Sharon Srock’s debut novel, The Women of Valley View: Callie, released in October 2012 and she joined us for an interview then. The second in the series, The Women of Valley View: Terri, releases in April of this year and Sharon is back to tell us about its theme.
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Sharon, tell us about the theme of your new book.
I have a confession to make. I’m a pantser. For the non-writers among us that means that I don’t plot, plan, or outline as I write. I tend to let the story take me where it wants to go.
So, when people ask me “What’s the theme of your story?” and I hesitate with the answer, I might be considering that question for the first time.
As writers, we struggle to put 75,000 words on paper (300 pages) and then people ask us to boil it down to a two page synopsis, a 100 word back cover blurb, a one sentence hook, and finally a one word theme.
What is Terri’s theme?
Terri has a dream, a goal, if you will, that she’s carried in her heart her whole life. She feels the dream is God-given and God-promised and even though she’s staring 30 in the face without the fulfillment of those promises, she waits.
When a set of circumstances puts her on an unexpected path, she balks. Her life is going in the opposite direction, her hopes are fading. God, this can’t be right, can it?
Consider Moses wandering in the desert, David running for his life, and Joseph as he is thrown into prison for a crime he didn’t commit. I wonder if their prayers ever sounded like this…
“God, you told me to lead your people into a land of milk and honey, not this desert.”
“God, is this why you anointed me king?”
“God, what about the dreams you gave me as a child in my father’s house?”
Any one of these people would have been justified in questioning the method. But they all found out that not only does God know our destination, He knows the best route to take to get there.
Jeremiah 29:11 is one of my favorite Bible verses. “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. (NLT)
Trust. Terri will learn to trust the plan of her life and the ultimate destination to the God who sees our path from an eagle’s perspective. It’s a lesson I’ve struggled with. It’s a lesson I learned a little better as I helped Terri learn it.
In the Women of Valley View: Terri. It’s all about TRUST.
Sharon, thank you so much for explaining the theme of Terri’s book. Trust is something many people struggle with these days. I know your goal is to help people deal with this struggle.
Despite a bustling day care center and a new foster child, Terri Hayes hungers for a family of her own. Then a plumbing mishap leaves her homeless and questioning God’s plan. Steve Evans’s gracious offer of his basement apartment as a temporary solution is an answered prayer.
Steve is a successful writer and a good father, but Terri is horrified when Steve’s book research leads him to a harsh confrontation with the parents of her foster child. She needs to distance herself from Steve, but her efforts fall short as his two scheming daughters plot to make Terri their new stepmother.
Will harsh words and sneaky plans drive Kelsey’s family further apart and put a wedge between Terri and Steve? Or does God have another plan in store?
Sharon lives with her husband, Larry, and two dogs in Rural Oklahoma. She is a mother, grandmother, and Sunday School teacher. Sharon has one and three-quarters jobs and writes in her spare time. Her favorite hobby is traveling with her grandchildren. She is a member of the ACFW and currently serves as treasurer for her local chapter.
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