I would like to introduce a writer friend of mine, SUSIE FINKBEINER, and her debut novel titled PAINT CHIPS, which is available on KINDLE HERE!
Susie, welcome to my blog! I'm so glad I have the opportunity to interview you! I want my readers to get to know you a little so they can come back when we have a giveaway of your book in April.
Sandi, thank you for hosting me on your blog today!
Tell us a little about your novel, “Paint Chips”.
“Paint Chips” is a novel about redemption, mercy, and love in the midst of darkness, brokenness, and seeming hopelessness. Cora and Dot are mother and daughter. Through the retelling of their stories, they are able to see the love of God, His provision for their lives, and His ability to calm the storms that rage in and around them. Through domestic violence, abandonment, separation, death, and sexual trafficking, Cora and Dot see the faithfulness of God, even when they are not faithful to Him.
What made you include sex trafficking in this novel?
I’ve been working within the Anti-Trafficking community for a few years now. It is one of my great passions in life to see people freed from slavery. I never sent out to write a novel about sex trafficking, and I don’t think that “Paint Chips” is about it. However, I found myself despairing the fact that sexual slavery is so prevalent in the United States. And that so many people are just unaware of what is going on.
With such a heavy issue, how did you find hope to weave into your novel?
I am a firm believer in hope. Jesus Christ came to this world to infiltrate our hearts with hope. As I wrote some of the more difficult scenes of the novel, I had to remind myself to write in glimmers of hope. And, I would hope that my readers would see that and be able to find it in their lives. That they could be reminded of a time in their lives when Jesus spoke and calmed their hearts.
If you could leave the reader with just one thought after reading “Paint Chips”, what would it be?
That we are beloved of God. Dearly loved. Regardless of what we’ve done or what’s been done to us. We are loved beyond measure.
Lola, one of the characters in the novel, said, “Victims don’t giggle. But survivors do.” The humor in “Paint Chips” is a hopeful humor. Laughter is healing. I wanted the reader to have those moments of realizing that life, even when tough, can have pockets of levity. I also wanted to provide some fresh air for my readers.
What are you working on currently?
I’m writing my second novel which is very different from “Paint Chips” in subject matter. However, I hope that I am able to make my readers connect with this set of characters the way that many have connected with Cora and Dot. I’m also blogging regularly and writing short plays for my church.
How can we connect with you?
I would love to hear from as many of you as I can!
Find my novel page on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Susie-M-Finkbeiner-Novelist/191087155015
Also, I would love to connect with you on my blog www.susiefinkbeiner.com
Sandi, thank you for having me today.
It was my pleasure. Thank you for dropping by! I'm looking forward to that giveaway in April!