I'm amazed by authors who take accounts from the Bible and expand them into unique stories. Kandi Wyatt's new release
The One Who Sees Me, is based on a chapter from the old testament. Check out her book, it promises to be wonderful page turner.
Kandi, let me start with asking you to tell us a little about yourself.
I’m a mom of five ages 26, 21, 19, 18 and 13. My 18 year old headed off for college the day The One Who Sees Me was released. My 21 year old has moved back home for a while. So, I have three at home but only really see the 13 year old. When I’m not being mom, I’m wife to my knight in shining armor. We’ve been married for 22 years. My husband is just beginning a startup business as a photographer. So part of what we do together is his photography. I am either his model or a lighting assistant. If being a mom, wife, and photographer’s assistant wasn’t enough, I also teach middle school and high school students Spanish and leadership. In my spare time I either write or draw. I prefer graphite pencils but use colored pencils as well and am learning to really enjoy pastels.
You certainly do have a busy life. Will you tell the readers about The One Who Sees me?
Teenage slave girl Faru’s life has been turned upside down when she discovers she’s been traded to a new master, forcing her to leave all she‘s ever known. Upon her arrival, Faru meets a friend, Cailean, who helps her adjust to life in the strange location. Life settles into a new pattern, and romance blossoms between the young friends. But as soon as they plan to get married, another proposal comes about – one that cannot be ignored. Being a slave means not always marrying who you love.
On a daring journey to heal her heart, Faru encounters the Existing One. Will she trust Him and do His bidding even if what He requests is so hard?
Follow Faru’s tale in author Kandi J Wyatt’s retelling of a Biblical story found in the Old Testament book of Genesis, showing that when things don’t make sense, God will guide the way.
What inspired you to write this novel?
I’ve always been intrigued by the true story behind The One Who Sees Me. When our Sunday School class started to study about the characters in my book, I wondered if I could tell the story from Faru’s point of view. I began researching the meaning of the names. So, Cwen is an old English word for Queen. The names came from the Celtic and upper England area during the medieval times. It was fun to try to recreate the characters from real life and put them into a historical fiction tale.
What is your favorite scene/chapter?
I love the second interaction between Faru and her new master. In the lead up to the scene, we get a glimpse at her budding friendship with Cailean.
Faru nodded and turned to leave. As she did, she wondered how she would ever find the lord in this huge house. She needn't have worried. As she reached the bottom of the stairs and came into the long narrow servants' hall, Cailean almost collided with her.
"Faru!" the lad exclaimed, at the same time she exhaled a large thanks.
"Cailean, you are just the person that I need. Lady Cwen wanted me to go tell Lord Cegrol that she is ready to leave. I have no idea how to find him."
"Ah, a lady in distress. Sir Cailean to the rescue."
He bowed as he changed direction and took her arm to guide her through the unnaturally crowded hallway. He led her to a door and then through it. They had come into a private chamber. It was in disarray. Drawers lay open at odd angles. A chair was leaning against the wall supported only by one leg. Cailean continued through this room into the next where a large bed dominated the middle of the chamber. The covers had been stripped from it. A lone trunk stood opened but stuffed with clothes.
"Hmmm," Cailean paused to think. "He should be here."
He turned toward another doorway.
"Lord Cegrol?" he called.
"In here, lad," the musical voice Faru remembered answered.
"Come on. I need to get back, or my dad will have my hide."
Faru nodded and swallowed trying to get her courage up. She hadn't seen Lord Cegrol since the day he dropped her off with Kadi. Timidly she rounded the doorway. There he stood in the midst of a mess of laundry. It was as if a tornado had moved through the wardrobe, leaving clothes in disarray. The two wall sconces flickered through his coppery hair and accented his muscular build. Even though he was as old as her father, Faru thought he was quite handsome. She was brought back to her place when he spoke.
"Cailean? Are you there, lad?" He didn't even look up from the tunic he held in his hands.
Faru couldn't seem to catch her voice. When no answer came, Lord Cegrol looked up. A frown crossed his face, and then a smile played across his lips.
"Well, you are not Cailean," he said, stating the obvious.
