Whether it's a conversation with a friend, a word that is penned, or a craft that is made, everything we do leaves a stitch in the fabric of time. Join us as we investigate the stitches of the past and present...
"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: ... a time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak" (Ecclesiastes 3:1, 7).
Today we have the honor of hosting Lisa Carter, author of Aloha Rose and Carolina Reckoning. Lisa is a writer, teacher and speaker whose articles have
appeared in FamilyFun, MomSense and Christian Parenting Today. Carolina Reckoning, her
debut novel, released in August 2013. Aloha Rose, part of the Quilts of Love series, releases November 2013. She
and her husband have two daughters and call North Carolina home.
When Laney Carrigan sets out to find her birth family, her only clue is
the Hawaiian quilt in which she was found wrapped as an infant. Centering her
search on the Big Island and battling fears of rejection, Laney begins a
painstaking journey toward her true heritage. Kai Barnes, however, is
determined to protect the people he’s come to regard as family. He thinks Laney
is nothing more than a gold digger and blocks every move she makes toward her
Hawaiian family. As their conflict escalates, it puts at risk the one thing
that Kai and Laney both want most—a family.
During my college years, I had a close friend who shared with me her
struggles concerning her adoption as a baby. Although she had wonderful
adoptive parents, she was left with lingering unanswered questions about her
identity. There was a void within her. Years later, we reunited and she filled
me in on the rest of her story. As an adult, she’d located her birth family and
her father was Hawaiian. She and her family had come full circle. A few days
later, my agent sent me a request from Abingdon Press for story proposals for
the Quilts of Love line. This series is built upon the premise that “behind
every quilt there is a story.” I’m a quilter and I know Hawaiian quilts are
visually distinctive from other quilt forms. And with my friend’s recent life
story still fresh in my mind, that day the seed of Aloha
Rose was born.
You are right, the quilt on the cover of Aloha Rose is so pretty! I love the story of how you found
out about your first publishing contract with Abingdon Press. Would you please
share the story with our readers?
My first contract was for Aloha Rose. I received “the call” on my mother’s birthday, having just
returned from taking her out to lunch and with her standing at my elbow when my
agent called with the good news. My mother has always been my biggest fan and
cheerleader so it was a special moment for her, too. And I was so glad she was
able to be there to be a part of it.
What a great moment to share with your mother. Now,your author page on Amazon states
“she has definite opinions on serious issues like barbeque, ACC basketball and
the whole Pepsi vs. Coke controversy.” Well, we’re friends, so we can be
honest, right? I’m a Yankee and I like pork barbeque with bone suckin sauce
(sweet not vinegar based), diet Pepsi (because it is sweeter), and am a fan of
the Duke Blue Devils (basketball only, pretty much because of Coach K). Share a
true Southerner’s opinion . . . if you dare.
I’m definitely in the vinegar-based BBQ camp—the original BBQ I might
add. I was raised from birth to support the Wolfpack at North Carolina State
University. I like diet Pepsi, too. But you know the whole Cola War thing has
us native North Carolinians in a quandary. Sure, Coke is headquartered in Atlanta
and as Southerners we must support regional “cuisine.” But what a lot of people
don’t realize is that Pepsi was invented in New Bern, North Carolina. So for
North Carolinians, we’re torn on the issue.
Well, since Coach K. wasn't at Duke when you were born, I'll forgive you ;-) Now, back to the craft. What do you like most and least about writing?
I love creating and getting to know my characters the most. I like having
to juggle writing/marketing/real world responsibilities the least.
I live in the South, but there
aren’t many true Southerners down here in central North Carolina anymore. Tell
us what makes you a true Southerner?
We are very friendly and hospitable. We tend to go at life at a slower
pace. We enjoy being part of a family, part of a community, part of a unique
cultural region. We’re proud to be Southern and most people find us charming.
We’re a fun group, too. In a world increasing populated by Americans whose
accents are as bland as a network news anchor, we revel in our cultural
Yes, true southerners are almost a different breed! I love hearing a southern accent, which I hear less and less here in N.C. as the years pass. Reflecting back, what do you see
as most significant to your publication journey?
The key to my publication journey has been about building relationships.
1. My relationship with God foremost—a conscious choice to pursue God’s
2. To pursue relationship with others in the publishing industry.
And, to pursue relationships over pursuing contracts.
Who/What spurs you to write? Where
do your story and character ideas come from?
My ultimate desire is to proclaim the truth of God’s Word, His redeeming
love as seen in the life of Jesus Christ and to help readers know for themselves
this great, awesome God of all comfort and wisdom. He is enough for every need.
My story ideas come from everywhere—my past, my current life situations,
my friends and their past/current experiences, and the news.
Lisa, thank you for joining us
today! Do you have any parting words?
I hope Aloha Rose will make readers laugh. And perhaps make them cry. But most
of all, I hope Aloha Rose will warm their hearts with the greatest of loves, God’s love
for each of them.