WHAT'S THIS? I'M BACK AGAIN? WHY YES I AM AND I AM ABSOLUTELY THRILLED TO BE HERE -- *checks watch* -- THIRTY MINUTES LATER! 😀
This March, indie Christian author Jesseca Wheaton released her novel A Question of Honor (book one in the Questions of War series) to the world! Today, I'm very happy to be returning with an interview and giveaway in celebration of the release of book two, A Question of Courage. 😄
ABOUT THE BOOK
A man. A decision. A destiny.
Rafe Sullivan never imagined the war would come to his doorstep. But when Pearl Harbor is attacked and America's focus suddenly shifts to the pacific, he finds he can't ignore the problem anymore.
Leaving the life he loves behind, he joins up to do what he does best. Fly.
Yet, nothing could have prepared him for the horrors of war, and the struggle that is going on in his own heart. As an outstanding navy pilot, he is stationed on one of the few Pacific carriers. But could God be calling him to step out in faith, and go beyond the call of duty?
Lily Wilson gives her all to help the hurting community around her. With the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the war is brought home to many American families. And as a nurse, she longs to be able to relive some of the suffering. Yet, her own grief is still fresh in her heart, and though she's made the decision to get on with her life, she can't seem to leave the past behind. When healing at last comes, the guard she placed around her heart slowly begins to crumble.
But when she receives the news she hoped she would never again hear, can she trust that God’s plan is always right?
Arthur Warrington saw the Navy as an escape from the life he left behind. And it seems good for him. He is able to forge new friendships and distance himself from his past. But when his best friend makes a decision that rocks his world, he is left grappling with the question: what is true courage?
Three lives. One war. And a search for the courage to go on.
Hi, Jesseca! Welcome to the blog; I'm absolutely delighted to have you here! First off, would you mind sharing a bit about what inspired your Questions of War series? Was it a drawing, a photograph, a historical document...?
Thank you for having me, Liv! I'm excited to be here! Actually, what first inspired it was a couple random pictures I stumbled across on Pinterest. One was of a couple bidding each other farewell, and one was with a soldier holding a little girl on his lap. If you would have told me that those two pictures would eventually evolve into an entire series, I would have said you were crazy. I stashed them away for a while, and then one day decided to write a quick story about them. The rest, I guess you could say, is history. 😉
What's your favorite thing about writing historical fiction from a Christian perspective? Is there anything you handle or consider differently than someone with a secular view might?
One thing I try to do is always show that even in the darkest parts of WWII, when most of Europe had come under the shadow of the Nazis, light still shone brightly. And that light was held high by those who were Christians and took a stand against the evil.
As a Christian writer, I want to always show that light. To always show that even in the darkest days, there was still light. And hope. Because as the light of the world, Jesus always brings hope. Even in a world that is shrouded by war.
Were there any World War II books or movies you read or watched while writing A Question of Honor and A Question of Courage?
One movie that played a huge part in A Question of Honor was Pearl Harbor. And right now I'd like to just mentioned that I did not watch the entire thing, and most of it was filtered. The movie itself contains inappropriate content and I’d not ever recommend watching it without a filter or some sort.
But the storyline was so sweet and I LOVED the brotherly relationships. And the soundtrack for the movie was pretty much the soundtrack for A Question of Honor as well. 😉
Return to the Hiding Place was a phenomenal movie that is completely clean and such a beautiful representation of WWII. I'd recommend it to anyone and everyone. I watched it during the writing of both books, and it never fails to inspire me to tell more stories about the brave men and women who fought for freedom during the war.
What message do you most want your readers to take away from this series?
The even when circumstances seem to be at their worst, God is still there, and through it all, He has a plan. We may not always see it, but everything works together for good to those who love God and are the called according to His purpose. And because of that, the ending of every story is beautiful. Because it's at the end that you can look back and see how God has worked through each circumstance to make a beautiful masterpiece.
Thank you so much for your time, Jesseca! Last question: what advice do you have for aspiring indie authors?
Share your work with others who you trust. Get their feedback. That is one of the best ways to improve. And keep writing. We all have those first stories that we'd never let anyone read. Writing is just like everything else. It takes work, but it's so worth it!
Thank you so much for having me here, Liv!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jesseca is hosting a giveaway!
The first place winner will receive:
- One paperback copy of either A Question of Honor OR A Question of Courage
The second place winner will receive:
- One $5 Amazon gift card
- One ebook copy of either A Question of Honor OR A Question of Courage
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