Welcome to the Blog Blitz for The Mosaic Collection, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours! Everyday, for the next several days, I’ll be interviewing each author in the collection. So be sure to come back and see what they have to say!!
For His glory…
The Mosaic Collection is an international community of women authors who use faith-based fiction to touch hearts with the good news that Christ’s finished work on the cross has made us one family, and to nurture affection for the people God has placed within our circles of influence, so that the grace and glory of God may become visible and personal to everyone we meet.
…and our good
We are sisters, a beautiful mosaic united by the love of God through the blood of Christ. We have experienced the redemptive, restorative power of God’s grace in our marriages and families, and we believe our God is able to heal, restore and redeem our brokenness. His love fills us with the courage to persevere, and to offer others a Christ-like compassion that is full of His wisdom and grace.
Sara Davison is the author of the romantic suspense novel, The Watcher, and the romantic suspense series, The Seven Trilogy and The Night Guardians Series. She has been a finalist for eight national writing awards, including Best New Canadian Christian author, a Carol Award, and two Daphne du Maurier Awards for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense. She is a Word and Cascade Award winner. Sara currently resides in Ontario, Canada with her husband Michael and their three children, all of whom she (literally) looks up to.
Cornerstone message from the collection:
God never promised believers that life would be easy, he promised us that he would never leave us or forsake us. Whatever we are going through, he is with us and we are never alone.
I hope and pray that my message encourages readers to remember that they are not alone when they are going through tough times. We often don’t understand why God allows certain things to happen to us or those we love, but we can trust that he is good, that he is sovereign and in control, and that he will never leave us.
Hello Sara and welcome! I’m so glad you’re here today 🙂
Can you start by telling us what the inspiration behind this story is?
The theme for the Mosaic series of books is “Family by His Design.” The storyline for Lost Down Deep developed from there and answers the question: what makes a family?
Love that! What’s in your current TBR pile?
Secrets of Paper and Ink by Lindsay Harrel, Wooing Cadie McAffery by Bethany Turner, The CafFUNated Mystery series by Angela Ruth Hunt, Coming Home by Randy Alcorn.
Well, I can tell you that the first too books were AMAZING! The other two I haven’t gotten to yet, but they are on my list as well!
Tell us about any research trips you took while working on this book.
The book is set in one of my favourite little towns on the planet, Elora, Ontario, Canada, about half an hour from where I live. I go to Elora often and would like to move there someday, so I’m very familiar with it, but lately have been viewing it with new eyes when I go. Different locations, houses, coffee shops, and landmarks have made their way into my book and sparked new storyline ideas, so it’s been fun to visit there and get inspired.
I love finding sweet, quaint little towns that I can come back to again and again. If I ever venture to Canada, I might have to look Elora up!
If you could have dinner with any character, who would you pick? What would you eat? What would you talk about?
My main male character in the story, Jude McCall, is probably the most broken character I have written. He is a believer now, but still struggles with having the courage to face people he has wronged and to take responsibility for past actions and choices. But he wants to be better and to do better and I became deeply attached to him through the writing of the book. I’d love to have dinner with him and have a nice, long chat about our spiritual journeys and the unfathomable grace of God towards fallen and broken sinners. I’m not sure what we would have for dinner – likely meat and potatoes since Jude is a pretty down-home guy, but we would definitely go to Joey’s, his family’s favourite place, for ice cream after.
What an amazing character that I think I could easily connect to. I think what Jude is experiencing is something a lot of new believers go through!
If you weren’t an author right now, what would you be doing?
Hmm, sleeping? Sleep has been a rare commodity lately as I released a book this month, the first in a series, and submitted the manuscript for the second book. Currently I am halfway through writing two other books and a short story, in addition to the editing projects that I have taken on for others through my editing business. So I think, if I wasn’t an author, I literally wouldn’t know what I would do with myself. Writing is and has always been my passion. I would likely invest more time and effort in editing and in mentoring new writers, but that would be more of a career than a passion.
First, of all, I love that you first thought so sleep. I love sleep lol. Can’t seem to get enough of it – so I think I would say the same!
Favorite bible verse?
Revelation 21:3-4: And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
As crazy and chaotic and sometimes painful as life can be, for me it is a tremendous source of comfort and peace to know the end of the story, that one day God himself will dwell with us and all will be put right.
You’re on a stranded island and you can only have one book with you. What would you pick and why?
Wow. That thought just caused me physical pain. I assume you mean other than the Bible (if not, then definitely the Bible). If so, I have no idea how I would choose just one. It would have to be one I’d read before and knew I loved because what if I only took one and ended up hating it or not being able to finish it? Of course, then I’d have to live with the fact that I would never again experience the thrill of reading a new book and seeing where it would take me, and what if one of those books I hadn’t read yet would have turned out to be the best book I’d ever read and I’d missed out on it because I hadn’t picked it? And choosing a favourite of all the books I’ve read, to the exclusion of the rest, would be an excruciatingly difficult task. If I absolutely had to though, I think I would choose Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers. The theme of the book would be a good reminder to me, as I languished alone on a deserted island, that God loved me and would always be with me.
Let’s just say that when you’re the one asking the questions, you can ask the hard ones. If I had to answer this one? Well, I wouldn’t be able to 😉
What do you want readers to gain from reading this story?
The theme of all my books, and what I hope readers will take away with them, is that, whatever they are going through, they are never alone. God has promised to never leave us or forsake us, and he cannot break that promise and still be God. Even when it feels as though he has abandoned us or isn’t hearing our prayers, he is there, he hears, and he will never let us go.
This alone is why people should read this!
What are you working on next?
As I mentioned earlier, I recently submitted book two of The Night Guardians Series, Guarded, which comes out in February 2020. I am also working on a short story for a Christmas collection with the other Mosaic authors, and then I will be writing book three of The Night Guardians, so watch for all of those.
Can’t wait!!! Thank you so much for taking the time to talk to me, when clearly you could have been sleeping (ha) which is far more productive 😉 I’m so thankful for you and your stories!
(1) winner will receive a $50 Amazon eGift Card & an ebook prize pack*!
Winner will receive an ebook of:
- Where She Belongs
- Pieces of Granite
- Christmas on a Mission
- Other Side of the River
- The Third Grace
- Carolina Grace
- The Benefit Package (a devotional)
- Dance of Grace
- When Love Calls
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