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Where the Light May Leadby Faith Blum, Bokerah Brumley, Julie C. Gilbert, Jane Lebak, Kimberly A. Rogers and C.L. Wells


That’s How She Rolls by C.L. Wells
Tessa, a self-conscious introvert, attempts to avoid a party and everything goes wrong. When a handsome stranger offers to lend a helping hand, she isn’t sure things will ever be right again.

Leopard’s Find by Kimberly A. Rogers
Ever wonder what your favorite characters were doing before you read about them for the first time? Sparks fly whenever Raina and Baran from The Therian Way are together. But what exactly was she doing before she met him?

Whatever Raina’s up to, it’s never boring.

Upsie-Daisy by Jane Lebak
Did you know guardian angels have a sharp sense of humor? It’s a requirement for the job, otherwise they’d run screaming instead of dealing with us. If you’re new to the Lee and Bucky stories, welcome to the world of sarcastic mechanics and pun-slinging angels. This story takes place about four months before any of the full-length novels, that way you can dive right in.

Circular Horizon by Bokerah Brumley
As a speculative fiction writer, I’m forever intrigued with the ‘what if.’ For instance, what if there was real-world science fiction featuring a God-fearing astronaut? This brain-wandering led to a story, and I briefly explore this idea with Mae McNair in Circular Horizon.

‘Tis So Sweet by Faith Blum
Eleanor Miller has always loved her younger brother, even through all the bad things he has done. But when he almost kills a man, she needs to let him go and trust God to draw him to Himself. Will she find out how sweet it is to trust Jesus in everything, no matter what happens?

The Quinn Case by Julie C. Gilbert
Law enforcement’s a tough career to make it in both physically and emotionally. The Quinn Case takes place several years before the events in Heartfelt Cases Book 1: The Collins Case. Herein, you’ll meet a young FBI Special Agent named Ann Davidson who must find a missing child even as she struggles to put another case behind her.

“The different genres kept my interest throughout all the stories.”

“The purpose of this book was to introduce me to six different authors not necessarily in genres I normally read. To that end, this book knocked it out of the ball park!”

“An excellent mix of styles!”


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Because this was an anthology with multiple authors, the usual interview format will be adjusted slightly. CIR will have two questions for each of the authors.


CIR: What inspired your story?

BLUM: Someone in a writing group I’m part of brought up the idea for doing anthologies together, so we got a group together and started coming up with some ideas. It’s been a fun experience and I loved working on ‘Tis So Sweet for the book.

CIR: What did you enjoy most about writing this?

BLUM: Getting to write the backstory for the villain of one of my novels. It’s something I’d wanted to do for a few months and this gave me the push to do it.


CIR: Did this require any research, and what kind?

BRUMLEY: Science. NASA. Future plans and hopes for trips to Mars. I stink at the science part of it, though, so I tried to use the information that I could find in a believable way. I hope I pulled it off.

CIR: What message do you hope your readers will get out of this book?

BRUMLEY: That Yahweh is everywhere – from earth to Mars and back again. But also that Yahweh can live inside science fiction, too. Near-future, alien-filled, completely made up, the Creator of the universe lives in speculative fiction, too.


CIR: What would you compare your story to?

GILBERT: Heartfelt Cases as a series is about a pair of FBI agents and three very personal cases. It’s not exactly a police procedural, but I’m sure there are similarities. It’s like The X-Files without quite so much scifi/horror stuff going on. If you concentrated on the more murder mystery type episodes that focused more on the character building and relationship between Mulder and Scully, you’d get something similar.

CIR: Is there more coming?

GILBERT: The official fourth story is actually the first full length novel in the Heartfelt Cases Series. It’s about a serial killer who fell silent for a while but is now back with a vengeance. That’s in the beta reading stage, so I’m inviting interested parties to step up to check it out. I’m hoping for a late Summer 2016 or early Fall 2016 release.


CIR: What inspired your story?

LEBAK: I’d donated a hand-knit hat to a craft fair, and someone came over to talk to me about the Styrofoam head on which it was displayed. She told me what you can do to the Styrofoam head if you’re a geek with access to an unpressurized submarine, and I was intrigued.

CIR: Did this require any research, and what kind?

LEBAK: The fun research was looking up what are the weirdest restaurants in Manhattan, but I also had to research tire damage, pull up a map of Borough Hall, and wander longingly through the online shelves of an aquarium shop.


CIR: What did you enjoy most about writing this?
ROGERS: Tapping into Raina’s unique blend of humor and seriousness because she can be so blasé about things like kidnappers showing up and yet she has a very serious determination to protect anyone who can’t fend for themselves. She’s not quite the joker she appears to be.

CIR: What message do you hope your readers will get out of this book?
ROGERS: That enjoyable Christian fiction can be found in a variety of genres and the light shines through in a variety of ways, sometimes blazing like a lighthouse and other times the more subtle light found in a flickering candle or the early gloaming hours just before dawn.


CIR: What would you compare your story to?

WELLS: Hairspray would be one, and the other is a show that used to be on television called Drop Dead Diva. The characters are definitely not the same, but the show promoted the idea that to be happy, or to get the guy, you don’t have to be a size two.

CIR: What message do you hope your readers will get out of this book?

WELLS: That God is there for us even when we don’t acknowledge Him. We have all have our hang ups.  Plus size is sexy too.