Kathi Macias Bio:(http://www.kathimacias.com/ ; http://kathieasywritermacias.blogspot.com/ ) is an “occasional radio host” (www.blogtalkradio.com/communicatethevision ) and an award-winning author of more than thirty books. A wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, Kathi lives in Homeland, CA, with her husband, Al, where the two of them spend their free time riding Al’s Harley—hence, Kathi’s “road name” of Easy Writer!
How did you come up with the idea for the books in the Extreme Devotion Series?The topics in all of these books are intense, what did you draw from real life for your inspiration? How many books will be in this series?
The idea for this series started as a kernel of an idea back in the late 1980’s, as I watched history unfold in South Africa—all the violence and upheaval preceding the release of Nelson Mandela from prison and the downfall of Apartheid. I couldn’t help but think about believers—both native-born and missionaries—who were living in the middle of all that, and wondering how it affected them. I especially wondered about those who called themselves Christians and yet clung to the mindset of Apartheid. I knew I would someday write a story about an interracial romance between a young girl representing the ANC (African National Congress) movement and a young man of Afrikaner descent, but that’s all I knew. I saved clippings and articles on the subject, but never felt it was the right times until a couple of years ago when I was talking with Andrea Mullins of New Hope. They’d never done fiction before, but the more we talked about the book (which I’d now titled “No Greater Love” and had decided to expand it to a multi-country series), the more we both knew it was time. As a result, my “Extreme Devotion” fiction series was born, and New Hope’s first ever fiction line—“Fiction with a Mission”—was launched.
Could you share some of your testimony with us?
I wasn’t raised in a Christian home but got “swept” into the Kingdom at the tail-end of the “Jesus Movement” in 1974. I was 26 at the time, and I remember so clearly how I realized at that very moment that everything I’d ever thought or believed was wrong, and I needed to relearn it all via the Scriptures. I’ve been digging into them every since, immersing myself in the life-changing, heart-altering truth of God’s Word. And the more I learn, the more I realize I still don’t know! How lovely to know we have eternity ahead of us to bask in God’s Word and His presence!
Could you tell me how the book cover process works for you? The covers of your books are very eye catching, just wondered if you had a say in how they turned out? Just wondering how involved you are in this process?
For the most part I’ve been happy with my book covers over the twenty-plus years I’ve been in publishing. Lately I’ve had more input on cover design, and I really appreciate that. I too love the covers on my recent books, and I was pleased that the publisher included me in the process, talking via a three-way call with the actual designer as well as the publisher about the book and what we wanted to convey. As a result, we ended up with covers we were all happy with.
Can you give us a sneak peak into what book you are working on right now? When does it release?
My next release is Valeria’s Cross, a stand-alone historical from Abingdon Press, co-authored with Susan Wales and releasing in September 2010. Right behind it will be book three of the Extreme Devotion series, Red Ink, which releases in October.
I’ve just turned in the completed manuscript for the final book of the series, People of the Book. It releases April 1, 2011, and is currently in the early stages of production—written and major editing done, minor tweaking and proofing still to come. But I’m also starting on my new “fiction with a mission” series called the “Freedom Series,” which will be a three-book fiction series for New Hope based on the topic of human trafficking. I’m still in the research and early writing stages of that series, though I need to get some words on paper soon, as the first book is set to release in Fall 2011, the second a few months later in the winter, and then the third in April 2012, so I’m locked in for a while now!
Did you always know you wanted to be a writer Kathi? If not, how did you catch the writing bug?
Oh yes, I’ve always wanted to be a writer—never dreamed of being anything else! My husband always tells how he remembers walking home from school with me in junior high (we’ve known one another since we were six!) and I announced to him that I was going to be a writer one day. He says I’m the only person he knows who knew what she wanted to be when she grew up and actually did it!
Why write Christian Fiction when you could write any other market? What’s the draw?
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