Carol James is an author of inspirational fiction. She lives in a small town outside of Atlanta, Georgia with her husband, Jim, and a perky Jack Russell “Terrorist,” Zoe. Having always loved intriguing stories with happy endings, she was moved to begin writing to encourage others as she’d been encouraged by the works of other authors of inspirational fiction. Carol enjoys spending time with her husband, children, and grandchildren, traveling with friends, and serving in the production department at her church. She’s a Frappuccino and soccer aficionado.
In this interview, Carol talks with us about her latest novel, No Longer A Captive.
FF: How did you come up with your title?
When I write a new book, I always have at least one Bible verse in mind that illustrates a facet of the characters’ journeys. I also have a song or two that meshes with the characters’ hearts and desires. My song for this manuscript was No Longer Slaves by Jonathan David and Melissa Helser. If you are unfamiliar with the song, I recommend you listen to it on the internet. It reinforces the idea that we are not slaves to fear, but children of God.
FF: Do you have a person you consider a mentor?
My original mentor was my boss. We worked together for years, and one day she came into my office closed the door, and whispered, “I do a little writing, and I was wondering if you would be willing to proof-read a piece for me.” I was shocked because she’d never mentioned her hobby to me. Through her encouragement and guidance, I began to write. Had it not been for her, I never would have even thought about writing.
FF: What book are you reading now?
I’m a member of three different book clubs, so I’m always reading something. I like participating because I find I read books I would never choose on my own. I am currently reading the book The Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap. It’s not Christian fiction, but thus far it is very clean. It’s based on a true story of some bibliophiles who establish a used books store in Big Stone Gap, Virginia. I have enjoyed it so much, my husband and I are planning a trip to the city.
FF: What is your next project?
I’m currently completing the edits of a manuscript entitled A Time for Singing. A few years ago I visited Longfellow’s Wayside Inn in Sudbury, Massachusetts and discovered letters written by members of The Secret Drawer Society. I thought it would be a fun concept to write a novel in which the hero and heroine write secret letters back and forth to each other without knowing who the recipient is.
No Longer A Captive
White Rose Publishing
Release Date: October 7, 2021
When Ethne O’Connor’s brother tells her of father’s unexpected death, Sean asks her to do something she promised herself she’d never do. Come back home.
A victim of childhood abuse, Ethne left her father and the small Texas town of Crescent Bluff ten years ago on the night of her high school graduation. She’s determined to end the cycle of abuse and believes the only way to do that is remain single. If she has no husband, she’ll never have children that can be abused.
Then she meets Daniel Spenser, a handsome doctor with chocolate-kiss eyes. Daniel understands her past in a way no one else does. He’s lived it.
Will Daniel be able to help Ethne break the chains of captivity around her heart?
And will God release her from her past, to be free to trust the man she comes to love?
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