Interview with Kathi Macias and Book Giveaway

I'm pleased to present Kathi Macias on my blog.  In addition to being an award winning author and speaker, she is also a mentor for new Christian authors and gives selflessly of herself to others.  She was one of the first Christian authors to reach out to my early in my publishing journey and offer a hand of friendship. I have been fortunate enough to meet her in person several times and can tell you unreservedly that she is the "real deal". A devout Christian and wonderful woman of God!





  Tells us first how you came to faith in Jesus.
I wasn’t raised in a Christian home, but I grew up in an era when pretty much anyone who lived in America thought they were Christians. I was no exception. In fact, we could still pray and even read the Bible in public school. I learned my first Bible passage (the Christmas story from Luke 2) hearing it rehearsed for the Christmas play in school. But when I was in my early twenties, one of my brothers came to the Lord and started praying for he rest of us. Soon my mom and other brother became believers, and they were all witnessing to/praying for me. I finally gave my heart and life to the Lord on July 5, 1974. Though life hasn’t always been easy since then, I have never lost the joy or the peace of the Lord.

How old were you when you wrote your first real story and what was it about?
I wrote my first real story in the third grade. The teacher asked us to write an Easter story. Since I wasn’t from a Christian background I wrote about the Easter bunny. The teacher liked it so much she showed it to the principal. She liked it too, and they turned it into a play, which our class performed for the entire student body AND the PTA. I was hooked!

Where did you get the idea for this book?
My newest book, The Deliverer, is the final novel in the Freedom Series from New Hope Publishers, a series based on the horrible truth of human trafficking, in particular sexual slavery. I was actually finishing up my previous fiction series, the Extreme Devotion Series about Christians persecuted for their faith around the world, when New Hope challenged me to consider writing a series about human trafficking. I did some preliminary research, and when I discovered how prevalent it is (estimated 27 to 30 million people enslaved around the world, with 300,000 minors held in sexual slavery right here in the US), I knew I had to do everything I could to help educate people to this horrific crime and to call them to join me as a modern-day abolitionist to help set the captives free and to stop slavery once and for all.


What do you want readers to take away from your writing and this book in particular?
I refer to my issues-related novels as “parables with purpose.” I believe that’s what Jesus told—not just nice stories to entertain His listeners but stories they could relate to even as they were challenged to change their hearts, their minds, and their lives. I pray the Freedom Series will enlist many in this modern-day fight to get involved and to stop human trafficking.

What part of this book did you enjoy writing the most and why?
To be honest, this was not a pleasant book/series to write, though there are several scenes that are a bit lighter than others. I included them to give the readers a break from the darkness of human trafficking. When people ask me why I write about such dark subjects, I tell them I don’t write about dark subjects; I write about the Light that shines in the darkness. And that’s the part I enjoy most in any of the stories I write.

What is your favorite Bible verse?
That’s a tough one. I have many, including Matt. 6:33, Deut. 8:1, and Rom. 8:37.

What is your favorite comfort food?
Pizza, hands down, but ice cream runs a close second.

What are your hobbies other than writing?
I’m afraid I’m a bit one dimensional on this. When I’m not writing my own books, I’m usually busy reading someone else’s.

How does your faith play into your writing?
People have asked me if I’ve ever considered writing non-Christian books. The only one of my 40 published books that’s not Christian is my writer’s workbook, THE TRAIN-OF-THOUGHT WRITING METHOD. All the others are written from a Christian worldview because that’s the way I view life—through God’s perspective. All my writing is, and will always be, written from that viewpoint. Besides, there are already enough people writing secular books; I don’t need to add to the pile.

What is your favorite book by another author and why?
Another tough question, but I suppose if I really have to narrow it down to one it would be Cry the Beloved Country by Alan Paton. That book impacted me in ways no other single book ever has. It had a huge influence on my writing No Greater Love, also set in South Africa.

Favorite childhood book?
Anything about the Boxcar Kids or Nancy Drew.

Which movie has inspired you the most and why?
I’m not a major movie fan (would much rather read the book), but Chariots of Fire was a huge inspiration to me.

