Tuesday, August 20, 2013

The Inspiration Behind Carolina Reckoning: Out of Life’s Adversity by Lisa Carter

Lisa Carter
God has often taken life’s adversity and used the trial as a refining fire in my walk with Him. This holy fire has in turn provided fuel for the stories with which He subsequently gifts me. My parents divorced when I was nine year’s old. In many ways, I am Claire and Justin in Carolina Reckoning. And like Claire, I was angry at everyone, most of all God, when my world fell apart.

I wrestled with feelings of anger, abandonment, forgiveness, and faith. Like Alison in Carolina Reckoning, I longed to find someone upon whom I could rely. And at the foot of the Cross, I discovered a Father God who is always faithful and true.

Like Alison’s ultimate choice, as a teenager I came to a crossroads—to carry an anger that in the end harmed me more than anyone else or to choose to forgive, to forgive someone who’d never asked for my forgiveness nor deserved it. But to forgive anyway, like God had forgiven me. Because unforgiveness brings its own reckoning. It isn't how God wants us to live. And God's way is always the best way.

Out of those hard times, God birthed this novel within me. Carolina Reckoning is a novel for those who’ve felt alone and faced an unknown future. For those who’ve felt abandoned and betrayed by a friend, spouse or family member.

But in the midst of pain and disillusionment, there is a Savior and Father God who is always faithful and true. Enough for every need—past, present or future.

This is the message I’m excited to proclaim to readers.

It is the story, in a small way, of my life. My own journey, like Alison, toward faith.

Carolina Reckoning is a novel about hope. And true hope, forgiveness and love will be found in Jesus Christ.

I hope you enjoy Carolina Reckoning—a little sweet tea and a whole lot of southern magnolia.

Have you ever wrestled with anger or abandonment? Were you able to use those feelings in your writing? Did it help you to write out those scenes? Please share your experiences with us.

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About the Author
Lisa Carter is a writer and teacher whose articles have appeared in FamilyFun, Thriving Family, MomSense and Christian Parenting Today. She has taught at the collegiate, high school and
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middle school levels. As frequent speaker and vocalist at women’s ministry events, Lisa shares her own journey of faith regarding God’s sufficiency for every need. Carolina Reckoning is her debut novel. She and her husband have two daughters and make their home in North Carolina. When she isn't writing, Lisa enjoys traveling to romantic locales, quilting and researching her next exotic adventure. www.lisacarterauthor.com
Learn more about Lisa and Carolina Reckoning at www.lisacarterauthor.com. For behind-the-scenes photos, check out the Carolina Reckoning board on Pinterest at http://pinterest.com/lisacoxcarter/carolina-reckoning/.

Carolina Reckoning
Alison Monaghan never gets to confront her husband with the proof of his infidelity when his body is found on a lonely back-country road near antebellum Weathersby Historic Park. Homicide detective Mike Barefoot immediately puts Alison at the top of the suspect list. He's learned to keep his emotional walls high and he knows better than to get involved with a murder suspect. But despite his best intentions, he finds himself drawn to her and to her two teenage children. Can he fight his feelings for her—and find the killer before Alison becomes the killer's next victim?

12 comments:

  1. Once I found that something was missing after a friend visited. I revisited those feelings of disbelief, horror, anger and (finally) forgiveness to write a scene in my latest work-in-progress. It really hurt to go through all that again, but in a way, it helped me finally let it go (plus, it added realism to the scene). God can use all things to our good.

    Thanks so much for joining us, Lisa. Such an encouraging post.

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    1. I often correlate writing with sitting down at your desk, slitting open your proverbial veins and allowing them to bleed out all over the page. Very much a catharsis. Cheaper than therapy. :)

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  2. Enjoying another Seriously Write post shared by Lisa Carter. The thing I've learned about writing is it's where we are willing to share our vulnerbilities through our characters. And I believe that when we do that's how we touch our readers most. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. When we are real, we touch what is real in others. Slip past the facades we all erect against each other.

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  3. One of my favorite verses is Isaiah 43:2. Passing through the rivers and walking through the fire is NEVER easy, but it's awesome how God uses these painful times to weave our testimonies, isn't it? I'm sure your book was extremely difficult to write, but will bless so many! Thank you for sharing your journey, Lisa!

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    1. I love that verse, too, Dora. Writing is definitely cathartic. And cheaper than therapy. :) I pray God will use my offering to Him as a means to glorify Himself and bring others nearer to Him.

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  4. Thanks for sharing, Lisa! I agree with Daphne. I think it's beneficial to incorporate our struggles (past or present) into our stories.It's difficult to be vulnerable, but if we're willing to "go there," it can bring so much more life to our characters and touch readers in deeper ways. And the process also gives us the opportunity to "work through" painful experiences.

    Even though I didn't intentionally set out to do so, my heroines all have a part of me in their personalities, and the themes have focused on issues I've needed to deal with in my own life.

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    1. It's like when I make a quilt. So many prayers for the one who is to receive it. Tears, blessings and petitions. I read once about an old woman quilter. She remarked, a bit fearfully, if her quilts could talk, what they would tell about her. Because so much of herself—the secret fears and sublime joys—went into each one. It's like how we craft our stories. Oh, what the stories would tell about me . . .

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  5. Thanks for the glimpse into your life's story, Lisa-- the story behind the story. God often takes our greatest pain and later (much later) turns it into our greatest ministry. I appreciate your honesty in sharing your journey! Looking forward to reading Carolina Reckoning...

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    1. Thank you, Connie. Reminds me of II Corinthians 1:3-4 —Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. –

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  6. A wonderful, encouraging post, Lisa. And your novel takes on an extra-special significance knowing the story behind it.

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  7. Thank you so much Sandra for hosting me.

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