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Saturday, November 15, 2008

Lying on Sunday by Sharon K. Souza

CONGRATULATIONS TO CHERYL FOR WINNING A COPY OF LYING ON SUNDAY!

My guest this week is Sharon K. Souza, whose latest novel, Lying on Sunday, will be given away in a drawing on November 21.

Welcome Sharon!

AN INTERVIEW WITH SHARON K. SOUZA
Author of Lying on Sunday

1. In your previous novel, Every Good & Perfect Gift, you address the tough issues of infertility and catastrophic illness. Again, in Lying on Sunday, you've tackled a tough subject, that being infidelity. Why do you choose such tough topics?

I like to write stories that speak to women on deep and personal levels. None of us gets through this life without being affected in some form by sadness, loss, a sense of failure over one issue or another, and having been failed. I think when we know we're not the only one going through these types of situation--and it's so easy to feel that you are alone--it gives us hope that we really can come through, not necessarily unscathed, but certainly stronger and more equipped to help others.

2. Do heavy topics equal a heavy reading experience?

Definitely not. I firmly believe that pleasure reading should first and foremost be entertaining. Time is a precious commodity. I hope that readers who choose to spend some of their precious hours in the pages of my books will thoroughly enjoy the experience.

So even though I tackle tough subjects, I infuse enough humor to keep those subjects from becoming an albatross around the reader's neck. Conversely, I love to read for pleasure, but I want to take something away from the experience.

3. What would you have readers take away from Lying on Sunday?

In one day, Abbie Torrington has the underpinnings of her world knocked out from under her. Everything she thinks she knows about her marriage turns out to be false. It leaves her reeling in the aftermath. Years ago, while dealing with health issues in my own life, a close friend gave me a Precious Moments figurine entitled "Light at the End of the Tunnel." In Lying on Sunday I want to show that even with issues as devastating as betrayal there is always a light at the end of the tunnel, and for me that Light, of course, is Jesus.

4. Lying on Sunday deals with the betrayal of infidelity, but are there other forms of betrayal that the book might speak to?

Types of betrayal obviously vary, but the end results can be equally devastating. Any time a trust is broken between people in relationship, someone is going to be hurt. We can either allow those hurts to hinder us, or we can allow the Lord to use them as lessons to make us better and stronger. That brings to mind the old adage "What doesn't kill me makes me stronger." Well, through her own devastating experience Abbie becomes a stronger, more independent person than she knew she could be.

5. Once again you've written a story with a strong and vital friendship that's central to the story. Was that coincidence or by design?

Absolutely by design. I'm all about relationships and so are my characters. Having gone through a period in my early adulthood without a close friend, I know how important friends are in our lives. In fact, I've recently reconnected with two friends from high school, one I hadn't seen in 25 years, and the other in over 30 years. But relationships between women, while vital, can be very complex. That's certainly true for Abbie. Besides her close friendship with Shawlie Bryson, she has a close relationship with one daughter and a challenging relationship with the other, mostly because of the very different emotional place these girls are in while dealing with the death of their father. Not only that, but Abbie has a strained relationship with her own mother for reasons she eventually discovers. I'm certain that women of each one of these generations will relate to one or the other of these characters, especially the woman caught in the middle, where she's both the daughter and the mother.

6. Truth is a theme you deal with extensively in Lying on Sunday. In a book that deals with betrayal, wouldn't forgiveness be a more fitting theme?

I believe forgiveness is the key to getting beyond the kind of hurt Abbie experiences - which doesn't necessarily equate to restored relationship. (In Abbie's case, of course, that's impossible anyway.) But the discovery of truth is a huge first step in the process. In any difficult situation we can choose to ignore the facts and try to keep life on an even keel. But there inevitably comes a day of reckoning. For Abbie to arrive at the desired destination, there are some unpleasant truths she must acknowledge and deal with. She's dogged by a scripture from John 8:32 that says the truth will set you free. Only she can decide whether or not she'll let it.

7. What is the most satisfying thing that comes out of your writing?

I love hearing from readers, especially those I don't know, who say my stories have touched them in one way or another, and most importantly, have helped them see more clearly how good and loving our Lord is.

