by Kandi J Wyatt
Teenage slave girl Faru’s life has been turned upside down when she discovers she’s been traded to a new master, forcing her to leave all she‘s ever known. Upon her arrival, Faru meets a friend, Cailean, who helps her adjust to life in the strange location. Life settles into a new pattern, and romance blossoms between the young friends. But as soon as they plan to get married, another proposal comes about – one that cannot be ignored. Being a slave means not always marrying who you love.
On a daring journey to heal her heart, Faru encounters the Existing One. Will she trust Him and do His bidding even if what He requests is so hard?
“The author has taken the story of Hagar from the Bible and has written a Biblical fiction story that I very much enjoyed.; I was pulled into Faru’s story from the first pages and the author has done a wonderful job of telling her story as she learns to put her faith in God.”
“Kandi Wyatt has taken historical fiction and elevated it to a higher level. Her world building pulls you in and puts you right in the middle of the adventure.”
“Ms. Wyatt took me on a fascinating journey through the eyes of Faru, a young slave girl.”
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CIR: What inspired this book?
WYATT: The One Who Sees Me is the story of a character in the book of Genesis. Her story is rather obscure with only a few spots that’s she’s even mentioned, yet her life is woven into a major character in the book. I’ve always felt a pull toward her story. When my Sunday School class studied the life of Abraham and it coincided with National Novel Writing Month, I decided to tell her tale.
CIR: Did this require any research, and what kind?
WYATT: When I first wrote it, I just wrote. I did do the research into the actual factual story. That was several months of reading the passages over and over and getting a feel of the characters. Then when it went to editing, my editor wanted to make sure I was portraying the medieval time frame correctly. So, I had to find out what sayings would be—things like if she was going to swear or almost swear what words would she use? I discovered that Fie was the closest thing to swearing. I also had to make sure when the word Dad was first used.
CIR: What would you compare this story to?
WYATT: Divine by Karen Kingsbury tells a Bible story in a modern day setting.
CIR: What message do you hope your readers will get out of this book?
WYATT: The story of trust and of One who does see every thing that happens brings comfort to my heart. I’ve gone through some rough times in my life. Knowing that God sees me and cares about what happened is what keeps me sane.
CIR: Is there any content that some readers may find questionable despite the overall “clean” feel of the book?
WYATT: Faru becomes the second wife of her master. She also has a run in with a groom that has inappropriate intentions for her. I have been told that I have written it appropriately for middle grade despite the content.