemptive power. He calls all of his children Beloved. He wants to atone for our ashes, even if they are the result of our mistakes, and redeem our future. Our God pursues the broken with arms of healing. All we have to do is stop running away. If we seek His face, He is faithful to heal our brokenness. No matter what season my readers are facing in life, I hope my book serves as a reminder of God’s faithfulness to redeem and restore!
That’s such a powerful message! Could you share with us five fast favorites?
My favorite color is blue. My favorite season is summer. My favorite beverage is coffee. My favorite writing snack is dark chocolate. My favorite movie is the 2004 BBC adaptation of North and South based on the book by Elizabeth Gaskell, and yes, I have read the book.
What are you reading right now?
Right now I am reading, A Rumored Fortune, by Joanna D. Politano. It is a great book, and I’m having a hard time putting it down to keep up with my author responsibilities! I highly recommend her debut novel as well, Lady Jayne Disappears.
I’ve heard great things about her books. I really do need to get to them! Do you have a favorite or “life” verse? Why is that one important to you?
My life verse is Proverbs 3:5-6: Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. This verse is important to me because it reminds me daily to keep my eyes focused on Jesus when life gets overwhelming.
We all need that reminder sometimes! Which authors have had the most impact on your writing?
Every author I have ever read has certainly impacted me, even the authors I haven’t necessarily enjoyed, because each book has taught me what I enjoy as a reader and what I don’t. Thus, I write what I would personally enjoy reading. Specifically though, I would have to say that the authors who have impacted my writing the most have been: Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, Wilkie Collins, H. Rider Haggard, Baroness Emmuska Orczy, Charles Dickens, Agatha Christie, Victoria Holt, L.M. Montgomery, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
That’s quite a list of memorable names! If you could offer a word of encouragement to an aspiring author, what would you say?
Believe in your God-given ability and talent as a writer! If you know writing is your calling, don’t let any obstacle hold you back whether it is time, money, confidence, resources, or something else! Feed the spark of inspiration burning deep inside and find a way to make your dream a reality. Take writing classes, join a critique group, write multiple short stories and novels, never stop reading, get a membership to ACFW, ask lots of questions, and believe in the power of your pen to tell a story no one else can tell!
Great advice! Thanks for sharing with us today, Kaitlin!
Your turn! What are you reading right now?
More about Kaitlin:
Kaitlin Covel has a thirst for adventure much like the heroines of her stories. She is an old-fashioned romantic, and if she could time travel to any historical period, it would be the Regency Era. Here in the 21st century, she is a certified Nutritional Therapy Technician, but writing is her passion, whether it’s fiction or non-fiction. Her debut novel, Atoning for Ashes, releases on February 14th, 2019 from Deep River Books. She has honed her craft since childhood, benefiting from the insights of other writers through professional writing associations such as the Jerry Jenkins Writer’s Guild and Hope*writers. She lives with her family in Maine, where she enjoys teaching the teen Sunday school class at her church. Her favorite things are family, books, history, chocolate, music, the ocean, and strong cups of tea. Visit her at www.kaitlincovel.com.
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Atoning for Ashes Giveaway:
Kaitlin has generously offered to give away a signed paperback copy of Atoning for Ashes! Giveaways are subject to the Giveaway Policy.