Nancy Thelen's "The Color of Light"
Title: The Color of Light
Cover blurb: Can a kindness make up for a crippled body? Or heal a distrustful heart?
Jackie lives alone on the edge of a small lake. The broken stained glass in the abandoned church camp across the way is a good image of her life: beautiful although fractured. When she wins a free house makeover from a TV series, Jackie remembers how others need more than she, and decides to give it to her friend Kat who is paralyzed from MS. The house becomes a new lifeline for Kat. Jackie, though, doesn't realize her soul is as broken as Kat's body... afraid of being abandoned yet again... until she visits the church camp one more time, and finds Doug, one of the show hosts, waiting for her in the wings...
1) How did this story come to you?
I was an avid fan of Extreme Makeover-Home. As I was watching the show one evening, the idea began to form for my book, which starts out with the fictional TV show On Board.
2) Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.
This is the first of a series, and is actually my second book. The writing of the book was completed three years ago, but it wasn’t until this summer that I realized there were ways to publish my book that didn’t require the use of a publishing firm. I met Amy Deardon through the ACFW. She offers her services for publishing an ebook. She has walked me through all of the difficult and confusing tasks of ebook publishing; producing the final product.
3) Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
My favorite TV channel is National Geographic
The first thing I do every morning is ride ten miles on a stationary bike
I have four books written, and am working on the fifth
4) What are you working on now and what's next for you?
I’m working of the fourth book of the series and I’ve retained the publishing rights of my first book, Lost and Found, and hope to have it published as an ebook for Kindle by the end of the year. I’m also working on a cookbook which will include recipes for one or two servings, and I hope to publish that in the early part of 2013.
5) Parting comments?
I believe that my imagination as well as my ability to write is a gift that I have been blessed with. The world provides a vast amount of information that can be used to create stories, and I hope to be able to utilize just a sprinkling of it in my books.
6) Where can fans find you on the internet?
My blogspot: nancy-thelen.blogspot.com