Friday, August 1, 2014

Borrowed Promises by Judith Ingram

Judith Ingram weaves together her love of romance and her training as a counselor to create stories and characters for her novels. She also writes Christian nonfiction books and enjoys speaking to groups on a variety of inspirational topics. She lives with her husband in the San Francisco East Bay and makes frequent trips to California's beautiful Sonoma County, where most of her fiction characters reside. She confesses a love for chocolate, cheesecake, romantic suspense novels, and all things feline.

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On the night of the new spring moon, a near-fatal accident propelled Victoria Reeves-Ashton over a century back in time to awaken in the body of Katherine Kamarov.

Now, after three months of pretending to be Katherine and laboring to repair relationships damaged by Katherine's brash and selfish personality, quiet and gentle Victoria finds that her heart is putting down roots in Katherine's world, in her family relationships, and especially in a deepening friendship with Katherine's winsome cousin Michael.

Hidden letters reveal the story of other moonseed-time travelers like herself-and Victoria realizes that she and Katherine will likely be returned to their own times the following spring. Tension mounts when a rich and handsome suitor applies to marry her, and Victoria must choose whether to accept him for Katherine's sake or to follow her own heart.

Ryan Ashton, the husband Victoria left behind, is baffled by the woman his wife has suddenly become. Unwilling to believe her story about an exchange in time, Ryan struggles to understand the stark transformation of his timid, remote wife into a sexually aggressive and captivating siren. Against his better judgment, he falls hard for this new woman who is a perplexing mixture of cruelty, sensuality, and tenderness, a woman who he suspects has the power to either break his heart or heal the aching loneliness he has lived with all his life.

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Q) What inspired you to write this story?
A) I spent nine years in psychotherapy dealing with childhood abuse issues. When the work of recovery felt overwhelming, I dreamed about escaping the pain into another woman's life who perhaps lived in a more appealing time period. Then I asked myself, But what if that woman were trying to escape from something in her life, something into which I would unwittingly step… Thus my time-travel heroines were born. Both Victoria and Katherine long to escape the painful consequences of harsh childhood treatment, and they each find fulfillment in their new lives that wholly appeals to me personally.

Q) How long did it take you to write?
A) Honestly, it took me ten years to write the story, but I wasn't really writing a novel to begin with. I was just toying with ideas. My older sister was always the writer of the family, so I never believed I could complete a book myself and get it published. It took me a long time to give myself permission to go for it.

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
A) That's difficult to answer because there are so many things I love about writing. One thing I particularly enjoy is the adventure of being surprised when I write. For example, a fiction character may reveal something about herself that I didn't know when I sat down to write a scene, or she will generate dialogue that I didn't intend to write. Often when I write inspirational nonfiction, something wise or profound will present itself in the mere process of typing out my thoughts. Writing is wonderfully mysterious and creative.

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
A) I don't like to admit when a scene doesn't work and must be cut from the manuscript. In his book, On Writing, Stephen King alludes to "murdering your darlings" for the sake of the story. Cutting paragraphs I have lovingly crafted feels something like amputating a limb to save the patient. I've been known to keep those discarded passages in a folder, thinking they're so good I might use them later in another story, but eventually I lose my attachment and they end up in the shredder, where they belong.

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
A) I'd be Daphne du Maurier, my favorite novelist. I would love to feel the magic of her genius flow through my fingers and appear on manuscript pages. Perhaps if I didn't take time to eat or sleep, I could write a masterpiece in that 24-hour gift of time!

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge, and how old is it?
A) Does the freezer count? I still have packages of ground turkey and veal I used to make meatballs last Thanksgiving.

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
A) I am working on a new novel, again set in Sonoma County, California. A young woman who has just lost her mother to cancer and her husband to infidelity learns that she has a birth twin and determines to invite this stranger into her life. On the nonfiction front, I post weekly devotionals about forgiveness on my inspirational blog, and I intend to pull these together into a daily devotional in book form.
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1 comment:

Judith Ingram said...

Thank you, Jessica, for hosting my book, BORROWED PROMISES, and for the author interview. What fun! Your Web site is beautiful. All the best to you in your writing and blogging endeavors. --Judith Ingram