I’m excited to introduce Chloe Flanagan as my guest today. She’s back to tell us a little about her new book, the third in her “An offer of Grace” series. Welcome, Chloe. Thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us about your new book.
First of all, I want to thank you, Kristena, for invitiI’m excited to introduce Chloe Flanagan as my guest today. She’s back to tell us a little about her new book, the third in her “An offer of Grace” series.ng me to chat with you on your blog. It’s always a blessing to interact with you and see all you do to support your fellow creatives.
It’s especially a blessing to be here again, since I’ve recently released No Longer a Stranger, Book 3 in my “An Offer of Grace” series of Christian Romantic Suspense novels.
How do you feel writing has affected your relationship with God?
I would say writing has both calmed and agitated my faith walk. When I started taking my writing seriously, I felt peace because I’d finally embraced a large part of what God intended for me to do. The desire and pull to write had always been there, but I hadn’t accepted it. That’s the calming part.
But what I didn’t expect was the depth to which writing would force me to delve into my emotional and spiritual life. It’s made me think and confront things that I was once perfectly content to ignore. That’s the agitating part, but it’s an agitation that the Spirit is using for healing and growth in my heart.
What’s one thing you wish readers would take away from this book?
I would like readers to walk away from this book thinking about the different ways God manifests grace in life. I’d like for them to take a minute to look around at their present and pasts to consider the relationships and events the Father used to draw them into His household. Like my main character, Marion Sloan, I hope they’ll remember that He’s never far away.
How long does it normally take you to write your books?
On average, it has taken me around seven months to write each book. The first one actually took the least amount of time, but I know more now! haha
What do you find to be the most challenging when writing?
Distractions and timing are my biggest challenges when writing. I have a busy work schedule and a number of personal obligations that aren’t always conducive to scheduling regular writing times. When I do have time to write, my mind is often half occupied with the things I just mentioned. But I have some amazing author friends who deal with the same issues, and we support one another with prayer and tips for managing the stress.
Can you share with us a book you have read recently, are currently reading?
My most recent read was No Greater Love by Gina Holder. It’s a romantic suspense novel with lots of great elements: political intrigue, family secrets, and redemption.
What do you come up with first when you write?
The first thing that comes to me, when I start a new novel is usually a single scene. More often than not, it’s an exchange between two characters. For my latest book, No Longer A Stranger, the scene that came to me first was the initial meeting between the two main characters: tough ex-cop, Marion Sloan and quirky computer nerd, EJ Handler.
What project is next on your list?
I’m pleased to say that the next project on my list is an inspirational novel for Series 2 of The Potter’s House Series. This series will have contributions from several talented Christian authors, and it’s a blessing and honor to be working with them.
Where do we find your books?
My books are available in paperback, ebook, and Kindle Unlimited on Amazon.
Chloe S. Flanagan is an author, technical writer, blogger, and graduate of New York University. She enjoys exploring the Christian walk frankly and thoughtfully in her fiction and in her blog, The Candid Corinthian. When she’s not writing, Chloe loves music, travel, reading books in all genres, and spending time with family.