The characters in my books come from various walks of life. I’ve written about all sorts of professions, including a people walker. Most of the time, though, my characters have more traditional jobs. For example, Amy Untermeter is a destination wedding photographer in Wish You Joy (Savannah Sweethearts Book 10). She’s never been interviewed on this blog before, so I thought it would be interesting to step into this story book and talk to Amy in Savannah, Georgia, one a hot summer’s day, all huffing and puffing about an injustice…
You haven’t been home in years. So why now?
Amy: Firstly, I’ll have to admit that my mother and I have a strained relationship. That makes it hard for me to come home. Once my brothers and I left home after college, we rarely ever make it back. Isaac does more than I do, even though his job as a cruise ship chef takes him all around the world and everywhere but home. Among all my brothers, Isaac spends more time checking on Mom. As such, he tells me things, such as this big development that made me drop everything and fly home.
Family drama? Ooh. Tell me more.
Amy: You see, my mother has decided to sell fifty one percent of our Christmas decorating family business to a total stranger (to me). I have no idea where she found this guy, but he can’t possibly be the CEO of Christmastown. This holiday business has been in my family for decades. So I came home to see if Mom has been swindled or scammed or something because all of a sudden, I’m a minority shareholder. I won’t be able to call the shots. The good news is that I still own Amy’s Christmas Tree Farm, so there’s that.
Have you met your business partner and how did it go?
Amy: At first the meeting didn’t go well, so I’m not sure what to tell you about my first impression of Cyrus Theroux. I suppose I looked hotheaded to begin with, barging into the Christmastown warehouse like I owned the place. He tried to be nice, but I didn’t buy it. I had no idea what he’d done to get on Mom’s good side, but he is. Mom likes him, apparently, and that’s the end of it.
Did your impression of Cyrus change?
Amy: Once I met Cyrus, I began to realize that he knew more about my own mother than I did. For example, I was overseas busy with packed wedding schedules and had no idea that Mom fell last year and ended up getting her knee replaced. Cyrus was there to help her recover, along with Mom’s church friends at Riverside Chapel. But you know who were missing? My two brothers and me. We were out there in the world doing our things and didn’t care what happened to Mom. That made me feel like a prodigal daughter, you know? Cyrus, whom I had called a total stranger, was there for my mother. I wasn’t. Suddenly I saw why Cyrus has been more of a son to Mom than I was her daughter.
What did that teach you about yourself as a Christian?
Amy: I hate to admit that this family is full of secrets. After Dad passed away, our family fell apart. There are things that Mom never told me. Perhaps she was too ashamed to. Perhaps she thought I would reject her if she had. At the end of the day, I have to trust that God would carry us through, no matter what surprises roll out of the family closet. I am also thankful to God that Cyrus is there for me regardless of the heartbreaking things that had gone on in this family. God has indeed brought him into my life to walk alongside me. Someone whom I thought was a random stranger became my best friend and partner in business as well as in life.
Wish You Joy (Savannah Sweethearts Book 10) is in Kindle Unlimited for my voracious readers. This story begins in the hot month of July, when the Christmastown holiday decorating company gets busy preparing its inventory for the Christmas season. It’s August now, and we’re truly only four months away from Christmas…
Question for you!
Do you like character interviews? Do they give you insight into the book that you read? If you haven’t read the book, do character interviews make you want to read the book or at least check out the book description?