I’m delighted to welcome Kimberley Troutte for an interview and a look at her inspirational romantic suspense, God Whisperer.
Hi, Kimberley, so glad to have you here today. Tell us a little about God Whisperer:
Award-winning God Whisperer is a book of my heart inspired by my son. It is different from my other books, but I really love it. I hope you will too.
A frightened mother on the run…
LONNIE HOGAN has lived and breathed fear for the eight years that she and her son have been on the run. She cut ties with the past and is hiding out in a small offbeat Danish community in California. Will the killers find them? She’s ready to run again, or fight for her son’s precious life, but she won’t let anyone take David.
A desperate man searching for his family…
Few people on St. John, Virgin Islands, know that their favorite doctor, MARK NORTON, is a desperate man searching for the life that was stolen from him. After hours, he surfs the internet for leads and retraces paths gone stone-cold to find his missing family. He’ll do anything to find them and get his son back.
Will sacrifice everything to protect the boy who hears God…
DAVID HOGAN is a regular kid, if you don’t count the one-ear thing. He didn’t mind being deaf in one ear, but it hurts his mom, way down deep, as if she caused it. Why won’t she see that bad things can happen for good reasons? Like the surgery that allows him to hear God. Talking to God is one of the greatest things that’s ever happened to him, even if Mom doesn’t believe it. But the killers could find them now. Can one little kid save them all?
What inspired this story?
I was blessed to be the mother of two amazingly wonderful boys who were born with different and super-rare, non-life-threatening challenges. My oldest was born with a rare eye-tracking condition that also played havoc with his balance. My youngest had perfect eyes but was born with an incomplete, deaf ear. No hole!
The worry a parent faces when her child is born with disabilities can be crushing. God Whisperer comes from being in that place when a mother realizes she is not good enough, strong enough, or smart enough to face the challenges ahead for her child. I think all parents feel this way to some degree, don’t we?
When the surgeons at UCLA created an eardrum and canal and he was able to hear with both ears for the first time in his life, the miracle was overwhelming. I poured those feeling onto the page.
What are you working on now? Do you have any releases scheduled for this year?
I am working on the next book in my popular SEAL EXtreme Team series. Book 3, Under the Radar, will be released in November. It will also be included in the SEALs of Winter a military super bundle which is a follow-up to the New York Times bestselling SEALs of Summer. I can’t wait!
I am also starting a new series involving a tough, sexy team that I’ll keep secret for now. Oh man, I’m excited about it, too.
What are your writing goals for this year?
I have released four books in the last four months. That’s a record for me. I will release one more before the year is done.
What do you enjoy most about writing?
The best thing about writing is being able to touch hearts and make a small difference in this crazy world. That’s really the reason I write—to help others.
What is the best thing about being an author?
Creating brand new worlds, characters and stories that never existed before. That’s really cool. Connecting with readers is amazing. I am always a bit over-the-moon when readers email me telling me how much they like my stories. Oh, and going to work barefoot and in shorts doesn’t hurt either.
How do you balance writing and everyday life?
I have a day job, a family, no maid or cook, so I have to squeeze writing in. But you know, I’ve found that people do what they love to do. Writing is my passion. I make time for it. If that means getting up early to write before the kiddos wake up and editing while sweating the elliptical machines at the YMCA, then so be it.
Where is your favorite place in the world?
Cuddling with my kids and hubby on the couch.
What is your favorite food to cook or eat?
Dark chocolate, hands down.
Do you listen to music while you write? What are you listening to now?
I usually play Pandora. Similar artists to Phillip Phillips are my favorites to listen to because the groups are upbeat, not too loud and have a good-feeling message running through them.
These are few of my favorite things:
1. Walking in nature, mountains, beach…
2. A child’s laughter. Can’t beat that sound.
3. Dark chocolate. Oh wait, did I say that already?
And now, Kimberley has a question for you all: What is your favorite place in the world? I’ll give one PDF version of God Whisperer to a random winner who can tell me their favorite place in the world.
Lonnie tossed and turned in her bed, her emotions spinning with sadness, murderous rage and terror. The dark and moonless night offered no comfort against the awful truth. David’s drug-induced hallucinations were her fault. She couldn’t believe this was happening, not after all they’d been through.
A twenty-mile-an-hour breeze gusted through the canyons, rattling her two-bedroom craftsman-style home. The house, built in the 1930’s, was full of wood—flooring, beams, siding—that creaked on a good night. Tonight was an exceptionally bad night. Each pop and snap sounded too much like footsteps creeping across her hardwood floors. Every crack and moan stole two years off her life.
Had they been found?
Holding her breath, she listened. She waited for the bedroom door to scrape open and a dark figure to burst into her room. Her muscle fibers and nerves were ready to propel her body out of bed. She was a live wire. Her senses were on overdrive, ready to yell for help, ready to flee.
Several minutes later she exhaled her relief. No one had gotten in. No one was going to kill them. Tiptoeing down the hall, she went to David’s room and gently put her hand on his chest. Her innocent child was fast asleep.
She crawled back into bed. Focusing on the hairline crack in her ceiling, she rehearsed what she’d do if they were caught. Lonnie hated thinking about the scary past showing up on her front porch, but had to prepare. She’d protect David at all costs.
Mentally, she recited the escape plan she had nicknamed The List:
One: Grab the box hidden under the bed.
Two: Snag the falsified IDs and birth certificate from the sock drawer.
Three: Tuck everything under David’s arms and tell him to, “Run to Carrie Beth’s!” He’d be confused, but she’d make him understand. She had to.
Four: Run as fast as her legs could carry her unless…she couldn’t. If she couldn’t get away, she’d stand and fight to save her son. David was the only person who mattered. Only David.
By the time she finished running through her plan she was sobbing into her pillow. The List always made her cry. But not being prepared for the worst was like signing their death warrants.
The worst could be just around the corner. She had to be ready.
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10% of the author royalties for God Whisperer will be donated to the American Society for Deaf Children.
Bio: New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, Kimberley Troutte, is a top 100 Amazon author for romantic suspense. GOD WHISPERER was inspired by her sweet son who was born with one incomplete ear. When surgeons created an eardrum and canal for him and he could hear with both ears for the first time, Kimberley wept with joy and gratitude.
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