Where do you get most of your ideas for our books?
Ideas roll around in my head all the time. I never seem to have a shortage of them. The problem for me is sorting through them and deciding which are really worth pursuing. If I listen closely, quietly, and long enough, God always points me in the right direction.
Out of everything you have written, do you have a favorite and why?
Another really tough question. I suppose it would be either No Greater Love or Red Ink. No Greater Love is a book I wanted to write for more than two decades. It is set in South Africa in 1989, just prior to the fall of Apartheid. I remember watching the new during that volatile time and wondering what it would be like to have been raised in the crosshairs of Apartheid and Christianity. How did anyone reconcile the two? I explore that question in the book via an interracial romance, strictly forbidden at that time and place. Red Ink is also close to my heart, as it is very loosely based on the true life on one of my personal heroines, Li Ying, a young Christian woman in China who was arrested and given a 15-year prison sentence for printing/distributing Christian literature to children. I recently learned that she has been released from prison, and I am so thankful. I pray for her daily. Her life is a reminder to me of the great privilege I have of writing/publishing Christian books without fear of retribution. May it always be so!







Kathi has generously offered to give away a copy of her book, The Deliverer, to one lucky blog follower. In order to be entered, you need to provide proof of posting this interview link on all your social network sites (Facebook, Twitter, your blog).


If you would like to donate to help end human trafficking, here is a link to the Salvation Army page where you can help.  Salvation Army

14 comments:

  1. My two favorite west coast chicks! Awesome interview ladies!

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  2. Hi Kelly! I have Kathi to thank for putting me together with YOU!

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  3. I read the first two books and LOVED them, I can't wait to read this one. Kathy is very talented.

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  4. Kathi writes remarkable books. I've read several of them. I've posted this on Tweeter https://twitter.com/#!/barbjan10,
    On Facebook; On Barbjan10's Pass it Forward Blog http://barbjan10-barbjansblogblogspot.blogspot.com/ & Barbjan10's Blog http://barbjan10.wordpress.com/

    Thank you for this giveaway and the chance to win an incredible read.

    Blessed by Grace,
    Barb Shelton

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  5. I love Kathi's books; not for intertainment but for her powerful messages! I'd love to win a copy of "The Deliverer."

    Thank you for this giveaway. I shared about this contest on FB. https://www.facebook.com/#!/judy.s.burgi

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  6. Wow, I am so blessed by this post and by the comments. Thank you all so very much, and multiplied blessings to you!

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  7. Kathi's books are a great example of Transformational Fiction. My favorite genre. Books aboaut tough issues that cry out for the grace and mercy of God . . . and then deliver.

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  8. Kathi, as always you are an amazing author and person.

    God bless you!

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  9. Love your interview Kathi. I have posted on twitter
    https://twitter.com/misskallie2000/status/220603217027932164

    FB
    https://www.facebook.com/#!/brenda.b.hill.3/posts/340849162661730

    my blog:
    http://ibooksbooksandmorebooks.blogspot.com/2012/07/kathi-macias-great-christian-author.html

    Can't wait to read this final book of series Kathi as this was an awesome series to read. Thanks for the opportunity to enter the giveaway.

    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

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  10. A great interview, informative and interesting. I'm excited to find an author who writes Christian fiction based on fact. I shall start to look out for your books.
    Human trafficking is a subject that gets me very hot under the collar.
    I shall tweet this interview.

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  11. Miss Kallie2000 - you are the winner of Kathi Macias' latest book. Please email me privately at: thevictorbook@sbcglobal.net with your mailing address

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  12. I loved this interview. She sounds like a great person doing GOD's will.
    Makes me wish I had done more. I would love to win her book to read. I shared this on my Facebook page. Just hope people will take the time to read it. Maxie ( mac262@me.com )

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  13. Unfortunately human trafficking is a huge "business." Thank you, Kathi, for writing about such a horrific topic that should NOT be allowed to continue. I hope that many people read your book and become aware of the problems. Knowledge is a powerful weapon. Thanks for wonderful review, Marlayne, and for offering a giveaway of this very informative book.
    Nancee
    quiltcat26[at]sbcglobal[dot]net

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  14. I love Kathi's writings!! I can't wait to read this one.... I have posted on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ladettek/status/222795162777165824 and FB (not sure how to "prove" that one)...

    thanks,
    Ladette
    ladettek[at]gmail[dot]com

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