THE FREEDOM SERIES — BOOK 1 .. DELIVER ME FROM EVIL by Kathi Macias (Interview & Book Giveaway)



ABOUT THE BOOK 

Deliver Me from Evil introduces readers to Mara, an eighteen-year-old girl who has been enslaved for nearly ten years, having been sold by her parents in Mexico and then smuggled across the border into San Diego where she was forced into sexual slavery. Readers will also meet 18-year-old, Bible-college-bound Jonathan and his 16-year-old sister, Leah, whose paths cross Mara’s and who become involved in her dramatic rescue. Interwoven between the stories of Mara, Jonathan, and Leah is the heartbreaking story of another young woman in captivity in the Golden Triangle of Thailand, whose past life mysteriously connects to the young people in San Diego.

AN INTERVIEW WITH KATHI MACIAS 

How did you come up with the idea for Deliver Me From Evil and the Freedom series?

It actually came out of a phone conversation with Andrea Mullins, the publisher at New Hope. We were discussing the Extreme Devotion series (about the persecuted Church), which I was still working on at the time, and we began to consider topics for a second series. Andrea was the one who suggested human trafficking, and it really struck a chord with me. The more I researched it and worked on the proposal, the more excited I became about joining forces with others working to abolish modern-day slavery, which is exactly what human trafficking is.

What was your favorite scene to write in Deliver Me From Evil?

This book/series has been the most difficult I’ve ever written, simply because the subject matter is so dark and heavy. More than once I had to walk away and clear my thoughts before moving on from one scene to another. But interspersed between the heartache and tragedy are several lighter scenes (written and incorporated into the book out of necessity), dealing with a pastor’s family and their Bible college-bound son who inadvertently discovers the human trafficking ring and becomes involved in the heroic and dramatic rescue attempt. Any scenes revolving around the absolutely functional and loving life of the Flannery family are my favorites.

What was the most difficult scene, and why?

There were many difficult scenes in this book due to the subject matter, but the hardest had to be when the main character, 18-year-old Mara, realizes that one of the younger girls is being tortured and killed in an effort to extract information and punish her. Though the actual violence is done offstage, Mara experiences each blow and muffled scream, as does the reader.

Did you always know you wanted to be a writer? If not, how did you catch the writing bug?

Oh yes, I never wanted to be anything else. From the time I discovered the power and allure of words, I was hooked! I was an avid reader before I started kindergarten. A short story I wrote in the third grade was turned into a play for the entire PTA, and I won all sorts of awards for poetry in high school. I even told my then boyfriend (now husband) Al when we were in our early teens that I was going to be a writer one day.

How do you go about writing your fiction books? Which comes first for you, plot, characters, and/or theme?

I usually get what I call “a niggling in my soul,” which eventually emerges into the very basic theme of the book. I hate outlining and writing proposals because I do NOT develop plots or even characters ahead of time. I start with a couple of main characters, a starting and ending point for my story, and just let the rest unfold as I go. I know. We’re not supposed to do it that way, but it works for me, and I so enjoy the surprises as the story develops and my characters take over. So much fun! So long as they don’t try to lead me away from my pre-determined ending. Then I have to reign them back in a bit.

How do you get your ideas for your books?

I have ideas coming out of my ears! I am a seriously addictive idea person. You want ideas? You can have my overflow! My challenge is to figure out which ones are worth pursuing. Not every cute or fun or even meaningful idea that pops into our head is meant to be a book. I pray, think, study, bounce them off people, etc., before committing to moving ahead with one of them. For the most part, however, nearly all my book ideas are, to one degree or another, born out of some moral or social issue that I care about.


 

MEET KATHI MACIAS 

Kathi Macias

Kathi Macias is an inspirational speaker who motivates her listeners to draw into a closer walk with Jesus. Her humor, wit and story-telling will have you laughing, contemplating, and crying, all within a matter of minutes. Her truthfulness and transparency as she tells of her life adventures causes her audience to desire to be real about their spiritual journey. They better learn to draw their strength from the Lord, as Kathi continues to encourage them to walk close to Him. Having heard her speak at both one-day events and weekend retreats, I can honestly say she leaves everyone wanting to hear more…” ~  JoAnne Provost, Women’s Ministries, Nuevo Community Church

Kathi Macias is a multi-award winning writer who has authored nearly 30 books and ghostwritten several others. A former newspaper columnist and string reporter, Kathi has taught creative and business writing in various venues and has been a guest on many radio and television programs. Kathi is a popular speaker at churches, women’s clubs and retreats, and writers’ conferences. She won the prestigious 2008 member of the year award from AWSA (Advanced Writers and Speakers Association) at the annual Golden Scrolls award banquet. Kathi “Easy Writer” Macias lives in Homeland, CA, with her husband, Al, where the two of them spend their free time riding their Harley.

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17 comments

  1. CONGRATULATIONS to Debbie Cocchio, Elaine Cooper, and Kim Justice. They will each receive a free copy of DELIVER ME FROM EVIL by Kathi Macias. (Ladies, please check your email for information to receive your book.)

    Thank you to the rest of you for posting on the blog. Stay tuned for more book tours by other authors, and also for Kathi’s next book in the FREEDOM SERIES coming out in 2012.

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  2. Ardith Ambrose · ·

    Wow this sounds like an amazing story. I can’t wait to read it.

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  3. Dorothy Martens · ·

    Kudos to Kathi Macias for dealing with such a tough subject.

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  4. Kathi is one of the Courageous Writers…would love to win this novel, and blog about it. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  5. I would love to be able to read your book. It sounds very interesting and I have just gotten back into reading especially Christian books that can help me . God Bless You !!!

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  6. You have fulfilled an incredible mission with this novel, Kathi. Praying the Lord blesses you for writing this story based on the sad reality of human trafficking. Thank you for following His lead. Would love to win a copy. Blessings.

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  7. angela chesnut · ·

    I WOULD LOVE TO WIN A COPY OF THIS BOOK.

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  8. Wow, can’t wait to read it! Count me in. I’m a follower.
    Thanks.

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  9. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of Deliver Me From Evil.

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  10. Sounds like a fantastic read! It’s great to get the word out because I think so many people don’t realize that slavery still exists today right under our noses.

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  11. thanks for the chance to read kathi’s latest novel 😉

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  12. Can’t wait to read it. Hope I’m the winner! 🙂

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  13. wow- this sounds like a powerful book. Tough to write/tough to read but so necessary for all to hear. Thanks so much for your books. God has touched my life thru the books I have read of yours so far. And I am not stopping until I read them all.

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  14. Talk about a tough subject! And everyone needs to know it’s happening, here and now. Thanks for the great interview!!

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  15. Ladette Kerr · ·

    Looks like a great read, it sounds very interesting.

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  16. Thanks for the great post on Deliver Me From Evil–a difficult book to write, but a necessary one. Blessings!

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  17. thanks for the chance to read kathi’s novel…it sounds intriguing 🙂

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