It is a delight to introduce Author Gay N.
Lewis! Her debut novel, Sarah: A Mission
of Love is one of the most charming angel tales I’ve read.
Sarah: Laney’s Angel is the next adventure for Sara, release date June, 2013.
Gay, I’m honored to have you on my blog. I’m eager to tell my readers all about Sarah, but first, I want them to know the beautiful person you are. Tell us about yourself…who is Gay Lewis?
Thank you Mary for inviting me, Who am I?
In a nutshell, I probably seem boring to my people around me. Like Ben Franklin, I go to bed early and rise early. I usually walk two miles each day, but now that I’m so busy writing, that seems to have slacked off a bit. I’ve shortened my distance to at least a mile, but I need to return to that two mile thing. I’m a pastor’s wife in a bi-vocational church located about thirty minutes from home. I live west of Houston in Fulshear, TX. However, it is almost impossible to tell when one leaves one city for another.
When I was eight years old, I knew God wanted me in special service. As I child, I thought assisting the Lord meant years as a missionary. Ten years after my decision to make this sacrifice of home and country, I married a Baptist minister. My husband felt called to ministry, but not to missions. Except for our first year in Oklahoma, we have served Him in Texas.
For years, my husband provided leadership as Senior Pastor in large churches, but by his choice, we now serve in a lovely, smaller one. Three languages are spoken in our pocket-sized congregation—English, Spanish, and Chinese. I teach adult Bible study during the first hour, lead music the second hour and direct Kid Jam Time when I’m finished. Sunday mornings exhaust me. I come home on Sunday and relax with a good book, and Mary, your Escape to Big Fork Lake is one I enjoyed on my afternoon of rest. I’ve always been an avid reader, and my favorite genre is inspirational fiction. My husband reads non-fiction and constantly wants me to read one of his choices. Alas! Just not enough time to read all the books out there.
I absolutely loved Sarah: A Mission of Love. I’m always a sucker for angel stories, but Sarah is quite the most adorable angel ever. Would you share a little about the storyline with us?
Sarah even makes me smile—and sometimes laugh out loud. This little angel is always lost and wishes for a GPS, but angels aren’t supposed to need one. In A Mission of Love she makes her first trip to earth from The Heavenlies. In this assignment, Sarah is to assist Tom Shoemaker unite in marriage by Valentine’s Day. How can she do that in six weeks’ time? My word, the man doesn’t even have a girlfriend.
With a need to escape church casseroles, Tom and his mother make their way to a diner. After donning a human disguise, Sarah joins them. While waiting for a cheeseburger, she fiddles with a few tiny pink, newfangled packages sitting next to the salt shaker.
What could those things be? After inadvertently tearing one open, she discovers a sugar like substance and spills it on the floor. Scrunching down to clean up the mess, Sarah causes the waitress to stumble and dump a platter of chicken-fried steak and gravy down Tom’s sweater. Oh merciful heavens! She’s accidently introduced Marcy Montgomery to Tom. Marcy’s a widow with a five year old daughter, and as soon as young Hope meets Tom, she wants him for a daddy. These three are obviously attracted to each other, but what if Marcy isn’t the one for Tom? What will the Superiors say? Poopty doopty! What’s an angel to do now?
In this story, we follow Sarah through one blooper after another. Mother Goodness, her mentor, comes often to guide Sarah, but this diminutive spirit loves cheeseburgers and red stilettos. Even Mother Goodness can’t keep the pint-sized being from disasters caused by her inappropriate choices for human disguises and her love for outrageous footwear.
What was your inspiration for this book?
Like most authors, I’ve always wanted to write. After I retired from the interior design field, I carved my first story—a historical, women’s fiction based on a true incident. Maybe with a rewrite, it will see print one day. The second book, a sequel, went nowhere. Along the way, I joined Romance Writers of America. Through this group, I met many diverse authors. Some were gigantic sellers of paranormal literature. With no knowledge of vampires or werewolves, and no desire to learn about them, I decided to write a fantasy about a dyslexic angel. I prefer uplifting, happy stories, and a well-intentioned goof-ball of a heaven sent spirit hit the spot. Through Sarah, I can also write nuggets about faith and Christianity. I thank God He gave me Sarah. I also thank Him for my enormous sense of humor. I’ve enjoyed using it with Sarah.