8. What are you working on now, and does it continue in the style of Lying on Sunday and Every Good & Perfect Gift?

My work in progress, Unraveled, is another contemporary novel about a young woman who gives a year of her life to help teach children in Moldova, a small country in eastern Europe. While there she experiences a crisis of fath (the story ultimately deals with human trafficking). And yes, it continues in the style of my previous novels.

9. Is there anything you'd like to add?

I'm an avid fan of Christian fiction, both as a writer and a reader. I am pleased that it has grown to include titles that are topping the most prestigious best seller lists in America. As a Christian and lover of fiction, I believe it's time this genre came into its own, and have a strong desire to contribute to it."

Naturally I love to hear from readers. You can email me through my website: http://www.sharonksouza.com. If you're in a book club and choose to read any of my books I'll send a complimentary book to the person who contacts me on behalf of their group. Then, after you read the book I'd love to participate in your group discussion, either by phone or in person if you're close enough for me to drive to.




Author: Sharon K. Souza
Paperback: 427 pages
Publisher: Navpress Publishing Group (September 15, 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1600061761
ISBN-13: 978-1600061769

Praise for Lying on Sunday:
A moving drama in the tradition of The Pilot's Wife. Sharon K. Souza is a talented author who never fails to impress. - Kathryn Cushman, author of Waiting for Daybreak


Lying on Sunday is delightful and poignant, witty and moving. I devoured the story, reading it in two days. Bravo! - Nancy Moser, author of Washington's Lady and Just Jane.

Be sure to leave a comment to enter the drawing for a copy of Lying on Sunday.

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13 Comments:

Blogger Jo said...

What a interesting interview. The book sounds like it should be a very good read. Please enter me in the drawing.

Blessings,
Jo
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November 15, 2008 at 6:32 AM  
Blogger Kathy said...

What a good subject for a book in today's world.

Kathy Cretsinger

November 15, 2008 at 7:58 AM  
Blogger brendalottakamaggiebrendan said...

Cool cover for Sharon's book and good interview. I'd like to read it. Please enter me in the contest.

November 15, 2008 at 9:20 AM  
Blogger Terri Tiffany said...

It sounds like a great read!! PLease enter me in the contest. I have not read her books before but after reading the interview--I'm sold!

November 15, 2008 at 10:16 AM  
Blogger Becky C. said...

Thiis sounds like a very interesting book.

Please enter me in the contest.

Thank you,

Becky C.

rec(at)hiwway(dot)net

November 15, 2008 at 12:36 PM  
Blogger Debra Ullrick said...

Please add my name to the drawing.

christianromancewriter@gmail.com

Debra Ullrick
The Bride Wore Coveralls
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Dixie Hearts

November 15, 2008 at 1:03 PM  
Blogger Sandee61 said...

I'd love to read this book, it sounds really good. Please enter me in your giveaway for this new-to-me author.

Thank you,
Sandy

Muzzley56[at]aol[dot]com

November 15, 2008 at 4:02 PM  
Blogger Janna said...

I loved Sharon's first book and would love a chance to read this one as well!

Janna
ryanx6 at msn dot com

November 15, 2008 at 6:41 PM  
Blogger Martha A. said...

this sounds like a book that is much needed to have around!
martha(at)lclink(dot)com

November 15, 2008 at 11:13 PM  
Blogger Sarah/Robert said...

I was very moved by "Every Good and Perfect Gift," and I'd love to read this new one from Sharon. Please enter me into the drawing!
sarah(dot)brenner(at)gmail(dot)com

November 16, 2008 at 8:38 AM  
Blogger Cheryl said...

Sounds like a great book. Please enter me in the contest. My email address is shryackmom[@]charter[.]net

November 16, 2008 at 10:54 PM  
Blogger Miralee Ferrell said...

I haven't read anything by this author and I'd love to try one. Please enter me...it sounds like an excellent read! Miralee
miralee at gorge dot net

November 16, 2008 at 11:05 PM  
Blogger squiresj said...

I love Sharon K. Souza's website. I also learned her husband had been involved in Royal Rangers as me and my husband are. I really enjoyed this interview and would love to win this book. I would review it too. God Bless.

November 20, 2008 at 11:49 PM  

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