Not your typical Christian fiction.
Michael’s fiancée, Issie Putnam, was brutally attacked and Michael was imprisoned for a crime he didn’t commit. Now he’s home to set things right.
Two people stand in his way: Issie’s son, Cole, and a madman.
Can Michael learn to love the child Issie holds so close to her heart and protect him from the man who took everything from Michael so long ago?
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Good morning, Fay. I'm thrilled to have you visit today. Tell us a little about your novel, Because of Me.
I met Michael Hayes one cool autumn day while
sitting on my porch. Michael, unshaven, his hair a little scraggly, and his
young face filled with tension, began to tell me his story. “There’s a young
boy, Cole. I’m not his father, but he’s definitely on this earth because of me.
I allowed something horrible to happen to his mother, but I still love her. I
despise the kid, though. I’ve forgiven another for so much more, and Cole’s only
fault is that his father is the man who took everything from me. How can I
learn to love this child and protect his mother from the man who can again take
her from me?”
And as easily as Michael entered my imagination,
he turned and walked away.
Michael’s revelation brought forth layer after layer of plot,
and my novel, Because of Me was born.
What motivated you to write it?
Deep down, I think this story came about because my two boys
were like Cole. In fact, my youngest son—the one who really never had the favor
of his natural father—his middle name is Cole. My boys needed a man in their
lives who would love them unconditionally, who would nurture and care for them,
and show a Christ-like example of a true father. My husband, Marc, stepped into
that role when my children were six and four years old, and he’s never let
those boy think for a moment that he wasn’t as much their dad as the man they
share DNA with.
Still, there’s so much more to Because of Me. It’s a story of forgiveness, the depths of which
some may never experience, and the story will truly renew your faith in the
Lord’s design for us. After all, God is always in the details whether you
recognize it or not.
What is the main message you hope your readers will take
That no matter how badly we mess up or how much comes upon
us, God is always nearby. I truly believe Paul didn’t idly pen the words of
Roman 8:28. When the Scripture tells us “all
things work together for good to them that love God, to them that are the
called according to His purpose,” the Lord is telling us that it isn’t just the
good in our lives that will work together for good. Only our awesome, loving
Father can make provisions for us when we make mistakes. Only He knows the
thoughts He has toward us, as Jeremiah 29:11 says, and there again, he promises
an expected end, a future of hope.
Which character did you most enjoy creating and why?
A very hard question for me. This story has some truly
memorable characters—not just the hero and heroine, but secondary characters. I
absolutely love Michael Hayes and Isabel Putnam, the love of Michael’s life.
They’re flawed, but they endure some mighty big conflict.
However, my favorite fellow in Because of Me is Ted McGillicudy. Ted kind of sneaked up on me and
inserted himself in the story. He’s a gruff old country boy, and Ted knew that
for Michael to eventually love Cole, he’d need an example of a father in his
life. Ted watches out of Michael, accepts him, and for Michael, whose father
left him when he was very young, Ted fills a void in his life. And Ted, he
spouts off some one-liners that will take you by surprise.
Which character do you think your readers will most
relate to and why?
Definitely, Michael. He’s lost so much, and he returns after
being in prison and away from his hometown for several years. He is shocked to
find that the woman he loves isn’t alone any longer, and he has issues to deal
with before he can win back her heart. Michael struggles through those issues,
but he clings to his life verse: Job 13:15: “Though He slay me, yet will I
trust in Him: but I will maintain mine own ways before Him.”
What are you working on now?
I have completed a second romantic suspense, Willow’s Path, and two contemporary
romances, Charisse and Faith.
Currently, I’m working on two other romantic suspense novels and the last story
in the contemporary romance series while editing a contemporary fiction
entitled, Storms in Serenity. Beyond
that I am excitedly looking forward to delving into a novel that includes the
intriguing world of professional surfing.
Fay Lamb works as an acquisition/copyeditor for Pelican Book Group (White Rose Publishing and Harbourlight Books), offers her services as a freelance editor, and is an author of Christian romance and romantic suspense. Her emotionally charged stories remind the reader that God is always in the details. Because of Me, her debut romantic suspense novel will be released on February 3, 2012, by Treble Heart Books/Mountainview Publishing.
Fay has a passion for working with and encouraging fellow writers. As a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), she co-moderates the large Scribes’ Critique Group and manages the smaller Scribes’ critique groups. For her efforts, she was the recipient of the ACFW Members Service Award in 2010. In 2012, Fay was also elected to serve as secretary on ACFW’s Operating Board.
Fay and her husband, Marc, reside in Titusville, Florida, where multi-generations of their families have lived. The legacy continues with their two married sons and five grandchildren.
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