Q&A with Kathi Macias on THE SINGING QUILT
THIS IS NOVEL IS ESSENTIALLY A RETELLING OF THE STORY OF FANNY CROSBY WHO WAS A PROLIFIC MISSION WORKER AND HYMNIST DESPITE THE FACT THAT SHE WAS BLIND. HOW DID YOU FIRST HEAR FANNY CROSBY'S STORY AND DID YOU ALWAYS KNOW YOU WANTED TO WRITE ABOUT IT?
I wasn't raised in a Christian home so I didn't hear of Fanny Crosby until soon after I became a believer in my mid-twenties. It never occurred to me to write a novel about her until my publisher and I decided to do The Quilt Series. Each of the three books in this series is a contemporary-issues story, told against the backdrop of a quilt that depicts the life of a courageous, faith-filled woman in American history. The Moses Quilt is about Harriet Tubman, The Doctor's Christmas Quilt about Elizabeth Blackwell (the first woman doctor in America), and The Singing Quilt, about Fanny Crosby.
THIS IS THE THIRD BOOK IN YOUR 'QUILTS' SERIES. WHAT ISSUE DOES THE SINGING QUILT APPROACH?
The Singing Quilt deals with two issues: a young woman with a handicap--in this case, a severe speech impediment, which she believes hinders her from pursuing the desires of her heart. It also deals with verbal abuse from her uncle, who raised her after her parents' death in a car accident years earlier.
DID YOU WRITE THE SERIES TO SPEAK ABOUT THESE SOCIAL ISSUES PARTICULARLY OR DID THE SERIES COME TO YOU FIRST WITH THE THEME EMERGING LATER?
I actually thought of the series first--wanting to showcase women in American history whose faith and courage made a difference, not only in their own lifetime but even today. I then chose the social issues that I believed would be a good fit for their lives.
WHAT'S NEXT FOR YOUR 'QUILT' SERIES?
At this point there are no more books planned for The Quilt Series. However, my 2014 Christmas Novel from New Hope Publishers, A Christmas Gift, will release this fall. It is about a woman who goes to a foreign country to teach English as a second language but ends up being kidnapped and held for ransom. Lots of adventure and excitement in this one!
YOU ARE GOING TO BE A JUDGE IN OUR UPCOMING SHORT-SHORT FICTION COMPETITION. CAN YOU TELL US PARTICULARLY WHAT YOU WILL BE LOOKING FOR WHILE YOU READ SUBMISSIONS?
I love stories that unfold through strong characters. Though short-short fiction doesn't afford a lot of time or space to develop characterization, unique characters whom I can relate to early on will draw me into a story quicker than anything else.
WHAT'S YOUR BEST ADVICE TO ASPIRING WRITERS?
If you truly believe you have been gifted and called to write, then pursue it with all your heart. Don't be discouraged by hindrances or rejections. If God has called you to write, then you are successful the minute you step out and do so.
Click HERE for more details on our upcoming short-short fiction competition and Kathi could read your story!