I’m excited to introduce y’all to Shelia Stovall, the debut author of Every Window Filled With Light!
Welcome, Shelia! I enjoyed reading your first published novel! Congrats! Tell us about yourself and how you started writing!
Thank you for inviting me to be your guest. As a child, I fell in love with Laura Ingalls Wilder’s books and started writing little stories. However, I didn’t take my writing seriously until after my children left home for college. I attended my first writers’ conference in 2012, where I met award-winning author Judy Christie. She encouraged me to finish the first draft of my novel and send a sample chapter to her editor, Jamie Clarke Chavez. I didn’t know Jamie Chavez was an award-winning editor. I’ll be forever grateful she agreed to work with me.
I loved meeting you at writing conferences as well!! Christian fiction authors are generally very kind to each other. I know you are a librarian, and I love that! Did your position in the library help you write Every Window Filled with Light?
Of course. My heroine, Emma Baker, is a librarian. All authors are told to “write what you know.” I pictured my library and routines as I wrote the library scenes in the book. Also, authors are encouraged to read well-written books. As a librarian, I purchase hundreds of books every year. It’s part of my job to read reviews, back-cover-copy, and sample chapters before buying books for the library. This aspect of my career helped me become a better writer, and of course, I’m an avid reader.
Me too! And I used to be a high school librarian, so I read quite a bit. Still do :) I love your title! How does it tie into the story?
The title, Every Window Filled with Light, came to me one evening as I was reading the book aloud. There’s a correlation in the story between the condition of Emma’s healing and the number of light or dark windows of her large Victorian home. Emma, a young childless widow, struggles with grief and anger because her school-teacher husband was murdered by a student. Emma believes her dream to fill her beautiful home with children is impossible. In the opening chapter, Emma returns home from the library to her home—every window dark. Then she finds Harley, a twelve-year-old girl, hiding in the library. When Emma becomes Harley’s foster parent, Emma’s heart begins to mend, and the windows of Emma’s home start to shine brightly.
Now the fun part, tell us about your hero!
Luke Davis is not your typical pastor. It’s been two years since the death of Emma’s husband when Luke seeks out Emma. He’s counseling the boy who killed her husband. Emma doesn’t know Luke is a pastor when she first notices him in the library.
A tall man wearing a fitted black T-shirt leaned against the back wall and crossed his arms, exposing a tattoo of barbed wire encircling his muscled bicep. He swiped a dark curl behind his ear and seemed oblivious to the interested glances from several moms in the crowd. If not for the trimmed box beard, he could pass for Da Vinci’s David come to life.
Luke has much in common with Harley, Emma’s ward. Luke was abandoned by his mom and grew up under the care of his alcoholic grandmother. He was a lost boy of twelve, at a crossroads, when he met Emma’s Pastor, Bob Johnson. Violence and abuse stained Luke’s childhood, yet he escaped, thanks to Pastor Bob’s intervention. Luke believes Emma can fill that role for Harley.
He sounds awesome! My son is named Luke, so I love that name :) Thank you so much for visiting with us today! We wish you many blessings with your novel.
Shelia Stovall is the director of a small-town library in southern Kentucky, where only strangers mention her last name, and the children call her Miss Shelia.
It tickles her to see shocked expressions when folks learn she’s traveling to Africa—again. She’s the worst missionary ever, but God continues to send her to the ends of the earth as He attempts to mold her into something useful.
Shelia is a country girl who relishes eating a bologna sandwich at a country store just as much as savoring an elegant meal in a posh restaurant.
Shelia and her husband Michael live on a farm, and she enjoys taking daily rambles to the creek with their three dogs. Spending time with family, especially her grandchildren, is her all-time favorite thing. The only hobby Shelia loves more than reading uplifting stories of hope is writing them.
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Librarian Emma Baker, a young and childless widow, believes her dream to build a family is over. It’s been two years since a student accidentally stabbed Emma’s husband to death, and her grief has stifled any interest in romance—until she meets Pastor Luke Davis. But when Emma learns Luke is counseling her husband’s killer fresh out of jail, her temper gets in the way.
Meanwhile, Emma discovers twelve-year-old Harley, abandoned by her drug-addict mother, hiding in the library, and takes the girl in as her foster mom. Then a young mother is made homeless by an apartment fire, and Emma opens her home again. One person and one prayer at a time, Emma begins to discover hope.
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Shelia is offering an Amazon gift card for $25 to one person who leaves a comment by June 6, 2021! (Void where prohibited)
Thank you Shelia!