What is your favorite scene from Mission of Love? Would you mind sharing it with us?
I have many favorite scenes. This is one from Chapter thirteen. Sarah wants Tom to think of buying flowers for Marcy.
From Chapter 13
She moved to a section where beautiful floral arrangements were displayed. As she absorbed their fragrance and color, an idea came to her. Inside an empty cubicle in the ladies room, she materialized into the form of a man. She chose a tall height and medium build, black hair, black mustache and brown eyes. Tan slacks and a brown sweater adorned her new frame. She cleared
her throat to see what her voice sounded like.
It sounded female. That wouldn’t do. She massaged her throat a few times and tried again. This time, the result was a deep masculine voice. Perfect.
She strolled out of the stall.
“Yeek!” A woman shrieked when Sarah emerged from the stall in her disguise. The lady ran from the women’s rest room and yelled to all the patrons on the outside, “There’s a man in there.”
Sarah slapped her forehead. She had forgotten she was in a women’s rest room.
A male employee opened the door. “Sir, I think the lady customers would be more comfortable if you took your place in the men’s room.”
Sarah smiled. “Oh, sorry!” Oops! Her voice tinkled in a tone way too feminine and squeaky. She cleared her throat. “I guess I got confused and didn’t look where I was going. I’m leaving now. Sorry to have bothered anyone.”
Back in the store, she tried to imitate a macho man’s walk. She glanced over her shoulder and saw the employee frown as he eyed her shoes. A glance at her feet told her why. She had on red stilettos with five inch heels.
Are you able to share a peek into the plot of Laney’s Angel? Any idea when readers can expect it to become available?
Sure, I’d love to tell you a bit about Laney. Sarah: Laney’s Angel is scheduled for a June, 2013 release. Here’s a blurb.
A beautiful and stubborn, architect, Laney Taylor, battles her attraction to handsome, wealthy, but mulish homebuilder Cannon Carlson. After all, he is her employer, and business and pleasure don’t mix, do they? When Sarah, the blonde, blue-eyed, dyslexic angel reaches Houston with her assignment to bring these obstinate people together, she faces a major challenge, especially since Laney is threatened by a mysterious stalker who plans to kill her.
When the Commander of Heaven’s Host dispatches the seasoned warrior angel, Tomas to Earth with divine instructions to protect Laney, Tomas wonders if a hit-or-miss Sarah will get in his way. That charming, little angel loves red stilettos, can’t fly in the same direction twice, and craves cheeseburgers. When the need to appear human presents itself, Sarah manages one fashion gaffe after another. Angels in The Heavenlies are still twittering about Sarah’s goofs on her first mission to Earth.
Known in the upper realm as Heaven’s Little Romance Angel, Sarah has no sentinel duties, but can Tomas succeed in his duty to protect Laney with a bumbling spirit who wants to help? Can Sarah unite Cannon and Laney romantically together?
Oh merciful heavens! What will Sarah do this time?
What are you working on now?
I’m having fun with this story too. This little angel tries so hard to succeed, and I find myself identifying with her bungling efforts. In our home office, my husband sat at his desk while I pummeled the keyboard at my computer desk. When I broke the silence with laughter, he turned to me and said, “What’s Sarah done this time?”
In the third book, Sarah tackles the assignment to help a wealthy widow find a mate. Bella, the heroine, is lonely in ways money doesn’t satisfy and desires male companionship. Two attractive men flatter the lady with attention, but are the guys attracted to the widow or the fortune she inherited? Sarah distrusts the motives of these two and creates many blunders with her attempts to discover the one with honorable intentions.
Do you have a favorite Bible verse of scripture?
I have many. Here’s one at the top of the list. “I don’t mean to say I am perfect. I haven’t learned all I should even yet, but I keep striving for that day when I will be all Christ saved me for and wants me to be.” Philippians 3:12, The Living Bible.
What a lovely picture you have shared with us Gay. Where was this taken and who is that beautiful lady with you.
This was at Minute Maid Park with daughter, Christy. We are huge baseball fans.
Where can we find your books? And do you have a website or blog, where readers can keep up with you and your writing activities?
Thanks for asking! My books are available in Ebook or print. You can find them at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and any book seller. If your favorite store doesn’t have Sarah, please ask them to order for you! And please let me hear from you.
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