About The Book:
Deliver Me from Evil introduces readers to Mara, an eighteen-year-old girl who has been enslaved for nearly ten years, having been sold by her parents in Mexico and then smuggled across the border into San Diego where she was forced into sexual slavery. Readers will also meet 18-year-old, Bible-college-bound Jonathan and his 16-year-old sister, Leah, whose paths cross Mara’s and who become involved in her dramatic rescue.
Interwoven between the stories of Mara, Jonathan, and Leah is the heartbreaking story of another young woman in captivity in the Golden Triangle of Thailand, whose past life mysteriously connects to the young people in San Diego.
You can read the first two chapters of Deliver Me From Evil here.
About The Author:
Award-winning author Kathi Macias has written more than 30 books, including the award-winning devotional and the popular “Matthews” mystery novels.
How did you come up with the idea for Deliver Me From Evil and the Freedom series?
It actually came out of a phone conversation with Andrea Mullins, the publisher at New Hope. We were discussing the Extreme Devotion series (about the persecuted Church), which I was still working on at the time, and we began to consider topics for a second series. Andrea was the one who suggested human trafficking, and it really struck a chord with me. The more I researched it and worked on the proposal, the more excited I became about joining forces with others working to abolish modern-day slavery, which is exactly what human trafficking is.
What was your favorite scene to write in Deliver Me From Evil?
This book/series has been the most difficult I’ve ever written, simply because the subject matter is so dark and heavy. More than once I had to walk away and clear my thoughts before moving on from one scene to another. But interspersed between the heartache and tragedy are several lighter scenes (written and incorporated into the book out of necessity), dealing with a pastor’s family and their Bible college-bound son who inadvertently discovers the human trafficking ring and becomes involved in the heroic and dramatic rescue attempt. Any scenes revolving around the absolutely functional and loving life of the Flannery family are my favorites.
What was the most difficult scene, and why?
There were many difficult scenes in this book due to the subject matter, but the hardest had to be when the main character, 18-year-old Mara, realizes that one of the younger girls is being tortured and killed in an effort to extract information and punish her. Though the actual violence is done offstage, Mara experiences each blow and muffled scream, as does the reader.
Did you always know you wanted to be a writer? If not, how did you catch the writing bug?
Oh yes, I never wanted to be anything else. From the time I discovered the power and allure of words, I was hooked! I was an avid reader before I started kindergarten. A short story I wrote in the third grade was turned into a play for the entire PTA, and I won all sorts of awards for poetry in high school. I even told my then boyfriend (now husband) Al when we were in our early teens that I was going to be a writer one day.
How do you go about writing your fiction books? Which comes first for you, plot, characters, and/or theme?
I usually get what I call “a niggling in my soul,” which eventually emerges into the very basic theme of the book. I hate outlining and writing proposals because I do NOT develop plots or even characters ahead of time. I start with a couple of main characters, a starting and ending point for my story, and just let the rest unfold as I go. I know. We’re not supposed to do it that way, but it works for me, and I so enjoy the surprises as the story develops and my characters take over. So much fun! So long as they don’t try to lead me away from my pre-determined ending. Then I have to reign them back in a bit.
How do you get your ideas for your books?
I have ideas coming out of my ears! I am a seriously addictive idea person. You want ideas? You can have my overflow! My challenge is to figure out which ones are worth pursuing. Not every cute or fun or even meaningful idea that pops into our head is meant to be a book. I pray, think, study, bounce them off people, etc., before committing to moving ahead with one of them. For the most part, however, nearly all my book ideas are, to one degree or another, born out of some moral or social issue that I care about.
How can we find out more about you, The Freedom Series, and other books you are writing?
Please visit my website at KathiMacias.com
Kathi Macias has been a favorite of mine now for a couple years and one of the reasons is because she does not shy away from difficult topics. And once again Macias shows through fiction the passion she has for ending Human Trafficking, both internationally and in the United States.
Most of us are aware that human trafficking of young girls occurs in many third world countries, but if we are honest with ourselves we know it occurs here in our own cities and countries too. Now Kathi Macias has released her most recent book, Deliver Me From Evil, and you will thrust into this dark, evil and devestating world.
Although an incredibly well written book, that captures your attention from the first pages, it was not an easy read. I will warn you that due to the subject nature this is one novel that would be best suited for older teens and adults. With Kathi's book, I will typically read through them very quickly, however this one took me almost a week to read because I had to take breaks to digest all that I have experienced through reading it.
I highly recommend all church leaders to read this and to discuss it with their staff and see what they can do to stop our children and young women from being drawn into this world. Yes, it is so important for us, as Christians to fight for the injustice that occurs towards women and children around the world, but we are also called to care for those experiencing injustice in our own cities. Deliver Me From Evil reinforces this and also shows that we cannot discount what our young people can do for this cause as well. I cannot wait to see what comes with the release of book two of the New Freedom Series, entitled Special Delivery, in January 2012. Book Three, The Deliverer, is scheduled for release in April 2012. Needless to say, Kathi Macias' books will be on my TBR list for months to come!
I cannot recoommend this book enough and give it a huge thumbs up.
BUY IT: You can purchase Deliver Me From Evil by Kathi Macias online through Amazon
***I was given a complimentary copy of this book from the author in exchange for posting the author’s interview on my blog. This blog tour is managed by Christian Speakers Services (ChristianSpeakersServices.com).***