Faru shook her head. "No, he had to go help his dad. I asked him to help me find you."
Finally, she realized that she was talking to the master of the house. Her words trailed off as she lowered her face.
Lord Cegrol replied in a soft voice that almost seemed to hold a laugh. "Well, you found me. How can I help you?"
"Oh," the word came out in a whisper. "Milord, Lady Cwen asked me to go find you. She is in . . ." Faru paused, realizing she didn't know exactly where Lady Cwen was. "She is upstairs," she amended, “and is ready to leave."
"Well, at least one of us is," the lord answered.
His helpless look made Faru bold. "Do you need help organizing and packing all of this?"
His expression was one of a young child lost in the market finally seeing mom. "Oh, would you, Faru?"
"Of course, milord," she replied and then remembered something. "Oh, Lady Cwen will probably want to know where I am."
"I can take care of that," Lord Cegrol assured her. "You just get started with this final trunk.” He indicated the one flowing over with clothes. “It needs to be folded and then my things will be finished."
"Yes, milord," she answered as she picked up the tunic that he had set down on the open trunk. She wasn't even aware of his gaze on her.
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Lord Cegrol watched as this newest member of his household sorted through the clothes in the trunk and the clothes strewn on the floor. She was efficient and yet graceful. Her small frame was not overly petite, but showed the life of a servant. He wondered what had prompted King Cyning to give her to him. After a while, he quietly left to go tell his wife what had transpired.
Is there a message in this book, you want readers to grasp?
The main story of The One Who Sees Me is that although life may seem bleak and terrible, there actually is some hope. There is One who watches over you and filters everything through His fingers. I’ve been there. I wondered why I had to have abuse in my life. I felt as if I had lived a lie because I had suppressed all the memories until I was twenty-six. It wasn’t until I learned that God was there through it all and had a plan that I was able to heal and gain freedom. Faru has similar experiences. She is mistreated as a servant and wonders if The Existing One can see her and care about a lowly servant. When she meets Him, life changes.
That’s a remarkable testimony. And you’re so right about God. It’s the strength we get from His presence in our lives that makes us overcomers.
Tell us what the hardest part of writing is for you?
The hardest part of writing is finding time! I am a full-time mom, wife, and teacher. Being able to sit down and just write sometimes is very difficult. When I do have time, I can write a lot of words at once. Last week, I was able to squeeze out a half-hour to an hour Monday through Wednesday and was able to feel like I was gaining on my next novel.
Are you working on a new project you can tell us about?
I am currently working on a middle grade novel. Last year I oversaw a junior high study hall. I watched three students in particular with no homework but who hated to read. I gained a rapore with them and wondered what would happen if someone wrote them into a story. Would they read it? So, that’s what happened. I was pleasantly surprised to see a fourth student pop into the story as well.
The story is about four eighth graders, three boys and a girl, who find what they are led to believe is a thunderegg on the beach. When they take it to their science teacher, he guides them through what they know about Oregon’s State rock, and they realize that it can’t be a stone. They vow to protect what it is from a professor who seems unusually interested in their actions.
That sounds exciting. You must let me know when it comes out.
What genre do you write and why?
I write a combination of middle grade fantasy and young adult to adult Christian fiction. My middle grade writing began as a way of writing for my own kids. It now is writing for my students who I view as my own kids. I love fantasy. It is a good fit for me.
My Christian fiction stems from my walk with God. I write after I have studied the Bible. My desire is to bring truths or stories from the Bible to life. I enjoy giving Bible stories a fresh look so that people who have read the story so many times they know it by heart can see the story for the first time.
Kandi J Wyatt is a wife, mother of five, teacher, artist, and author. In her free time, she enjoys writing fantasy stories and Christmas programs, and drawing with graphite and colored pencils. Portraits are her specialty. Kandi also enjoys photography, thanks to her photographer husband who has let her join his journey as both his model and apprentice, and she occasionally serves as his assistant when he needs a “light stand with feet.” To learn more, visit Kandijwyatt.wordpress.com.
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Kandi, it was awesome to have you on Behind Every Story. Best wishes on your writing journey.
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