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Thursday, June 25, 2020

Regina Walker Interview


I had the pleasure of asking Regina Walker a few questions (Quarantine style, of course).

Her book, We Go On, is available now. I just bought a copy today for my Kindle. Here are her links:

We Go On? : Contemporary Christian Fiction

Regina's Bio:

Regina Walker was born in the beautiful state of Colorado. She moved to Oklahoma in her late teen years, where she has resided ever since. She likes to curl up on the couch and binge-watch crime shows with her hard-working husband. When she's not wrestling with a writing project, she can be found wrangling their children, riding their horses, or tending the garden. Along with finding horses on their small farm, chickens, dogs, and cats can be found at nearly every turn.
Regina crafts compelling characters facing some of life's hardest challenges. Her heart's desire is to always point toward Jesus through the way her characters face challenges, relationships, and adversity.

And here is our conversation:

When did you first start writing toward publication?

Ten years ago. I was writing three times a week for Yahoo articles and working on finishing a novel for the first time. (I’d started a lot.) I drafted it. But I never could edit it into the story I wanted it to be. I gave up for a time. My debut novel (which was not the novel from ten years ago) released on June 12, 2020.

Do you write full-time or around another job? How do you schedule your time to write?

I write around being a stay at home wife and mom, having a hobby farm, and homeschooling. I get up before everyone and write with the rising of the sun.

Where do you get your inspiration, information, and ideas for books?

Prayer, people watching, living. I find that inspiration isn’t lacking. The discipline to record the inspiration and write as the Spirit leads is a challenge at times.

What advice would you give someone who wants to be a writer? 

To pray first, and then write. Actually write. Not market or social network or search. Actually write. And writing takes a lot of practice. Rarely what we write is permanent and some of it is just for the writer and for practice. Write anyway.

Please tell us about your current release.
First, let me give a warning: This book deals with loss by suicide and the grief a family endures.

Life has been comfortable for the Miller family. Liz and Josh have devoted their lives to raising their two sons. Their oldest son, Colby, reached adulthood and set out on his own. A few hard knocks sent him back to live with Mom and Dad until life got to be too much, that is. 

As Liz and Josh grapple with the hole in their hearts left by Colby’s early departure from this world, they find themselves at odds with one another and with their faith.

Will they remember that Jesus is enough in the middle of this dark storm? Will they see through their own pain and help each other and their teenage son, Tyler, learn to live despite the grief?

Can you read / provide us with a small exert?

“Josh,” she forced out, but her voice was weak.
Tears trickled down her cheeks, first just one, and then another, but more followed.
“Josh,” she mustered with more volume.
He came around the corner with a tuna sandwich in his hand. Mayonnaise dotted the left side of his upper lip.
“What’s wrong honey?”
He offered her his hand, but she shook her head. She lifted her wobbling hand and pointed at the wall of pictures.
“Take it down, Josh. Please.”
He lowered himself to the floor on her right side. He looked up at the pictures and then over at his wife.
“We already talked about this, love. We are keeping the pictures up, to help us remember our son, to help us remember all of the wonderful things we shared with him.”
He took another bite of his sandwich and dabbed at the corners of his mouth with the napkin he held curled up under the sandwich.
“It’s too much though. It reminds me of everything we’ve lost. Every time I come in the door, there is his beautiful, smiling face. He looks so happy and I just—” She started coughing from sobbing.
“That’s how I want to see him, every single day. Happy. These pictures help me do that. Besides, taking them down would be just like trying to forget him, trying to erase him. You cannot erase my son,” Josh said.
“Erase him?” Liz’s voice quivered.
“Isn’t that what you’re trying to do? Forget everything so you don’t have to think about the bad?”
“No, that’s not what I’m trying to do,” Liz said.

That's great! What exciting story are you working on next?

Still With Us is a contemporary Christian fiction as well. This story follows a very broken mother-daughter relationship, the pits of addiction and isolation, and more. It won’t end there, though. This story has a powerful reconciliation and redemptive ending. 

Thank you for tackling difficult topics with a spiritual eye. And I do believe there is real power in fiction. As a former counselor, I know so many people find healing in reading story. Even Jesus tended to tell story more than communicate facts. Is there anything additional you want to share with the readers?

I am so thankful you took the time to stop by today. I hope you have find many good reads in your life and that each book grows you in some way. Happy reading!

One more time, where can someone go to purchase your book?

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