Hi, InspyLand! Today, I’ve got my dear friend Mikal Dawn joining us to talk about her debut, Count Me In! I LOVED it! And I hope you’ll love it – and Mikal – too!
He’s right behind me!
That was the first thought I had when meeting my now-husband for the first time at the Seattle-Tacoma International airport. He flew in from Japan, where he was stationed, and I drove down to Seattle from Vancouver to pick him up.
Crazy? You betcha.
Worth it? Oh, you betcha!
We’d spent a few months talking to each other through email and then by phone, falling in love. But we didn’t want to commit to anything without meeting each other in person because, well…that’d be nuts! (Because falling in love with someone you’ve never met isn’t nuts, right?) That day at SeaTac, I thought I would be all sneaky-like and wait far from the luggage claim so I could see him before he would see me. I saw people coming down the escalator, and began to anxiously search for him.
Little did I know, he was a brat and did the same thing, coming down from a different direction. He was around twenty feet behind me when the hairs on the back of my neck stood at attention and I got goosebumps. He’s right behind me! I turned, and sure enough, there he was with a big grin on his face, wearing a Green Lantern baseball hat and a Superman shirt (yeah…he likes his superheroes). I immediately knew I would marry him.
It took him three days to figure it out. I still tease him about that.
Our love story was swift. We met online in September, in person in December, and married in April—our third time in each other’s presence. But outside of Jesus, it has been the greatest romance of my life. He makes me laugh! So hard!! Our life is almost a romantic comedy of opposites attract. But falling in love with someone I’d never met? That was so not me, so out of my comfort zone. But it felt right.
My debut novel is a rom-com with that age-old trope of opposites attract. But these two…they’re more than opposites. Kind of extreme opposites. But beneath the laughter, there is a deeper message.
Tyler and Allegra, the main characters in Count Me In, both experience fear—just in different ways. Allegra has a fear of letting go and stepping outside her comfort zone while Tyler has a fear of being “mediocre.” It all boils down to a fear of putting everything we have in God’s hands.
I admit, there’s a lot of Allegra in me. Sheesh, if I were being completely honest, I would say Allegra is me. I fear the unknown more than anything: “What will happen if…,” or “What might ____ be like?” Like writing a book and deciding to indie publish it. It isn’t just a big (very big) time and financial investment, it’s also a huge emotional investment. You’re opening yourself up to criticism, displaying your thoughts and ideas to friends, family, and strangers. Leaving yourself open to judgment.
And yet this is how God directed me. Letting go of that fear to trust Him in this wasn’t easy; stepping outside my comfort zone never comes easily to me. But over my many years on this earth (and no, I’m not telling you how old I am!), the Lord very gently—and sometimes not-so-gently—gives me a little push. And you know where I fall?
Right into His capable hands.
Has fear been a limiting factor in your life? What comfort zone is God trying to push you out of?
Carol here – I’ll gift an ecopy to one of our fabulous readers who answers Mikal’s question above. Check out the 6/18 Sunday Edition for the winner!
Count Me In
Allegra Spencer has been living a careful life. Her safe job as an accountant is bookended by going to church and the gym. Okay, sometimes the gym. Fine. She goes to church. And the coffee shop. She avoids risk at all cost, preferring to stay safe in her cozy condo. Until her accounting firm goes belly up and she’s out of a job.
Tyler Hawk had a glorious career as a star NFL tight end. He retired on a high note and now lives a second dream of owning his own business and leading others on extreme outdoor adventures. But he needs help with his books—and his heart. When Allegra takes the job, sparks fly.
It’s a case of safety zone versus danger zone, and in their minds, never the two shall meet.
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Mikal Dawn is an inspirational romance author, wedding enthusiast, and proud military wife. By day, she works as an administrative assistant for an international ministry, serves in her church’s library, runs her kids to all their sports, and drinks lots of coffee. By night, she talks to figments of her imagination as she attempts to write while dinner is burning. And drinks lots of coffee. When she isn’t writing about faith, fun, and forever, she is obsessively scouring Pinterest (with coffee in hand, of course!) for wedding ideas for her characters.
Originally from Vancouver, Canada, Mikal now lives in Nebraska with her husband, their three children, and one ferocious feline. Connect with Mikal on mikaldawn.com, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.