I don’t know about other authors, but I have favorite couples in my books.
FAVORITES! (plural…so maybe that’s not quite as amazing as only ONE favorite)
And I LOVE rereading certain elements of my stories, especially when it comes to a few characters that make the top of my list.
So I was disappointed in myself when I allowed one of my FAVORITE couples to get forgotten beneath the crazy of a new book release.
Seriously! What kind of ‘mama’ author am I? Forgetting my children like that!
Today, we are celebrating one of my favorite couples: David and Catherine from The Thorn Keeper.
The Thorn Keeper came out on Feb 6, 2016, and was the first time I wrote a bad-girl-turned-good. Something about Catherine Dougall has held my heart ever since.
The “story” behind Catherine’s story is one of my favorites. You see, she was never meant to turn good. I hadn’t planned on redeeming her. She was going to go the way of the villainesses of the world and suffer the consequences of her actions in the most lost of ways.
But then…my heart wouldn’t let me do that.
I had finished writing book 1, with Catherine losing everything, and a still small voice in my heart ushered a statement that changed the course of Catherine’s fictional future.
I want her.
As the request solidified in my creativity, Catherine’s story of redemption began to unfold and it has ALWAYS held a very special place for me because it reminds me of what Christ has done for me.
He wanted me.
So he called me by name and made me his – despite all of my mistakes, blunder, blindness, and sin.
I wasn’t a lost cause.
And Catherine became an example of that change.
She’s still uniquely Catherine, but…she’s a redeemed Catherine and it was a delight to watch her step from the woman she’d been to the one God had created her to be.
Add the charming, unassuming, introverted, and tenderhearted Dr. David Ross – and the sweetness, romance, and adventure takes on a shinier hue.
Their story makes me smile and it’s one I LOVE to reread.
Yes, I reread my own stories sometimes. Or at least certain scenes.
Is there a particular bad-guy/girl-turned good that you’ve read and really fell in love with?
Giveaway open 2/25/19 – 3/3/19 11:59pm EST. To enter, comment on this blog post. Open internationally. Void where prohibited. One (1) winner will receive an eBook copy of The Thorn Keeper, provided by Pepper Basham.